What’s in a name
False ceiling is a name commonly given to a ceiling which hangs below a substrate. This can be either directly fixed or hung with suspension wires.
Different types of false ceiling
There are several different types of false ceilings you can have.
Firstly, we have exposed grid suspended ceilings. Exposed grid is a T bar system that interlocks together in various layouts. 1200 x 600 is the most common you will find. Services fit easily into this layout, making it great for office and commercial spaces. Multiple tile choices are available, plaster, mineral fibre, metal, timber the list goes on. Furthermore, needs change and it great to be able to access your ceiling cavity.
Secondly, we have concealed grid false ceilings. These ceilings consist of a metal framework. Sheeting and flush setting happen next. Painting generally follows soon after. A concealed grid can create a variety of shapes, angles and curves. Its weakness is in serviceability. Repairs are expensive and you need access panels to access the ceiling cavity.
Finally, stretch false ceilings make an appearance. Firstly, we install the perimeter track. Then we install a membrane over the tracks. This creates one seamless surface. Downsides are it’s difficult to repair, with low acoustics. Whereas the flip side, they lose the least space of any ceiling type and are seamless with no joins.