Isoboard Ceiling

5 Ceiling Options For Your Home

All homes must have ceilings installed. Therefore all materials for homes, including the Ceilings, must have a fire rating. The new SANS legislation covers all these aspects, including the Installation of Ceilings. This article will look at 5 Ceiling Options for your home. We will briefly examine Isoboard, XPS Ceilings, and a few other options for your home.

Top 5 Ceiling Options

Over the years, we have heard various views on the best 5  Ceiling Options. For this reason, we decided to look at the multiple options and their benefits. Firstly, Ceiling boards have Thermal Insulation properties for advanced indoor temperature control.

Select The Best Ceiling Option For Your Home

A quality Ceiling in your home increases the house’s resale value. There are many Ceiling options on the market. It makes sense to do your homework and select the option that will enhance the look and feel of your home and increase resale value. After all, our homes are our single biggest investment.


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Isoboard Ceilings

Isoboard Ceilings are classified as Thermal Ceilings as they have excellent thermal properties. First of all, Isoboard is available in several thicknesses. Available in sizes from 25mm through to 80mm. Obviously, the thicker the Isoboard, the higher the R-value. For this reason, we only install Aerolite or Ecose Insulation. Importantly only install Non Combustible insulation on Isoboard ceilings.

These Thermal Insulation products have an excellent fire rating. Another reason is the NRC ( Noise Reduction Coefficient). Therefore will reduce the noise from the roof, especially with metal sheeting roofs. We install these insulation materials in homes to control the temperature environment in the house.

At the same time, the soundproofing benefits are the best in SA. We install this in nightclubs and pubs to reduce noise pollution.

Isoboard Tongue Groove

Tongue and Groove Ceilings are the most popular choice for most new homes. In the mid-1950s, Tongue and groove ceilings were very popular. Once again, the Tongue and groove ceilings are all the rage. The XPS Tongue and groove ceilings are a clean natural fit that makes any space look stunning.

Isoboard Between Walls

Isoboard and XPS are also installed between walls to improve the indoor temperature in summer and winter.

Another use for Isoboard is insulating between the cavity space of the brickwork, enhancing the home’s thermal benefits. We reduce the need for heating and cooling due to improved indoor temperature. 

When we fit, Isoboard Ceilings is a neat, clean application. No dust, no fuss. Most noteworthy is that this application is far quicker than any other ceiling application.


Homeowners can reduce the required insulation for the ceiling as the Isoboard XPS ceilings have an R-value. Isoboard has Thermal Insulation properties. Quick to install, thereby reducing labour cost. Complete in a fraction of the conventional ceiling types. A neat, Clean operation, no skimming and sanding.

Easy to Install Application

The Isoboard Ceilings are easy to install. Also, the application is clean and dust free.


Low fire rating, the Isoboard will be affected in the event of a fire. However, this is highly unlikely. Finally, Isoboard has little to no noise reduction capabilities. We insulate Isoboard ceilings and XPS Ceilings with a Class A/A 1/1 Non-combustible thermal insulation with great acoustic and soundproofing benefits. 

Knotty Pine Wooden Ceilings

The Isoboard Ceilings are based on the popular Wooden Ceilings with the tongue and groove finish. These Ceiling Boards are no longer in use. However, many of the older homes still have these ceilings.

Isoboard Standard Application

Isoboard Installed Between Beams

Isoboard XPS Ceiling Boards 600mm Wide

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Dropped RhinoBoard Ceilings With LED Lights

Rhinoboard with dropped ceiling option


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Rhinoboard Ceilings

The Rhinoboard ceiling has been on the market for many years. As a result, most homes have had these ceilings installed many years ago and today. These ceiling boards are available in two thicknesses.

Firstly the 6mm boards are for standard applications with just the joints skimmed. In fact, for skimmed ceilings, the 9.5mm boards are better as these boards are stronger and are ideal for extra weight.

Advantages: Because these ceiling boards are very high density, they are better for soundproofing.

Disadvantages: First of all, the application of these ceiling panels is more labour-intensive. Secondly, the dust and mess factor in the home is very unpleasant in existing homes. As a result, installing Rhinoboard will take a few days considering the skimming, etc. Furthermore, there is no Thermal Insulation value on these ceilings. 

