What is the best material for a suspended ceiling?

What is the best material for a suspended ceiling?

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A Suspended Ceiling Also Known As A Dropped Ceiling, T-Bar Ceiling, False Ceiling Or Grid Ceiling is made from materials such as gypsum, mineral fibre, exposed grid systems, PVC, and wood. In general, these materials are long-lasting, look good and add to the aesthetic appeal of the space.

With each material, there are pros and cons and it does depend on the environment you want to place them in, how you need them to look and perform and let’s not forget ‘your budget’. Here’s a quick overview of each of the most commonly used ceiling materials.

Gypsum boards

Gypsum boards that come in the prefabricated form are assembled on-site using a metal frame and are largely fitted into spaces that require air-conditioning systems. The boards possess great thermal insulation, sound insulation and fire resistance properties and they are also extremely versatile and can provide a seamless look to your ceiling. The disadvantages of gypsum boards are that the boards are very light so they’re prone to be damaged during installation and if you’re considering hanging items from the ceiling you may need reinforcement to ensure the board can withhold the pressure and doesn’t deteriorate.

Mineral Fibre Ceiling Tiles

Many of the commercial suspended ceiling projects we manage are done so using mineral fibre ceiling tiles. They offer the broadest range of textures, shapes and sizes and provide good thermal insulation, sound attenuation and fire performance. Mineral fibre ceiling tiles can control sounds transmitting through adjacent rooms via a continuous concealed grid and are extremely cost-effective thus making them one of the most popular drop ceiling solutions.

Exposed Grid Ceilings

An exposed ceiling grid is great for speed and ease of construction. The grids can work with a variety of different edged ceiling tiles including lay-in and tegular, making them the ideal solution for nearly all commercial spaces and designs. There are also a variety of ceiling tiles with different performance options to choose from, so you can ensure the acoustic, thermal and fire performance of the ceiling meets your requirements.

PVC ceilings

PVC ceilings (Polyvinyl chloride ceilings) is one of the most common types of suspended ceilings today. PVC has lots of advantages, it contains thermal resistant and waterproofing properties and it’s inexpensive both to purchase and install. It’s also extremely durable and will last for a very long time with little maintenance. The main draw-backs is it’s not the most attractive ceiling covering and it also contains carcinogens that cause liver cancer and it will release toxins when burnt.

Wood Ceilings

You can achieve a warm, rustic or high-end modern look to your decor with a wooden suspended ceiling. These ceilings are installed by fixing wooden blocks or panels on the structural ceiling and finishing it with veneer or wood polish.
If you want to make an impression then wooden ceilings certainly stand out with the natural textures and grain patterns of the wood.
The main drawback of a wooden ceiling is that it is expensive and has the tendency to expand and contract which means it can warp and crack. Another issue is that it can be vulnerable to termites, however, it won’t produce any toxins.

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