What Are the Major Types of Commercial Ceilings?

Commercial buildings are frequently enormous, and the ceiling choices available for something huge are often limited. However, if you have a modest commercial space, you have all of the same options as we do in the residential market. The ceiling chosen should provide an inviting feel to the building, be aesthetically pleasing, have insulative properties, and provide adequate lighting.

Building a commercial ceiling, in particular, can provide numerous benefits. You can customize a commercial ceiling to match any aesthetic, and it can be an effective solution for addressing various problems within an indoor space.

Let’s look at the different commercial ceiling options and see which is best for your situation. You can also check out the best roofing materials for commercial buildings!

Exposed Ceilings

Exposed ceilings have an industrial feel to them. They are exposed. There’s nothing “hiding” the pipes, ductwork, and electrical wires, so the concept of a finished look is absent.

Because everything is exposed, this type of ceiling is simple to maintain. Since the ductwork is exposed, it provides some cooling and heating benefits. As the ductwork carries heated air, it will heat up and provide ambient heat around it. You can install cooled beams to supplement this component to expand on this notion.

The disadvantage is the appearance. When building, it is important to remember that everything is visible.

To tone down the exposed look, keep the walls light and paint them dark. This allows the eye to focus on something other than the ceiling. We’re sure you’d be surprised if you looked around at the ceilings of some commercial buildings you enter!

Suspended Ceilings

the interior of a gray and white room with suspended ceilings

Suspended ceilings have long been a low-cost option in the commercial ceiling industry. They are typically made up of a metal grid hanging from the structure above and covered in ceiling tiles. This creates a handy void above the tiles that can house wires, heating ducts, plumbing, air conditioning services, and more—a great feature if you want to conceal your utilities while still allowing for easy maintenance.

In recent years, suspended ceilings have made great strides. The variety of tile options available makes this a versatile option. Choose suspended ceiling tiles with added acoustic properties to minimize reverberation or tiles with additional insulation properties to minimize energy bills significantly.

Expanded Mesh Ceilings

Expanded metal ceilings are excellent for achieving a modern, industrial aesthetic. They fulfill some of the same functions as an exposed ceiling, such as allowing a peek of the ceiling void, which greatly impacts it. They’re preferred for modern offices, airports, sports centers, shopping malls, train stations, and other projects with high ceilings.

Their acoustic performance is far superior to that of an exposed ceiling. A metal mesh ceiling can easily replace old ceiling tiles in renovation projects without replacing the current grid system.

Interstitial Space Ceilings

These are ceilings that have a small crawl space built above them. This is significant for several reasons. For example, it allows you to hide all of the components running in the space above while allowing easy access in the event of an issue.

This type of ceiling is common in hospitals that require additional equipment but don’t want all the tanks and other equipment sitting in the rooms. This results in less clutter and more flexibility in the rooms. The rooms will be changed up and out a lot throughout the hospital’s lifecycle, but You can easily move the key parts in the ceiling from one room to another.

An interstitial space ceiling allows maintenance, change, and upkeep without disrupting the below floors. Construction can occur without interfering with others.

MF Plasterboard Ceilings

 tables and chairs inside a dining hall with MF Plasterboard Ceilings

Plasterboard is a low-cost, lightweight ceiling option that is screwed to a metal framework hanging from the above structure. This is followed by taping or plastering, jointing, and painting for a seamless, smooth finish.

With excellent acoustic properties and moisture and fire resistance options, this solution will work in most commercial settings. MF ceilings can be a great way to create unique sloped and curved ceilings.

Acoustical Ceilings

This is a ceiling used to dampen the sound that bounces off the building’s hard surfaces. Often, these can be quite beautiful and provide an excellent aesthetic look to the building. If done correctly, it will make the space more warm and inviting, even if the ceilings are very high.

A building is frequently constructed, and as it is used, there is a great deal of noise bouncing around. This is a cheap way to fix the problem without tearing out the original ceiling.

This type of ceiling absorbs sound waves by combining materials and shapes. An acoustical ceiling is ideal for malls, airports, and other large buildings with many hard surfaces for cleaning but needs to reduce all the noise that reflects off these surfaces.

Wood Ceilings

Timber ceilings can be very visually appealing. There are various types of wood to pick from, but we recommend sourcing sustainably and using locally available material. A talented architect can create some stunning designs.

Convection and Radiant Chilled Ceilings

the interior of a living room with furniture and a Radiant Chilled Ceiling

Radiant chilled ceilings are a network of lines that run cooled water through. Some people incorporate these lines into plasterboard, but this isn’t the most efficient method. The plasterboard operates as an insulator and thus works against the goal. These panels cool the air, and insulation is installed above to keep the air within the desired room cool.

Convection chilling is like radiant chilling, but the air is chilled by passing through fins and fans. This allows air to make contact with both the upper and lower portions of the fin.

Ceilings are very important for achieving aesthetic goals because they serve the primary purpose of concealing structural elements such as electrical wires, water pipes, and air ducts. Commercial ceilings, on the other hand, have evolved. They now have more practical benefits than just meeting design goals.

While some prefer to expose wires, pipes, and ducts for an industrial or avant-garde look, many prefer to install different types of ceilings. Ceilings play an important role in a building’s safety and aesthetics, so it makes sense to prioritize their quality. If you want to achieve long-lasting form and function, it may be time to contemplate a commercial ceiling for your space.