Gypsum Or POP: Which Is A Superior False Ceiling?

Gypsum Or POP: Which Is A Superior False Ceiling?

Gypsum Or POP: Which Is A Superior False Ceiling?

False ceilings have become an integral part of home construction adding beauty to the home along with keeping away excess heat, cold and noise from your abode. These are also essential for concealing electrical wires and installing a central air-conditioning system. However, a false ceiling can be durable only when a quality material is chosen. Gypsum boards and Plaster of Paris (POP) are two of the most commonly used materials for creating a false ceiling. While both have gypsum as a base, the two are different from each other. Here we list the pros and cons of these two false ceiling materials to help you make a guided choice.

Gypsum boards


As the name suggests, these are made of gypsum, a hydrated calcium sulphate, has the quality of withstanding for a long time. Gypsum boards, that come in a prefabricated form, are manufactured in a factory and assembled on the site using metal frames. These are largely used in spaces that require a centrally air-conditioned system.


  • Gypsum boards are easy to install and clean.

  • These boards can provide a seamless look to your ceiling without too many joints.

  • Since these are manufactured in factory machines, the consistency of the product’s finish and quality is maintained.


  • However, easy to install, it can be a cumbersome process to uninstall these boards. Repairing these means that the complete ceiling will have to be broken down.

  • With time moisture seeps into gypsum boards through leaking roofs or air conditioning pipes. This could result in fungal growth in the ceiling or even cause deshaping of the boards. To avoid this opt for moisture resistant boards.

  • Gypsum boards are expensive than POP.

Also read: 5 False Ceiling Designs For Indian Homes

POP Ceiling


Made of gypsum, POP ceilings can be designed based on the choice of the homeowner. Available in powdered form, the paste is made to design the ceiling. The paste made mixing the powder with water is applied to chicken mesh for it stay afloat.


  • POP is highly durable and can sustain for years without any wear or tear.

  • Unlike gypsum boards, POP can be moulded in various designs and is flexible to apply on the corners.

  • POP is also 25-40 per cent cheaper than gypsum boards.


  • Until and unless skilled labour is working on a POP design, the finesse with which gypsum boards are manufactured cannot be achieved.  

  • In case of POP, there is a lot of wastage of mixture. It can make the site messy.

  • The POP has to be perfectly dry for it to be installed.

Also read: How False Ceilings Can Make Your Home Look Truly Beautiful

Last Updated: Fri Nov 27 2020

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