Pros and Cons of Vaulted Ceilings
When the world’s oldest basilicas and cathedrals were being built centuries ago, the vaulted ceiling originated as an architectural choice. Therefore, this type of expansive ceiling is referred to a “cathedral” ceiling. Several hundred years later, vaulted ceilings remain a common design feature found in elegant homes. But, do these ceilings offer anything besides visual stimulation and architectural interest?
Here, Trinity Custom Homes provides you with the pros and cons of having vaulted ceilings.
Advantages of Vaulted Ceilings
The most obvious reason for a vaulted ceiling is that it makes a room feel much larger than it really is. The reason for this is because the higher ceiling lends an airiness to the room. Windows can be incorporated higher in the space. More windows allow for much more natural light to flood into the space (and no light source is as beautiful or effective as natural light).
When the raised ceiling features exposed ceiling beams, this adds another level of interest and character to the space. In cases where the attic above the room is dead space, replacing it with a vaulted ceiling eliminates the wasted space.
When you consider how bland standard 8-foot white builder-grade ceilings are, you can really see how a vaulted ceiling can transform the look and feel of the room. This type of ceiling is unique and it plays a major role in the room’s design.
Disadvantages of Vaulted Ceilings
As visually pleasing as cathedral ceilings can be, they aren’t always capable of delivering the atmosphere you might want in the room. For instance, if you want your living room or bedroom to feel warm and cozy, then a vaulted ceiling won’t work. The vast space above removes a room’s sense of intimacy. Another challenge with vaulted ceilings is keeping everything nice and clean. With a standard height ceiling, all you need is a step-stool or small ladder to clean the ceiling fans or change light bulbs. But, with a vaulted ceiling, these menial tasks become much harder to complete. In fact, some ceilings are so high that a professional might be required just to chance a light bulb in the ceiling fan!
One reason why cathedral ceilings are usually only found in affluent homes is because they aren’t the most energy-friendly when it comes to heating or cooling the space. An HVAC unit will be forced to work much harder just to keep the space at a comfortable temperature. For many homeowners, heating or cooling that empty space is a waste of energy.
Vaulted ceilings are also best incorporated when the home is still under construction. While it’s not impossible to renovate an existing home to feature a vaulted ceiling, doing so will be costly. Also, there is a wide risk that you’ll come across a host of challenges making the changes.
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