WHAT IS A METAL FALSE CEILING?

A false ceiling that uses metals either in the form GALVANISED IRON, STEEL OR ALUMINIUM is called metal false ceiling. Metal false ceilings are hard and durable and very easy to install. The ceilings are plank type (linear pattern) or grid type. These ceiling tiles can be removed and refixed easily after maintenance .These ceilings are economical and maintenance is very low.The self life of the metal ceilings are high compared with other false ceilings.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPE OF METAL FALSE CEILINGS?

a) Metal ceiling lay in type

b) Metal ceiling clip in type

c) Metal ceiling plank type

d) Open cell type

c) linear pattern C shape, U shape, R shape panels, 150 F panels

 d) customise ceiling panels.

e) plain & perforated patterns

The thickness of a metal false ceiling mostly ranges from 0.4 mm to 1 mm. Thickness more than 1 mm is also available . The metal false ceiling is available in GALVANISED IRON , ALUMINIUM & STEEL types and the surface coating shall powder coated type which is used in aluminium and coil coated type used in steel false ceilings. The tiles used for metal false ceiling shall be square type or plank type or perforated type.

Following are the commonly used types of metal false ceiling.

METAL CEILING WITH LAY IN TILE

Metal false ceiling lay in tile
Metal false ceiling -Lay in Tile

In these type of ceilings the tiles are laid over a T grid (as shown in fig) which is hanged to the ceiling using hangers/ wires 3 to 4 mm thick. The tiles used can either be plain type or perforated type. The size of grids normally used shall be 600×600 mm. In this type of false ceiling the grids are exposed and can be seen from outside. Tiles are simply placed on a T-shaped runner (ref fig), generally between 10 and 25mm, and can be easily installed and can be demounted as individual tiles during maintenance of services like AC, fire fighting,electrical etc.

T grids for tile laying
T- Grids for tile laying


This ceiling system comprises of Galvanized steel /Aluminium lay in tiles ( 600 mm x 600 mm) are manufactured out of 0.50-1 mm thick polyester coil coated steel 120 gsm zinc coating or powder coated with 50 microns polyester paint. Aluminium tiles are manufactured out of 0.70mm – 1 mm thick aluminium sheets and are powder coated using polyester paint 50 micron thick. The lay in tiles used can be plain tiles or perforated tiles. The perforations depend on the client requirement and manufacturer specifications.

Advantages of lay in tile
Lay-in tiles are easy to remove and flexible for services related to electrical, fire ,plumbing and air conditioning facilities concealed in the false ceiling etc. They are also the easiest to move around when renovating and shifting office spaces.Installation and maintenance is very easy.The tile can be removed and remounted without any skilled assistance.The material is very durable and moisture and fire resistant.

METAL CEILING WITH CLIP IN TILES

In the clip-in system, ceiling tiles clip into the suspended runner. Due to their washability clip-in tiles see consistent use in industrial and commercial uses. Ceiling tiles clip on to the suspended grid and therefore conceal the grid from view. Manufacturers have their own unique clip-in systems that match their boards but generally they all consist of a spring tee runner from which boards clip on to.

This ceiling system comprises of Galvanized steel /Aluminium lay in tiles ( 600 mm x 600 mm) are manufactured out of 0.50/1mm mm thick polyester coil coated steel 120 gsm zinc coating or powder coated with 50 microns polyester paint. Aluminium tiles are manufactured out of 0.70mm-1 mm thick aluminium sheets with powder coated 50 microns polyester paint. The CLIP IN TILES used can be plain tiles or perforated tiles. The perforations depend on the client requirement and manufacturer specifications.