Different Kinds of Ceiling Finishes
The Many DIfferent Ceiling Styles and Finishes
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Basic Ceiling Styles
- Conventional ceiling - It is usually 2.40 metres high to fit standard construction material. The finishing is usually drywall or plaster.
- Suspended ceiling - It is also a type of conventional ceiling. The difference is that a suspended ceiling is flat ceiling built under an existing ceiling.
- Cathedral ceiling - As the name implies, this is a sloping ceiling attached to the trusses of the roof up to the ridge.
- Shed ceiling - This type is similar to a cathedral ceiling but only one side is sloped. However the rise of the ceiling is not as steep as the cathedral type.
- Vaulted ceiling - This type has an angle or arch that starts from the top of walls or columns to the ceiling for a dramatic, high and spacious feel.
- Tray ceilings- This type aims to resemble an upside down tray. The centre is flat with side sloping from the walls.
- Cove ceiling - This type is actually a flat ceiling that has rounded corners joining the ceiling and the wall.
Different Ceiling FinishesJust like the walls of a house, the ceiling has to be decorated or "finished" to some extent. A building's ceiling is in direct proportion to its floor that is why special consideration should be attributed to a ceiling's finishing too.
Plaster - Plastering is probably the "oldest" form of finishing there is known to modern construction. Even the great Cathedrals centuries ago used plaster for their interior finishing. Plastering has evolved over the centuries. There are now various techniques to make your plaster finish more interesting.
- o Plain Plaster -This is plain cement plastering that could be used as base for other types of ceiling finishing.
o Sand face plastering - A cement mortar with a 1:4 cement and coarse sand ratio is applied. After a week, the second coat is applied this time in a 1:3 ratio. The result is a plaster finish that has a sandy look and feel.
o Rough Cast Plaster - The plaster is a mix of sand and gravel splattered on wet cement plaster. The finishing has a rustic feel.
o Pebbled Dash Plaster - It is the same as rough cast plaster but 6mm pebbles are used instead.
There are drywall ceiling finishing that can add interest to a flat drywall ceiling. Some of these textures are now being used extensively in modern structures as they are cost-effective and simple to
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