False ceilings: functional décor for modern day homes
False ceilings are not just an element of design, these can offer benefits such as a seamless finish and various lighting options
There were times when people overlooked the importance of styling their ceilings,focusing instead on the beautification of the walls and floor tiling. Today, with the array of designs that false ceilings offer, people are spoilt for choice and find false ceilings an imperative part of a house makeover.
Ceilings as a design element offer the maximum unobstructed view of any interior space. False ceilings can offer a definitive look and feel to your rooms and build the right ambience as per your taste. With a wide array of design options, false ceilings can enhance the décor of any room. Apart from stunning aesthetics, they offer functional benefits of thermal and sound insulation, better light reflectance and facilitate concealed and diffused lighting options.
False ceiling is a secondary ceiling which is suspended close to the main ceiling structure using a metal framing structure.
False ceilings are not just an element of design, these can also offer superior performance benefits. Mentioned below are some of the major advantages false ceilings have to offer:
Aesthetics: Contemporary décor and designer look for your homes – a style statement that reflects class.
Seamless and e l e g ant smooth finish (you will not have any waviness and uneven finish that results from plastered surfaces).
Lighting options: False ceilings in homes can open up a whole world of lighting options both in terms of spot lighting (white lights for reading) and mood lighting (party or relaxed atmosphere).
Concealment of wires: All the wiring for overhead fixtures like fans, lighting, air-conditioning can be easily routed in the gap between the false ceiling and the soffit. This hides the crisscrossing of wires on the ceilings and offers a clean and seamless look to your homes.
Performance: Energy efficiency: False ceiling creates an air gap between the soffit and false ceiling level creating thermal insulation, reducing the air volume of the room and hence bringing down the airconditioning load. This in turn reduces the power consumption for cooling the space.
Thermal insulation: A very common occurrence in homes with the ceiling above exposed directly to the sun is the heat that comes through the ceiling. False ceilings are an effective way to manage this as the air gap between the soffit and the false ceiling offers thermal insulation that reduces the impact of the exposed sun.
Impact sound insula- tion: Sound coming in from the apartment above is also a common problem in apartment complexes. False ceiling can help reduce this sound by providing an additional insulating surface between your home and the home above.
Plasterboards are also extremely fast and easy to install. A false ceiling using gypsum plasterboard is very easy to do. It takes approximately one week to do a plain false ceiling and anywhere from 1-2 weeks for designer false ceilings depending on the complexity. So a false ceiling can be done in as much time or faster than a paint job. False ceilings are also cost effective and offer a great value for money.