Today, false-ceilings are an integral part of all modern and well-designed interiors. They have evolved considerably over the plaster false-ceilings that we see so often; the modern false-ceiling enhances aesthetics, lighting-design and performance, and compliments the overall space design of your interiors.
How false-ceiling adds to your interiors :
Infinite design possibilities
Create seamless & elegant surfaces
High-design lighting possibilities with concealed wiring & lighting fixtures
Reduced air-conditioning needs for smaller air volume
Thermal insulation for sun exposed ceilings
Acoustic insulation for impact sound from the ceiling
There are a diverse number of false ceilings available in the market, some of them are:
Laminated Gypsum Ceiling
Cement Fibre Ceiling
Wooden modular ceiling
Decorative Calcium Silicate Modular Tiles Ceilings
Speicial high moisture resistant for Toilets
PVC Modular Ceiling
Glass Reinforced Gypsum Ceiling
High Acoustic Insulation Ceiling
Plain Look Ceiling
Plain Gypsum Ceiling
Calcium Silicate Ceiling
Cement Board based Ceiling
Thermal Insulating Ceiling
Moisture Resistance Gypsum Ceiling
Residential False Ceilings
Stretch fabric ceiling
Printed bespoke ceiling
A Modular ceiling is often a secondary ceiling, hung below the main (structural) ceiling. It may also be referred to as a drop ceiling, T-bar ceiling, false ceiling, or suspended ceiling, and is a staple of modern construction and architecture. The area above the dropped ceiling is called the plenum space, as it is sometimes used for HVAC air return. The plenum space is also very commonly used to conceal piping, wiring, and/or ductwork.
A typical dropped ceiling consists of a grid-work of metal channels in the shape of an upside-down “T”, suspended on wires from the overhead structure. These channels snap together in a regularly spaced pattern – typically a 2×2 or 2×4 foot grid in the US, or 600×600 mm grid in Europe (this is the modular size of the grid, the tiles are actually 595mm x 595mm or 595mm x 1195mm). Each cell is filled with lightweight “tiles” or “panels” which simply drop into the grid. Tiles can be selected with a variety of materials, including wood, metal, plastic, or mineral fibres, and can come in almost any color. Light fixtures, HVAC air grilles, and other fixtures are available which can fit the same space as a tile for easy installation. Most tile material is easily cut to allow fixtures in other shapes, such as incandescent lights, speakers, and fire sprinkler heads.
The suspended ceiling was originally developed to conceal the underside of the floor above and to offer acoustic balance and control in a room. The acoustic performance of suspended ceilings has improved dramatically over the years, with enhanced sound absorption and attenuation. This is sometimes achieved by adding insulation known as Sound Attenuation Batts (SABs), more commonly referred to as “sound batts”, above the panels to help deaden sounds and keep adjacent rooms quieter.
If fire safety is a factor, ceiling tiles made from mineral fibres, or fire-rated wood panels can be used within the construction to meet acceptable standards/ratings. These same tiles can provide the needed additional resistance to meet the “time rating” required for various fire code, city ordinance, commercial, or other similar building construction regulations. Fire ratings for ceiling panels vary based on the materials used and preparation of each panel. In the UK it can be required for the tiles from certain manufacturers to be clipped into the grid with special ceiling clips in order to provide a fire rating; there are special tiles designed for the underside of mezzanine floors however that can give a fire rating without being clipped.
Ease of modification
Another advantage of a modular ceiling is that the easily-removed ceiling panels offer instant access to the plenum, greatly simplifying repairs or alterations.Wiring and piping installed behind traditional plaster or wallboard ceilings is extremely difficult to modify once the finished ceiling is in place. Wires must either be fished through hollow spaces in the walls behind the finished ceiling, or the ceiling must be demolished in order for wiring or piping changes to be made.In contrast, the tiles and other parts of a modular ceiling are easily removed to allow access to the area above the grid to do any necessary wiring or plumbing modifications. In the event of remodelling, nearly all components of the grid can be dismantled and reassembled somewhere else.In business, the modular ceiling is often used in conjunction with hollow steel studs to construct small office spaces out of a much larger cavernous space. Wiring and other services are run through the open ceiling, down through the hollow stud walls, and to outlets in the work areas. If business needs change, the office spaces are easily dismantled and the overall cavernous space reconfigured with a different floorplan.
Areas of Application for modular ceilings where it suits the best are:
Hospitals and Pharmaceutical companies
Offices , IT, BPO, Call Centres, Banks etc.
Healthcare and Pharma Companies
Textile & Garment Facilities
Ware houses and Factories
Acoustic Insulation in terms of CAC & NRC has to be addressed with great concern
Problems are Echo, Boom and deadening of sound at certain spots like Auditoriums, Cinema Halls, Home Theatres etc
Plain Look False Ceiling
Also Called flush look and seamless ceiling , these ceilings are a popular choice with designers. they provide the flexibility of design elements like steps, coves, curves and of course the choice of painting in desired colors and textured.
Flush Ceilings are installed using a concealed metal framework, on which building boards of your choice are fixed using screws and then it is finished using tapes and compounds to provide a smooth finish, ready to paint and decorate.
Many Commercial establishments are required to have seamless or prefer plain flush look ceilings
Clean Room applications require flush look, seamless finish false ceiling systems.
Pharma Companies and Healthcare
Retail and showrooms
Hospitality like Hotels and Restaurants
clubs and club houses
Over heard services like air-conditioning, wiring , insulation and lighting can be concealed over plain ceilings.
Products typically used for plain flush look ceilings :
Gypsum Board False Ceiling from Gyproc and USG Boral
Hilux Calcium Silicate False Ceiling from Ramco Hilux
Cement Fibre Board based False ceiling from Everest, HIL, Aerocon, Visaka V-Board
PLAIN FALSE CEILINGS OFFER THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS
Flexibility in design and look
Making a clean and distraction free ceiling space
Improved Thermal and Acoustic Insulation resulting in comfort
Reduction in airconditioning loads