What is a suspended ceiling?
There are three types of suspended ceiling, each of which comes with its own unique set of features and benefits.
Each one hangs from the primary (structural) ceiling – creating an intervening space between itself and the floor above.
The three types are as follows:
1. M/F. Sometimes used as part of a commercial fit-out, M/F suspended ceilings consist of a metal framework with plasterboard that’s taped, or skimmed, then built into the underside.
2. Lay-In Grid. These are the most popular and can be customised using a diverse range of tiles. In terms of size, lay in-grid ceilings come in a 600 x 600mm or 1200 x 600mm format.
3. Clip-In. In some cases, it may be preferred or necessary to hide the grid. In this instance, metal tiles are formed to create a T-bar effect that’s both sleek and striking.
How do I choose a suspended ceiling supplier?
Before investing in a false ceiling, it’s important to find a supplier with the product range and experience needed to support the requirements of your project.
Here are a few questions to ask before committing to a course of action.
1. What product range do they offer?
You may have a specific approach in mind, in which case communicate this to your proposed contractor. Outline your requirements in detail – providing measurements, scaled drawings, and any other useful data. If their response addresses your needs, that’s one less box to tick in your checklist.
2. Can they work within your budget?
Even if your preferred supplier can help, they must be affordable. Stick to your guns and don’t accept a quote beyond your project budget. Likewise, be wary of suspended ceiling suppliers that are too cheap – there’s probably a reason. Overall, compare at least three quotes to get an idea of the market rate.
3. What else can your supplier do?
Your project requirements may extend beyond the need for a suspended ceiling. For example, you may want to separate your internal spaces using solid partitions or demountable partitions. Does your supplier offer the extra services you need? If so, you’ll only have to worry about one point of contact – making the process a lot more manageable.
4. Can they provide testimonials?
Ask your supplier for testimonials or case studies before signing on the dotted line. It’s also a good idea to check review sites. Yell is just one example of an online location you can visit to find out what customers think of your proposed contractor. If they have a Facebook page, look for photos of projects they’ve worked on and check out the comments section to see what people are saying.
5. Do you have a good rapport?
Even if your chosen supplier has the right skills for the job and can work within your budget, it’s important you get along with them. In the event of a problem, would you feel comfortable picking up the phone? If not, then the relationship is likely to cause you stress and prove unproductive.
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