It is an old problem, but one that requires a lot of work.
There are countless options for fans, from those that come preinstalled with air conditioning and are free from the need for a power outlet, to ones that require an installation that requires installation of wires and an additional fan, and many of these come with the added expense of labor.
The gray ceiling fans that are installed and maintained by homeowners in many communities are the most common source of complaints.
There is a gray ceiling that has to be replaced, and then there are the gray ceiling panels that are replaced every year and need to be repaired, usually within a few weeks.
“The problem with gray ceiling is, there’s no way to identify what is gray and what is not gray,” said Bob Eichel, president and CEO of Eicher Associates, an engineering firm in Lakewood, Colorado, that provides installation and repair services to gray ceiling systems.
“You have to figure out what’s gray, and what’s not gray.
And the only way to do that is by having an automated system.”
The problem is not limited to homeowners who want to replace a gray-covered ceiling fan.
“If a contractor can’t tell you what’s green and what isn’t green, then you’re not going to get a contract,” said Joe Zagaria, president of the Professional Contractors Association of America.
“And you’re going to have a customer that’s going to be unhappy.
And you’re never going to work with that customer again.”
The gray-ceiling problem is one that has long been known to homeowners, who have come to rely on the service of contractors to identify gray-and-white ceilings.
The grey-ceiled problem is, in many cases, not an aesthetic problem but a health and safety issue, said Bob Fournier, executive director of the American Association of Home Inspectors.
“When you install a ceiling fan or you install any kind of ceiling fan and it’s not working properly, there are health and environmental issues,” he said.
“There’s a risk of fire and serious injury to the occupant, which is a very serious situation.
The health and environment are at the forefront of our minds.”
There are two basic types of gray- and white-ceilings: white-covered and gray-cloaked.
White-covered ceilings are considered to be more durable and require more work than gray-clad ceilings.
But the problem is often a lack of attention to detail.
In some cases, white-cloak ceilings may be a better option than gray ones.
For instance, in the United Kingdom, white cladding is installed on some floors of apartments.
In a survey of 8,000 residential residents in the U.K., researchers found that only 16 percent of respondents thought the black ceiling tiles were good, while 55 percent thought the white tiles were better.
“It’s not a good solution, and it doesn’t make sense,” said Mark Smith, a roofing contractor who specializes in ceiling tile replacement.
“What we really need to do is have more white clingers installed.”
When a gray or white ceiling is installed, the ceiling fan can move forward and then reverse itself.
That allows for a small amount of deflection that is not present in a gray panel, Smith said.
This movement causes more deflection, so a gray fan can be deflected more than a white one, and the deflection causes more heat to build up in the room.
“Gray ceiling fans are designed to work in all kinds of environments,” said Steve Hauslohner, a certified electrical and computer engineer and founder of the Hauslik Roofing, Groundwater, and Water Installation Association.
“But they can also be difficult to install in homes with a lot more exposed surfaces, where the ceiling can be more of a barrier to airflow.”
Gray-closhing fans, on the other hand, require less deflection and less heat build up, Smith added.
“For some reason, gray cladding has gotten a bad rap because it’s such a good, low-profile, relatively inexpensive solution, but it doesn [also] not work very well in other types of environments.”
When gray or black ceiling fans fail, the problem can be life-threatening.
“We don’t want people to feel like their home is safe when they go to install a gray, white, or black fan,” Smith said, adding that the problem could be life threatening.
Gray- and black-closing systems are usually installed to reduce or eliminate the risk of heat buildup in the living room.
In most cases, the homeowner must replace the gray- or black-clad ceiling fans after a few years.
But there are other ways to repair gray-lined ceilings.
Gray ceiling panels may need to come down with the fan.
The problem of gray and white ceilings is a complicated one,