What is a suspended ceiling and why might you want one for your business?

  • January 26, 2023
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All buildings have ceilings. However, take a closer look, as the ceiling you see might not necessarily be the one that came with the original building!

A suspended ceiling is a popular and cost-effective way to transform the look, function, and feel of a building. If you’re not sure what one is, this article will explain the benefits.

What is a suspended ceiling, and how are they built?

A suspended ceiling is often referred to as a ‘false ceiling’ or a ‘dropped ceiling.’ It’s a decorative type of ceiling that is hung below the structural ceiling. 

Suspended ceilings are created by installing a metal grid and interlocking beams. Tiles are then installed over this network of grids and beams to create a brand-new, lower ceiling. The tiles mean that you can easily access the space between the structural and suspended ceiling as required.

How can a suspended ceiling benefit your business?

There are many advantages to constructing a suspended ceiling, and they are used in many residential and commercial properties. Here are just some of the reasons why they are installed.

  • Aesthetics. If a building has high ceilings, suspended ceilings may be used to create a warmer, cosier environment. The tiles can be any colour or material, meaning the customisation options are endless
  • Tidiness. One of the key reasons suspended ceilings are used is to hide wires, cables, and pipes. This makes for a cleaner-looking and safer building space
  • Insulation. A suspended ceiling can trap heat and sound, making the room warmer as well as preventing sound from escaping into other parts of the building
  • Fire safety. A fire-rated suspended ceiling slows down the spread of fire in an emergency, protecting the building and meaning building residents can escape safely. You can also install sprinklers and smoke detectors for added protection
  • Health. Suspended ceilings are popular with hospitals. This is because antibacterial tiles can be installed to protect patients and keep them safe. Lower ceilings are also easier to keep clean

Is a suspended ceiling the same as a raised access floor?

The two are similar in that they both can be used to store cabling and pipes, but they do have different purposes.

A suspended ceiling is hung below a structural ceiling, while a raised access floor provides additional storage space. So while you might use a structural ceiling to hide unsightly wiring and insulate your office space, you’d use a raised access floor to create a brand new office space between two existing floors.

Find out more about raised access floors

CCL Interiors: your suspended ceiling specialists

We specialise in the supply and installation of suspended ceilings. We will work with you to design and create a high-quality suspended ceiling that will enhance your building for years to come.

If you want to see if a suspended ceiling is right for your needs, contact us today.