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close this bookManufacture of Ceilings - Course: Timberwork techniques. Trainees' handbook of lessons (Institut für Berufliche Entwicklung, 22 p.)
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View the document1. Purpose of Ceilings
View the document2. The Wooden Beam Ceiling
View the document3. The Framing
View the document4. The Attic and Collar-beam Framing
View the document5. The Pitch Size
View the document6. Load on Wooden Beams
View the document7. The List of Timber
View the document8. The Wall Plate
View the document9. Flooring Sleepers
View the document10. Special Constructional Recommendations

1. Purpose of Ceilings

Ceilings serve architectonic, physical and statical purposes.


Table 1: Purpose of ceilings

In addition to statical functions, such as stiffening of the building or room and taking up of loads, they should also meet fire-resisting, sound-insulating and heat-insulating requirements. They must withstand the air humidity and, depending on the use of the building, be protected against penetration of moisture.

Basically the construction of a ceiling features three components:

- bare ceiling (supporting and stiffening structure of the ceiling)
- top ceiling (floor construction on the bare ceiling)
- subceiling (covering the bottom side of the bare ceiling).


Figure 1

Basic construction of a ceiling

1 bare ceiling (supporting structure), 2 top ceiling, 3 subceiling, 4 additional rafters or thatched ceiling, 5 plaster base (wood-wool boards or woven reed)

The supporting structure of a ceiling may be designed as solid ceiling or as beam (joist) ceiling, depending on the load. The subceiling may also be fixed to the bare ceiling as false ceiling.


Figure 2

Construction of a false ceiling

1 bare ceiling, 2 top ceiling, 3 false ceiling (stucco ceiling), 4 non-corrosive round steel bars as suspension bars, 5 non-corrosive reinforcing steel bars