False ceiling hangs below the main ceiling. It is an important element of modern construction and architecture in both commercial and residential applications. There are various advantages of false ceiling which includes acoustics balance, reduction of energy consumption, aesthetic appeal, etc.
Let's look at the benefits of false ceiling !
It adds an aesthetic appeal to the area by hiding the duct work, piping or wiring while allowing access for repair and inspection. For example, if fire sprinklers are concealed by the false ceiling, the appearance becomes more attractive.
False ceiling is the best aid to maintain Acoustic Balance in rooms. Insulations are installed above the panels to make the place soundproof. So, the adjacent rooms are kept quieter.
Constructing the false ceiling, adds sustainable features to the interior designs. Such features include energy efficiency and increased use of recyclable or renewable resources.
It is evident that dropped or false ceilings have higher return on investment (ROI) over open ceiling.
The high vertical roofs, which makes the furniture looks tiny, can be lowered down by the false ceiling and thus, renders a proportionate appearance to the room.
False ceiling slashes energy consumption as it involves the utilisation of LED lights.
Modern innovations have offered a plethora of options in size, colours, visual effects, materials and shapes for the false ceiling.
Types of False Ceiling on the basis of ceiling design or pattern :
It is ideal for small rooms and doesn't lower down the actual roof height. Thus, the room looks bigger and well-illuminated.
This type of ceiling has a very impressive appearance and gives a grandeur feeling to the ambiance. Moreover, multi-layered false ceiling offers a platform to play with lighting position and colours. We suggest to use such ceiling in bigger rooms.
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Plus Minus Pop false ceiling
Such type of design includes cut in and out style where certain elements protrude out and some elements are tucked into the regular false ceiling.
Most popular false ceiling shapes are wooden slats, intricate lattice, inverted cove, peripheral ceiling, geometric design and box ceiling.
False ceiling Classification on the basis of the type of material used :
POP false ceiling
Plaster of Paris (POP) is available in powder form which is made into paste applied on chicken mesh for better mechanical strength and to stay afloat. POP paste is ideal to do fancy false ceiling designs because it is way easy to be moulded. Moreover, it is durable and can withstand minimum wears and tears. Pop false ceiling is famous for sound proofing and thermal insulation properties.
Gypsum false ceiling
Gypsum is nothing but POP without water. Gypsum plaster boards are available in prefabricated form which are further assembled at the site. It's installation is easy and clean process. It is generally used in doing light-weight false ceiling. However, there is not much price difference between gypsum and pop false ceiling.
Wooden false ceiling
Is on higher side in the costing. That’s why it is usually seen in residential projects than in commercial projects.
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In context of the prices, there is no standard chart because the overall costing depends on the type of design and the size. However, we can say that POP and Gypsum False Ceiling costs more or less equal whereas, the wooden one is at higher side and serves as a status symbol as well. Doesn't matter what design you choose, always opt for very light shades. Rooms with light coloured ceilings seem brighter and well-lit.
Make note that the installation of false ceiling involves precise calculation and measurements. So, it should be done by expert technicians in guidance of the designers.