Design Data for Suspended Ceilings

Design Data for Suspended Ceilings

Submitted by Jim Nisted, Dryvit Systems, Inc. for publication by CSI 4/27/2017
Originally published on Technical Services Information Bureau in September, 2009.

Architects, Engineers and Contractors often need to know how much an installed ceiling system will approximately weigh. The following are suggested guidelines of material weights are for hanger wire and fastener selection. The actual weights may vary with proprietary products or additional materials added.

This data is to assist designers/contractors in materials selection. A typical hanger wire is installed at 4 foot on center for suspended ceiling systems (except for plaster*). The hanger wire is assumed to carry 16 s/f of the ceiling weight. The following weights are based on generic ceiling systems. For proprietary systems, refer to the manufacturer.

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