In commercial building construction using suspended ceilings provide a lot more than just looking amazing.
Using the wrong type of ceiling system could cause you frustration and add costs to your project if some key elements are not taken in to consideration. All your above ceiling infrastructure needs to be planned and services overlayed on plans to avoid conflicts during construction and this is something that is rarely seen.
Benefits of using Suspended Ceilings
Ceilings provide a multifunctional aspect to a building allowing for both the accommodation of services while maintaining a visually enhanced appearance.
Suspended ceilings are used predominantly in commercial construction as they allow for access and accommodate the required electrical, hydraulic and mechanical services the building requires.
Suspended ceilings as the name suggests are hung from the existing structure by steel rods and suspension clips. There are varying types of suspended ceiling systems allowing for very different design capabilities.
Advantages of Suspended:
- Noise Reduction
- Improved Insulation Properties
- Access to Maintain Services
- Relocation of Services
- Ease of installation
Types of Suspended Ceilings:
- Exposed Grid and Tile System
- Concealed Grid
- Suspended Solid Plasterboard
- Coffered Ceilings
- Curved Ceilings
Because of the numerous types of suspended ceiling system components available we can now be much more creative with our ceiling designs incorporating light troughs, bulk heads, and curved ceilings into our ceiling design process. All the while we are maintaining its functionality by creating cavities and areas designed to take air conditioning units, electrical cabling and plumbing pipes.
This turns any ceiling in to a canvas and gives an architect or design team the freedom to be adventurous with their design adding style and sophistication to any project and with the various panels available your ceiling can be turned in to its own masterpiece.
Suspended Ceiling Materials:
The most common product used to sheet ceilings 10 to 13mm plasterboard. There is a specific type of 10mm board used for ceilings which contains properties which eliminate the “Sag” to the ceiling sheet. Each Plasterboard supplier has produced their own version of this type of board and all present comparable properties. In my opinion after using several types of board during my career 10mm Spanshield produced by Knauf is my preferred product, this is due to its range of various sheet sizes, availability and the overall quality of product.
Exposed Grid and Tile ceilings are also a commonly used suspended ceiling system with the materials consisting of a clip lock exposed grid system and a 600 x 1200mm tile infill. The Grid system is made from an interlocking 3600mm Main bar hung from steel rods and suspension clips and a 1200mm intermediate Noggin T- Bar placed at 600 centers to accommodate the selected tile.
Selecting the tile is the key to this suspended ceiling type used because it is the Acoustic, Hygienic or moisture resistant properties required from the ceiling that will determine the type of the tile required for your project.
Grid and Tile ceilings provide an easily accessible ceiling that gives the practicality of easy access to above ceiling services and mechanics while maintaining the acoustic, hygienic or moisture resistant abilities required from you ceiling.