Aluminum & Wood Veneer Ceiling Systems — Wade Architectural Systems

Aluminum & Wood Veneer Ceiling Systems - Wade Architectural Systems

Aluminum & Wood Veneer Ceiling Systems

When you think of wood ceilings, you may be imagining an old, darkened coffered ceiling such as you might see in European architecture. Those ceilings can be very beautiful, but they are not the only type of wood ceiling available in todays market. Wood ceiling systems  have become a wonderful way to bring warmth and beauty into a room.

What Types of Wood Ceiling Systems Are Available?

Today, there are numerous options to create wood ceiling systems. More often than not, commercial wood ceiling systems  are now constructed from metal sheet or coil that has a thin wood veneer. This is a much more cost effective solution than constructing large expanses of ceilings from real wood. Steel and aluminum with a thin wood veneer are commonly used to form panels or planks of varying sizes and shapes that can install into a steel channel system. With an aluminum substrate, systems will retain their flatness and not have the tendency to warp or bow as wood or medium density fiber board (MDF) substrates do. Aluminum systems are also lightweight, so there is little additional load placed on the structural framing. These newer wood-veneered aluminum systems can be used to replicate the look of traditional wood ceiling applications, like coffers, baffles or tongue-and-groove plank.

Coffered Systems

Coffering refers to the use of large, sturdy beams in order to create square or rectangular, recessed panels within a ceiling system. The result is a grid of inverted panels, most often, wood. These panels can come flat, or decorated with motifs, and even with ornamental trim pieces. Coffered ceilings can add visual interest to any room, and can create a more dynamic space overall. Since the panels are inverted above the beams, they can even make the space seem bigger, and add depth. Since the ceiling is not flat, it can also act as an acoustic buffer, which is why they are so frequently used in auditoriums, cathedrals and conference rooms. In addition, coffered systems  may be created elsewhere in a workshop, transported to the building site and installed quickly.

Baffled Systems

Baffled systems are often used to disguise or baffle the appearance of mechanical and electrical equipment above the ceiling space. If oriented properly and of the optimal spacing, height, and width, a baffled wood ceiling will add warmth to a space while concealing unsightly necessities of the sort. Aluminum systems with wood veneers can be created as panelized cassettes, with 2-4 baffles per cassette. This makes installation much easier and can allow for overhead space to be more easily accessed by removing a cassette at a time, rather than one panel or blade at a time.

Tongue-and-Groove Planks

Tongue-and-groove ceiling systems offer a smooth, finished product. Traditional tongue-and groove wood ceiling systems work in a way that is very similar to flooring; the tongue or protrusion of wood from one side of each plank fits into a groove on the other side of the adjacent plank. This allows the contractor to quickly install large quantities of wood without any fasteners, and minimal glue. When done right, this can result in almost seamless construction, and can even be water tight.

Todays aluminum and wood veneer plank systems allow for the same look as the traditional tongue and groove installations, while making them more affordable as well as improved acoustical performance through the use of micro-perforations  and acoustical backing materials.

Aluminum & Wood Veneer Ceiling Systems - Wade Architectural Systems

Are Wood Veneer Ceiling Systems More Expensive Than Other Systems?

While wood ceiling systems are usually more expensive than traditional drop tile ceilings or drywall, they can be much less expensive than some other materials such as tin or copper. An aluminum system with a wood veneer offers the best durability, ease of installation and minimizes cost. Some factors that can reduce the cost of the system include having a large quantity of panels in the project, panels in repetitive modules, panel sizes that minimize waste of raw materials (metal sheet or coil and wood veneer), and selecting a wood species that is rapidly renewable.

What Are The Benefits of A Wood Ceiling System?

Wood veneer ceilings are a great way to provide texture and contrast to stark walls. They bring warmth to a modern space, both contrasting and complimenting other products such as steel and concrete. They are also easy to maintain and withstand more wear and tear than plaster or drywall. Wood veneers on aluminum substrates give the same appearance and beauty of traditional solid wood ceilings, but allow for more efficiency in manufacturing, therefore reducing cost. Class A fire ratings are achievable for systems with an aluminum substrate. These systems are also lightweight and easy to maintain. Contact us to discuss wood ceiling options for your next project.

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