Ceiling is the upper interior surface of a room and there are two main functions of a ceiling both decorative and functional . Whilst not only being decorative and functional, they also provide insulation, thereby preventing heat loss in redundant areas above the ceiling.
The following are the ceiling types common in Zimbabwe :
Ordinary ceilings: Materials will consist of 6mm Rhino-boards nailed to and including 32mm x 32mm branders with metal cover strips and 75mm Rhino-cornices. This type of ceiling can be fitted in any house or room, but is a very ordinary ceiling and the cheapest option to install.
Plastered ceilings: Materials for this ceiling will consist of 9,5mm Rhino-boards screwed to and including 32mm x 32mm branders with Fiba-tape over the joints of the boards and Polystyrene cornices. Plastering of complete ceilings with Rhinolite will follow installation. This type of ceiling is mostly fitted in entertainment areas and main bedrooms. It is more expensive, but adds value to your home.
Ordinary ceilings under tin roofs / outside where water could be a problem: Materials will consist of 4mm Nutek-boards (Fibre cement), nailed to and including 32mm x 32mm branders with metal cover strips and 75mm Rhino-cornices. This type of ceiling is fitted where water could cause problems. Panels harden when water is spilled.
Suspended ceilings: A more commercialised type of ceiling. Materials will consist of 12mm Vinyl covered, Gypsum panels (1200 x 600) on white T-Sections and white wall angles. This type of ceiling is often fitted in kitchens and bathrooms, because of its clean and neat appearance and the fact that it never needs to be painted.