Suspended ceilings often referred to as ‘dropped ceilings’ or ‘false ceilings’ have been commonly used in many different building types for years.
Typical buildings that use suspended ceilings are:
- Retail Units
- Industrial Units
Suspended ceilings are even popular in domestic use, particularly in kitchens and conservatories.
The main benefit of a suspended ceiling is to provide a clean, smooth finish to the internal ceiling of a room, whilst hiding electrical wires, pipework and other services.
The suspended ceiling still remains the most cost-effective solution to this problem and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
Other key benefits include:
- Acoustics – The ceiling can act as an effective sound barrier between floors, or with the use of sound absorbing tiles, can work very effectively at improving the general acoustics of a room
- Insulation – Simply installing a suspended ceiling, whereby the ceiling height within a room is reduced, will act as an effective means to ‘trap’ the warmer air within the room and reduce it being lost into the top of the ceiling. This has the added benefit of making the space more energy efficient and saving on energy bills
- Design/Aesthetics – The flexibility in styles and designs of a suspended ceiling allows customers to choose from a wide variety of finishes
- Safety – In some instances, such as corridors used for fire escapes, a fire-rated ceiling will be required. A fire-rated ceiling will have been tested by the manufacturer to retain structural integrity for a set period of time (usually 30 or 60 minutes) and indicates how effectively the ceiling can hold back fire and prevent it from spreading from room to room
- Lighting – The quality of light in a room contributes greatly to it’s look and feel. Poor lighting in any room can lead to eye strain, fatigue and headaches which will in turn reduce productivity and comfort. Ceiling tiles have a light reflectance score published by the manufacturer as a percentage. Ceilings with a high light reflectance can return up to 90% of the light back into the space, compared to around 75% for standard ceilings
- Access – Having a suspended ceiling with removable ceiling tiles means you can easily access the void when necessary
With our extensive knowledge of all ceiling tile brands and models we can help advise businesses large and small learn how to improve the performance of their space with a new suspended ceiling. If you’d like to have a go at installing a suspended ceiling, why not try one of our ready to buy Ceiling Kits.