False Ceilings at a glance
A false ceiling is a secondary ceiling, hung below the main (structural) ceiling. It may also be referred to as a drop ceiling, T-bar ceiling, suspended ceiling, grid ceiling, drop in ceiling or drop out ceiling and is a staple of modern construction and architecture in both residential and commercial applications.
Modern false ceilings were initially created to hide the building infrastructure, including piping, wiring, or ductwork, by creating a plenum space above the false ceiling, while allowing access for repairs and inspections. Recent innovations now offer a plethora of options in sizes, colours, materials (including retro designs and faux leather, wood, or metal), visual effects and shapes, patterns and textures.
Today's false ceilings come in a wide variety of styles, textures, grids and colours, giving you almost endless possibilities. False ceilings bring about exceptional design choices that can revamp any room and increase the value of it. It is also easy to install a false ceiling and can be done in minimum time.
The clutter of ducts, plumbing, wiring, TV and networking cables and other mechanical systems can be nicely capped by a false ceiling, yet remain easily accessible for repair or modification. In the case of a plumbing leak overhead, it's no problem to replace damaged panels. False ceilings in a media room solve the problem of where to nest multiple cables and power cords.
One way to sound proof a room is by building a false ceiling. This is because false ceilings offer superior acoustic properties, to soften noises, so surrounding rooms are quieter. Furthermore, false ceilings are resistant to mold, mildew and bacteria on the treated surface. They can even be used in areas where high humidity is frequently present, such as the bathroom. Another plus is that they have superior sag resistance.