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Suspended Ceilings

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Suspended Ceilings

Suspended ceilings are a common feature in many homes and commercial buildings. A suspended ceiling consists of panels supported by a lightweight grid system that is suspended from a higher ceiling element such as wood, metal or masonry. The hanging grid and panels then fall at the desired height to create a ‘false’, suspended ceiling. The panels themselves can be made from a variety of substances including wood, metal, synthetic or composite materials and come in a large range of colours, sizes and details to suit every need.

Benefits of Suspended Ceiling Systems

Although you do have to sacrifice some of the original ceiling height to install a suspended ceiling, this kind of system does offer a large amount of benefits. Suspended ceilings are useful in both commercial settings and homes because they can hide a number of unsightly features such as wiring, pipe work, plumbing, ducts or structural framing. Unlike traditional plaster ceilings, which need to be demolished to access plumbing or wiring above, the appropriate suspended ceiling panels can simply be lifted for access and repairs before slotting them back into place when the work has been completed. Suspended ceilings cut time and cost for maintenance and repairs as the same method can also be used if any of the panels suffer any damage. They are also extremely easy to use making renovation and redesign a very quick and easy process.

As well as improving the look of a building, suspended ceiling systems can also be used to offer additional fireproofing, insulation and sound proofing, making them very popular in modern commercial buildings such as schools, offices and lecture theatres. We have been working with some of the leading suppliers of ceiling solutions – including Armstrong, Burgess and Ecophon – for over 10 years. This gives us direct access to a variety of different ceiling solutions which can be used to directly answer all of your structural, aesthetic, acoustic or soundproofing needs. We can work with you to choose the most appropriate ceiling solution for your project; our experience, knowledge and attention to detail mean that we can take your project right through from planning to delivery.

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Ceiling Grid Systems

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Ceiling Grid System Installation

If you have decided to have a suspended ceiling system installed in your home, office or commercial space then
you should give some thought to the ceiling grid system and layout that will be used during the installation process. Commonly, a suspended ceiling grid system is made up of a combination of interlocking metal sections which, when connected, form the openings in which the ceiling tiles are placed.

These grids can come in a variety of different sizes and colours but are mostly white or silver, so to match the colour
of the ceiling tiles. Typical ceiling grid systems have an L-shaped bracket which supports the suspended ceiling by attaching to the walls. From these brackets, long main runners are installed periodically along the length of the room, which are in turn suspended and supported at various intervals by wires secured to joists above. It is useful to know how the ceiling grid system operates in case repairs or maintenance has to be carried out in the future.

Types of Ceiling Grid Systems

An older and less prevalent type of suspended ceiling is the ‘concealed grid system’. This method uses interlocking panels with the support of only thin strips of metal. This system has some major disadvantages compared to the
more common and modern ‘drop panel system’, including the difficulty of removing the interlocking panels without damaging the surrounding panels or the installation as a whole. This type of ceiling is commonly found in older buildings or in situations where access to the space above is deemed unnecessary and because of this finding panels for this kind of ceiling is becoming increasingly difficult.

Modern ceiling grid designs are created to offer the most minimalist and stylish appearance possible. Some systems can be created to have no visible grid but still be accessible for maintenance and repair. The type of tile that you use with your grid system is also important depending on the appearance that you would like to achieve. Some tiles can provide a finished installation that appears to be a completely uninterrupted surface. Different types of tiles can offer
a massive variety in appearance for the finished ceiling, including shadowed edges, individualised tiles or large multi-module islands, mix and matched patterns and designs or a near invisible grid.

For the maintenance and repair of your grid systems it is important that you identify the type of system that has been installed and match the tiles accordingly. Different manufacturers often produce their own connecting mechanisms and types of metal support and it is highly recommended that you use the same type so that your grid system is fully matching and secure.

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Acoustic Ceilings

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Acoustic Ceiling Systems

Noise problems can be detrimental to your work space or your home life. Acoustic ceiling panels are used to improve the quality of sound as well as reduce noise pollution within homes and commercial buildings. They are often used in commercial spaces such as lecture theatres, boardrooms or entertainment venues, in residential spaces such as music rooms or living spaces and in sound studios such as radio, television and recording studios. CPS regularly use specialist acoustic ceilings from leading providers such as Ecophon and Armstrong to improve the sound quality in individual rooms or across large open work spaces.

How are Acoustic Ceilings Used?

Acoustic ceilings are very flexible and can be installed in most rooms of varying sizes. CPS hangs acoustic tiles in a similar way to normal suspended ceiling tiles, on a grid of overhanging metal. Most types of acoustic tiles are very resilient but if any are damaged then they can be easily replaced in a matter of minutes. Another common style of acoustic ceiling tile are individualised tiles that can be attached straight onto the structural ceiling; this method offers just as much sound absorption although these tiles will not cover exposed wires, pipes and ducts as the suspended acoustical ceiling does. Appearance does not have to be sacrificed when installing an acoustic ceiling as they can be provided in a large range of colours, textures and appearances that will suit any interior decoration.

Many homeowners have a sound problem within large rooms that contain concrete or tiled floors – the sound reverberates in the space and creates an echo. Instead of covering the space in carpet or thick textured wallpaper, sound-absorbent acoustic ceilings can be used to reduce sound and echo to significantly diminish noise reverberation. Noisy rooms such as home theatres, games rooms and music rooms can all benefit from an acoustical drop ceiling to reduce echo and stop sound from travelling to other rooms of the house.

Commercial spaces such as schools, offices and shops are common users of the acoustical drop ceiling system. The ceiling panels not only cover up unsightly plumbing, ducts and wiring but also offer pleasing sound control and distribution in large interior spaces. Individual acoustic panels can be used to create individualised acoustic spaces so that sound quality can be improved for specific areas such as meeting spaces, lecture theatres or lunch rooms.

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