Our company, Metal Ceiling Express, has been around the block of tin ceilings for a number of years – and our parent company has been around for a quarter of a century. Tin use in America, however, has a much longer and richer history than ours. Let’s take a closer look at how tin ceiling tiles have evolved over time, what uses they have, and what they are primarily used for today.
American Tin: The Beginning
In the United States, the use of tin for ceiling tiles began as a facsimile of the types of designs that were used among European aristocrats in the 19th century. While European tiles were made out of carved plaster, American tin tiles tended to replicate the styles that they noticed.
The Victorian era saw the beginning of mass production of tin ceiling tiles. These tiles were patterned out of thin rolled plates, made by companies located along major railroad stops so that they could be shipped out easily. These sheets were stamped using hammers and cast iron molds. The finished tiles were painted with a finish that gave them the appearance of the expensive, hand-carved plaster that was so popular in Europe.
Tin Ceilings Today
While tin ceilings started to fizzle out during the Great Depression when tin became somewhat stylistically obsolete, these ceiling tiles have experienced a great revival in recent years. Tin is used for a number of different purposes – not just ceilings. From backsplashes in kitchens to elegant accents in fine dining establishments, tin has withstood the test of time.
American tin has a place in history, and the nostalgia for the styles of the late 19th and early 20th century has stood the test of time. Tin is a unique material as well, because most of the tin ceilings uncovered in houses that were built over a century and a half ago have been well restored and have withstood the passage of time.
At Metal Ceiling Express, we are committed to a number of different metal ceiling tile patterns that reflect the age-old traditions of tin ceilings, as well as some more modern varieties. Contact us to learn more!