Regular ceilings are constructed with timber supports (joists or rafters) forming a superstructure which can take the load imposed by the hoist. Even if this framework is covered by plasterboard or another decorative surface, we can generally find a suitable method to fix the hoist track in a way that will spread the load adequately.

However, in an increasing number of examples, we find ceilings which are built from a framework which is not designed to anything other than hold the decorative surface. The drive to provide buildings that are more cost effective to build, more economical to run and quicker to put up is changing the way that construction takes place.

A popular ceiling system is the traditional 'suspended ceiling', a metal grid into which lies regular lightweight panels made from a mineral fibre

Another popular construction is the MFC (metal frame ceiling) which constructed with plasterboard fitted to a lightweight aluminium frame. The frame is suspended from a supporting member with aluminium profiles.

Of course, there may not always be a ceiling at all. Some properties are constructed with a feature vaulted ceiling, leaving no horizontal support for a hoist to be fitted to.



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