For all practical purpose, suspended ceiling is a secondary ceiling that is installed just below the main ceiling. Usually, they are suspended from the main ceiling by means of wires to form a grid like pattern into which tiles are fixed. Quite many materials are used for making such ceiling and wood is one of them.
The gap created between the original ceiling and the suspended ceiling is easily exploited to cover up wires and cables so that these are not visible, thus presenting a neat look to the area. The gap can also be used for installing insulation that can absorb sound and heat. You can include fluorescent lights on the installed suspended ceiling.
The gap available between the two ceilings can be so made as to facilitate maintenance
The depth of gap is decided at the time of installing the suspended ceiling
The most important part of the design of the suspended ceiling is whether you like to have a demountable style of ceiling or a totally inaccessible design. This aspect needs to be decided before the ceiling is installed, as it’s not really feasible to change the design subsequently, and the entire ceiling has to be dismantled and reinstalled. The benefit of having a demountable design is that you can access the void created between the two ceiling for repair or maintenance of ceiling itself, as well other electrical or plumbing accessories. If you opt for the other inaccessible design, you are unable to approach the void between the two ceilings for any maintenance work, whatsoever.
There are different kinds of suspended ceiling systems, suiting different requirements, but the basic idea is the same. For instance, we have a free span suspend ceiling system, which is most often employed for corridors. The design of this kind of ceiling comprises of ceiling planks that are held in place on their small edges by the perimeter trim. Such a system is very quick and easy to install and gives a very smooth and nice effect on completion. The good thing about this design of suspended ceiling is that you can have it in both the types, the demountable or the inaccessible design. In case of demountable design, the ceiling planks can be removed, thus providing access to the void.
Bandraster system is another design for suspended ceilings. This design provides a lot of flexibility and can be used for almost any architectural design that the building may have. Here again you can have either of the designs, the demountable one or the inaccessible one. This style of suspended ceiling can be designed using either hidden or exposed sections that are connected to get lateral bracing, thus enabling its modification to suit any building.
Another system that facilitates easy and quick installation is the exposed suspended ceilings system. Here also the void is accessible, enabling you to carry any maintenance work. This kind of suspended ceiling has tiles put into a suspended grid enabling it to be edited with no trouble.