Garage Ceiling Material Ideas

Sarah Schreiber

Garages can be neglected places when a new house is built. You may find the area unfinished with ceilings that have exposed roof trusses. Adding or re-doing a garage ceiling can give a polished look to a space and potentially increase the value of your home.

There are several options for garage ceilings.

Ceiling materials for garages are the same types used in the interior of homes and come in a wide variety of options.


For a basic garage ceiling, drywall is a simple, cheap material option. It’s easy to nail to existing beams and can also serve as a base for other ceiling materials if you decide to upgrade. This addition to your garage ceiling, when finished and painted, can go a long way toward giving the space a completed feel.


Wood is an option for a garage ceiling if you’re seeking a warm, luxurious feel for the space. You can opt for wood paneling, tiles or strips in a wide choice of types including oak, pine and maple. Choose bamboo for a durable, environmentally-friendly choice.


If you’re looking for a cheap, quick material option to add a closed ceiling to your exposed wood trusses, plywood is your best bet. You can purchase pre-cut pieces and nail to either the top or bottom of the trusses. This also provides an option for a partial ceiling that is usable for storage.

House Siding

Use siding such as tongue-and-groove for your garage ceiling. This material is designed for use on the outside of a house but provides a durable ceiling.

Metal Tiles

Metal ceiling tiles such as tin and copper add a touch of sophisticated elegance to a garage, perfect for one that houses antique automobiles. These tiles can be installed over a traditional drywall ceiling and either painted or left bare.