WHAT IS FALSE CEILING? TYPES OF FALSE CEILING.

FALSE CEILING

False ceiling are often known as suspended ceilings as they are literally dropped or hung from the main ceiling. Different types of false ceilings you often see in homes, offices, shopping complexes, restaurants, theatres, etc. are generally the second ceiling hung below the main structural ceiling. The area above the drop ceiling or false ceiling is called the plenum space, as it is sometimes used for HVAC air return.





Types of False Ceiling

False ceilings can be differentiated into many types based on their uses, material used and appearance and visibility.
The classification based on materials used are given below.
  1. Gypsum Ceiling
  2. P.O.P Ceiling
  3. Calcium silicate ceiling
  4. Fiber Ceiling
  5. Wooden Ceiling
  6. Glass Ceiling
  7. Metal Ceiling
  8. Synthetic Leather or Cloth Ceiling

  • Gypsum False Ceiling
Gypsum false ceiling is a form of hydrated sulfate of calcium. This type of false ceiling are lightweight, sound insulated, fire resistance, soft and thermally insulated.

Gypsum false ceiling comes in the shape of square boards that are hung with the help of aluminium framework.

  • Plaster of Paris Ceiling

 Plaster of Paris (POP) is the most versatile used material in the construction of false ceiling. POP is obtained when gypsum is heated to a certain degree. It gives the both aesthetic and functional help.Plaster of Paris false ceiling are attractive, almost no maintenance and has a long life span. They are very excellent insulators or heat and cold.

  • Fiber False Ceiling

Fiber false ceiling are in high demand for the construction of false ceiling due to low cost and east installation. The material used to manufacture fiber ceiling panels are man made by synthetic and natural minerals. As these are man-made they come in many shapes and sizes.

  • Wooden False Ceiling

Wooden false ceiling is used due to its natural textures and pattern. Nowadays this types of false ceiling are used commonly as it gives a pleasant look to the eyes.
Wooden false ceiling being costly, is not used in malls and hospitals but can be installed in residential buildings. They can be given various finishes, or painted to get the right look.
Wooden false ceiling has many disadvantages, majorly which are:
  • Prone to termite attack.
  • Prone to warping.
  • The room should be thermally controlled.


  • Glass false ceiling

One of the type of false ceiling used in construction are of glass. It is a non-crystalline material with the property of brittle and transparent. But this can be altered to make it non brittle and non-transparent using some admixtures.
As glass is a good insulator of heat, it can be used for false ceiling. This type of false ceiling improves aesthetic appearance of the building.

  • Metal Ceiling

As metal is a hard and durable material, it is used extensively in the false ceiling. When the metal surface is polished it gives a shiny surface which is a treat for eyes.
The metals used in this are galvanized iron and aluminum. The cost of this ceiling are low as they are easy to install and access. The hidden members of the structure are easily accessed as the panels are easily removable and reattached. The construction cost becomes less as the installation, fixing and maintained is low.

  • Synthetic Leather or Cloth Ceiling

The materials used in this type of ceilings are either leather or cloth. As both the used materials are man-made they can be given any form, shape and design which improves the aesthetic view of interior of the building.
As these collects dust and has low light transferring property it’s only used in temporary tents or other temporary buildings.

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