Rhinoboard Ceiling Board Sizes

Ceiling Board Sizes and thickness will vary depending on the application. For example, ceiling boards are 6.4mm and 9mm thick. We use the 12.5mm Rhinoboard exclusively for drywall applications.

The Standard Ceiling board width is 900mm and 1200mm.

Types Of Applications For Gypsum Rhinoboard

There are many applications for Gypsum Ceiling boards. However, the standard application is to fit the ceiling boards in the traditional wall-to-wall application with Ceiling Cornices.

Dropped Ceilings

Dropped is a popular option that does not include cornices. The application is similar to the traditional choice; however, the ceiling does not fit wall to wall. Once installed, the ceiling will have a gap of 40mm between the wall and the Rhinoboard. Some homeowners opt for LED strip lights or feature lights to be fitted between the wall and the Rhinoboard. It is a neat, clean look once completed.

Thickness Of Ceiling Boards 

Ceiling boards are available in 6mm, 9mm, and 12mm thicknesses depending on your application. 

Suspended Ceilings Grid

Suspended Ceiling Tiles Installed

Suspended Ceiling Panel's Installed

Suspended Ceilings Grid

Suspended Ceilings

First of all, suspended Ceilings are not ideal for homes. We typically install Suspended ceilings in offices, shops and doctor’s rooms. Suspended ceilings are available in acoustic ceiling panels as well as Gypsum. 

Advantages: Installing suspended ceilings is a clean application. Therefore no mess or fuss. Acoustic panels are ideal for doctor’s rooms, board rooms, and offices. However, the non-acoustic boards have no acoustic or insulation properties.

Disadvantages: Suspended Ceilings are limited to more industrial applications.

Suspended Ceiling Board Sizes

Most suspended Ceiling Boards are 600x1200mm. However, there is the 600×600 option, and the custom Ceiling Board sizes that we manufacture in-house.

Nutek Ceiling Boards

Nutek boards have only been on the market for a few years. Most noteworthy is that these panels are not affected by water. Also, these boards are ideal outside the home under the overhang. Finally, they are also installed in homes where the ceiling and roof sheeting are close.

Advantages: Firstly, the panels are waterproof. They are also a neat, clean application, unlike the Rhino-board ceilings. Finally, they are ideal for pitched roof ceilings under roof sheets.

Disadvantages: Most noteworthy, these boards have no thermal properties. Another factor is they are not as classy a finish as the Isoboard or the Rhino-board.

Plastic PVC Ceilings

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Plastic PVC Ceilings

High gloss PVC ceiling boards

Plastic PVC Ceiling Boards

Pvc Ceiling Boards offer a Tongue and Groove option or plain board. Unfortunately, PVC Ceiling Boards have a high gloss finish that is not pleasing to the eye. The average homeowner would not enjoy the bright white ceilings looking a little on the cheap side. These ceilings are typically a white sheen, a neutral white that is not overpowering.

Advantages of PVC Ceilings Boards

Budget-friendly plastic ceilings are ideal for low-cost housing and entry-level homes where cost is a big factor.

Disadvantages Of PVC Ceiling Boards

The release of chlorine a dangerous gas used in PVC  ceilings. PVC ceilings are not well known for an attractive finish in the home with a high gloss finish.

Ceiling Board Prices

Ceiling Board Prices will change substantially depending on the type of ceiling board. For all Ceiling Board Prices, give us a call for the best prices in South Africa. Check out our Isoboard Prices page for an up-to-date price list.


Even though these 5 Ceiling Options options are vastly different, they each have a specific application that suits their application. As a result, we can choose the best of the 5 Ceiling Choices for your home. Ideally, remember, before making your choice on the 5 Ceiling Options options, think carefully about what would suit your application.

Above all, think carefully and make a decision that will benefit you and your home for many years.

Additional Types Of Ceiling Material For Your Home

Ceiling Insulation is important when fitting ceilings. The Ceiling Insulation ensure your home is cooler in summer and warmer in winter. There are many products on the market however, the 135mm Knauf Ecose Insulation or the 135mm Aerolite Insulation are the best options. These insulation products not only improve indoor temperature they also reduce noise pollution substantially via the roof space.