Suspended Ceilings – Design & Planning
There are many things that need to be taken into account when thinking about a suspended ceiling. These can be placed into three categories:
Functional – What is the need for the suspended ceiling? What will it be used for? Will there be lights installed?
Technical – Where will the suspended ceiling be installed? When can it be installed? How many lights will be installed?
Aesthetics – Will it complement the room? What style of tiles will be used? Where will the lights be placed?
Suspended Ceilings – Performance
Selecting the suspended ceiling you are going to install may depend on whether it meets your specific criteria. Listed below are the main performance considerations of a suspended ceiling:
Sound – Each suspended ceiling provides a level of soundproofing and absorption, which is great if it is placed in a high traffic office environment. Tiles can be purpose made for absorbing sounds.
Strength – Ceilings can subject to rugged use in some areas, generally where materials and equipment are in use or stored, this can lead to frequent tile removal/replacement. Tiles can be purpose made to be more durable in these circumstances.
Hygiene – Suspended ceilings are subject to health and safety requirements and must conform to the regulations set out by the governing bodies, especially in the food and health sectors. Other sectors such as electronic and pharmaceutical industries also have requirements for installations of suspended ceilings.
Heat – Ceiling installations in areas that are expected to have a high humidity need to be considered before installing a suspended ceiling. Tiles can be purpose made to meet the conditions.
Fire – A majority of modern ceilings now provide resistance to fire which complies with standards set by the governing bodies.
Installing a Suspended Ceiling – Advantages
There are many reasons for installing a suspended ceiling, these can range from the aesthetics they provide to safety reasons. Here are some of the advantages of installing a suspended ceiling:
Concealment – Required services like wiring and pipes can be covered and hidden in the void between the suspended ceiling and the structural ceiling.
Damage – Stains, cracks and other damage to the structural ceiling can be covered, as an alternative to having it repaired.
Lighting – Better lighting opportunities, light reflection, and energy saving can be achieved.
Sound – Sound can be absorbed and reduced.
Suspended Ceilings – Most Popular
There are three common suspended ceilings systems used in modern building, these are:
Mineral Ceilings – Mineral Fibre tiles are laid into a metal frame, this ceiling system is predominantly used in offices and other workplaces. Learn more about Mineral Ceilings here.
Metal Tile – Metal Tiled systems generally use a clip-in system. This allows the framework that supports the tiles to be hidden, this ceiling system is usually seen in high traffic and public areas like Supermarkets and airports. Learn more about Metal Tiled Suspended Ceilings here.
CasoLine MF – This ceiling type is put together using steel framework and then cladded with plasterboard before being dry-lined or plastered for a smooth finish. CasoLine MF is typically used when a conventional flat ceiling is needed but with the advantages given by a suspended ceiling. For more information, click here.