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A Brief Guide to Ceiling Tile Products

A Brief Guide to Ceiling Tile Products

You are at a restaurant or an office building. You're bored, and so you put your head
back and look up. What do you see? A ceiling, of course. However, there's a lot more
there than meets the eye. In most commercial buildings there is a complex drop ceiling
system designed to improve aesthetics while also hiding the mechanics above. Drop
ceilings are also used in residential properties from time to time.

Drop ceilings require ceiling tiles that fit within the grid of a ceiling framework. In the UK,
there are three primary materials we use to manufacture ceiling tiles:

MINERAL WOOL, METAL, GYPSUM

Mineral Wool Tiles

Mineral wool is the generic name describing a number of synthetic fibres that include
everything from fibreglass to ceramic fibre. Where ceiling tiles are concerned, mineral wool
products can be constructed of a loose fibre or a fibre material that is tightly packed to create
a relatively stiff board. Mineral wool ceiling tiles are the most commonly used tiles worldwide.

Ceiling tiles made of mineral wool are favoured because they are inexpensive, lightweight,
easy to work with, and extremely versatile. The differences between mineral wool tiles come
by way of the facing. Here are some examples to show you what we're talking about:

Painted Finish

A facing with a painted finish is the most cost-effective
option when all you are looking for is an aesthetically
pleasing tile. In most cases, the painted finish is steam
and dirt resistant. However, it is also easily washable
and, if necessary, able to be scrubbed vigorously. Bars,
restaurants and other busy retail environments favour
the painted finish tile.

Mylar Border

Mylar is a polyester film known for its high tensile
strength and resistance to gases and aromas. A ceiling
tile with a Mylar border is a good choice for clean rooms
because it does not attract dirt and dust. Mylar also
offers easy cleaning with no sag.

Acoustic/Light Reflecting

Ceilings can be manufactured to be light reflecting and
sound absorbent as well. Tiles with these properties are
used in large public areas such as cafeterias and
auditoriums. By reflecting light and absorbing sound,
the aesthetics of a given room are improved greatly.

metal and gypsum Tiles

Both metal and gypsum ceiling tiles are traditionally chosen for their aesthetic value. Metal
ceilings, for example, add a certain amount of sophistication and elegance to a room. Metal
tiles can also be installed in such a way as to appear seamless. As for gypsum tiles, these
are the heaviest of all. They are used in spaces in which designers want a ceiling to be
inconspicuous. However, their weight requires a stronger and more robust framing system.

We carry a wide range of ceiling products for just about any need. From metal ceilings and MF
plasterboard ceilings to mineral fibre ceilings from leading brands like Armstrong Ceilings,
whether you are looking for a tile that is cheap and easy to clean or one that changes the whole
look of your room, there is something for everyone.

by Phillip Lidgerton

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