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Installing Metal Porch Ceiling | Plus Updated Tour of this Barndominium

Alright, welcome back to MR Post Frame! Today, our focus is on the ceilings for this build. The electricians have already been here, completing the wiring. It deviates from my usual approach because the homeowner opted for a different electrician than our regular one. I'll walk you through the adjustments we need to make.

Metal porch ceiling

We have an FJ channel where our steel goes in, and a 2x4 running down the middle for fastening the steel. There's a nailer on the other side, and we'll be using two different trims. This allows us to put up one piece, utilizing the existing J in the end, and then adding trims on the other side. We have a 90° Custom Trim and a finished trim. Typically, we have electricians leave loops of wire for easy drilling between the ribs. However, this time, it seems the electrician didn't account for the steel, fastening boxes where they might land on a rib. I'll have to move them, utilizing the extra wire length to adjust left and right.

Moving on, here are the two trims we use. The first one, a 90° trim, goes up with no hems, followed by stapling it in place. The finished trim, with hems, is then slid in, showcasing a neat 3/4 inch here and 1 inch there.

DIY metal porch ceiling

As we progress, you can see that although we're moving efficiently, the process would have been quicker if we didn't have to relocate the lights. The first trim piece allows us to push the steel against the house, maintaining a consistent color with the ceiling. We may not necessarily need an additional trim, but we'll put it up for a polished look.

A tip for electricians: leaving long wires in anticipation of lights can save time during construction. Unfortunately, in our case, I have to remove and relocate every light to align with the ribs.

As we conclude work on the inside, our attention turns to the porch. With the day winding down, I want to finish up the ceiling and ceiling holes. Handling ceiling holes requires a malco hole cutter. Setting the desired hole size, drilling, and cutting become a simple process.

barndominium metal porch ceiling

In a solo effort, securing the ceilings involves a bit of an angled approach, strategically placing screws for stability. With both ceilings in place, the custom trims are added—one before and one after sliding the steel into position. Shifting focus to the interior of the house, we're not acting as the General Contractor but contributing to various aspects. Plumbing, electrical, and drywall are in place. The structure's post-frame design allows for cost-effective and spacious interiors. The garage, utility room, laundry room, mudroom, and other areas are taking shape. The concrete work, however, requires attention due to uncovered windows.

Exploring further, we discover a closet, master bathroom, a cleverly hidden door under the stairs, and various rooms with 18ft ceilings. The upstairs features bedrooms, bathrooms, an office, and an attic access point. 

That concludes this post. To see the full tour watch the video linked below. If you are considering building a covered porch with a metal ceiling, I hope this was helpful!

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