We had a lovely client the other day who had a tight budget for a residential ceiling. The client wanted the final finish to be functional, rather than aesthetical, affordable and moderately durable. We were up for the task and went around looking for local suppliers. Here’s what we found:
1. Plywood ceiling
The ceiling work well if you don’t mind the visible joints. Choose a minimum sheet thickness of 6mm. Any lower and warping will be your constant roommate.
The final plywood can be stained and painted or embossed in future. Be sure to get in touch with us! Don’t install this alone.
My grandma warned me about these ceilings. She said they catch fire easily and can raze an entire community. The good news is that they can be treated for fire resistance. It’s also a good idea to ensure that the roof pitch is elevated and water proofing material is used. They can last up to 25years if installed correctly.
3. PVC Ceiling
Source these from reputable importers (like us). There are many fakes in the market. The difference between a fake and a real PVC Ceiling is the amount of PVC Content in a tile. Some brands sell tiles with PVC Content of below 40% and do not brand their products to avoid detection.
The advantage of of these tiles is that they are Fireproof, Heat Insulation, Moisture-Proof, Mould-Proof, Sound-Absorbing, Waterproof and can be affordable.
4. Chipboard/MDF and related boards
Go for a minimum of 9mm and you will enjoy added sound proofing. If you have installed coated mabati roofing, you’ll really need this chipboard especially when it’s raining and you can’t hear your own voice ( due to the rain pounding on the roof).
5. Reclaimed wood
Source easily from the roadside vendors, your neighbor with a demolition, shipping pallet planks etc. We have successfully completed a ceiling in pallet wood planks. We stained each plank to the client’s specification. This is by far the most labor intensive option.
The key to cost efficiency is ultimately in planning. Ensure all materials are on site, plan work schedules, manage your team and expect the unexpected.
Click & Go WPC tiles, like sliced bread, deliver convenient contemporary flooring for the home owner and the renter alike.
What is WPC?
Wood-plastic composites (WPCs) are composite materials made of wood fiber/wood flour and thermoplastic(s) (includes PE, PP, PVC etc.). [Wikipedia]
Why choose WPC?
1.Natural wood texture & feel
2.Waterproof, corrosion resistant, pest resistant
3.Easy to assemble and install and even remove ( rental houses)
4.No painting, no staining, no polishing.
5.UV-resistant, fade resistant, durable
7.Walk barefoot, anti-slip, no cracking
Various Colors available to match your taste.
The WPC floors can be easily installed in your office or home without damaging the existing floor surface. When your lease expires or you choose to go to a new location, you can easily remove the WPC planks.
Although rubber flooring is widely used in commercial settings such as cafeterias, hospitals and gym weight rooms, it’s gaining traction as a viable flooring for homes, too.
One big reason is style — rubber flooring is available in a huge array of colors and textures that make it an appealing designer’s choice. A skilled installer can even cut rubber into patterns and mosaics that make eye-catching, one-of-a-kind floors.
Plus, it’s sound-absorbent, impervious to moisture and it’s cushiony comfortable underfoot. It comes in sheets for nearly seamless installations and DIY-friendly tiles that fit together with interlocking edges. Rubber flooring can be glued down, but many products are so heavy that glue is unnecessary — the flooring simply lays flat and stays put on its own.
The choice of sports flooring depends on a number of factors:
1. Area shape
Simply, this is the design of the space where the gym will occupy.
Many customers prefer an interlocking rubber flooring tile; thereby avoiding the need to glue or adhere the rubber tiles to the ground. Interlocking rubber floors are loose laid on the concrete; and do not require glue or adhesives.
Other customers prefer rolled rubber flooring; due to the seamless appearance and easy cleaning methods. Rolled rubber flooring is very popular in commercial gyms, weight rooms, locker rooms and more. Rolled rubber can also be a great choice for your home basement gym.
2. Use of space
Different mat thicknesses demand different use. Aerobics and low impact use generally can do with ≤4mm thick while high impact sports and heavy weight areas demand extra padding.
Gym flooring must be Durable
3. Durability and maintenance
Gym and sports flooring require regular cleaning.This means the rubber should be able to withstand wear and tear and perform consistently well with regular cleaning. Contact us today to request a quote or to learn more about stall mats here.
Note : There is a difference between rubber and polypropylene material. The finishes, appearance and installation of the material varies. The latter can also be installed in basketball courts, tennis, netball and playgrounds etc.