Ceilings & Bulkheads

Payne Carpentry have extensive experience in the many types of ceilings & bulkheads. To find out more contact us today.


A bulkhead is a section of ceiling that has been dropped and boxed-in or enclosed. Bulkheads are typically used to conceal something. It could be plumbing pipes, electrical wires, duct work, or exhaust fans.

A ceiling is an overhead interior surface that covers the upper limits of a room. It is not generally considered a structural element, but a finished surface concealing the underside of the roof structure or the floor of a story above.


  • Conceal unsightly plumbing pipes, electrical wires, duct work, or exhaust fans.
  • Create drop downs for ceiling speaker systems and lighting.
  • Create a finish surface between floor levels and roof structure.
  • Create fire barriers to habitable floor areas above.
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Ceilings and bulkheads can be installed in a variety of different ways depending on their requirements or the design of the building structure.

The most common way to create a ceiling is simply applying plasterboard to the underside of a floor joist or roof truss joist.

Some buildings may require a services void between the underside of a floor joist and a ceiling finish, this is known as a suspended ceiling that will typically be constructed from lightweight metal sections that are suspended from the floor joists to the required depth of service void with a grid type construction of horizontal metal sections fixed to the suspended structs, these sections will support the plasterboard that is screwed to them from below.

Suspended ceilings are more commonly used in commercial buildings and buildings that have multiple dwellings.

It is important to understand the architect's specification for ceilings particularly for multiple dwelling constructions or individual dwellings with habitable space on three or more storeys as ceilings these instances will almost certainly be required to meet a fire rated specification of which would be expanded by the architect or fire officer.

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How can we manage your needs?

Payne Carpentry have extensive experience in the many types of traditional cut roofing. We manage our clients’ needs by providing time and cost saving solutions by carrying out the following compulsory works procedures as part of our standard service.

  • All applicable installations are completed to manufacturing guides for product warranties
  • Quality and workmanship audits throughout the job
  • Health and Safety auditing for a clean, safe work environment
  • Regular site reports to assist site managers with build progress
  • Training & development programmes to improve our service
  • Always considering other trades when working onsite by going the extra mile on our quality of work and keeping things clean and tidy
We are always available and more than willing to offer valuable advice to our clients in assisting with the selection of products and services that are best suited. Below is a list of these additional services we offer.
  • A Supply and fit service
  • A Labour only service
  • Liaise with any client, Architect, structural engineer & design representatives at the initial stages of your project
  • Liaise with Local Build Control authorities/officers to sign off the installed works for warranty approvals etc. 

Get in Touch With Payne Carpentry Ltd.

We have been leading Devon’s carpentry industry with superior quality, reliable communication and efficient, effective solutions. If you have a project you would like us to work on, we would love to hear from you.

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Kingdom Business Centre, Kingdom House
Brunel Road
Newton Abbot
TQ12 4PB

Company number: 08938517