All homes must have ceilings installed. In fact, the new SANS legislation covers all these aspects including the Installation of Ceilings. Therefore all materials for homes including the Ceilings must have a fire rating. In this article, we will have a look at 5 Ceiling Options for your home.
Top 5 Ceiling Options
Over the years we have heard all sorts of views as to what the best 5 Ceiling Options are. For this reason, we decided to take a look at the various options and there benefits. Firstly there are Ceiling boards that have Thermal Insulation properties. As well as ceiling boards without thermal properties.
Isoboard Ceilings are classified as Thermal Ceilings as they have great thermal properties. First of all, Isoboard is available in a number of thicknesses. Available in thicknesses from 25mm through to 80mm. Obviously the thicker the Isoboard the higher the R-value. In our opinion, the insulation that must be installed on Isoboard ceilings is Aerolite or Ecose Insulation.
These Thermal Insulation products have an awesome fire rating. Another reason is the NRC ( Noise Reduction Coefficient). Therefore will reduce the noise from the roof especially with metal sheeting roofs. In fact, we install these insulation materials in homes to control the temperature environment in the home.
At the same time, the soundproofing benefits are the best in SA. We, in fact, install this in nightclubs an pubs to reduce noise pollution.
Another use for Isoboard is for insulating between the cavity space of the brickwork. This, in fact, enhances the thermal benefits in the home. Therefore reducing the need for heating and cooling. As a result saving on electricity for heating and cooling. Fitting Isoboard Ceilings is a neat clean application. No dust no fuss. Most noteworthy is the fact that this application is far quicker than any other ceiling application.
Advantages: Isoboard has Thermal Insulation properties. Therefore the required insulation for the ceiling can be reduced in order to achieve the required R-value. Quick to install thereby reducing the labor cost. Clean operation no skimming and sanding. In fact, complete in a fraction of the conventional ceiling types.
Disadvantages: 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. This is not a problem as most Isoboard ceilings will be insulated.
These ceiling panels are more for lower end type ceilings. The look is similar to that of a correct board. Unfortunately, these panels have a very low fire rating. In fact, they can only withstand temperatures of up to 60 degrees. If they encounter a flame they will burn with the flame. However, the application is very neat and clean. Similar to Isoboard these panels can be erected speedily with limited dust.
Advantages: Clean application with very little dust. Also, this application is far quicker than conventional ceilings.
Disadvantages: Firstly this would not be a first choice ceiling in a home. Therefore rather an ideal application for Wendy houses and storage units.
In fact, the rhino-board ceiling has been on the market for many years. As a result, most homes have had these ceilings installed many years ago as well as 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 the extra weight from skimming.
Advantages: Due to the fact that these ceiling boards are very high-density sound issues are not as bad as the other ceiling boards.
Disadvantages: First of all the application of these ceiling panels is more labor intensive. Secondly, the dust and mess factor in the home is very unpleasant in existing homes. As a result, the time taken to install the panels will take a few days. Considering the skimming etc. Furthermore, there is no Thermal Insulation value on these ceilings.
Nutek Ceiling Boards
In fact, Nutek boards have only been on the market for a few years in SA. Also, these boards are ideal outside the home under the overhang. Most noteworthy is that these panels are not affected by water. Finally, they are also installed in homes where the ceiling and roof sheeting is close together.
Advantages: Firstly the panels are waterproof. Secondly 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.
First of all suspended Ceilings are not ideal for homes. Rather these ceiling boards should be installed in offices and shopping centers etc. Due to the fact that suspended ceiling are available in board for or acoustic panels.
Advantages: First of all installing suspended ceilings is a clean application. Therefore no mess or fuss. Acoustic panels are great for doctors rooms as well as board rooms and offices. However the non acoustic boards have no acoustic or insulation properties.
Disadvantages: Limited to the more industrial applications.
Even though these 5 Ceiling Options options are vastly different from each other.The fact is they each have a specific application that suites there 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 what would suite your application.
Above all think carefully and make a decision that will benefit you and your home for many years.