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With changing trends, many now choose to deck up the ceiling as the statement wall in the room. The improvements and advancements in false ceiling tech have made this all the more possible. You can now achieve seamless, sleek interiors with false ceilings that elevate the room's aesthetics.

But with ample options out there, it can get challenging to find the right option for you. Read on to find out all the pros and cons of various false ceiling materials and where you can use them.

1. POP False Ceiling Material

POP sheets for ceilings are arguably the most popular material for false ceilings. Plaster of paris is a fine powder mixed with water on site. This makes the POP ceiling sheet price affordable. The mixture of POP and water can be cast into any shape and design. As it dries, it retains this shape. This makes it the best material for false ceilings with ornate designs. Due to its malleability, you can use it in conjunction with other materials for a bespoke contemporary look. Or you can opt for vintage and antiques inspired designs with intricate patterns.

Pros of POP false ceiling

●    It is highly durable.
●    Pretty versatile in terms of the designs you can create with it.
●    It can easily be joined, spread and leveled. This makes the overall design pretty seamless.
●    Cheaper than gypsum.

Cons of POP in ceiling

●    Installation is a tedious process. It can take quite long to dry, and you have to be careful that the surface is completely dry before you lay it on.
●    Making the mixture is an exact science. If not done right, it can shrink or crack upon drying.
●    It can get messy and create a lot of waste if not handled with skill.

Where to use it:

Living rooms and bedrooms

2. Gypsum False Ceiling Material

Gypsum is a hydrated calcium sulfate that is soft and lightweight. Gypsum boards are made of pressed gypsum powder enveloped in paper. This easy to install material comes in various sizes and can be used as false ceiling tiles, panels or sheets. You can achieve a seamless look with it. If left smooth, it can echo in interiors. It is a fire-resistant material and can be used for soundproofing.

Pros of gypsum ceiling design

●    It is versatile in size and format and is quite durable in dry
●    It is lightweight, economical and easy to install.

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●    Fire resistance and soundproofing are much-needed qualities, especially in urban living.
●    You can use paint, wallpaper and even laminate as a finish.

Cons of gypsum false ceiling design  

●    It is non-biodegradable and difficult to recycle and therefore not an environmentally-friendly option.
●    Since it is not moisture resistant, you can use it in only certain rooms. If you live in a humid environment, it may get moldy.
●    Replacement is a tedious process.

Where to use it:

Living room, bedrooms, guestrooms, house office, study room.

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4. PVC panel false ceiling

PVC is an excellent option for false ceilings as it is low-maintenance, easy to clean and lightweight. It is moisture-resistant and holds its shape pretty well. Since it is non-absorbent, you can easily add lighting, air vents, and other fixtures. The PVC false ceiling sheet price varies based on its type and quality.

Pros of false ceiling PVC

●    Its moisture and termite resistance makes PVC false ceiling boards, panels, etc., a viable option for all the rooms in the house.
●    Reduced chances of sagging.
●    Requires only minimal maintenance.
●    Its durability and longevity make it an attractive choice.
●    It is available in a wide range of styles, finishes and colors.
●    PVC is lightweight, making installation easier.

Cons of PVC false ceiling

●    Some PVC false ceiling sheet prices can be pretty steep.
●    Since it is a synthetic material, it may get damaged due to heat from lights.
●    Its plastic appearance may make it less aesthetically appealing for many.

Where to use it:

Suitable for all rooms in the house.

5. Fiber false ceiling

Fiber false ceiling sheets are a composite of natural and synthetic materials such as tar, asphalt, vegetable fiber, wood, etc. The fibers from natural elements reinforce the strength of the resultant material. It is fire-resistant and has remarkable acoustic abilities.

In home interiors, it is primarily used as a soundproofing material. Glass fiber and mineral fiber are the best materials for false ceilings in regards to soundproofing. The combined use of these two can provide the maximum benefits of excellent acoustics and soundproofing. 

Pros of fiber false ceiling

●    Reduces echo, thereby enhancing the acoustics.
●    Some types are not susceptible to moisture and damage from other elements.
●    Increased strength and durability.

Cons of fiber false ceiling material

●    Not the most aesthetically pleasing option.
●    Some varieties can be quite heavy and therefore difficult to install.
●    Requires constant maintenance.

Where to use it:

Any room that requires soundproofing- home theaters, studies, home offices, etc.

6. Metal false ceiling

Metals' luster and sleekness make it a popular option for contemporary interiors. You can use metal false ceilings as tiles, planks, and panels. Aluminum and galvanized iron are the two most common options for metal false ceilings.

Pros of metal false ceiling

●    Highly durable material
●    Less prone to sagging than other false ceiling materials
●    It fits in with contemporary and industrial design styles
●    You can take apart a piece easily to access the ceiling and all the hidden components

Cons of metal false ceiling material

●    It can be quite expensive, especially when compared to POP or gypsum

Where to use it:

It is generally used for commercial and other office spaces.

7. Glass false ceiling

Glass is a good option for a false ceiling design if you want higher dispersion of light. Its transparency lets the light from the recessed fixtures through without any obstruction. It is known for its brittleness. But with improved technology, with specific processes and admixtures, this flaw can be combated.

Pros of glass false ceiling

●    A great option to make rooms brighter and airier.
●    It is available in a large selection vis-a-vis color, pattern, transparency, and laminations.
●    You can use it to turn the ceiling into the focal point in the room.
●    It is a good insulator.

Cons of glass false ceiling material

●    Much less durable than other materials.
●    It can be difficult to maintain.

Where to use it: 

You can use it in any room

Advantages of false ceiling

●    It can hide all the ductwork and wirework, lending a clean and sleek appearance to the room.
●    Use it to add architectural elements to the room at a much lower price than traditional ceiling treatments.
●    Depending on the material, it can enhance the acoustics of the room.
●    It is an excellent option as a layer of soundproofing.
●    False ceilings work well as insulators and, therefore, can be an energy-efficient element in your home.

Disadvantages of false ceiling

●    An incursion of pests in the gap between the ceilings can lead to many nuisances.
●    False ceilings may not hold the weight of heavy decorations or lighting fixtures such as chandeliers. Do your homework regarding all the properties of the material of your choice.
●    Since it is installed below the actual ceiling, false ceilings can considerably reduce the room's height. Therefore, it is prudent to use them only in large rooms.
●    It may be an earthquake hazard since it is not a part of the solid house structure.
●    Many false ceiling materials are known to sag if not installed well.

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