False Ceiling Options & Comparison

False Ceiling Options & Comparison

S.N.  PROPERTY METAL CEILING MINERAL FIBRE GYPSUM BOARD
1 Acoustic Property 20% Perforated area coupled with Fibre Glass, sets NRC value up to 0.9 in Indian conditions 0.55 to 0.75 NRC specified in standard American and European atmosphere Very poor Acoustic
2 Fire Property Melting & Boiling point is quite high compared with any material used in building construction Fire Retardant and has ratings of one hour as per BS476 Screws holding the sheets come out at high temperature and ceiling collapses
3 Moisture absorbance and sagging Instead cleaning with soft water is suggested Only some products are little bit moisture resistive Absorbs Water and when dry, the surface cracks
4 Accessibility Provides easy access to wiring, maintenance of HVAC Systems Provides easy access to wiring, maintenance of HVAC Systems *No access to top
*In case of problems, ceiling has to be broken
5 Weight and ease of handling Very light and easy to handle Very light and easy to handle Heavy and fixed
6 Aesthetics Clean finish look – factory finished
Design element – very wide range and different colors
Clean finish look – factory finished *Plain surface
*Needs frequent painting as the surface cracks often
7 Functional Offers specific product to suit different area of application and criteria, like Linear, Tiles, etc. Offers different name & texture but all in same size Only one type for all uses
8 Light Reflection As high as 95% About 80% About 80%
9 Thermal Insulation Property Very high when coupled with Fibre Glass Wool. Good
The tiles have R Factor ranging from 0.25 to 0.38
Poor
10 Speed of Installation Very high and easy Very high and easy Slow & Tedious
11 Cleaning & Maintenance Can be cleaned with Soap solution to remove stains Not at all washable and highlights spots / stains Not at all washable and highlights spots / stains
12 Time Value High Scrap Value No Re-sale value instead one has to pay for garbage removal No Re-sale value instead one has to pay for garbage removal
13 Termite Metals are always Termite proof Prone to Termite attack Board containing papers are prone to termite attack
14 Paint Life Coil or Powder coated hence very long Repainting not possible 3 to 5 years
15 Durability Ultra Durable Very brittle and very soft Always cracks develop