What is a False Ceiling?

False ceilings give a new meaning to plain ceilings because while these are aesthetic, these can be perfectly functional too. False ceilings are also called suspended or dropped ceilings because they are placed below the main structural ceiling.  False ceilings can be employed in any space, whether office, commercial complex or residential complex.  


False Ceilings are Aesthetic and Functional.

While false ceilings do not carry any load of the structure, they can be functional in other ways. Before, the purpose of false ceilings was to lower the height of the spaces with high ceilings so it will be easier to cool down the interior, therefore lowering the energy costs. In the present time, false ceilings are used to hide wirings, or electrical wires and cables and help in managing sound and thermal insulation inside the home. It gives the interior an interesting focal point, an important aspect in interior design. 

Materials Used in False Ceilings

There are several materials used for false ceilings. Depending on your budget or which is more suitable for your application, there is a material appropriate for you. Here are some examples:


1. Gypsum

Gypsum boards are generally termite and mold proof which makes it a durable option for false ceilings.  Because of convenience in application and installation, gypsum boards are probably one of the most popular materials used in false ceilings. 

2. Wood

Wood achieves the organic and authentic look for your interior. It is a classic material that has natural textures and unique grain patterns. Although it may be expensive and a challenge to install and maintain, the durable and aesthetic qualities supersede the cons. 

3. PVC

PVC is an inexpensive option that does not compromise quality. It is available in different styles and colors, so if you’re highlighting the ceiling’s visual properties, PVC might be for you. This material is lightweight, and is therefore easier to install and are not easily affected by the change of temperature. It is also water resistant. 

4. Aluminum Composite Panels

ACP is a rising material in the architectural field because of its stellar performance as an exterior cladding. However, ACP can also be used in false ceilings because it is durable and long-lasting, is not brittle, will not easily warp or be infested by termites. Because it is weather resistant, it can be placed in the interior ceilings, or exterior to provide ceilings on walkways. Moreover, aluminum cladding installation is easier because it is lightweight.


In choosing the right material for your false ceiling, check if the material will satisfy the purpose you want it to achieve. Do you want it to be effective against sound and thermal insulation? Or aesthetics matter to you the most? Are you working on a tight budget, or do you want quality material that can last for a long time? All these concerns are valid, so long as you know the material’s pros and cons and see if it works best for you. 


Where can I buy ACP?

Alutech aluminum composite panels are effective in several applications, including indoor and outdoor claddings, signages, wall claddings, and false ceilings, because of its quality and features. You can buy it in all Polylite stores nationwide. Polylite is also one of the trusted aluminum composite panel suppliers in the Philippines, which also supplies other architectural materials such as polycarbonate roofs and acrylic sheets.  You may visit Polylite’s website to check aluminum composite panel prices in the Philippines, or contact us for more information.