CEILINGS, INTERNAL WALLS & PARTITIONS
APRIL 8 | BUILDING PRODUCTS
There is no denying that the
specifi cation of metal ceilings has
seen huge growth over the past
30 years. Here, Ma hew Mills,
group marketing manager, SAS
International, explains why metal
is now the go-to ceiling material,
superseding mineral fi bre as the
mainstay of modern workplace
and infrastructure projects.
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THE RISE AND RISE
OF METAL CEILINGS
combined with appropriate perforations will
effectively control unwanted noise in the majority
of spaces. Depending on performance demands,
metal ceilings will typically offer the benchmark
‘Class A’ acoustic absorption.
Design fl exibility
In today’s changing spaces, manufacturers have
had to develop multi-functional, yet beautiful
solutions. Metal ceiling systems allow the designer
curved, waveform, trapezoidal and even multifaceted
options. Transition and perimeter trims
also offer the advantage of specifying different
metal systems within one coherent and integrated
design. In addition, metal ceilings can now
incorporate a wide range of fi nishes and effects.
Another advantage of metal ceilings is they
work fl exibly with partitioning, allowing occupiers
to rethink space. As traditional working practices
change, the ability to adapt spaces cost-effectively
is increasingly attractive.
An indispensable tool in the architect’s
design arsenal, metal is a costeffective
and desirable material
meeting contemporary interior
demands. Metal creates visual impact, provides
essential acoustic control and allows specifi ers
to add drama and confi dence to an interior.
So what is the secret to metal’s desirability and
popularity as a ceiling material?
The development of buildings sympathetic to
the evolving needs of occupiers is increasingly key.
The rise of open plan offi ces with diverse, agile
and collaborative spaces is the new norm. This
requires designers to pioneer solutions that meet
these changing occupier demands.
As a refl ective material, specifying a metal
ceiling might seem counterintuitive for effective
acoustic control. However, metal ceilings
provide excellent acoustic regulation, controlling
reverberance and occupational noise.
The level of acoustic absorption required will
depend on the size of space, materials used and
occupier density. A range of acoustic infi ll panels