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15 February, 2024
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Meet Mike - The New Judge Mascot For anyone who isn't already aware, Judge Ceilings was founded by Mike and Valerie Judge. As a family, they grew JCS to be a powerhouse of an online suspended ceiling retailer, that prioritised its customers and product range. Sadly Michael passed away in 2022 a...
18 September, 2023
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How much does an MF Ceiling cost In its most simple form, an MF ceiling generally costs between £5.00 - £7.00m2 for metal only. For a full MF system including plasterboard, you would be looking anywhere from £9.00 - £15.00m2. There are many different options and accessories to choose fr...
We have all been anticipating the new name for the Dune eVo ceiling tile, and we finally have it! The Zentia Aruba is simply a new name for the tile, the tile retains its make-up and technical abilities, it just has a new name on the tin.Where To Use The Aruba The Aruba is a great all...
Suspended Ceiling Fire Ratings ExplainedSuspended ceilings are a common choice for commercial buildings and homes, offering a range of benefits such as noise reduction, improved insulation, and a sleek, modern aesthetic. But what many don’t consider is the fire rating of suspended ceilings. Fire rat...
22 February, 2023
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Suspended ceilings are a popular choice for many commercial and residential buildings as they offer a practical solution for hiding unsightly ducts, wires, and pipes. Suspended ceiling tiles come in a range of materials, sizes, and finishes, making it challenging to match up tiles when replacements ...
In this guide, we show you how to fit a suspended ceiling. It’s not difficult, but it does require the right tools and a planned approach. Here’s how to get your suspended ceiling installation right.How are suspended ceilings installed?Suspended ceilings sit below you main ceiling, helping to hide...
What makes a suspended ceiling an acoustic suspended ceiling? What does an acoustic ceiling do? And is an acoustic suspended ceiling the same as a soundproof suspended ceiling? In this guide, we’ll explain. Why do acoustics matter?If you’re designing a cinema, concert hall or recording stu...
How Are Suspended Ceilings Installed?In this guide, we will talk you through the methods of installing a suspended ceiling system and highlight the dos and don’ts along the way.Suspended Ceilings Installation Guide Out suspended ceilings installation guide is comprehensive. This guide...
At the start of this year, Knauf AMF brought together “two of the world’s most recognised ceiling manufacturers in one market-leading brand”: Knauf Ceiling Solutions. But why? And what does it mean for you? Knauf AMF is now Knauf Ceiling SolutionsYou could say this has been a change that’s been...
8 April, 2021
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Who are Zentia? What happened to Armstrong? And why can you still buy Armstrong suspended ceiling products on the JCS site?It’s been all change in the world of suspended ceilings and it means that the days of buying Armstrong suspended ceiling products are numbered. Here’s why. What’s happen...
8 April, 2021
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Ceiling tile manufacturer Knauf Ceiling Solutions (formerly AMF) has announced new details of its cartons – and you’ll now find more tiles per carton. Which means more ceiling for your money. Knauf AMF Increases Pack Sizes Ceiling tile manufacturer Knauf Ceiling Solutions (formerly AMF) has a...
We’re constantly told that lighter shades make spaces feel bigger, brighter and airier, but there are lots of reasons why a near black ceiling tile could be the right choice for your space. And right now at JCS, the price is just one of them.Henry Ford never actually said “you can have any colour yo...
Discover the ceiling tile that saves you money by using your old ceiling grid...Every suspended ceiling has the same core components: ceiling tiles and a grid to support them all. You can change the texture or colour of your ceiling tiles whenever you like, but when you’re dealing with old grid it’s...
14 October, 2019
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The classic suspended ceiling tile design is a textured or fissured mineral fibre surface. So why might you choose the simplicity of a vinyl tile? Suspended ceilings are suitable for virtually any area – but some ceiling types are better suited to certain applications.In most areas, the classic text...
13 September, 2019
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Check our screws and fixings and you’ll find lots of options. But which is the right one for you? Which length of screw do I need?There’s always a bit of a trade-off when choosing screw length. Generally speaking, the longer the screw the stronger the fix, but that’s limited by (obviously) the depth...
20 August, 2019
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Discover Armstrong Academy Merit & Academy Diploma, the ceiling tiles specifically designed for schools, colleges and universities.“A large number of classrooms in the UK currently suffer from poor acoustics.” That was one of the opening statements of Building Bulletin 93, a Department of Educat...
How to match the ceiling tiles you already have with the right replacements.Which ceiling tile do I need? Your suspended ceiling has been in place for so long that you’ve long forgotten what the name of the tiles you chose was and the packaging has long since been recycled. And that’s ok. Fo...
Glare isn’t just inconvenient. In workplaces, it can damage productivity and increase the number of instances of eye strain and headaches experienced by staff. But there is a simple way of addressing it.What is glare?We all know glare when we see it. But what is it? Glare occurs when light ‘invades’...
