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A drop ceiling (also referred to as a false ceiling or suspended ceiling) is a secondary ceiling that hangs below the main (structural) ceiling. A typical dropped ceiling consists of a grid-work of metal channels in an upside-down "T" shape, suspended on wires from the overhead structure. Each channel snapped together in a regularly spaced pattern to form a series of cells. Each cell is filled with lightweight tiles or panels that drop into the grid.
The false ceiling was originally developed to improve the acoustics in a room and conceal piping, wiring, ductwork or HVAC equipment.
One advantage to a false ceiling is ease of access to piping, wiring, ductwork or HVAC equipment when repairs are needed.
One disadvantage to a false ceiling is reduced headroom. However, some manufacturers offer products that eliminate that issue.
CeilingMAX is a user-friendly ceiling product that uses "snap in" technology that allows for it to easily mount to any surface, which allows for additional headroom and flexibility.