Judge Ceiling Systems Ltd are providers of Suspended Ceiling Services for over 50 years with Michael & Valerie Judge and family, owners of the company.
Over many years we have installed Suspended Ceilings in schools, offices, factories, shops, government departments, army bases, car showrooms, water treatment buildings, power stations, amusement arcades, commercial kitchens, hotels, etc.
Suspended Ceilings have come a long way since our early years. The biggest change has been the exposed grid system providing an interlocking grid framework supported on wires from an overhead structure. The grid components are angle trim to the perimeter for the ceiling to rest on, main support tees 3.6m long, 1200 x 600mm cross tees snap together to form 600 x 600mm or 1200 x 600mm modules for tiles to drop into. Actual size of tile is either 595 x 595mm and 1195 x 595mm. These are slightly smaller to fit into the grid. Lights can also be dropped in, LED panels are now the popular choice for energy saving.
The ceiling tiles can easily be removed for access to ceiling void, and also to replace damaged tiles. In the early days, the mineral fibre tiles had a very low moisture resistance, resulting in bowed and sagging tiles, which can still be seen today on older installations. Modern tiles have up to 90 or even 100% R/H moisture resistance.
SUSPENDED CEILING HISTORY
In 1958, Mr. Donald Brown of Ohio filed for a patent for accessible suspended ceilings. He has sometimes been credited as being the inventor of the dropped ceiling, even though other patents preceded him.
Suspended ceilings were created to hide unsightly services, pipes, wiring, ductwork etc. Other benefits include acoustics providing enhanced sound absorption and attenuation, also insulation can be laid over the ceiling. Fire safety is also important with Class 0 spread of flame and fire resistance up to 1hr available.
Earlier suspended ceilings were constructed with a concealed grid, 'z' bar and channel and tiles approx. 12" x 12" and 24" x 24", slid onto 'z' bar to give a more monolithic appearance with no grid visible. This had many disadvantages which included difficult access to void or to repair damaged tiles.