A suspended ceiling, sometimes called a drop or false ceiling, is an additional ceiling that is installed below the original top of the room. It consists of a lightweight metal grid system that is suspended from the actual ceiling and many times has acoustical ceiling tiles placed in the framework.
The tile panels themselves can be made of a variety of components such as metal, wood, synthetic, and composite materials. However, the acoustic tiles, which are made of mineral fiber, are common in commercial applications.
Pros of a Suspended Ceiling
- Easy Installation
- Conceals Ductwork, Pipes, and Wires
- Easy to Remove in Case of Repairs
- More Economical Than Renovation
- Provides Sound Proofing
- Allows for Easy Installation of
- Available in Many Materials and Colors
This style of construction makes the room cozier with the soundproofing, which can be helpful in office or apartment building. It can easily hide all of the heating, plumbing, and electrical infrastructure of any building and you can remove it to do any necessary repairs.
With all of these benefits, it makes you wonder why they aren’t installed in every building, right? As with any construction material, there are also some disadvantages to a suspended ceiling.
One disadvantage is that they deteriorate faster than other ceilings and over time the tiles can begin to sag. Also, if you are already short on headroom, they lower the height of the ceiling.
Installing A Suspended Ceiling
This video shows the installation of a drop ceiling:
Keeping your line level for mounting the metal framework is a critical component of a successful install. Finding studs to attach the outer framework to is also important to be sure it’s a solid installation.
Running the interior grid framework perpendicular to the floor joists will also add to the soundness of the ceiling to keep it from sagging. Using anchors with eyelets, the wire connects from the original ceiling floor joists to the metal grid, supporting the weight of the system and the tiles.
What Does A Suspended Ceiling Cost?
This post provides some general expenses:
The average cost for a 10’x12’ room is around $1,500.00 installed. If you do it yourself, the material costs are:
- Tiles – $30.00 to $55.00 per case (check the quantity per case as it varies, the lower end is usually 20 tiles per case, 2’x2’)
- Gridwork – about $72.00
- Level – Laser level from $20.00 to over $500.00, carpenter’s level $10.00 to $30.00
- A laser level is recommended for accuracy across the room and along the walls.
With the national average being anywhere from $700 to $3,500, you definitely want it done correctly. If you don’t have the proper equipment to do it yourself, you can call a building contractor in Denver to get a quote for your specific area.