Ceilings nowadays form an integral part of interior design.
Once mostly ignored in interior design, ceilings are now an integral part of the aesthetics and performance when designing homes and office buildings, lighting and incorporating various style and safety features.
Lafarge Gypsum believes that ceiling systems should be quick to install, practical and effective at meeting both sound, thermal and fire insulation standards, according to Jean-Paul Croze, managing director of Lafarge Gypsum South Africa.
“Our ceiling solutions include decorative mouldings, access panels and solutions for curved ceilings,” he states. “Importantly, the range is not only fire-resistant and eco-friendly, it is also SANS 266 certified, which guarantees that the products are manufactured in a controlled environment to meet minimum requirements.”
The launch of the SABS-tested Lafarge Master Grid™ last year highlights Lafarge Gypsum South Africa’s commitment to industry excellence by providing innovative and high-performance systems for the local building industry.
Croze says: “The benefits to the suspended ceiling include added strength in the grid system that allows it to handle a minimum weight of 27kg/m² and 41kg/m² for the plaster grid system, with a safety factor of 2,5, which ensures low deflection under extreme loads.”
He adds that fire safety has also been addressed with innovative fire punch-out holes that retain the integrity of the main tee by allowing for expansion in the event of a fire, thereby preventing the ceiling panels from falling from the grid system.
Perfectly pitched acoustics
Lafarge Gypsum also has various acoustical solutions. Exposed Master Grid with 9mm ceiling tiles without insulation provides acoustical insulation of 25dB, which can be increased to 33dB with the use of added insulating materials. For higher acoustical demands, the company can offer customised solutions.
All of this is cleverly integrated with design and the permutations are limitless, providing broader scope within modest budgets.
“Lafarge Plasterboard can be used dry to form curves with radii of 1 000mm or, when wet, with a radius as small as 600mm,” Croze explains. “Thicker plasterboards may also be curved if wet first. Lafarge Plasterboard Ceiling Solutions combine hangers with curved channels that are ideal for constructing curved ceilings of virtually any shape or size, adding a touch of luxury to any room.”
As an environmentally sensitive company, Lafarge is focused on providing products that are safe for the environment and for communities. “We are the only plasterboard producer in South Africa with ecospecifier-listed products – an accreditation that, along with SANS 266, gives architects, designers and developers the peace of mind to design creatively while ensuring safety,” Croze adds.
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