Features of exposed services
Ceilings are important structures in buildings since they are not only used in separation of spaces but also in regulating sound and light diffusion. Apart from tightly attached, convective chilled, radiant chilled, interstitial, and acoustical types of ceilings, your main contractor could also recommend exposed services. Buildings with exposed services entail having unfinished ceilings where mechanical and structural parts can be seen from the interior. Apart from the ceiling and roof structures, exposed services may also omit to finish other parts of a building such as the floor, space trusses, slabs, and beams.
There are different compelling reasons why you may prefer to have exposed services for your premises. One of the obvious advantages of exposed services is reduced costs of construction which makes it an economical option. Compared to tightly attached and enclosed structures, exposed services use fewer materials. Additionally, repair and maintenance work are easier should need be since the facilities are more accessible. Adjustments to the building can also be made without necessarily demolishing some parts.
With proper design and installation, exposed services can offer extra attractiveness. Your building can be turned into an architectural masterpiece with exposed components that have a pleasing aesthetic effect. Another advantage of exposed services is the open thermal mass of the structure. The exposure makes it possible to install additional features including air conditioning and ventilation system. Some premises, such as retail spaces can add some components such as open lattice for dramatic visual effects. The inexpensive elements can conceal some parts of the exposed services while still allowing free flow of air. Other vital additions in exposed services can include CCTV cameras, motion sensors, and smoke detectors.
While exposed services add a new dimension to your premise, it is crucial to watch out for some of the drawbacks of adopting the style. A poor installation affects not only appearance but also ventilation and distribution of air within the building. Some exposed services occupy larger spaces and are more susceptible to damages compared to enclosed structures. Depending on the material of the exposed parts, the acoustics of the room may be affected. Some materials such as fibre have low noise reduction coefficient (NRC), thus offer less acoustic privacy compared to gypsum and plaster. Despite these drawbacks, expect exposed services to remain a key trend in the construction industry.