Different Ceiling Types


There are all different ceiling types available for a home or business owner to choose from. Suspended and vaulted ceilings make for a spacious, classical feel, while drop ceiling panels can be more utilitarian, allowing for easy access to pipes and electrical wiring. In addition to utility and aesthetics, cost definitely figures into what ceiling types you might be interested in for your home or office building.

Tin Ceilings

With ornate metal carvings and patterns, tin ceilings are definitely head turners. One way to get a tin ceiling is to buy tin ceiling tiles, which come in square or rectangular shapes. These shapes come together to form a nice pattern. While these ornate patterns are very attractive, they are also pretty expensive. They can be as high as $1000 for an 8 X 10 room, so be prepared to pay.

Dropped Ceilings

Dropped ceilings are often used in offices and kitchens. They are created by laying dropped ceiling panels on a framework. While they tend to have an industrial feel to them, this depends on what type of panels you use. One fantastic feature of dropped ceilings is they allow for easy access to pipes and electrical lines.

In addition, you can add dropped ceiling light panels to your dropped ceiling. These are translucent panels, which allow light to pass through them. This lets a room’s lighting system to be integrated easily into the ceiling.

Wood Ceilings

This is one of the best ceiling types for hiding out-of-date architecture. Wood paneling can be painted or stained, depending on your preference, and a variety of quality choices allow you to work within your budget.

For example:

Solid wood – this is the highest quality.

Veneer – this will look nice, but it’s slightly lower quality. They generally are made of medium density fiber wood, but have a thin layer of higher quality wood on the outside. High-density fiberboard – this is made up of smaller pieces of wood that are glued together to make a larger piece. Medium-density fiberboard – this is similar to high-density fiberboard, but it’s not quite as strong. Plywood – this often comes in various designs.

Stucco Ceilings

Stucco is often thought of as being used on the outside of a house, but it’s also used to make up ceilings, too. Also called popcorn ceilings, stucco ceilings are becoming more attractive as innovations are made in the industry.

There are several types of stucco ceilings. The most elegant is Tobias Stucco, which is designed to emulate plaster type ceilings. Tobias Stucco often utilizes ornate, classical looking designs.

Acoustic Ceiling

One downside to a high ceiling is the noise pollution that comes from the sounds bouncing all over the place. One solution is to have a noise reducing acoustic ceiling. Basically, these are just a barrier added your already existing ceiling, which will break up the bouncing capabilities of sound waves. In addition to the benefits of the noise reduction, additional plumbing or electrical wires can be run throughout this barrier, allowing your house to be more optimized. Whatever ceiling you select, make sure it’s one that you are willing to live with for a long time. Switching between ceiling types can be quite expensive, so it’s not likely something you’d like to do often.