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

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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.

False ceil­ings

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.

Their ad­van­tages

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.

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