False ceiling are secondary ceiling that are suspended from main ceiling. These False ceiling or secondary ceilings are either made of POP (Plaster of Paris) or Gypsum plasterboard. But today one will find Gypsum Plasterboard false ceiling being used majorly especially in main cities like Mumbai, Pune, and others. POP false ceiling is used very rarely today though but only in villages and rural areas.
Why??? Let’s have a look at the difference between POP False Ceiling and Gypsum plasterboard False Ceiling.
POP false ceilings are made of POP powder. The POP powder is applied on chicken net that provides mechanical strength. The POP powder is mixed with water onsite and then applied on the mesh that is attached to local metal framing system. Here there is loads of wastage taking place. This is then treated and dried. To create a POP false ceiling could take almost a month’s time. Doing a POP false ceiling is not only time consuming but also messy, dusty and gives an unpolished feel.
Whereas Gypsum board false ceiling is made using gypsum plasterboard’s, fixed with screw to metal frame connected to soffit. Gypsum plasterboard’s come in larger sheets that POP sheets and therefore there are fewer joints. The joints are finished using jointing compound. Installing gypsum plasterboard is a faster process that is clean, much efficient and healthy with very less dust and untidiness as compared to POP false ceiling.Gypsum plasterboard has more strength as compared to POP. One of the main reason why gypsum boards are used for false ceiling is because of its inertness towards water.
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Gypsum plasterboard’s false ceiling offers great flexibility in design. Gypsum plasterboard’s versatility make ii the most preferable product for false ceiling. Cost wise there is no much difference in POP sheet and Gypsum plasterboard.