Walls & Ceilings
There are a few different ways you can create & decorate walls. Once you’ve decided which kind of wall is best to use, you can decorate them with the following:
We can assist you with any of the above.
What is Drywalling?
If you’re unfamiliar with the term, and especially if you’re a chick – you might be scratching your head thinking – aren’t all walls supposed to be dry? In short – who knows where they came up with the name! Here is the technical description of Drywalling:
“Drywall (also known as plasterboard, wallboard, sheet rock, gypsum board, or gypsum panel) is a panel made of calcium sulfate dihydrate (gypsum), with or without additives, typically extruded between thick sheets of facer and backer paper, used in the construction of interior walls and ceilings.”
In layman’s terms – its like chalk in between 2 sheets of paper – and yup – that’s what they use to create walls in offices that they break down at their every whim.
Drywalling is very cost effective. It is quick & easy to install, easy to repair and can be painted, tiled / wall papered. It’s super versatile! And did you know – because it’s made of chalk, it’s also Fire Resistant.
“But can’t you hear everything through those walls?” – you might ask…. Well, to be on the safe side we wouldn’t discuss Gillian’s bad haircut if she is right outside the wall – but you can pack the drywall with a type of blanket which will certainly dampen the sound. If that’s not enough, you can also put blankets on top of the ceiling tiles.
Ask us! We know how.
It’s a good idea to have walls that prevent the spread of a fire. If you didn’t know, drywalling is made from Gypsum… also known as chalk – which is not flammable.
A fire wall is one that is not only designed to prevent the spread of fire from one side of a building to the next, but it provides structural support. … Fire partitions are often made from multiple layers of gypsum board.
A Drywall is made by gypsum pressed between two sheets of thick paper. Gypsum is a soft mineral that by itself is not flammable.
Glass Partitioning Looks neat & professional. It is a great way to create meeting areas & privacy. It allows natural light in open plan office areas and privacy screens can easily be applied with vinyl frosting in some very creative ways and patterns.
Decorative screens offer the perfect balance of function and design, reducing noise & adding a modern feel to a home or office. They can also serve as a room divider between departments.
Demountable office partitions have a variety of uses. These partitions offer an easy way to manage space strategically, they can be customised to ones’ specific needs easily. Moreover they are cost-effective and present an environmentally friendly alternative to permanent walls.
The ability to move partitioning around removes the need for additional construction.
Unlike other building alternatives, demountable partitioning systems do not require any liquid products to be used during the installation process. There is a vast collection of demountable partitioning systems that allow companies to cater for individual needs.
Demountable office partitions utilise a steel sub frame as its core. This is fitted into position then the outer frame of aluminium components clip onto this steel sub frame forming the visible door and glazing frames.The outer layers are fixed into place (normally lightweight plasterboard).
The outer aluminium framework can be colour coated to finish.
Glazed windows are prefabricated in single or double-glazed options.
Demountable partitioning is a widely used partitioning type as it is quick, cost effective and relocatable. On the other hand, it is neither fire rated nor does it provide much acoustic insulation.
Acoustic panels are sound absorbing panels placed on walls or ceilings to control and reduce noise, eliminate slap echo and control comb filtering in a room. The objective is to enhance the properties of sound by improving sound quality with sound absorbing panels. Often used to treat recording studio acoustics, church acoustics, home theater acoustics, restaurant acoustics, and listening rooms, the purpose of acoustic panels is to reduce, but not entirely eliminate, resonance within the room. Acoustic panels differ from Bass Traps in that they deal more with the mid and high frequencies in a room. Sound absorption is different than soundproofing, which is typically used to keep sound from escaping a room.
Retail Walls and Gondolas
A gondola wall is A floor-mounted shelving system using cantilevered shelves that extend from one or both sides of a rigid vertical. It is used mostly in retail because it is easy to move and reconfigure.
Known also as “the pegboard style” of shelving, a typical gondola shelving unit has the following characteristics: It includes a pegboard or solidboard.It does not use four posts (one in each shelf corner), as many other styles of shelving do. Excepting the pegboard (or solid board or slatwall), all of its parts are metal. A GONDOLA IS is a freestanding fixture used by retailers to display merchandise.
Other retail walling solutions include Slatwall and Gridwall.
There are 3 different kinds of ceilings:
Flush Plaster Ceilings
Flush Plaster Ceilings or Fixed Ceilings look like one big solid ceiling. Basically a JUMBO plasterboard (also known as Gypsum Board) is fixed to either a Flush–Plastered Grid system or JUMBO Steel Brandering.
They give a very neat, clean finish and are great for those little downlights.
Lay In Ceiling Grid or Suspended Ceilings
Suspended Ceilings hide exposed structural or mechanical components such as pipes, plumbing, ducts, conduits, cables, or just a bare, masonry surface – but not your safe. This will be a bit heavy – we recommend a proper safe room for one of those.
It improves the appearance of the room tremendously, but the pipes & wiring is still accessible. In the unfortunate event that a ceiling tile is damaged, it can easily be replaced – as they come in standard sizes.
Some ceiling tiles have acoustic properties which is great for noisy call centres, as they absorb the sound very effectively. Suspended ceilings also absorb the sound from the heel wearing clackers above.
A side note here – when renovating – it may seem to be a good idea to paint your ceiling tiles to get rid of the grime and give it a fresh look, however, doing this will take away the acoustic properties and could cause the sound to bounce around the room like disco lights! A cheaper and very effective alternative is to clean the ceiling tiles instead. Yet another service we can assist you with.
Light Throughs A.K.A Bulkheads
Bulkhead is a fancy word for a thing that hides stuff like wires, pipes and so on. A bulkhead is a very effective way to hide the ugly airconditioning ducts, plumbing pipes and electrical wires, with a very modern finish.
It is also commonly used to define specific areas – especially in large open plan spaces. If you make use of a bulkhead with downlights over a pause area, it visually seperates that area from the rest of the office. Some bulkheads can be installed to seem like it is suspended from the ceiling, creating a shadow line – which is very cool.
Acoustic Ceilings, also known as a textured ceiling, cottage cheese ceiling, stipple ceiling, a stucco ceiling. This is a ceiling with a certain spray-on or paint-on treatment.