Suspended Ceiling Systems
Suspended ceilings are a practical, cost effective and flexible solution for finishing off a commercial or industrial space. Advantage specialises in the design, supply and installation of suspended ceiling systems to suit the needs of a wide range of spaces and budgets.
Also known as dropped or false ceilings, suspended ceilings are hung from the roof or floor above, usually from metal framework in a grid formation which then has the compatible tiles fitted. The reasons for installing a suspended ceiling, false or dropped ceiling can be varied, but generally they are a quick, affordable and aesthetic solution that offer the customer a range of benefits now and in the future.
Why choose a suspended ceiling system?
Installing a suspended ceiling is an economical and easy way to create an impressive look for your interior with a range of different finishes and lighting options depending on the feel you want. Allows you to also hide services such as air conditioning, wiring or pipework while still allowing easy access for maintenance, repair or cleaning in the future. Learn more about the benefits of suspended ceilings here.
Suspended ceiling systems also improve acoustics ideal for limiting the transference of noise across spaces such as workplaces, factories or classrooms. They can also offer additional fire safety which is essential to meeting building control or building regulations in certain instances. This is key to ensuring occupants can exit a space safely and rescue services can assess and carry out rescues when necessary. In health environments, there are anti-bacterial tiles that prevent the build-up of bacteria and fungi on the surface.
Ease of installation and maintenance
Suspended ceilings are quick to install and easy to maintain, with removable panels that can be cleaned, or replaced when needed, making them a perfect versatile choice for your building’s renovation or refurbishment. Learn more about the benefits of suspended ceilings here.
They provide insulation for improved heat and humidity regulation, creating a more energy efficient room, and thereby saving on energy bills.
What types of suspended ceilings are there?
Acoustic ceilings are designed to either absorb, reflect or diffuse the reverberations of sound. What you want to achieve with the acoustics will determine what materials are used. The most common materials are mineral fibre, fibreglass, metal and wood.
Grid and tile ceilings
This type of suspended ceiling system is comprised of a grid which is created from a metal framework which is hung from wires fixed into the ceiling. Ceiling tiles and lighting units are fitted into the grid completing a ceiling that reflects lighting well.
Suspended metal ceilings can be anything from simple metal tiles in a concealed, or exposed, grid to more bespoke options. Metal ceiling rafts, baffles or even more unique designs are equally as effective for the acoustic properties of other materials, whilst providing a sleek, modern aesthetic.
Advantage – your suspended ceiling experts
In the end it is key for the design and budget that you work with a partner that can ensure you specify and install the right suspended ceiling for your premises. At Advantage we have a vast amount of experience in designing, supplying and installing ceiling systems of all types and will work with you or your team to ensure your suspended ceiling installation meets fire safety regulations as well as the acoustic and aesthetics you desire. We offer a wide range of materials for your bespoke ceiling, from ceramic, metal, mineral and wood to even translucent materials for an open and modern look. We pride ourselves on being able to deliver your perfect suspended ceiling on time and within budget.
Talk to one of the team today to begin designing your new suspended ceiling installation.
A suspended ceiling is a ceiling which is installed underneath the roof or main structural floor above or to conceal the void or services between the roof in a room or space. It can be constructed from a variety of materials. Learn more about what suspended ceilings are here.
Suspended and dropped ceilings are interchangeable names for the same thing. They both refer to a ceiling that hangs below the main structural ceiling within a building.
There are many different types of suspended ceilings, but the main ones are acoustic, grid and tile, MF or plasterboard, metal, wood or even other materials.
The amount of weight that a suspended ceiling can hold depends on the sturdiness of the metal framework. If you just want to hang some decorations for a party, you won’t have to worry too much as you can lift a tile or two to tie banners or balloons onto the frame, so you don’t even need to put in any permanent nails or screws. However, they are not intended to be weight-bearing, so if someone needs to check wiring or the air conditioning unit, they will need to access it from below by moving some of the tiles.
Whether a suspended ceiling is fire-rated or not depends on the customers specification as well as ensuring the space meets building control and building regulations. Fire-rated ceilings give a certain amount of passive fire protection which not all suspended ceilings are required to have. This is important as it factors in the necessary safety for cases of emergency, where there could be a certain of amount of travel distance to exit a space. Fire rating allows maximum opportunity for a buildings or spaces occupants to evacuate and rescue services way to assess the risk when carrying out any necessary rescues.
To find out if your suspended ceiling should be fire-rated, get in touch to chat with one of our experts for advice.
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