The movement to repurpose defunct mills and warehouses to house 21st Century live-work spaces presents significant materials and labor challenges for architects and contractors. One of the key obstacles is dealing with the high ceilings of these 20th century structures.
Managing these spaces with ceilings that can exceed 30 feet in a cost-effective manner often leaves developers discussing options such as scraping and painting or hanging a traditional drop ceiling with architects and general contractors. Those discussions are often framed in a “lesser of the two evils” context. Fortunately, high density fiberboards suppliers such as Betanzos HB are distributing hardboard products that can provide a positive solution to negotiating excessively high existing ceilings.
HDF Wood Boards Lower Ceiling Costs
Veteran construction workers are well aware that labor costs comprise a large percentage of any project. In terms of renovating an old mill or warehouse, the costs of rehabilitating a ceiling can be extreme.
Refinishing it with paint or lacquer means erecting movable scaffolding, scraping, priming and repainting or varnishing. The man hours are likely to far outweigh the basic materials costs. They can also run higher than a drop ceiling in some cases.
Traditional drop ceilings are also labor intensive. Wires may need to be fastened to the high ceiling arches and, again, that means scaffolding. Although running drop ceiling track is relatively lightweight and easy to manage, it is also time consuming. Traditional ceiling tiles only run 2X2 and 2X4 feet and that means a lot of tedious track work.
An alternative solution that high density boards suppliers are presenting architects and contractors with is a variety of HDF board products that can be installed at room heights. Betanzos HB has brought the Tablex hardboard line to industry professionals in more than 90 countries and the versatility of the larger, stronger materials can cut labor costs and improve drop ceiling solutions.
High density fiberboard installations can be installed at standard room heights by carpenters. Setting level 2X3 materials on mill walls and fastening to poles and existing structures makes a sturdier track than the flimsy aluminum used in traditional drop ceilings. In spaces segregated by partitions, a 2X3 ceiling lip can be incorporated. Exceedingly wide spaces can still be negotiated by hanging wire, if necessary. Contractors would simply need a heavier duty material.
The Tablex Superlac SL-A1, for example, can be screwed directly into the 2X3 preparation work. These HDF fiberboards can be lacquered to a fine finish. Another hardboard drop ceiling option is Mobelpan. This Tablex product has been developed to bond with water-based paints for aesthetic enhancement. Traditional drop ceiling, on the other hand, limit color options. That means high density fiberboard not only cuts costs, it also provides décor options.
HDF Wood Boards Offer Enhanced Insulation
The considerations that go into choosing between a high, refinished ceiling, traditional drop ceiling or hardboard ceiling will inevitably mean doing the math on energy-loss calculations. Northern rehab projects suffer high energy costs for summer cooling and winter heating. Buildings in regions closer to the tropics are tasked with maintaining an environment cool enough for livability.
There’s simply no way around that fact that a high ceiling costs more to heat or cool. On the other hand, traditional drop ceilings suffer numerous air gaps. Those gaps represent steady energy loss and that means higher utility bills. Hardboard comes in larger sections and ties tightly into a substructure. That means less section, less seams and reduced energy loss. The other boon that particle board manufacturers are well aware of is the fact that hardboard resists energy penetration at a much higher rate than traditional drop ceilings.
It’s no secret that the small sections come with insulation attached or require blown fiber over them. Bringing these ceilings into reasonable energy-efficient compliance requires additional labor and materials costs. From a developer’s, architect’s and general contractor’s point of view, that’s simply a lot of unnecessary work and expense.
Hardboard Ceilings Provide Soundproofing
One of the challenges that mill and rehabilitation projects face is sound management. Echoing sound tends to be an afterthought that gets very real for developers who face lower lease pricing and limited tenant opportunities. Reinvigorated masonry walls and high ceilings look nice, but they trend more toward echo chambers than rentable spaces. Traditional drop ceilings may be able to absorb some of the reverb but not all of it.
As a solution, Tablex hardboard materials come with a rough and smooth side. The rough side has sound absorbing qualities and the smooth reflects. That allows construction teams to install these materials accordingly or flip them if the space suffers excessive sound deficiencies.
Benanzos HB also distributes a Tablex perforated (pegboard) product called PF. Running the rough side out with the machine-drilled holes allows for absorption and audio pass-through. These good-looking HDF fiberboards can be incorporated into workspaces as a rental perk and double as a sound limiting design element.
Become a High Density Fiberboard Supplier
The versatility and problem-solving benefits architects, general contractors and developers enjoy by utilizing hardboard has these products trending in the constructor sector. Betanzos HB is offering the opportunity to become a distributor of its products to wood importers, wholesalers of construction goods and lumber traders of North America. The factory of Betanzos HB has 245.000 m2. It has an annual production capacity of 75.000 m3 hardboard and 35.000.000 m2/year in the paint line.
For more information, contact Betanzos HB sales team.