Gypsum Board or POP: Which is the Best False Ceiling Material?

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The false ceiling is a secondary ceiling suspended from the main ceiling. False ceilings are used to hide excessive wiring and are an effective way to make your home more visually attractive and clutter-free. Owners go for false ceilings as a way to avoid excess heat, cold, and noise.

While design and function are important, so is the material used for your false ceiling. If you do not know the material that is used for the false ceiling today, you can read it here: Types of False Ceiling – Most Popular and Common

If you plan to install a new false ceiling in your home and you need to choose between a Gypsum board or POP (Plaster of Paris), Read on to discover out the difference between the two and the advantages and disadvantages of each so you can make an expert choice.

Gypsum Board or POP

Gypsum Board or POP

Both POP and gypsum board false ceilings are lightweight, heat protecting, and fire resistance. Both offer excellent solutions to fulfill your primary visual purpose, as well as to conceal electrical cables, pipes, and AC conduits.

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Gypsum Board:

Gypsum Board comes in ready-made form – they are made in a factory and assembled on site.

These boards come in numerous sizes and can be without difficulty installed. They are fixed with screws to a metal frame that is fixed to the main ceiling. For longstanding durability, be sure to only go for good-quality metal frames that are rust-proof.

Gypsum Board Ceiling - Simple

Gypsum Board Ceiling – Photo by form PxHere

Advantages of Gypsum Board:

  • The biggest advantage of opting for the gypsum board ceiling is that it is a fast and clean installation method that produces less dust during implementation.
  • Gypsum board is large, so very few joints are formed during installation. These joints end up with a compound material that dries very quickly.
  • Gypsum boards are easy to work and paint thanks to their smooth factory finish.
  • Since they are produced in factory conditions, the boards are consistent quality and provide a seamless finish with minimal joints.

Disadvantages of Gypsum board:

  • In case of repairs, it is necessary to break the ceiling.
  • Cracks can appear overtime at gypsum board joints. Cracks can cause by a slight movement in the false ceiling due to ceiling repairs, cutting holes for light or fans, or where it joins adjacent walls to the ceiling.
  • If water leaks into the gypsum ceiling through leaky ceilings or air conditioning drain pipes, it can cause deforming or fungal growth. Currently, waterproof gypsum board is available in the market, you can use it.


POP (Plaster of Paris):

POP comes in powder form and is blended with water on the site. The blend is applied to a chicken mesh, which provides mechanical strength, and is then connected to a metal frame system.

POP false Ceiling

POP False Ceiling – Photo by form PxHere

Advantages of POP:

  • Unlike the gypsum board, plaster of Paris gives great flexibility in designs and can be molded into individual curved shapes or cornices to perfectly suit a homeowner’s taste.
  • The durability of the POP ceiling is very high, and this ceiling will prevent normal wear and tear for many years.
  • POP has good adhesion properties that generate a smooth surface for paint colors to settle.
  • It is between 25 and 40 percent cheaper than the gypsum board.
POP false ceiling

POP false ceiling – Photo by form PxHere

Disadvantages of POP:

  • The process of mixing POP ceiling materials on site is a long and complicated process that needs a lot of cleanups later on.
  • One of the main concerns in the use of POP mixes is that a large amount of material is wasted during the application process and needs enough drying time.
  • Unless the mix is properly ready in the correct ratio of POP and water, it will be of lower quality and may shrink or crack. For long-term durability, make sure only skilled workers prepare the mix on site.
  • If there is a leak in the future, the pop may not hold it and fall as a form of powder, but the gypsum board can retain the leak for some time and the false ceiling will not fall apart.
  • The ceiling cannot be installed when the surface of the POP is wet. The difficulty is mainly during the monsoon season. You must let the POP to dry totally before installation.


Some tips:

It is best to hire an experienced and reliable interior designer and follow their recommendations to select the best material for a false ceiling- Gypsum board or POP.

False ceiling contractors may suggest choosing POP and not Gypsum board, as the later is branded and priced at a standard price where the contractors may not get much of a margin. POPs have a local manufacturer, so they can charge anything and use any manufacturer’s POP, without guaranteeing quality.

Gypsum board is a better option if you want a better finish.

If you need quality materials at a reasonable price, you’d better choose a bordering ceiling design and use gypsum boards.

Gypsum board false ceiling

Gypsum board false ceiling


Even if you need to spend in gypsum board false ceilings, make sure your design plan contains other materials like plywood and glass, if necessary.

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Final thoughts:

In most urban cities, the Gypsum board is the preferred material for false ceilings because the cost has little effect on the consumer. As the advantages outperform the disadvantages in terms of finish, installation process, and cleanliness, homeowners are willing to invest in it even if it comes at a high cost.

The reason homeowners choose the gypsum board is that it saves time and blends well with other materials like glass and plywood.

What will be the material of your choice: gypsum board or POP for the false ceiling? Tell us in the comment section below.


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