The suspended ceiling is a building structure that can have several functions. There are various types, also depending on the intended use; the most common ones are made of plasterboard, an economical, versatile, and high-performance material. In this article, I will focus on the cost… read this other article if you need ideas and advice.
The technical characteristics of a false ceiling
A false ceiling can be fixed, mobile or discontinuous. In the first case, the false ceiling covers the entire surface of the roof: this is a solution adopted in cases where the work serves to improve the insulation of the environment or to contain and hide electrical or ventilation systems. A mobile or discontinuous structure, on the other hand, does not completely cover the ceiling area of the room in which it is installed.
In particular, discontinuous false ceilings often represent a solution that combines functional needs with design needs. An example of this is the ‘partial’ false ceilings, intended to incorporate the lighting system of a specific area or environment.
As for the construction materials, the possibilities of choice. The plasterboard, to that effect, is one of the popular options because of its unique characteristics. This material, in fact, is fireproof and is an excellent acoustic, thermal, and moisture insulator.
However, regardless of the destination and the materials used, the basic structure of a ceiling is always the same. The load-bearing element is a frame made using aluminum or galvanized steel rods while the infill is made using plasterboard panels or other materials, such as polyester, cork, or glass wool.
The costs of a plasterboard ceiling
The expenses to be incurred for the construction of a plasterboard false ceiling include the costs of materials and labor. The first varies mainly according to the thickness of the infill plates, which can reach a maximum of 13 mm. The price of plasterboard is quantified per square meter and also depends on the characteristics (insulating or fireproof).
A standard size panel measures 120 × 200 cm, has a thickness between 5 and 13 mm and can be purchased at modest prices (between 5 and 10 euros). In the event that the panel is reinforced with insulating material, the cost can increase up to 25 euros for a single unit. To the cost of the plasterboard must be added those for the iron frame; the most significant part of the expenditure, however, is represented by labor.
The creation of a plasterboard false ceiling requires the setting up of scaffolding or the use of special means to allow the workers to work at the height of the structure to be assembled. This need increases the overall costs of the work, also depending on the nature of the intervention.
To have a plasterboard false ceiling built, an expense between 20 and 30 euros per square meter must be budgeted. The price rises significantly if the paneling is fireproof; in this case, the cost of the work can be close to 50 euros per square meter. Nevertheless, the area in which the works are carried out and the competitive market can affect prices.
Conclusions and Considerations
It is very important to quantify the total cost of the work in advance. In some cases, in fact, even the logistical context can affect the estimate, especially if the work involves specific and complex processes (curved or decorated surfaces, moldings). Even the necessary preliminary interventions, preparatory to the realization of the actual work, must be taken into account in the estimate. Sometimes, in fact, it is necessary to repair leaks or remove moisture stains before being able to proceed with the work. This type of intervention, as well as of surface finishing, must be included in the expense items when estimating the budget.