We stock two types of ceiling light diffuser. So what are the differences, and why would you choose one over the other?Glare is a constant issue for workplaces – especially if your staff spend lots of times working on screens. In our article on prismatic diffusers, we explore what glare is and how p...
Why does the TP rating of my LED panel matter?How do you know which LED ceiling light panels are safe for use in schools or hospitals? Check the TP rating.Compliance is an essential element of every school’s, college’s or hospital’s maintenance programme. When you’re creating or maintaining public s...
How one simple square (or circular) panel can help save you time and money.If you’ve ever rewired or plumbed an old building, you’ll know that half the time on the job can be spent tracing wires and pipes to find where the original designers hid the junction box, stopcock, valves and more.And often,...
If your ceiling lighting is putting a strain on the wallet as well as the eyes, take advantage of our free North West lighting surveys.Look up. If your home or workplace is like the majority of the UK, there’ll still be more than a handful of halogen spotlights and incandescent bulbs in use. Accordi...
Discover the light that cuts eye strain, cuts maintenance and cuts costsThere’s always been something of a battle going on in ceiling lighting between the competing priorities of cost, durability and light quality.Traditionally, fluorescents were (and still are) ultra-low cost, and as technology has...
14 August, 2018
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Make Your Ceiling Your SkyIt's always a challenge to bring excitement to a room or space. It's even harder when there's little natural light. So here's a new way to bring the outside in using your ceiling.Our 3D LED Sky Panels combine vivid 3D graphics with powerful 40W LED brightness to bring light...
How To Insulate A Suspended Ceiling - Judge Ceilings You’re planning to install a new suspended ceiling. Don’t forget the insulation.You wouldn’t leave the pipes unlagged or the loft uninsulated, would you? Well, the same should apply to your suspended ceiling. Even without additiona...
Suspended Ceiling Terminology And PhrasesWhat phrases are used for Ceiling Tiles, Equipment & Insulation?There are many different words used to describe suspended ceiling components, grids and tiles such as drop ceilings, fake ceilings or floating ceilings. Below we have produced a list of th...
9 June, 2016
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Save more energy; save more money – new size insulation pads from Judge It's always made sense to install insulation pads above your suspended ceiling. Our 25mm, 100mm and 200mm packs have helped organisations across the country save money on their energy costs and reduce the amount of heat...
Ceiling Pattresses.When your suspended ceiling lighting is better supported, it’s not only your lighting that benefits... What is a ceiling pattress and what does it do?Suspended ceilings are designed to lower high ceilings. They help insulate and warm a space and create a modern, clean enviro...
Shadow Batten. Square ceiling tiles. Square grid system. Square suspended ceiling. But what if the room’s not square? Hip to be squareYou may not have thought of making a feature of the perimeter of your suspended ceiling before. If you’re in a modern space where the walls are straight you m...
The big benefit of LED lighting has always been its low running costs. Until now, though, the cost of each individual downlight meant using LEDs for anything other than feature lighting was prohibitively expensive. But not any more... Low cost LED lighting (in every sense of the word)Say hello...
Now you can trust Judge with more than your suspended ceilings...Make more effective use of the space you have. Create new rooms that meet your needs. Build business space that can adapt and grow as you do. Judge Ceiling Systems now supplies and installs partition systems.Make the space you ha...
LED ceiling panels have been available for some time now. But if you wanted to make them a part of your suspended ceiling lighting system they would have made for a costly addition. Not any more. Big on light; light on costAt Judge Ceiling Systems we’ve been following the development of LED ...
They couldn't be simpler, quicker or cheaper to install – but they could make all the difference in the event of a fire. Is your suspended ceiling lighting protected by fire hoods?Simplicity in safetyFire hoods seal the gap between your suspended ceiling lighting and the ceiling and void around it. ...
JCS Ceiling Systems is now selling suspended ceiling grid for less than the competition. How can they do it? By the box. Suspended ceiling grid for less The economy of scale. Buy more, save more. That’s the thinking behind Judge’s latest move. Founder and Director, Michael Judge says: “Ther...
9 June, 2016
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Plafonds suspendus* *that’s ‘suspended ceilings’ in French When Richard decided to renovate his home in France he needed to conceal a patchy and irregular utility room ceiling. He chose JCS as his suspended ceiling supplier of choice, and he’s rather glad he did. This is what he sent us: “Greetings ...
AMF ceiling systems and JCS When it comes to precision, innovation and build quality, you’d always trust a German company to deliver. Which is why so many of the suspended ceilings we supply are AMF ceilings. AMF suspended ceilings – engineering brilliance Knauf AMF does things others haven’t...
Armstrong suspended ceiling? Trust the Judge to supply the entire range No one does more to push the boundaries of what’s possible in suspended ceilings than Armstrong. And few have been working with them, installing and supplying their products longer than JCS. 150 years of Armstrong Armstro...
