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Patio Cover Ceiling Question

I built a patio cover with OSB roof and shingles. I am planning to cover the patio ceiling and looking for some help with material/ideas without spending a whole lot.
So far I have read that plywood or beadboards would be a good solution, but not sure if moisture will cause any issues.
My current patio doesn't have any extensions on the corners to protect from rain. All the studs are 2x6's spaced 24 inches apart.
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In the long run you might be better off putting something like car siding on the ceiling. I think with 24" centers beadboard plywood will sag between the rafters.
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Ok thanks.
Is it a good idea to stain it. Not sure if I can stain OSB boards?
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When I built my patio cover, I had 16" centers and 1/2" ply. IMHO, that would be a fairly good choice, painted (like I did) before it is put up. 1/2" ply should hold up good on 24" centers.

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Ok thanks.
Is it a good idea to stain it. Not sure if I can stain OSB boards?
OSB because of the texture wouldn't stain very well. It won't even paint well. If you put beadboard plywood or other finished wood on the ceiling it would stain fine.
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Depending on what you want your ceiling to look like, I would use 1/2" sheet material of some kind. I advise you to run electrical first for lights, ceiling fan or whatever else.
Another post advised to pre-paint before you put it up. That's very good advice because some sheet material like T-111 can really soak up the paints. I like to install a 3" batten across the seams of plywood. Not so much for the extra strength as the finished look it gives a porch ceiling.
Start in the center and work to the sides to keep it balanced.
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Vinyl soffit looks
good & can be bought
in many colors. Not sure
about price though.
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thank you all for your replies. very useful comments!

- I am running electrical wires (fan/lights) before putting on some kind of ceiling.
- Planning to paint the joice's and OSB (if possible)
- For plywood suggestion, is there any weather resistant/pressure treated 1/2" boards that I can use?

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I don't know of any pressure treated decorative plywood but you can get smooth treated plywood. For that application it should last forever even if someday the roof leaks.
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Check vinyl soffit material, even if it is a bit more expensive it is a "one and done" fix, no painting or staining now and a few years later again.

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We did this one in 5/8 fir 1x4 and 1x6.
All the ceiling joists were painted black, and bug screen was stapled to the joists to keep pests out.
All the material was pre stained and we stained the cut ends as we went.
The framing was at 2'oc as well and it still looks good today. The install happened a little over 2 years ago.
I don't know how much area you have to cover, but look into the price of 1x4 and 1x6 in your area.
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I personally like beaded or non-beaded T&G boards for a ceiling. Easier to handle/install than ply and looks great when stained.

Vinyl sofit material would be fine (maintenance free) although somewhat expensive and obviously not stainable.

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