7 Types of Ceilings: “Their Pros and Cons”

By design, ceilings are as important as your house’s walls, flooring and furniture. You might think ceilings as merely the bottom part of a roof put on top of your four-walled house, but there’s a surprising number of ceiling types. Many styles of ceiling put as much of a statement of interior decor as the color of the room itself.

You might hear the word ‘ceiling’ and thought of a flat surface no one really noticed except when rain leak—or you want to say ‘ceiling’ and have your friends think of your dramatic ceiling that is seriously awesome.

Don’t rush and just decorate or demand the workers to make your ceiling this and that, though! Various types of ceilings have their own advantages and disadvantages, and you need to consider them before you choose which type of ceiling you would love for your home.

So here are 7 types of ceilings that will be great for your houses, and what you need to know about the pros and cons of choosing each of these ceilings:

1. Plywood Ceiling

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plywood ceiling – 1


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plywood ceiling – 2

This type of ceiling is the preferred choice of ceiling used, at least before it got serious competition being the favorite type once people know of gypsum ceiling. The main material for making this ceiling is wood used as a frame and 6 mm plywood for the ceiling. Why 6 mm plywood? Consider the decreasing quality of plywood circulating in the market today (before, using 4 mm is enough). If you wear thin plywood, it will look bumpy.

Pros of Plywood Ceiling.
Because the frame is made of wood then there is no need to worry if the installation of electrical installation will be stomped on by the installer.

Cons of Plywood Ceiling.
In general plywood connection will be visible, so if you want a flat impression without a connection it will be slightly difficult to make. After some time the installation will have a yellowish color if it is painted with the color white (the yellowish color will quickly appear if the plywood is not of a good quality—usually).


2. Gypsum Ceiling

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gypsum ceiling – 1


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gypsum ceiling – 2

Currently, this type of ceiling is the most widely used. In addition to easy workmanship it also has the availability of materials in more varied prices. The material used as a frame for gypsum ceilings may vary, usually using furing metal and some using wood. The use of wood material as a frame, will be able to answer the concerns when the installation / repair of electrical installations will be difficult because gypsum ceiling cannot be stepped on. However, if your home is terraced, it would be preferable if the floor below use metal frames only. Although, if there is an electrical installation repair, the installer will not go in and creep inside the ceiling.

Pros of Gypsum Ceiling
Other than the fast workmanship (quick to be built), the results are also more neat—tidier than Plywood Ceiling, because the gypsum’s board connection can be made invisible (make sure to use an expert ceiling service)! The model or form of the gypsum ceiling can be made into whatever you wish for because it comes in with various profiles of board middle panel patterns and other unique supporting materials. Gypsum ceilings can be shaped into many forms, such as a rise (drop ceiling), cube (dome) and so forth.

Cons of Gypsum Ceiling
It has one disadvantage of being not waterproof, in the sense that if a leak occurs on the roof, the nature of gypsum will absorb water so the burden will gain weight and that can lead to damp spots on the ceiling where water drops steadily through it. But you can anticipate it by making a hole on the gypsum on the parts which are flooded and then fix your roof leak.


3. Wooden Ceiling

wooden ceiling

wooden ceiling

Wooden ceiling is processed wood made into sheets (1 x 9 cm) and then dried by oven to reduce the water content so that during the installation there will be no further shrinkage. The finishing end wooden ceiling is usually painted impra to look natural (wood color). Wooden ceiling is typically used for the exterior ceiling of the building.

Pros of Wooden Ceiling
The advantage of wooden ceiling is that it looks more artistic and tends to create a classic atmosphere for the room.

Cons of Wooden Ceiling
The disadvantage of wooden ceiling is that the workmanship is more difficult and takes a longer time. The price is often more expensive compared to gypsum ceiling.

4. PVC Ceiling

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pvc ceiling – 2

This ceiling is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC ceiling is lightweight and also has the advantages of being waterproof, anti-termite and does not propagate fire. Produced with various colors and patterns (and some even have wood-textured), so it does not require additional painting for finishing. You can just choose the colors and patterns you’d love for your home! The thickness of PVC ceiling also varies from 6-10 mm thickness which also affect the price.

Pros of PVC Ceiling
Anti-water, anti-termite, does not propagate fire and does not need finishing, thus speeding up the development process.

Cons of PVC Ceiling
Because the module size is 20 x 400 cm, it is necessary to create a pattern in case the expanse of the ceiling width exceeds that size.


5. Metal Ceiling (Tin Ceiling)

metal ceiling

metal ceiling

The basic material of this ceiling is a thin, embossed metal sheet so that it prints various patterns and then finished with oil paint. For now, the patterns or carving style of tin ceiling is thick with classical elements.

Pros of Tin Ceiling
The advantages of tin ceiling are: anti-water, anti-termite, and very durable.

Cons of Tin Ceiling
The disadvantages of wooden ceiling are: the price is very expensive.


6. Drop Ceiling (Suspended Ceiling)

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drop ceiling

Drop ceiling is an additional ceiling installed below the actual ceiling. It’s very popular in offices and commercial structures. Drop ceiling consists of a framework of metal tracks suspended from the main ceiling using wires. Between the tracks we lay the tiles and panels to form the drop/suspended ceiling.

Pros of Drop Ceiling
The advantages of having a drop ceiling include easy installation of lights, really neat appearance because all ductwork, wires and pipes are concealed, and it’s very easy to remove in case you need to repair them. Drop ceiling is more economical than a complete renovation of ceilings and it provides sound proofing.

Cons of Drop Ceiling
The disadvantages of having a drop ceiling include reduced height (room space) due to the additional ceiling, and they tend to show discoloration after a few years of use.


7. Dome Ceiling

dome ceiling

dome ceiling

Famous for being an integral part of ancient religious structures, dome architecture has been used residential and commercially as there are various designs developed (and still developing) for dome architecture. Dome ceiling is used for a very wide range of purposes, such as for outdoor classroom, commercial center, recreation halls, exhibition and more.

Pros of Dome Ceiling
Dome ceiling has advantages such as being able to resist adverse climate conditions such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and even earthquakes easily. The structure of dome ceiling has a very long life—it’s expected to last for over a hundred years!

Cons of Dome Ceiling
It is demands an extremely careful approach to consider the places/locations for the chimneys, fire escapes and electrical wiring.


  • Kate Brownell August 27, 2018 at 7:41 am

    I really liked your blog. I am just thinking about the interior designing for my home. After reading the pros and cons of all ceiling material I will chose PVC wall and ceiling panels. I will chose because of its advantages. PVC panels are less expensive, water resistant, fire resistant too and also easy to install. Metal is also water resistant and anti termite but expensive, I can’t afford it. So my first choice is pvc ceilings.

  • Pamela Hermans October 4, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    This is not a comment as such but a question, i’m thinking of intsalling a chipboard ceiling that i saw online, it’s beautiful and will fit nicely in my dining and lounge, on the website they said it’s made of oriented strand board(OSB), can you please tell me more about this type of ceiling and where i can find it locally(Bloemfontein) ,thanx

  • Andrew Agar October 10, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Why it is difficult to find walls & ceilings contractors for wooden ceiling?


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