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Ceiling Design Options Perfect For Your Home

  • Nest Admin
  • 11 March 2020

In terms of practical functionality and interior aesthetics, the ceiling of a building forms one of the most important structural elements.

Ceilings help create an enclosure and separation between spaces. They provide perfect lighting in the room by controlling diffusion of light. They can also control sound diffusion around the room and can help in making a room soundproof.

It is therefore important that you learn about the options and consider which is the most suitable for your home. Over the course of 2 articles, we would analyze 3 notable ceiling design types along with their pros and cons. (For obvious reasons, we would not be covering the entire array of options, and would only concentrate on those fitting for glamorous homes and which would increase its look, feel and value)

1. POP CEILING

Ah yes! The very popular POP Ceiling :)

POP ceilings (have exploded in adoption and acceptance over the last 2 decades. They are easily recognizable and are often the number one option for ceiling finishes in Nigerian homes.

POP (Plaster of Paris) is a building material which has Gypsum as its main component. It can be used for false ceilings, coating walls and creating architectural elements like decorative patterns, cornices, etc, as it can be easily moulded to any shape. Because they are false ceilings, they not only give a smooth aesthetic look to a space, they also hide the ugly members of structure such as beams, ventilation ducts and conduits.

POP ceilings can also be very excellent insulators of heat and cold.

Let us take a look at some of its pros and cons.

Pros:

•             POP ceilings are light in weight & very durable and can sustain for years without any wear or tear.

•             It has low thermal conductivity.

•             It does not shrink while setting and, therefore, does not develop cracks on heating or setting.

•             POP has great fire resistant properties & hence makes for a very good heat insulating material.

•             Plaster of Paris (POP) gives a firm surface on which the colours can settle.

•             POP has no noticeable chemical action on paint & does not cause alkali attack.

•             It can be easily moulded into any shapes like any ornamental patterns, ceiling cornices, etc. Hence the beauty that can be crafted from it is only limited by the imagination of the designer.

•             Indirect light patterns to your home interior can be easily created in POP ceilings.

Cons: 

•             POP design requires finesse and expertise or they may not be properly mixed, may already begin to have ugly colourations soon after installation, may be improperly installed and may outrightly not achieve the desired look and feel (ornamental patterns, ceiling cornices etc). Therefore, skilled labour is required and the attendant labour cost for applying Plaster of Paris is high. Furthermore, the availability of skilled labour itself can be a major concern.

•             A lot of POP mixture is wasted in the mixing and application process and can make the site messy which would require a lot of cleaning afterwards.

•             The POP has to be perfectly dry for it to be installed.

•             POP ceilings cannot be used in moist situations.

•             POP requires occasional maintenance.

•             The handmade mixture may vary in balance & quality, depending on human judgment.

This marks the end of part 1. We`d be sharing more on Ceiling Types that you should consider using for your Home in our follow-up article! 

Hope you enjoyed the Read!



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