Wood ceilings come in a variety of patterns and installation techniques, creating different texture effects. While some are linear, others are cubed or grooved. They are installed on a metal frame or grid to hold the ceiling apparatus together and prevent falling. Some types can be suspended from the frame to achieve a dangling appearance.
The most common application is to large, airy spaces with high ceilings where sound and atmosphere matter. Living rooms, lofts, music venues, spacious entrances and auditoriums frequently use wood ceilings. Wood slats and grids can be designed to manipulate sound as needed. Depending on the type of wood and finish used, elegant or rustic atmospheres are enhanced, adding an artistic accent to the room.
One advantage of wood ceilings is the ability to insert other things into the grid system, such as lighting and speakers. Safety concerns also must be addressed with suspended apparatus. Local, state and federal guidelines consider seismic events, fire codes and structural integrity when allowing wood ceilings to be installed and specify rigid guidelines.
One method of installation that provides stability for mounting different components is a metal grid. Modular cubes laid into one create a figure of squares. They can be continuous or have a gap in between for a disjointed effect. Also popular are strips clipped to a ceiling grid side by side or, to create a recessed look, fabric strips alternated in between to achieve an optical illusion of depth. Coffers, although less common, are recessed and often have molding trim to add depth.
A suspension installation method works effectively with panels. Curved panels provide the best acoustics. Suspended from clips, they can be hung individually or in a unit. They are most commonly seen in theatres, but can be used in home projects as well. Panels can be filled with sound-absorbing material or stacked in layers to achieve a specific visual and audio effect. Baffles are straight separated wood slats configured and suspended.
Wood beams are the simplest and most cost effective ceiling systems to install. Plain or fancy, they can have additional pieces, like molding, attached. Some wood ceiling components are treated with chemicals to prolong life, decrease flammability and protect from insects. Recycled wood is an option for those seeking environmentally-friendly materials. Veneer is popular, relatively inexpensive and readily available in a number of colors.
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