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Most people ignore the ceilings in their interior design and fail to test their exceptional influence in room aesthetics. But is it just the appearance that is affected by the false ceiling? No, false ceilings provide thermal, moisture and sound insulation as well apart from just regulating air, hiding wires, saving energy and providing fire-safety benefits. Let’s find out everything there is to know about false ceilings and answer some frequently asked questions about them.
What Is a False Ceiling?
A false ceiling is an artificial ceiling that fits below the original to give benefits such as improved appearance, thermal insulation, fire safety and energy conservation. There are various designs and materials that you can use for your ceilings to vail all these benefits. We have listed some common designs below for you.
Types of False Ceilings by Design
A Peripheral False Ceiling
Peripheral false ceilings help define a region and improve room aesthetics. These are economical options when you want to do strategic lighting and hide the wires that hang after redoing the electrical layout.
An Island False Ceiling
This kind of ceiling makes the walls appear taller than they actually are, and thereby give a rendition of high ceilings. It also provides heat and sound insulation and thus, conserves energy in your home.
A Plus-Minus False Ceiling
A plus-minus false ceiling, apart from being incredibly appealing, is a better version of an island ceiling. This is because it provides a more thorough protection from drastic temperature changes. Also, it provides a better scope for changing electrical layouts or achieving layered lighting design that is meant to conserve energy. Additionally, it offers a better protection from fire as it is not limited to small regions, instead, it covers a substantial part of the original ceiling.
Also read: 20 Bedroom Ceiling Design Ideas for You.
Types of False Ceilings by Materials
POP False Ceilings
If you’re wondering how false ceilings offer safety and insulation, the answer is in the materials that are used to make them. For example, POP is highly resistant to fire and has an excellent thermal insulation property. It is a better option than gypsum (which basically turns to POP upon dehydration) when you need a rather mouldable false ceiling design.
Gypsum False Ceilings
Gypsum is a neat-looking, stronger and more durable material than POP. However, it has the same insulation properties and can be installed in an eco-friendly manner as it doesn’t produce a lot of toxic dust during the process. Since it attaches to the ceilings using metal frames, it is easier to install than POP which requires moulding skills.
PVC False Ceilings
Another highly durable material that is also the easiest to install is PVC. It has similar insulation properties and isn’t a brittle material. Consequently, PVC ceilings are easy-to-install and safe at the same time. Since this material is also resistant to moisture and weathering, it is suitable for outdoor purposes like balcony ceilings as well.
Wooden False Ceilings
Wooden false ceilings are expensive but worth all your money. They are best for rooms with high ceilings as they reduce the perception of height. They can make your large rooms appear cosier and more intimate. The reason why wood can achieve this is because wood is easier to notice compared to white ceilings. White ceilings do the opposite, they make small rooms appear voluminous.
Which Type of False Ceiling Is the Best?
The type of false ceiling mostly depends on your requirements and taste, but when it comes to materials, gypsum ceilings are the best for home interiors. They are easy-to-install and don’t burn a hole in your pocket. Gypsum also controls the transmission of heat and sound through your ceiling while being aesthetically appealing.
Is a False Ceiling Good for Homes?
Yes, a false ceiling is a good aesthetical option to consider for your home interiors. It can uplift the look of your home by making the ceiling look higher and the room look bigger, brighter and cosier.
Is a False Ceiling Expensive?
The right answer is that a false ceiling isn’t always expensive. Since its price is calculated per sq. ft., you can opt for minimal designs that serve the same purpose in your room for less money. Some basic types of ceiling designs that cost less would be peripheral and island type. Given that the size of your new ceiling is in your hands, it will be easy to control your expenditure.
Which False Ceiling Is Long-Lasting?
All false ceilings are long lasting, as they are built not only for aesthetics but also practical uses like heat and sound proofing. Hence, materials like gypsum, PVC and wood that are used for ceilings, are highly durable and in fact, make your homes safer.
What Will Be the Cost of False Ceilings?
The cost of false ceilings can be calculated approximately if you know the surface area of the ceiling that needs to be built. Simply multiply the rate of your choice of material per sq. ft. with this area to get the base cost. Additionally, you should account for the cost of finishing that your ceiling will require (paint/polish), any electrical changes and fittings (including cove lights) in the cost of your false ceiling design.
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