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What is an exposed soffit ceiling within a building?

A soffit is an exterior or interior architectural feature. Generally the horizontal underside of any construction element. You may be familiar with the term in relation to the overhang of a house roof. Here, the vertical panels are called the fascia and the horizontal underside is the soffit.

Within the interior of a commercial or retail building, the floors are generally constructed from steel beams and concrete slabs. The underside of the concrete is the soffit ceiling. Primarily, the mechanical and electrical (M&E) services for a building fix to or hang from the soffit.

A tile and grid suspended ceiling has traditionally been used to hide all the M&E services. However, exposed soffits and services are regularly seen today and the trend is popular. The soffit may remain as a natural concrete colour/finish with galvanised steel services. Or, the upper ceiling space and soffit may be painted black along with all the services.

What is an acoustic ceiling raft?

At OWA, we define an acoustic ceiling raft as a separate, floating, free-hanging, horizontal product. It features a suspension system secured to the soffit and incorporates multiple removable or fixed panels. A raft is usually a large installation, bigger than a smaller one-piece canopy.

What is an acoustic canopy?

At OWA, we define an acoustic ceiling canopy as a individual, floating, free-hanging, horizontal ceiling product. A single, one-piece item secured to the soffit via hanging wires or rods.