Design Dossier: All You Need To Know About False Ceilings

False Ceilings are becoming a popular décor choice in many modern homes. In fact, homes and apartments these days also come fitted with false ceilings.

There are many different types of false ceiling options available today at varying costs. The variety of materials they use, include:

-Plaster of Paris
-Gypsum
-Wood
-Fiber
-Metal
-Glass
-PVC
-Fabric and synthetic leather

The material you choose for your false ceiling will depend on the kind of look you want to create. Gypsum ceilings are the most popularly used ones in homes as they are light in weight and can be molded easily. For offices and commercial spaces metal ceilings are more popular.
False ceilings, popular as they are, come with many advantages and a few disadvantages as well. Here’s a quick lowdown on all of them, should you plan to install one in your home.

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The Positives Of False Ceilings


1. False ceilings help conceal unflattering elements like pipes, ducts, and cables in a room and hide them out of sight.
2. They lend a rich appearance to a space and enhance its aesthetics.
3. They help improve the acoustics of a room and reduce the echoing of sound.
4. They help reduce the visible height of spaces with ceilings that are excessively high.
5. They can help prevent a fire from spreading easily.
6. They provide an additional insulation layer and keep the room cooler and protected from direct sunlight.
7. They also help optimize the air conditioning in a space by reducing the amount of space that needs cooling.
8. False ceilings allow you to use high quality LED lights and light up a room in unique and aesthetically pleasing ways (like using indirect lighting, for instance). LED lights are known to consume considerably less power than ordinary tube-lights and bulbs and last longer.

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The Not-so-positive Aspects Of False Ceilings


1. False ceilings create spaces that are usually closed and inaccessible during routine cleaning, making them a breeding ground for pests and mites to make a home in.
2. False ceilings aren’t very strong and if you try to hang anything heavy off them, there’s always the risk of the ceiling breaking or caving in.
3. If your ceilings aren’t very high then adding a false ceiling to your interiors might make them appear smaller than they are and reduce the visual space available.

Why settle for less, when you can get more?