A ceiling is usually an overcast overhead exterior surface that covers the top of a room’s ceiling. Though it’s generally not thought of as a structural component, it really is an unfinished surface covering the bottom of a roof structure or the ceiling of a third story above. When building a new home, you’ll often times see a ceiling built on top of existing structures. This can be as simple as a concrete slab or as extensive as the roof system of your home. A concrete ceiling is the least expensive of all styles and typically lasts the longest.
Other common ceiling materials include wood, laminates, gypsum, and many others. All ceiling materials are designed to minimize sound transmission through the room it’s in. The most common ceiling type is the more conventional wood ceiling. Though this style is the most popular, it isn’t always the best option for your needs. If you’d like a more natural-looking ceiling with less sound transmission than a traditional wooden ceiling would provide, then you should look into gypsum ceiling materials.
Gypsum ceilings are engineered ceiling materials that resemble the appearance of slate or stone. While they’re typically molded into multiple pieces, there are many different styles available including single-shelf, double-shelf, and even suspended ceilings. These multiple piece ceiling designs allow them to more closely resemble the appearance of the real thing including its wide surface top which allows for more “free space” in your rooms. Suspended ceilings are designed to resemble the ceiling of a home theater while having the added benefit of allowing air to circulate and escape at the same time.
The type of room, it’s installed in will determine the best ceiling design for it. One of the main concerns of any engineer or architect when deciding on a new building’s ceiling design is the floor function of the building. There are basically two factors to consider: how high the ceiling can be and what kind of flooring will be installed. Each of these ceiling heights can be compared to the nearest floor level using common sense. For instance, if your nearest floor level is six feet from the floor level, then you’d use a material that has at least six times the density of the material you’ll be installing (such as gypsum board) in order to keep your floors visually uniform.
Some examples of commonly used materials for this floor function include gypsum (the product most commonly used), vinyl, and cellulose. A material’s density or thickness will directly affect its cost per square foot. This includes its thickness as well as its overall thickness. For example, a sheet of gypsum board which has a thickness of one inch would cost approximately twice as much as a sheet with a thickness of three inches. This is simply due to the higher cost per square foot for thicker materials.
Another example of an element commonly used for ceiling function is a solid dot. A solid dot is any line that wraps around a wall that forms at least one angle with the wall. Due to its irregularity, a solid dot is one of the most visually variable elements and should be considered when determining the ceiling height and floor plan.