residential development guide for home extensions and new dwellings 



OWA UK - Building Materials and Architectural Building Products

OWA (UK) Ltd manufacture a range of ceiling systems.  A variety of possibilities to create interesting ceilings - with tiles of different materials- attractive designs and perfect assembly systems.

These include mineral wool, metal, specialist and suspended which are designed to suit a variety of functions including fire protection, acoustics, thermal insulation, chilled ceilings and hygiene/ clean room environments.

Most home extensions requiring planning permission will probably benefit from using their products during the build if an unusual ceiling finsh is required similar to commercial buildings.  Many Architects or House Extension Designers can incorporate their products within the scheme design drawings and specifications.

The following article may be of interest for homeowners researching this type of building product for inclusion within their own house extension scheme.

Suspended Ceilings - Why Should You Install Them?

Is your existing ceiling looking damaged and cluttered with pipe works and wires? Well why don't you think about getting suspended ceilings installed? What are suspended ceilings? Well if this is what you are saying then read on to find out.

Suspended ceilings are like an extension to your existing ceiling, they are built up of a grid made of metal which is suspended from the existing ceiling by a set of wires. Once the grid is set up, tile panels are placed into metal channels in the grid, they all fit into place and make the ceiling solid and in place. This is what suspended ceilings are made up of, you will usually see ceilings like this placed in big offices or buildings as such to hide all their air ducts and wiring etc.

There are plenty of reasons why you should choose to install suspended ceilings over other types, read on to find out what these are.

Suspended ceilings are typically installed to cover up air ducts, piping, wires and any other objects that are cluttering up the ceiling areas. Other reasons for installing suspended ceilings include sound absorption, insulation and levelling.

Suspended ceilings have come a long way since they first started being used and now a main reason why they are installed is for sound absorption, there are a lot of different tiles that you can put into the grid that are brilliant for sound control. If the room is going to be loud and you do not want the sound travelling far then these sorts of tiles will suck all the sound in making your room practically sound proof.

Also you may find that you want to add some insulation to your ceiling as there is now a ceiling void above you, there are a few things that you can use in you suspended ceilings to offer more insulation including foam but there are also special tiles that you can buy which will provide all the insulation you need.

The next reason for installing suspended ceilings is to help with levelling; if you have an uneven ceiling existing at the moment then you can add a suspended ceiling which can be easily changed so that the ceiling is level. All you need to do is get the grid adjusted on installation to the correct height you want. Suspended ceilings are great in this way that they can be adjusted to practically any height.

Once you have your suspended ceilings installed you don't have to be stuck with a completely closed ceiling of white panels, oh no, you can do so much with the panels and add in what you like, read on for a few examples.

You could add in fluorescent light panels that will give you light, these come in so many different varieties you will have problems deciding which ones you want, you don't have to install the fluorescent lights only, you can add other methods of light as long as they are securely attached to the grid.

Next suspended ceilings can be changed from just white; you can get panels with all sorts of designs, colours and shapes on that will brighten up your room. If you are going to paint your tiles then you should make sure that you use latex paint to get a professional and decent finish.