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Interior ceiling board, which one to choose?

“There are several choices of materials for ceiling to choose from, for example, wood is a good choice if you need aesthetic, gypsum board has even edge joint while fiber cement board is available as artificial wood and board. You can use these guidelines to decorate your house to suit your objective. ” 

At the same time, ceiling boards like concealing board, space lining ceiling, Step ceiling and T-bar can cover pipe and wire on ceiling. Ceiling materials commonly used are wood and inflammable synthetic materials such as gypsum board and fiber cement board. Each type has different qualifications.


Wood Ceiling

       Wood is natural material which gives warm and beautiful look. However, the wood used must be processed to extend its use life such as wood impregnation and wood drying (to reduce shrinkage and prevent fungus, snout beetle, termite and mushroom) and coating the wood with teak oil. Wood with beautiful patterns is Rose Wood and Afzelia. The most popular is teak which is available in the market at 3, 4, 5 and 6-inch wide with 1-3 m. long and 8, 11 and 18 mm. thick.

Wood Ceiling idea - SCG
Picture: Example of wood ceiling decoration.

Gypsum Ceiling Board

       Generally, gypsum board is made of compressed gypsum powder covered by card board. Standard sizes are 0.6 x 0.6 m. and 0.6 x 1.2 m. Thickness available is 8, 9, 12 and 16 mm. There are several kinds of product to choose ranging from general type which can be painted and special type which has been painted, has ridged pattern, perforated pattern and coated with paper with patterns (which is easier to clean), has aluminum foil to reflect heat, fiber glass to withstand fire and ready-to-use gypsum board for specific purpose such as to be used with Step ceiling for lamps, cornered ceiling, curtain rail hole and service hole with frame hidden.  

Gypsum ceiling normally used is T-bar and concealing types which provide smooth joints. Moreover, gypsum is light weighted, easy to cut and convenient to transport and install. However, if site area is damp like in bathroom, gypsum board is not recommended. So you should consult manufacturer to choose the right model to withstand dampness such as having dampness preventive agent, coating by vinyl PVC to prevent the ceiling from bending while being used in wet area. 

Gypsum ceiling decoration idea
Picture: Example of bedroom decoration with ready-to-use concealing kit for Step ceiling with indirect lighting.
T Bar Gypsum ceiling decoration idea
Picture: Example of T-bar gypsum board with diversity of surfaces.

Fiber Cement Ceiling Board

       Fiber cement board is made of cellulose fiber and Portland cement in a form of lath of 3-4 inches wide, 3 m. long and 8 mm. thick for sparing gouge and multi-sized board of 0.6 X 0.6 m., 0.6 x 1.2 m., 0.6 x 2.4 m. and 1.2 x 2.4 m. with 3.5  mm. 4 mm. and 6 mm. There are several choices of surface to choose as even surface, wooden surface, gouged, wooden pattern with gouge which can be painted and special models such as ridged surface, patterned surface and color laminated or patterned with even surface which is easier to clean.  

Fiber cement board like T-bar and gouged type is suitable to use inside of the house. Space between each space lining ceiling can create pattern. The fiber cement board is heavier than gypsum board but it is dampness-resistant so it can be used as ceiling for wet area like bathroom. It is wood-free so it is resistant to termite.

SCG Fiber Cement ceiling board
Picture: SCG Smartboard is fiber cement board with several types of surface; gouged (top left), wooden (bottom left) and wooden gouged (right) which is wood ceiling replacement.
SCG wood substitute ceiling board for decoration
Picture: SCG Smartwood (Wood Substitute) is fiber cement suitable for installing space lining ceiling which is replacement of wood.
Interior Ceiling Decoration Idea
Picture: Example of ceiling decoration with SCG Smartboards are gouged (left), gouged mixed with concealing type (top right) and T-bar (bottom right).
Ceiling Decoration Idea by SCG
Picture: Example of SCG Smartwood (Wood Substitute) of concealing type, gouged type with Step ceiling for indirect lighting (left) and example of installation of gouged SCG Smartwood (Wood Substitute) as replacement of wood (right).

       You can see that there are several types of materials to choose. Moreover, they can create diversity of gimmicks including covering undesirable mess on ceiling and being served as decoration in style a home owner desires.

Materials of ceiling boards are of variety as gypsum board, fiber cement board, wood, aluminum and vinyl etc. Each type has different advantages and disadvantages and offers different beauty. Let’s see which material matches which objectives of use.

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