Types of Suspended Ceilings?

What Are the Different Types of Suspended Ceilings?

Popular with businesses and homeowners alike, suspended ceilings are designed to hang off the structural elements of a building and provide a wealth of advantages. 

However, with a variety of suspended ceilings available, knowing the best option for your property is not always straightforward. To help, we have put together our guide to What Are the Different Types of Suspended Ceilings? to hopefully provide you with a clearer idea of the right choice for your home or business. 

Lath & Plaster

One of the more traditional types of suspended ceiling, lath and plaster allows for a level of artistry through the ability to add features and shapes. Lath and plaster is also popular due to its durability and longer lifespan compared to other suspended ceilings. However, it is also one of the more expensive options available on the market.

Suspended Dry Wall

Otherwise known as plasterboard, suspended dry wall typically uses a combination of wires and hangers unlike other types of suspended ceilings which use a metal grid. Dry wall is also relatively affordable and makes an ideal choice for those who wish to enjoy the aesthetic and acoustic benefits of suspended ceilings, as the dry wall sheets can be easily hung below ceiling level. 


Tiled ceilings are one of the most common forms of suspended ceilings and are available in two options, exposed and concealed.

  • Exposed Grid – Designed as a grid system, exposed tile ceilings consist of long metal strips, also known as mains, interconnected with shorter metal pieces called tees. Such suspended ceiling types are popular with busy, open areas as they generally require very little maintenance. 
  • Concealed Grid – Implementing the same grid structure as an exposed grid, a concealed grid system also includes the addition of ceiling tiles. This style of ceiling is incredibly popular with business premises for its clean and modern look. However, concealed grid ceilings are typically more expensive than exposed grids and are often trickier to care for.


Known for its versatility, a Bandraster suspended ceiling consists of metal tees and mains in various sizes, which allow for the creation of different patterns. The varying sized ceiling tiles can be arranged in a wide array of ways, allowing for the creation of unique ceiling designs.

Free Span 

Generally straightforward to install and maintain, free span suspended ceilings are a popular option with large areas on business premises, such as corridors. Very similar to tiles, free span ceilings consist of planks, which rest on the edges of a perimeter trim.


Highly durable and typically easy to care for, an aluminium suspended ceiling consists of a grid system which can be configured for spaces of all shapes.

Another of the main benefits of aluminium is its reflective qualities, allowing it to spread light throughout a room effectively. This characteristic makes it ideal for smaller rooms that want to appear more spacious and bigger areas that struggle with lighting the entire space.  

The different types of suspended ceilings: final thoughts

We hope our What Are the Different Types of Suspended Ceilings? guide has helped make your decision on the right ceiling type for your property that little bit easier. 

At A B Ceilings, we are experts in the construction of suspended ceilings and offer our professional services to commercial and domestic clients. 

If you are interested in learning more or would like to arrange a consultation with one of our installers, call us today on 01737 333 337 or 07774 162 012.

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