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False ceilings are the great way to add an interesting focal point to your home interior! It is a secondary ceiling and therefore called false roof or a drop ceiling that is suspended from the main ceiling. These drop ceilings are either made of POP (Plaster of Paris) & many other materials. Let us know about POP which is majorly used material!
Plaster of Paris is a building material having Gypsum as its main component. It is used for false ceilings & coating walls & also for creating an architectural element like decorative patterns, cornices, etc, as it can be easily moulded to any shape. Here are some of its pros & cons to give you a bright idea whether you should use it in your dream home!
POP drop ceilings are made of plaster of paris powder. This POP powder is applied to the chicken net that provides mechanical strength. The POP powder is mixed with water onsite & then applied on the mesh that is attached to the local metal framing system; this is then treated & dried. Here a lot of wastage takes place! To make it simple, It is manufactured as a dry powder & mixed with water to form a paste when used! To complete POP drop ceiling, it solely depends on the design & its minute details. Doing a POP ceiling is not only a time consuming but also a messy, dusty rots gives an unpolished feel!
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- POP ceilings are light in weight & more durable.
- It has low thermal conductivity.
- POP does not shrink while setting. Therefore, it does not develop cracks on heating or setting.
- It is a good fire resistant & hence a very good heat insulating material!
- It forms a thick surface to resist normal knocks after drying!
- It mix-up easily with water & is easy to spread & level.
- It has a good adhesion on fibrous materials.
- Plaster of paris (POP) gives a firm surface on which the colours can settle.
- POP has no noticeable chemical action on paint & does not cause alkali attack!
- Plaster of Paris gives a decorative finish to your home interior. Its gypsum content provides it a lot of shine & smoothness!
- It can be easily moulded into any shapes like any ornamental patterns, ceiling cornices, etc.
- Indirect light pattens to your home interior can be easily created in POP ceilings!
- POP ceilings cannot be used in moist situations.
- Skilled labour is required for precise application (like making an ornamental patterns, ceiling cornices, etc) & thus the labour cost for applying plaster of Paris is high and availability of skilled labour itself is a major concern.
- One of the major disadvantage of the false roof in your home interior is that it reduces the height of a room by several inches or feet as it is hung below the existing ceiling!
- The process of mixing the content of POP on-site is a messy & elongated procedure that requires a lot of cleaning!
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- A lot of POP mixture is wasted in the application process.
- POP requires a frequent maintenance & does not have long life!
- The handmade mixture may vary in balance & quality, depending on human judgment!
We hope all the above details of plaster of paris false ceiling will give you a clear idea for your drop ceiling in home interior!