Why Use Timber for Your Ceilings?
Timber has been used in construction for countless years. Quite possibly the first ‘real’ building material, second only to stone, it has been used to build just about every structure you can think of and more. With such a rich history, it’s clear to see why we are still using it to build with to this day.
At Austratus, we have a real passion for timber in all forms and for a range of applications. In this article we cover some of the main reasons why we’re so passionate about it; especially when it comes to timber ceilings.
The Benefits of Timber Ceilings
There are many benefits in choosing timber ceilings, and wood as a building material in general. Properties such as weather resistance, heat and electricity conduction (or lack thereof) as well as the acoustic benefits of wood make it a highly desirable material in many construction projects.
Timber as an insulator
Timber is renowned for being a great insulator; and for good reason. Due to natural pockets of air in the grain of the wood, and within its cellular structure, heat (or cold) is stored within the wood. It is said to be 400 times better than steel, and 1,770 times better than aluminium when comparing insulation properties.
Timber is widely used in building Australian houses (namely the Queenslander style) as it allows houses to stay cool in the summer, yet retains warmth in the winter, therefore reducing power bills, as well as naturally maintaining a desirable temperature.
Once a timber ceiling has been installed, it will require little-to-no maintenance. Depending on the species and grade of timber you decide to use in your ceilings, you might have to re-treat the timber once every 5 years or so. Keeping the timber clean will help with the longevity of the finish, although the natural wearing and colour change is a somewhat desirable property for some.
Western Red Cedar, a species the whole Austratus family loves, is an extremely durable timber, and ideal for all types of construction, not least for use in timber ceilings. With natural preservatives protecting it from moisture, termites and decay, you can rest assured that your ceilings will stand the test of time.
Timber is, in general, a beautiful material. Whether used in construction, for timber feature walls, for cladding or panelling, or of course as timber ceilings, the natural grain, colours and ambience will always be noticed when stepping into a room.
The colours from wood can help light a room in a relaxing and soft ambience, and can make a room feel much brighter. When used correctly, a timber ceiling (or feature wall) can make a room look and feel much bigger.
The perfect soundproofing
The Austratus timber ceiling systems offer excellent soundproofing and acoustic performance. Ideal for a social space such as an open plan office or public space, the slatted design allows noise to travel around and through, instead of bouncing from wall to wall. The Austratus system has been proven to achieve a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) of up to 0.9.
The Austratus Timber Ceiling System
Our patent-pending clip-in system makes timber ceilings more practical than ever before. Forget the long and fiddly processes used in the past; with our new clip-in system your timber ceilings can be fitted in as little as a couple of days. The railing system allows for continuous lengths of timber to be simply clipped into place to form a suspended ceiling, and means any mistakes are extremely easy to rectify.
We manufacture all the parts necessary and ship them all together as one system, meaning you don’t need to worry about sourcing parts from multiple different companies for one product; Austratus will send the whole thing out, ready to be installed straight away in record time. Austratus will also supply specially engineered finishing trims and stops for added convenience.
If you’re interested in finding out more about our timber ceilings range, or any of our other products, contact us today to speak with a professional. We will be able to help you assess your options, as well as determine which will be the best specifies of timber and which profile you’d prefer.