A house ceiling is the part viewed from the building interior upwards under the roofing material.
In recent years, new ceiling materials have emerged such as the uPVC, copper and vinyl suspended ceilings.

The budget, aesthetic taste of the house owner/user and the usage of the room will determine the type of ceiling to be used. Hospitals, offices, schools and residential houses have each a different type of ceiling.

uPVC ceiling.

This is relatively new in Kenya. It offers the lowest costs, going for around kes 450 per m2 for the ceiling and kes 300 per m2 for the labour to fix the ceiling.

Its labour intensive so there will be a slight increase in labour costs. It uses less timber support joists since it comes in form of interlocking strips which join each other.

Its water proof nature is a huge advantage since most roofs are prone to leaking at one point in their life.
They come in a wide array of colours.

Soft Board ceiling.

These are very common in Kenya though they are slowly being replaced by the uPVC ceilings.
They cost approx. kes 700per m2 while the labour is around kes 200 per m2. They use more timber support joists compared to uPVC ceilings. Their advantage is that they are faster to fix hence saving on labour costs.

They get frequently damaged by leaking water from the roofs hence require frequent repair.
They come in various embedded patterns and are mostly white in colour.

T n G ceiling.

These are made from tongue and groove hardwood timber. They cost approx. kes 1200 per m2 plus kes 300 per m2 for labour. They are labour intensive so the labour costs will be high.
They are mostly varnished to bring out the natural hardwood finish which makes the rooms warm and cosy. They are very common in high end homes in up market suburbs such as Karen and Muthaiga.
They bring out the Feng Shui aspect of comfortability and health within the interiors since they are natural.

Gypsum ceilings.

These are mostly used in kitchens or areas which have high risk of fires since they are fire proof. These cost approx. kes 1000 per m2 plus kes 300 per m2 for labour.

Suspended ceilings.

These are mostly used in offices and banking halls where the floor to ceiling height is high enough, at least higher than 3m, to allow for the ceilings to be suspended.

Francis Gichuhi Kamau, Architect.

  17 comments for “CEILING TYPES IN KENYA.

  1. June 11, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Where can i get the upvc ceilings?? Specific shops

    • kevin
      July 12, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Contact me

      • Dawning
        September 27, 2017 at 12:55 pm

        I am constracting a 70 by 40ft. What quantity do i need for the ceilung. How much can it cost and be delivered

  2. charles
    September 19, 2014 at 10:03 am

    where can i get the upvc ceilings

  3. christopher owino
    October 13, 2014 at 7:49 am

    hi,my house is a single room of 18feet by 18feet(HALL). it requires to be partitioned WITH TEMPORARY MATERIALS for now. it should be a ONE BEDROOM, sitting/Living room, a kitchen & toilet-cum-bathroom. it should have a good ceiling.what woulb be the estimesd cost?

    • Samuel Otieng
      August 2, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      it would cost around Ksh 52,925. 4 to 60,000

    • godfrey
      October 19, 2017 at 4:36 am

      A rough estimate will be convenient when you have figured out what kind of ceiling you want and measurement of your partition taken and how much you are prepared to spend on the project

  4. December 16, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Windows has been supplying uPVC products for many years. We here to meet your demands for any project.

  5. misiani
    January 9, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Where do I get vista pvc ceiling, good quality. What is the recommended price advise

  6. Moses Kamau
    March 15, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Which is best quality of PVC ceiling and where can I get.

  7. July 22, 2016 at 7:52 am

    What is the cost of suspended ceiling, per square meter?

  8. Leonard
    September 14, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Kindly give me an estimate for UPVC ceiling of house plan of 12*10m.Also advise the dimentions of each strip of ceiling and no. per pack.

    Lastly how good is this type.

  9. Leonard
    September 14, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Kindly give me an estimate for UPVC ceiling of house plan of 12*10m.Also advise the dimentions of each strip of ceiling and no. per pack.

    Lastly how good is this type.

  10. Timhomes
    October 1, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Where can i get celotex ceiling boards in Kenya?

  11. felix oloo
    October 20, 2016 at 3:30 am

    my house is 18ft by 22ft how much will it cost to do a T n G ceiling

  12. Doris Otieno
    June 30, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Can i get some Kenyan ideas for wooden pallet ceiling for a new house

  13. patrick m.mutungi
    September 1, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    where can I get celotex ceiling boards and in what sizes and price per board

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