Types of Drop Ceiling Tiles

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With drop ceilings, builders lower ceiling tiles into a metal, or vinyl, channel grid suspended by wires from the main ceiling. In the past, builders often used this type of ceiling to conceal wiring, pipes, and duct-work. Today, the ceiling style is usually decorative, with light fixtures possibly installed into the grid. Depending on the type of tile, drop ceilings may also absorb sound and help heat insulation.

Standard

  • Standard drop ceiling tiles are polystyrene that will not flake or crumble. They are washable and water and stain resistant. They measure two feet x two feet, or two feet x four feet, with a pebbly texture on one side and small squares on the other side. Standard tiles are flat or pyramid shaped so you can install them with the point up or down, or a combination, creating a wave effect.

Mirrored Tiles

Tin Tiles

  • Tin tiles are manufactured from 30 gauge tin-free chromium treated steel. They come finished and unfinished. Finished choices are lacquered steel, white, copper, brass, and chrome. Unfinished steel tiles will rust quickly and must be painted with any color of glossy oil based paint.Tin tiles have a click lock system, making installation simple. This tile has more than 80 designs, as well as perforated or un-perforated for sound acoustics.

Thermoplastic Tin

  • Get the look of tin without the high cost, corrosion, or paint maintenance with thermoplastic ( faux tin) tiles. Most home improvement stores have 15 styles and 18 colors on offer.

Multi-dimensional Tiles

  • Multi-dimensional tiles allow the imagination to run wild. These tiles are lightweight, inexpensive, and available in many designs and depths. Some style examples are wavy, convex, concave, and ramp.

Commercial

  • Commercial tiles are generally the same quality as standard home ceiling tiles but come in much larger sizes. Commercial tiles of sheetrock with a high-gloss vinyl coating. Mainly used in restaurant kitchens, bathroom, server rooms, surgery rooms, hospitals, and laboratories, these tiles are made to accommodate sprinkler heads and panel lighting fixtures.

Translucent

  • Translucent tiles hang below a light source. They have a thin anodized aluminum frame and translucent membrane and come in blue, cream, or pure white. The tile can take digital printing, to create a ceiling covered with back-lit artwork.

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