Wood ceilings have accompanied man throughout its history and they have survived to this day, as one of the most popular, useful architectural and decorative elements that provide the greatest number of choices for users.
Prehistoric men lived in caves using the ‘ceiling’ offered by nature to protect them from the elements. Later, he began to build his own homes with the most accessible material that was easily transformed with emerging technologies: wood. The first huts appeared and, with them, the first wood ceilings.
For thousands of years, wood ceilings were virtually the only ceilings which a common individual could have. While at different times stone ceilings were used, progressively more advanced as domes, vaults, and other architectural solutions were used in special buildings (temples, tombs, etc.), the truth is that wood ceilings were the primary solution for closing off the top of houses, stables, warehouses, workshops, taverns and even palaces and fortresses.
Already then, apart from basic shelter, wood ceilings offered an economical choice, easy transportation and installation, and fast renovation and replacement, achieving soundproofing and heat insulation in rooms of different types. In addition, art was also applied to wood ceilings, and man filled them with drawings and polychrome paintings, religious and spiritual texts and depictions of myths and gods.
Today, wood ceilings continue to rule the heights, if not by themselves, certainly as interior wood panelling on ceilings, offering beauty, warmth and providing the qualities of sound-absorbent wood to help the acoustic conditioning of homes, workplaces and other communal areas.
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