False ceilings provide ample choice for housing different types of light fittings to achieve varied kinds of mood and ambient light effects. It also helps with temperature control, and concealing electrical and other networking cables. There are many styles, visual effects, textures, shapes, sizes, colors and materials to work with when it comes to drop ceilings and you are likely to find something that works well with your tastes and the space.
False ceilings help with absorbing noise from the upper floor. They are quite energy efficient as the air-filled gap between the two layers controls temperature within a room. This is especially true for spaces which are directly below building terraces. Also, they help in better optimization of air conditioning as they reduce the overall volume of a space, hence cooling required is lesser.
With its many advantages, it is important to keep in mind that a suspended ceiling can close-up a space, so smaller rooms or those with relatively low ceilings may not benefit from having one.
1. Fire protection: It provides excellent fire protection solutions.
2. Thermal insulation: The application of false ceilings develops a gap between the terrace and the ceiling, it helps in keeping the room much cooler.
3. Sound insulation: Conventional walls offer a poor sound insulation as compare to lightweight construction material like Gypsum board. By installing a false ceiling with rock wool reduces outside noise.
4. Light and sturdy: Gypsum Boards are 8 to 10 times lighter than masonry structures.
5. Aesthetically more appealing: These ceilings are aesthetically more appealing and offer flexibility in dividing spaces, it also permits experiment with the shapes and sizes.
6. Helps save electricity: False ceiling reduces space in the ceiling, it helps in increasing air conditioning performance and it provides insulation layer.
7. Fixing of lights inside the ceiling: Having a false ceiling can completely transform the look of your ceiling by allowing you to install led lights inside the ceiling. Led Lights for reading or diffused lighting for parties or a relaxed atmosphere. LED lights consume less energy and most of them work well for several years.
8. Faster construction: Gypsum boards are easy to install and require very less time. In brick construction, the wall also needs to be broken and redone again, if there are some wire or other installation it takes additional time.
9. Available in many materials and colors: False ceilings are available in wood, plastic, fibre, and other materials.
10. Revolutionary look: This roof provides a revolutionary look to contemporary interiors.
• Height: One of the most important considerations is the height. The minimum of 9-feet from false ceiling to floor is required to avoid a sense of claustrophobia. For safety, one must ensure that if you raise your hand, there should be sufficient space between the ceiling and the hand, so you don’t accidentally knock off chandeliers or any hanging curios. Special care should be taken to ensure fans are placed at spots where the hand doesn’t accidentally encounter it.
• Wiring: Plan your wiring layout beforehand as in some cases, this will end up determining the shape and design of the false ceiling especially if you only want a partial one or a border.
• Ceiling fans: Ceiling fans are heavy and require a hook to be installed on the main ceiling slab prior to false ceiling work. This holds especially true in case of gypsum or any other light weight ceilings.
• Lighting: While cove lighting enhances the ceiling, concealed down lighters enhance the elegance of a space. In all cases planning wiring beforehand is key. Recessed lights can be planned in advance, so that when you cut the false ceiling to house these lights, there should be no framework at the same spot as the light to be installed. Pendants and chandeliers require hooks to be installed on the main ceiling beforehand.
• Hanging features: In case of hanging a heavy item like swing, one needs to install a sturdy hook in the ceiling slab before creating the false ceiling to take the weight.
• Small rooms: Minimal designs with clean lines and without fancy mouldings. Trying to maximise the space between the slab and false ceiling by concealing all electrical wires, AC ducts, copper piping etc. within them.
• Large rooms: Choose from double layered ceilings to unusual shapes, textures and finishes to create drama if the space is large. You can also mix and match materials, textures, colours, and finishes to create an impact.
• Border: As a border along the walls, you still get the full height of the ceiling but you now have a framework within which you can hide wiring and place ambient lighting.
Whether you opt for an exposed grid system or a concealed grid system there are quite a few materials to choose from.
• Gypsum or Plaster of Paris: The most commonly used materials, gypsum or POP sheets are less expensive, light weight and easy to install. They can be easily shaped into any design, painted or covered with wallpaper. For safety, it is recommended to install a piece of plywood right above the sheet for providing strength. Low on maintenance, they need to be dusted and cleaned occasionally with a sponge. Regular painting or covering with wallpaper every 3-4 years is recommended.
• Acrylic, Fibre or Glass: Easy to install, these sheets are placed over a wood or metal framework. These are a great way to introduce ambient lighting and require little upkeep.
• Wood: Wood naturally adds charm to a space but these ceilings are more expensive, heavier and look bulkier hence best suited for large rooms. Wooden ceilings look richer and are sturdy. Hanging heavy pendant lights etc. is relatively easy as they tend to support more weight. These require regular polishing once installed.
• Metal: Polished metal false ceilings can inject drama to a space and tend to last. Aluminium and galvanised iron are the most commonly used metals.
• Modular / Grid: These comprise prefabricated and pre-finished ready-to-install panels, which sit directly on a framework. They are lightweight, easy to install, come in an array of finishes and looks.