Suspended Ceilings In An Office: Pros & Cons

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There is no doubt that a suspended ceiling is a feature that can add a lot of charm and sophistication to your Fitout. Before we get into the pros and cons, here’s a basic break down of what a suspended ceiling is and how it’s constructed. Later we’ll take a look at different options you may consider.

 What Exactly is A Suspended Ceiling?

A suspended ceiling is an additional ceiling installed below the original ceiling attached by wires and metal tracks. Once in place, plasterboard sheets are used to complete the ceiling and hide the original ceiling from sight.

Some Options To Consider…

Before you commit to having a suspended ceiling installed, keep in mind you have options to consider in terms of the look of your new ceiling.

Cornice

This is where the ceiling and walls meet also called the ‘join’. It is very decorative and can be seen at the top part of the wall. This is arguably the most popular choice because it’s very cost effective and easy to do. All it takes is plaster, plasterer’s glue and a saw or craft knife. A skilled plasterer can cut each piece and simply glue them in place. The finished product looks great and can look a lot more expensive than it really is.

Shadow Lines

This type of finish is more expensive than cornicing a wall due to the way the material must be cut. Unlike cornicing there is no extra material that can be used to cover up any rough edges. So the cut and craftsmanship requires a lot more effort to get the job done correctly.

Coffered

If money is no object and you’re looking for a lot of detailed intricate design you won’t be disappointed with the modern sophisticated results you will get from a Coffered style.

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Now let’s go over the pros and cons of adding a suspended ceiling to your commercial Fitout

The Pros…

  • Aesthetics

A suspended ceiling especially if your commercial office Fitout is located in an older building, you may encounter older fixtures, poor molding, stained ceilings and other imperfections that aren’t pleasing to the eye. Suspended ceilings can hide ugly aged ceilings and give your Fitout a brand new look. This kind of ceiling can also be an easy solution if you want to install  Down lights, Speakers, Air Conditioning Vents and other ceiling fixtures. Just be sure to have the building thoroughly inspected for structural damage before installing a suspended ceiling.

  • Sound Proofing

Your contractor will be happy to recommend appropriate  measures if you require sound containment in the room.

The Cons…

  • Cost

In the office, suspended ceilings that present a continnuous surface, may be more expensive to install than the more common Grid Ceilings.

  • Up Keep

Should this kind of ceiling sustain some damage, you will probably find that even if the damage was confined to a small area, after the repair, entire ceiling will have to be repainted.

  • Reduced Head Space

Since suspended ceilings are installed below the original ceiling this means you lose valuable space depending on how high your ceiling is in the first place. This can be a deal breaker for some especially if the fitout has little available storage room from the start. If you don’t mind losing some over head space then you may really enjoy the benefits of a suspended ceiling.

Now that you have a better idea about suspended ceilings you can start thinking about whether or not it’s the best choice for your office fitout. Remember to have a professional check out the integrity of the current structure and ceiling. The last thing you want is to end up having a great suspended ceiling installed, only to find out there are problems with the original ceiling later.

You’ll save yourself a lot of disappointment, frustration and money by doing your due diligence ahead of time.

Of course, a specialist contractor such as Sydney Commercial Interiors and Fitouts will help you avoid any such problems occuring now or down the track.

We’ve covered the pros and cons of suspended ceilings as well as some main types of Ceiling and Wall junctions. Your next step is to choose the type that will work best for your space and to get started!

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