Depending on the style of your home, the Ceiling Panel you choose will be different. You can choose to go with a tin ceiling panel that can be suspended from the ceiling such as a typical acoustical panel or even a fiberglass one that is adhered straight to the surface of the ceiling. Ceiling panels come in a variety of materials such as made of cork, wood, metal etc. These panels are also suitable for almost all types of roof shapes such as truss, flat, vaulted.
Some panels are used in the interior of buildings and are not for domestic use. They are lightweight and are designed for use in commercial properties. Most offices built today have metal frames built into the ceilings, these are in fact the base for the panels, the panels are placed upon these steel grids. There are different types of tiles available and depending on the type that you choose they may provide advantages like: Sound Absorption, thermal Insulation, improved Air Quality Indoors, better Fire Protection.
Another advantage they offer is very easy access to plumbing and wiring that is located above the panels, it allows them to be replaced or upgraded when needed with ease.
There are three types of ceiling panels: In the first type the entire ceiling area is covered by using the selected ceiling tiles or plans using a square grid. Metal ropes are used to "hang" the ceiling panels from constructed ceiling at corners of the grid. The main function of this type of paneling is to carry light fixtures. This is used in a very large column less space such as an auditorium or large office space. The grid layout makes it easy to maintain and service in the future.
In the second type the panels are used as secondary light source. Instead of carrying the light fixture with them, these panels only receive light from other lighting sources and reflects evenly in the entire space. This type of paneling works best for small office spaces such as conference halls, cabins, residential living room etc.
In the third type ceiling panels are used very creatively by creating levels. This requires a substantial ceiling height in order to play with levels and allow a good "head room" below the lowest point of the ceiling. In this type the lower level ceiling panels carry the light fixtures and throw direct light on the upper level ceiling panels so that they can distribute it evenly in remote area of the space.