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What is a suspended ceiling?

If you are in a commercial or public building, the chances are you’ll see a form of suspended ceiling above you. Some will resemble the ceilings in a private house, i.e. smooth, painted plasterboard. However, in this instance the plasterboard is not screwed to the floor joists like in our home. Instead, the plasterboard is screwed to an MF ceiling system (metal frame or furring). The metal frame is hung from the ‘soffit’ or structure above using steel angle as a hanger. The void created by the suspended MF ceiling is suitable for mechanical and electrical services.

Alternatively, you may see a traditional tile and grid system above you. Similarly, this solution also uses a metal frame, but the frame is thinner, exposed and usually painted white. Once again, the frame is hung from the soffit using galvanised angle, rigid hangers or pre-stressed suspension wire. The suspended ceiling grid forms a lattice structure, mineral fibre tiles are placed into the tee grid apertures. The ceiling tiles are easily removable for access to the void and services above.

A tile and grid system is cheaper to install compared to an MF ceiling which requires finishing and decorating. Also, a tile and grid ceiling offers other benefits compared to plasterboard, i.e. acoustic absorption and sound proofing. Your project specification or ceiling design may refer to an acoustic ceiling. OWA has numerous ceiling panels within our range. Please follow the link below to view some of our suspended ceiling solutions.