Types of False Ceilings and Their Applications
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A typical ceiling doesn’t attract much attention – they’re often so uninteresting that people don’t even take note of what’s going on overhead. Ceilings are easy to forget, until you experience one that stands out. False ceilings are the perfect solutions to give your space real character in an efficient system. They are critical elements in creating a mood in the space while also masking flaws, and creating dramatic impressions. They are installed below the original ceiling of the room and are used for temperature control, light installation, concealing MEP fixtures, and of course, acoustics.
False ceilings play a big part in commercial space design and come in different forms divided by their foundational materials. Below are some popular types of false ceilings and their applications:
GYPSUM FALSE CEILING
Gypsum false ceilings are composed of hydrated calcium sulfate, which is available in a prefabricated form typically consisting of panels. They are hung with the help of metal framework and are used in large spaces and require central air conditioning units. Gypsum false ceilings are lightweight, provide sound insulation, and are fire-resistant.
MINERAL FIBER FALSE CEILING
Mineral Fiber false ceilings are created from synthetic and natural minerals and, because they are man-made, can be created in various shapes and sizes. They have been popular in the previous decades due to their low cost and easy installation. They are known to provide smooth visuals and an ideal combination of acoustics and durability.
PVC FALSE CEILING
PVC or polyvinyl chloride false ceilings are known for their long life and low maintenance requirements. They are available in various colors, sizes, and designs. Plastic ceilings are lightweight, durable, water-resistant, affordable, and offer many options to reflect your design intent.
GLASS FALSE CEILING
Glass false ceilings offer an easy way to add unique visual interest to your ceiling designs. The glass used in these false ceilings is made exceptionally sturdy, and brings sleek aesthetics to the space. Glass false ceilings are known to make spaces feel bigger and provide unmatched visual satisfaction in the design world.
WOODEN FALSE CEILING
Wooden false ceilings are a great way to create a warm, welcoming environment for visitors to the space. They are known for their elegant and classy display and are very trendy in modern design. Wooden false ceilings are available in all sorts of different textures and patterns and make a great addition in a wide variety of design schemes.
METAL FALSE CEILING
Due to its durability and polished appearance, metal false ceilings are becoming increasingly popular in commercial interior design. Metal false ceilings come in various finishes including aluminum, steel, gold, silver, copper, and platinum. These are one-of-a-kind solutions that come in curves, clouds, planks, and panels and bring tons of character and style.
Felt, leather, or cloth ceilings are used primarily to improve the acoustics, aesthetics, and feeling of the space. Out of these three materials, felt ceilings are commonly used in commercial spaces due to their easily customized appearance combined with excellent acoustic properties.