When it comes to ceilings, whether it’s for your new home, renovation, or commercial space, there are many components to consider, everything from your budget, the appearance, to the intention behind the ceiling indeed, there’s more to the ceiling compared to being a cover over your head. Ceilings help insulate (both noise and temperature) the room below, they conceal the structural elements of the home, they frequently hide utility pipes and wires and they provide a decorative finish.
In this article we examine the pros and cons of using drop-down ceilings in your home building project, also called suspended ceilings that are common in many commercial buildings and located in homes. In homes, they are more commonly used in basements because of their construction, cost, and simplicity.
These ceilings typically consist of a frame, normally metal tracks, which can be suspended from the house structure utilizing wires. Tiles or panels are subsequently placed or laid inside the paths, forming the suspended ceiling.
Types of tiles or panels
The most common ceiling tile utilized in suspended or drop-down ceilings is the acoustic tile. These come in a variety of colors and finishes and varying qualities. For an eye-catching look different color tiles may even be mixed. Some tiles can be more easily wiped clean — that is useful following the maintenance team has been working in the ceiling installation.
Also, there are other tile choices such as:
- Ceiling Tiles
- Wooden Planks
- Stained glass
- Corrugated metal
Benefits of drop-down ceilings
- Effortless Setup —To put in a drop-down ceiling, one needs to install metal tracks suspended by wires beneath the roof structure, then panels have been laid or placed between the tracks — this is how the name “drop-down” or suspended ceiling was. Even though it may look easy to suspend the panels, installing the track job may require the support of a knowledgeable contractor. Many house owners intending to put in themselves can obtain the essential knowledge from readouts and the internet, and they can purchase the materials out of their local building or ceiling supply stores. But they will need to maintain the protection of their house and confirm the ceiling will not fall, while also ensuring that it’s aesthetically pleasing with no sags when it’s finished.
- Soundproofing —Drop-down ceilings can boost the soundproofing of the room, either blocking noise from outside the home or from rooms over. Drop-down ceilings can be coated with fiberglass or similar products.
- Concealing of wires, duct-work, and imperfections —For the most part, drop-down ceilings are installed to hide wires, pipes, and valves, while providing easy access to the duct-work, wires, and any other essential building parts that require maintenance or check-ups. Comparable to an access panel that offers easy and simple access to the ceiling space, drop-down ceilings do the same.
Disadvantages of Drop-down ceilings
- Loss of height and space —The biggest disadvantage of ceilings is that they decrease the height of space by several inches (usually at least 8 to 12 but often more) to allow for the framework and wires. This could make the room look smaller and the reduced ceiling might interfere with the tops of windows, cupboards, and furniture.
- Quality —While dropdowns are a cost-effective alternative to get a building, there are sometimes quality issues. They can over time deteriorate and change colors. This may be avoided with routine maintenance of the panels and ceilings and by ensuring no leaks are resulting in condensation or mold build-up. With time, poorly installed ceilings can sag. Frequent lifting of these panels to access the utilities and pipes at the ceiling space will lead to panels getting damaged.
- Not strong or sturdy —Generally the panels, framework, and wires are lightweight. They cannot support heavy loads, including an individual’s weight, nor will they be used to encourage heavy light fittings or perhaps ceiling fans, unless there are additional support structures added.
Conclusion – Weigh the Options
Ceiling tiles could be eye-catching, and a properly installed drop-down ceiling could be a characteristic of the space. It’s frequently a practical low-cost solution to your ceiling requirements, hiding the services and utility pipes and wires in the ceiling void while providing easy access to them for maintenance. Using different kinds of Ceiling tiles may convey varying fashions to your room. But, poor installation and using cheap products could result in your ceiling deteriorating with time. Care should also be taken that your drop-down ceiling doesn’t look like a commercial office ceiling. These ceilings aren’t as strong as conventional ceilings and can easily be damaged.
Dropdowns are a great choice for basic buildings and practicality — just remember to ensure it meets all of your building needs.
So, if you’re thinking of replacing your present ceiling, or planning on a remodeling job consider the various ceiling types and what will be best suited to your requirements, budget, and that which will best fit your room and style choices. At ACRA Fitouts you can get the best ceiling products and services at the most affordable price. Contact us to get more details.
ACRA Ltd has been engaged in interior Fitout & Project Management for more than 20 years. We are the main dealer for MERO-TSK in Ireland and do “supply & install” or “supply only” advanced flooring systems.