Suspended ceilings, also known as “dropped” or “false” ceilings have been around for over 50 years. But as a commercial ceiling choice, they’re still going strong.
One of the reasons for their continued success is that they provide a relatively low-cost way to cover large spaces. The cost, as with most interior fixings, can vary widely, depending on a number of different factors including:
- Choice of material
- Any special features
- Lighting system
- Fire resistance
However, as a rule of thumb, for suspended ceiling in 2019 you should allow between £20 to £30 per square metre. This can reduce where the area is larger. This price assumes a reasonable quality ceiling tile and grid, and expert installation.
What affects the cost of a suspended ceiling?
Choice of material: there is an ever-increasing number of options when it comes to suspended ceiling tile materials. Choices include wood and metal mineral fibres. The relative cost is bound to be taken into account when it comes to choosing your finish. But you’ll need to weigh up other factors too, not least aesthetics and the overall look you want to achieve.
Special features: do you need to make provision for air conditioning, or a security or fire sprinkler system? Does your ceilings feature sloped, curved or unusually shaped areas? These may all increase the overall ceilings cost due to increased wastage and fitting time.
Lighting system: suspended ceilings are perfectly placed to work with a range of different lighting systems, so let your imagination run wild! However, standard rectangular lighting is likely to be your cheapest option.
Fire resistance: special fire-resistant ceilings tiles can cost up to three times the price of a standard tile. That extra investment can be more than worth the initial outlay though if this feature is called into action.
Fitting: the most cost-effective way of getting your suspended ceiling fitted is likely to be to call in some experts. They will be efficient and are much less likely to make any costly mistakes. But this is a cost you’ll need to factor in to the overall ceilings cost.
How to get an accurate cost
Given that there are so many variables, you will need to specify the details of your ceilings before you can get an accurate quote. If you know what you need, it can be fairly simple to go out to a number of different suppliers to get a cost – be sure to check whether their costs include installation too.
If you’re less sure on the specification you need, any specialist contractor should be able to offer advice and discuss your options. This is something we do on a regular basis.
If you’re in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire or Essex, the best way to get an accurate cost for your suspended ceiling, whatever the requirement, is to give us a call. Our experienced team will be more than happy to help.