Updated: Aug 17
From retail stores to offices, suspended ceilings are as ubiquitous as they are convenient. As the name elegantly implies, a suspended ceiling hangs from the building's actual ceiling. Elegantly hiding piping or electrical components.
Suspended ceilings have been around for centuries. The first recorded use of suspended ceilings was during the Muromachi period in Japan. This period stretched from the 13th century to around the mid-17th century. Back then suspended ceilings were used for aesthetic purposes only. Eventually, these ceilings made their way to the western world. The British Blackfriars theatre was built in 1596 and featured suspended ceilings. The modern suspended ceilings e.g. the grid tile system was patented back in 1923. Since then suspended ceilings have been tweaked and innovated upon until they offer a huge range of advantages.
Suspended Ceilings: The Advantages
One of the major immediate advantages of a suspended ceiling is its aesthetic considerations. Suspended ceilings cover up exposed piping and electrics. They can be installed relatively cheaply and are available in a range of styles and colours.
However, aesthetics are only one of the advantages of suspended ceilings. Some of the others include:
Advantage - How it Helps
Suspended ceilings are available in a range of different colours and styles, making them a popular choice in both offices and retail units
Suspended ceilings are often used to hide ductwork, hide piping, wiring, water damage and sprinklers.
Additional insulation can be added to assist with dropped ceilings noise absorption.
The space between the suspended ceiling and the actual ceiling can be easily accessed making it easy to implement repairs.
Modern drop-ceilings, like the ceilings provided by Kehoe Interior & Suspended Ceilings, are extremely energy efficient helping property owners save money on their energy bills.
When we compare suspended ceilings to open ceilings, suspended ceilings are a much more cost-effective solution.
Quality of the indoor environment
A suspended ceiling insulates against emissions, noise and light. Thus improving the indoor environment.