Tuesday, 15 September 2015

False Ceilings

Tired of the boring concrete ceilings of your home? Why not get yourself a false ceiling! False ceilings are ceilings that are suspended about a foot or so from the main ceiling of a room. In simple words, it’s a second ceiling created below the original ceiling. Effective building design requires balancing multiple objectives like aesthetics, acoustics, environmental factors, and integration with the building's infrastructure hence there arrises a need for false ceilings. False ceilings have today become an indispensible feature for interior designing.  There are basically 5 main uses of installing a false ceiling-
·       To hide service lines like air conditioning and electrical wirings etc.
·       To accommodate lightning systems and provide lightning effects. A ceiling that reflects more light can reduce lighting and electricity costs.
·       To sound proof a room.
·       To insulate a room.
·       As a design element to create various shapes and curves.
There are various types of false ceilings
1.    Gypsum Board – Ceilings made from gypsum board are quick to install and can be used to make various shapes. It is economical, light weight, fire and moisture resistant, sound and water proof. When exposed to fire, gypsum gives out water, which is converted to steam and helps combat the fire. This is what makes the ceiling fireproof. A suspended Gypsum board ceiling can be constructed by nailing Gypsum board panels to each other, or by fixing the panels in a metal grid. Soon after installation it can be painted or decorated with wallpaper.
2.    Metal Ceilings – These are ceilings created with metal panels. Aluminium and steel panels are mostly used. Tin ceilings are also gaining popularity in India. It is sophisticated, light weight and fire proof. They are mostly used in modern decor and they blend very well with glass.
3.    Fibreboard or mineral tiles – These are advance decorative materials which have features of decoration, sound absorption, insulation and are fire proof. Fibreboard is board reinforced with vegetable fibre, wood and agri-waste. Mineral tiles are ceramic reinforced with natural stone.
4.    PVC ceilings - PVC ceilings are light in weight and moisture resistant. This extremely practical ceiling system is suitable for any area requiring a fixed, non-porous ceiling. They are waterproof, termiteproof, fire retardant, economical, maintenance free.They come in various colours and require no decorating and polishing.
5.    Plaster Of Paris –POP is mixed with water and applied to a fibre board or a wire mesh to give a smooth uniform finish. These ceilings are usually very sturdy. Although messy to construct, these ceilings are the most prefered choice among designers today.
6.    Plywood Ceilings – Plywood ceilings are usually used for their visual appeal. They are made by strips of ply nailed or glued together. They are not an ideal option for hot and humid areas, they are difficult to maintain and are prone to termite.
7.    Stretch Ceilings - Stretch ceilings are made of polyvinyl chloride membrane that stretches and clips into a track. The material can be printed or decorated any way you want before fixing. It is the most versatile and preferred choice amongst designers today.
Points to note -

The only concerns with a false ceiling is the fact that if not done properly, they can provide a breeding space to pests. Before choosing the type of ceiling you want installed, make sure to ask about the strength and durability. Lastly, go in for a false ceiling only if your room has a high ceiling, where coming down by about a foot will not make the ceiling look low.

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