Gypsum Ceiling Tiles
Gypsum ceiling tiles are made from gypsum which is a mineral. It is extracted from sedimentary rocks which are found all over the world. Gypsum has been known to be used by mankind from the days of the pyramids of Egypt. Gypsum boards or panels are also known as drywall (other names are plasterboard and wallboard). It is a panel or board made from gypsum plaster which is compressed between a pair of sheets of thick paper. Gypsum panels are used to line interior ceilings and walls. Gypsum tile became popular in construction business as a replacement for traditional plaster and lath.
Gypsum Ceiling Tiles Applications
Nowadays gypsum is used to make ceiling tiles, wallboard, and other plaster products for commercial as well as residential buildings. Gypsum ceiling tiles being smaller are suitable to be used in suspension ceilings or in other words, suspended ceilings. Since the time gypsum products came into the market gypsum ceiling tiles, are an alternative to home owners for replacement of an old existing product. Homeowners can now cheaply and quickly replace their old interior tiles. It has also become common now to use gypsum tiles for ceilings and walls in newly built buildings and homes. .
Gypsum Ceiling Tiles Installation and Finishing
Gypsum Ceiling tiles are fitted to a system of grid work which are hung from the ceiling with the help of wires or strings. Suspended ceilings also known as false ceilings are very commonly used in commercial and office buildings. Gypsum ceiling tiles are available in different designs to give varying acoustical qualities. They have good aesthetic look and different acoustical and aesthetic qualities. They can also be had in several varieties. The installation of the tiles is easy, but for installing the suspended system of tiles it is better to employ professional installers. The joints, where two tiles meet, are filled with a special a compound and then a drywall tape is used to cover it. To conceal the joint the tape is coated several times. To even out unevenness sand paper is used to make the surface smooth and then a primer is applied as a base for final painting.
Advantages and Disadvantages
The main advantages of gypsum ceiling tiles over other types of ceiling tiles are that they are comparatively easy to install and also they are cheaper. Though it is recommended that only qualified and skillful professional should be employed for installation gypsum ceiling tiles, it is possible for homeowners to install and finish the tiles themselves (but not the ceiling grid work needed for mounting the tiles). The disadvantages to having gypsum ceilings tiles are that its sound absorption qualities are not quite good. Therefore when soundproofing is important the customer may prefer other types of ceiling tiles. Also, gypsum tiles are not waterproof. For damp spaces like bathrooms or basements where moisture content is high, the gypsum ceiling tiles must be treated with moisture resistant chemical.
Gypsum Ceiling Tiles