When it comes to ceilings, a home or a business owner has multiple choices. Each of these choices has their own advantages and disadvantages. There are four types of ceilings such as planks, tiles, panels and drywalls respectively. Tiles are one of the easiest to install and also have many different options in terms of look and feel. Amazing ceiling designs can be implemented with tiles and they are the best option when interior design is a major consideration.
Tiles can be installed on existing ceilings. They are very easy to work with and make the electrical and other kinds of wiring very accessible. There are many different design choices with ceiling tiles. They are available with smooth, textured or antique tin surface options. Ceiling tiles are commonly available in 12”x12” or 16”x16” sizes, even though other size options can be found as per the building requirements. Ceiling tiles are DIY friendly and the installation takes much lesser time compared to the other options.
Ceiling tiles are made of mineral fiber and also with fiberglass. Depending on the type of ceiling tile material, they can be acoustical or non-acoustical. Different mineral fiber ceilings contain mineral wool in different proportions. Mineral fiber ceilings with higher proportion of mineral wool are known as soft fiber ceilings.
Soft fiber ceilings are more porous and low in density. They have exceptional sound absorption capabilities due to their high Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC). These tiles prevent echo and certain soft fiber ceiling tiles with high Ceiling Attenuation Class (CAC) can prevent the sound passing through the ceiling to another space. Hard ceiling tiles in contrast have lower proportions of mineral wool and are higher in density. They instead have higher proportions of clay but still have great sound absorption properties.
While there are so many great things that can be said about mineral fiber tiles, longevity just isn’t one of them. They are easily susceptible to water damage and have to be replaced quite frequently in comparison with other types of ceilings. They can also break due to other factors apart from water damage.
Whether mineral ceiling tiles are right for your home or business depends on various factors and the choice depends on the situation. Ceiling tiles give a great first impression and the visitors will be thinking about it even after they leave. In fact there is nothing more attractive than acoustic ceiling tiles. However if longevity is a major consideration then mineral ceiling tiles aren’t the best choice. Most of these tiles are not waterproof and in situations where there is water pipes running through the ceilings; damage over a period of time is inevitable. Frequent replacement of these tiles can get expensive, thus posing higher maintenance costs.
Some mineral ceiling tiles can be installed directly over the surface of an existing ceiling and they do not require a grid system. Different ceiling time manufacturers offer different installation techniques. Armstrong ceiling tiles are one of the most popular choices in the industry, even though other options are available.