Suspended Ceiling Services

Suspended Ceilings Portland ORWhen you walk into a store or some other commercial building and look up at the ceiling and see something that looks akin to a tic-tac-toe board, chances are you are looking at a suspended ceiling. It gets its name from the way it is held in place. Some refer to it as an acoustic ceiling, because it contains panels that deaden sound. Another term is T-bar ceiling. The channels that make up the grid that hold the panels in place are T-shaped.

The suspended ceiling was originally developed to conceal the underside of the floor above and to offer acoustic balance and control in a room. The acoustic performance of suspended ceilings has improved dramatically over the years, with enhanced sound absorption and attenuation. A typical dropped ceiling consists of a grid-work of metal channels in the shape of an upside-down “T”, suspended on wires from the overhead structure. Each cell is filled with lightweight “tiles” or “panels” which simply drop into the grid. Tiles can be selected with a variety of materials, including wood, metal, plastic, or mineral fibers, and can come in almost any color. Light fixtures, HVAC air grilles, and other fixtures are available which can fit the same space as a tile for easy installation. Most tile material is easily cut to allow fixtures in other shapes, such as incandescent lights, speakers, and fire sprinkler heads.

Suspended ceilings are a popular choice for homeowners who are remodeling or adding living space. They’re inexpensive, relatively easy to install and provide a clean, finished look. The suspended ceiling is one of the easiest and inexpensive ceilings to install — especially when the task calls for a flat surface that can be used to hide an existing ceiling or unsightly building components at roof or ceiling level.

Perfect For:

  • Offices
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Warehouses
  • Entrances
  • Atriums
  • Work areas
  • Any area with high ceilings
  • Basements

Although suspended ceilings are typically used in commercial applications, you can take advantage of one in your home if, for example, you are building a music studio, a hobby center, a computer room or an office or for some other use where a quick and easy-to-install ceiling is needed to lower a high ceiling or is needed to conceal mechanical devises, cables, piping, ducts or other overhead equipment or machinery. The neatest thing about a suspended ceiling is that it can be removed without major damage to the existing structure.