When developing a new commercial premises, or planning a commercial renovation, choosing the right ceiling might not always come top of the agenda. But it is an important decision which can have far-reaching consequences in terms of the productivity of your staff, ease of maintenance and overall aesthetics.
We take a quick look at some of the most common types of commercial ceilings.
Suspended ceilings have been a cost-effective staple of the commercial ceiling world for many years now. They are usually comprised of a metal grid suspended from the structure above, which is filled with ceiling tiles. This leaves a handy void above the tiles which can accommodate heating ducts, air conditioning services, plumbing, wires and more. A great option if you want to hide your utilities away whilst maintaining easy access for maintenance.
Suspended ceilings have come a long way in recent years. The range of tile options is vast, making this a versatile option. It’s possible to choose suspended ceiling tiles which provide additional acoustic properties to reduce reverberation. Or select tiles with extra insulation properties to help reduce energy bills.
Exposed ceilings became popular in recent years as a design feature – deliberately leaving the structural and mechanical components of the building visible. It may also appeal as a way to save money on a more traditional ceiling, and immediate access for maintenance.
However, there are downsides. With lots of hard surfaces, exposed ceilings can contribute to unwanted noise and reverberation in large spaces. The “unfinished” look is also not to everyone’s taste!
Expanded mesh ceilings
Expanded metal ceilings are a great choice for achieving a contemporary, industrial look. They tick some of the same boxes as an exposed ceiling – allowing a glimpse of the ceiling void which makes for fantastic impact. They’re a popular choice for modern offices, sports centres, airports, stations, shopping centres, or any project with large ceilings areas. Their acoustic performance is generally far better than an exposed ceiling.
For renovation projects, a metal mesh ceiling can replace old ceiling tiles with ease, without replacing the existing grid system.
MF plasterboard ceilings
A lightweight and cost-effective ceiling option. Plasterboard is screwed to a metal framework suspended from the structure above. This then needs to be finished with plaster or taping and jointing then painting for a smooth, seamless finish.
With good acoustic properties and options to resist fire and moisture, there is a solution to suit most commercial premises. MF ceilings can be a great option for creating interesting curved and sloped ceilings.
Timber ceilings can be visually very effective. There are different varieties of wood to choose from – we recommend trying to use a locally available material and source sustainably. A clever architect can come up with some stunning designs.
Working with a commercial ceilings specialist
We’ve been leading the commercial ceilings industry in East Anglia for decades. With experience of working with all these commercial ceiling options, we’re well placed to advise on developments, as well as manage the entire project. Our experienced installers will do a great job. We’re happy to discuss your project with no obligation, so feel free to give us a call.