Home Construction: Three Materials for Residential Ceilings

There are numerous aesthetic elements that you must think about when designing and building your new home. One of these important aspects is the upper part of the rooms. Basically, when the structural components of the house are completed, the underside of the roof or the lower side of the floor of the upper storey will be exposed. This can be left as is, but you can improve the visual impact by installing a ceiling. The ceiling is essentially a finishing surface as opposed to a structural component. Here is a brief description of the ideal materials that you can choose for your new home.


The popularity of wood in the construction of ceilings can be attributed to the natural appeal of the lumber. This type of material can be installed in both modern style and traditional spaces. A wooden ceiling is built using timber planks or boards. Basically, the lumber will be installed in a style similar to a wooden floor. The boards can also be arranged in interesting patterns to add some visual interest on the feature. Additionally, you can choose plywood or composite wood instead of solid wood for your ceiling. Wood is a suitable choice for building ceilings below a roof structure because the planks can be attached to the trusses. If you are building below an upper storey floor, you can construct a suspended ceiling. Ideally, this design involves installation of a metal frame and then attaching the planks.     

Plaster and Plasterboard

Plaster is an appropriate traditional material for covering a ceiling because it creates a smooth finish. This material is manufactured and purchased as a dry powder and then mixed with water to form a paste. There are different types of plaster, so you can choose between products formed using gypsum, cement and lime. Generally, this type of ceiling is built by applying paste over pieces of thin wood and then installing them. Alternatively, you can install plasterboard which is essentially plaster material that is formed pre-fabricated sheets. These can be easily attached to trusses or a suspended frame like wood with nails or screws.


Ceiling tiles are easy to install since they are purchased as units similar to floor or wall tiles. However, these are lightweight to ensure that they are not a falling hazard. There are diverse materials that are used to fabricate ceiling tiles, so you can choose the products that match your budget and preference. The common options include fibreglass, lightweight metal, cork, plastic like vinyl and even mineral fibre.