T-Bar and Acoustic Ceiling

Acoustic Ceiling Tile

Acoustic ceiling tiles have been used for a long time to control sound and noise in a room. When installed with a drop ceiling, it is very effective at absorbing echoes and high-frequency grating sounds. There are many different types of tiles for differing purposes and results. An acoustically balanced room will be a comfortable place to be.


T-Bar Drop Ceiling

To hide your structural ceiling or light fixtures, or to create a different visual atmosphere in the room, a suspended T-Bar ceiling might provide the look you want. To install a ceiling, you are tasked with combining two essential elements: light ceiling tiles and a T-Bar suspension system. A T-Bar ceiling is like a second ceiling, hung below the main (structural) ceiling. This space allows for all your electrical, plumbing, and HVAC needs to have a place to fit without causing damage to the structural floor. T-Bar Ceiling is also known as a drop ceiling, false ceiling, suspended ceiling, grid ceiling, drop-in ceiling, drop-out ceiling, or ceiling tiles and is a staple of modern construction and architecture in both residential and commercial applications.


Drywall, also known as wallboard, plasterboard, or gypsum board, is a cost-effective building material used specifically to make interior and exterior structural walls and ceilings.

Drywall is made from mined and crushed gypsum rock or synthetic which is processed by drywall manufacturing companies into a sheet good. Sheets of drywall are easy to handle, stack and transport. There are many different types of drywall for a wide range of specified uses.


Standard or Regular Drywall

Standard drywall is the most commonly used material and is characterized by a white surface on both sides. It is typically available in thicknesses ranging from 1/4“to 5/8” with 1/2” most often used for residential applications and 5/8” for commercial projects. The lengths vary from 8’ to 16’ and widths of 48” to 54”.


Mold and Moisture Resistant Drywall

Moisture-resistant drywall has a greater level of moisture resistance when compared to standard drywall and used to be called “green board” because there was a green coating that faced the room. This material is typically used in rooms or areas with a greater exposure level to moisture, i.e. bathrooms, basements, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Mold-resistant drywall has an even higher moisture resistance level than moisture-resistant drywall and is designed for use in rooms or areas that may get wet. PURPLE® drywall is a brand name of National Gypsum, one of the premier drywall suppliers to the construction industry. It’s a specially treated, fire- and moisture-resistant gypsum core, sandwiched between moisture- and mold-resistant paper…purple on the front, gray on the back.


Soundproof Drywall

In today’s construction environment, we are seeing a lot more specifications calling for sound-dampening or soundproof drywall to be installed. While acoustic drywall demands a premium price, if it’s installed correctly the performance is much better than double-layering drywall panels. Higher Sound Transmission Class (STC) numbers mean better sound-proofing. It’s important to note that STC ratings are not for single panels, but rather a rating for installing an entire wall system correctly…including the wall and ceiling surfaces. This means dual-layer soundproofing wallboard, framing studs, and insulation. While soundproof drywall panels are all inherently better than standard drywall at resisting sound transmission, it is not until these panels are integrated into a complete wall system that the true benefit is enjoyed.


Fire Resistant Drywall (Type X)

Fire-resistant drywall or Type X drywall is designed for use in apartments, garages, and rooms to delay the spread of fire. It is constructed with special non-combustible materials and is usually required to be 5/8” thick. Is often required by specific building codes and must have a fire rating of no less than 1-hour for the 5/8” material. Other thicknesses of fire-resistant drywall have different fire-rating requirements. There are a range of different drywall manufacturers within the continental U.S. and Canada, Foundation Building Materials partners with the leading drywall vendors listed below.

Steel Stud Framing

Basics of Steel Stud Framing

Steel stud framing refers to the construction of walls and ceilings using steel components. Steel frames consist of two main components; namely: studs and tracks. Heavier gauge metal studs are used in big commercial projects while lighter gauge steel is used in residential home applications such as walls, ceilings, and bulkheads. Connections of steel studs are usually mechanical, fastened by screws and other fixings such as clips and welds. In our field of work, we mainly focus on the light gauge side of steel framing.


Steel Stud Framing in Residential and Commercial Projects

Steel stud framing in residential and commercial projects is steadily increasing. As the price of quality wood is becoming more expensive every day, while the supply of steel studs at an all-time high, expect the steel stud framing industry to boom, and for many good reasons.

For starters, steel studs are perfectly straight. They don’t split or shrink and they are easier to store. They are immune to rot, resist fires longer, and are generally much cheaper as compared to their wood counterpart. More importantly, steel stud framing gives us more leeway to commit small mistakes because we can simply unscrew the steel studs, realign, and get back on track without much of an issue of waste.