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The ceiling range

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British Gypsum has now expanded its product range to include three new ceiling products - Gyptone tiles and planks, Casoprano pre-finished suspended ceiling tiles and the Decogips cast gypsum ceiling range, together with the Casoline supporting grid system.

John Nelson, sales and marketing manager for ceiling products, points out that although ceiling tiles are primarily used to conceal services, the market is mainly driven by issues of appearance. The heavily fissured tiles commonly used in non-architect designed work still sell in large quantities but the requirement for visually pleasing, and more durable products is ever increasing, and the new range of British Gypsum suspended ceilings tiles has been created to meet this demand.

The mainstay of the new product range is Casoprano, which has been launched into the market as an adaptable range of white gypsum pre-finished suspended ceiling tiles in a choice of smooth, textured or patterned finishes. Casoprano provides a durable and moisture tolerant alternative to wet felted mineral fibre tiles.

The new product is now established in European countries and combines the proven fire safety and strength of gypsum with a wide choice of decorative finishes including roc (plain white), fina (fine fissured), bianca (light- textured) and star (lightly pinned). Additionally, voice and forte fissured tiles cater for sound attenuation and sound absorption acoustic performance requirements. For optimum speech clarity in lecture rooms for instance, voice (sound-absorbing) and forte (sound-insulating) tiles can be used in combination, without changing the visual appearance of the ceiling area. Strategic placement of these two tiles in relationship to speaker/audience positions will provide good quality rasti (rapid speech transmission index) cartography to the room. The Casoprano range has half-hour fire rating, has high light reflectance and is rh90 tolerant.

Gyptone offers a versatile range of perforated and pre-finished gypsum suspended ceiling tiles and planks to add to the Gyptone board range already available. Its design couples the proven durability of gypsum board with an integral acoustic backing tissue. This allows the ceiling to retain its excellent acoustic properties, even during maintenance and redecoration. At a time when architects are realising the benefits of angles and curves, Gyptone boards are particularly interesting as all can be curved, particularly line 7, which can be curved to a radius of 1200mm. The product is available in three geometric designs - quattro (square perforations), line (linear perforations), and point (round perforations), all of which can be used in conjunction with the unperforated base to provide an unlimited range of interior design options.

The third product in the range is the Decogips decorative range of glass fibre reinforced cast gypsum ceiling tiles. Manufactured from high-purity natural gypsum with the added strength of glass fibre reinforcement, they add a natural mineral feel to the aesthetic appeal of a ceiling. The product is available in five designs, ranging from subtle to more distinctive textures. These textured designs complement the natural white finish of the gypsum tiles, allowing much more scope for creativity in building interiors, where white is specified for its inherent brightness.

The range is introduced as a perfect complement to the GyprexMG pvc faced ceiling tile range that was re-launched in 1998. GyprexMG has catered for the market for low maintenance, wipe down surfaces in clean room environments. There is a choice of two finishes - satinspar, for a smooth satin finish, and alabaster, for a light randomly textured appearance.

John Nelson believes that British Gypsum's expanded ceiling product range will challenge conventional methods of specifying and installing suspended ceiling systems. 'Ceiling tiles manufactured from gypsum are five times stronger than wet felt mineral fibre and four times more moisture tolerant, whilst providing a high quality, aesthetic appearance,' he explains. 'We are introducing these ceiling products to our established customer market, one that is familiar with the benefits of gypsum as a material, and we are offering them a single source for their interior finishing. Now, in conjunction with partitioning, drylining and associated gypsum products, a new range of suspended-ceiling products is available for the retail and commercial fit-out contractor.'

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