An alternative use for eggcrate light diffusers When is an eggcrate light diffuser not an eggcrate light diffuser? When it’s the perfect answer to your craft/Copic marker pen storage problems. After 40+ years in the suspended ceiling industry, you’d think we’d know pretty much all there is t...
Discover the next generation of access panels and hatches Fitting access panels is no longer the time consuming chore it once was… Fitting traditional access panels and hatches can be tricky and is always time consuming. There’s assembling the frame to receive the hatch, screwing or gluing eve...
An alternative use for eggcrate light diffusers When is an eggcrate light diffuser not an eggcrate light diffuser? When it’s the perfect answer to your craft/Copic marker pen storage problems. After 40+ years in the suspended ceiling industry, you’d think we’d know pretty much all there is t...
Lincolnshire school learns the power of suspended ceilings No organisation can afford to waste its money – and that’s especially true of schools. So when Wragby Primary School in Lincolnshire planned a major modernisation of its facilities, it made a ‘joined up’ energy plan part of the curric...
Suspended ceilings form part of Sheffield “Grade A space”. Think suspended ceilings have to be practical at the expense of design? A team of developers in Sheffield are aiming to make you think again. Steel City House is a Sheffield landmark occupying a prime spot in the city’s business dist...
Traditional light bulbs extinct in 10 years A new report suggests that by 2020, LEDs will represent 84% of the total lighting market – and the total extinction of the incandescent bulb will follow. Not too long ago, we introduced LED suspended ceiling lighting to our range for the first tim...
Trade injuries remain at historic low A report by the Health and Safety Executive reveals that the rate of fatal injuries among tradesmen has reduced by more than half over the last two decades. Every trade has its risks, and suspended ceilings installation is no different. When you’re worki...
As peak season for suspended ceiling insulation approaches, we’ve been stocking up.Time was when installing ceiling insulation meant long rolls of glass fibre or rock wool, and a messy, time consuming process. But this year, installing suspended ceiling insulation is easier – and it’s all down ...
The suspended ceiling that cools For years, we’ve been helping homes and businesses stay warmer and more energy efficient with suspended ceilings. Now REHAU is helping advertising icon Saatchi & Saatchi use its suspended ceilings to heat and cool its office space. The suspended ceili...
Rockfon launches its whitest ever suspended ceiling tile Just how white can a suspended ceiling tile be? Not white enough, thought Rockfon, so they launched Blanka, their whitest ever ceiling tile. Rockfon launches its whitest ever suspended ceiling tile Just how white can a suspended cei...
Knauf suspended ceiling brings Heathrow lounge new levels of quiet Singapore Airlines’ new lounge at Heathrow Airport is all about peace, quiet and tranquillity. It’s only the suspended ceiling that’s making a big noise. Knauf suspended ceiling brings Heathrow lounge new levels of quiet S...
Chief makes installing suspended ceilings easier We could say “and about time too” but at long last, a suspended ceiling manufacturer has developed a new system that could cut the time of installing your ceiling by one third. Chief makes installing suspended ceilings easier We could say ...
There’s nothing new about LED lighting. But connect it to the internet, and your suspended ceiling lighting could be about to get a whole new lease of life.You operate a factory. You make precision instruments, so a consistently well-lit environment is essential. Currently, the suspended cei...
9 June, 2016
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Suspended ceilings? There’s no substitute for experience For decades, people have been trusting JCS Ceiling Systems for suspended ceiling supplies, accessories and installation. Michael Judge started installing ceilings at the very end of the 1960s. By 1974, he’d established Judge Ceili...
Public Sector and Private Procurement Purchases Made Easy JCS can handle your order, whatever its size. We’ve a long and successful history of working with schools, hospitals, power stations and many, many more large organisations. We’ve met their needs. We’ve given them amazing deals ...
JCS has been installing suspended ceilings to large public and private sector organisations for decades.They choose JCS because they trust us to:▪ Fit a ceiling that's safe, looks great and meets the demands of its environment▪ Work swiftly and efficiently, causing minimum disruption▪ Deliver fast a...
Spanish architects create desk space by placing it in the ceiling space.Pick any apartment in any major European city and you’ll find space at a premium. So if you’re planning on working from home as well as living there, you could find your work desk taking up valuable space you could be usin...
Over a decade ago, research was carried out into the effects of noise on learning. 50 London schools were assessed, and their noise levels were compared with their pupils’ test results. There was a direct correlation: the noisier the school, the poorer the results.In the decade since, a generation o...
Buckingham Palace’s State Dining Room ceiling is crumbling. It’ll take more than a suspended ceiling to sort this out...There aren’t many places that can’t be made sleeker, lighter, brighter or quieter with a suspended ceiling. In just the last few months we’ve featured articles on new state of the ...