Ductwork is a necessary component of most any home, as it helps with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Your duct system is likely quite complicated and runs through the walls and ceilings of your home. But, what happens if there are unfinished parts of your home, such as your basement, where ductwork is exposed? It would be to your advantage to cover the ductwork. Fortunately, metal ceiling tiles are an easy solution to hide unattractive ductwork in certain areas of your house or business.
Why Cover Up Ductwork?
There are numerous reasons why you should consider covering up ductwork. For one, it is pretty unsightly. Having air ducts, plumbing, wooden beams, and insulation exposed can take away from the otherwise beautiful aesthetics of your home. In fact, exposed ductwork looks so ugly that it could actually sometimes take away from the value of your home.
Perhaps more importantly, exposed ductwork is likely driving up your energy bills. Ducts will often lose heat energy into unheated areas. Imagine you have an unfinished room in your basement that doesn’t get any sunlight. Have you ever walked in there and noticed that this room is colder than the rest of your home?
If you heat your home to 70 degrees, some of the heat energy will be lost from your ducts into cold, unfinished areas. When this happens, your HVAC unit must use more energy to heat the rest of your home. The more energy that you use, the higher your bill goes. Making a small upfront investment to cover your ductwork could end up saving you a good amount of money on your energy bills in the future.
Why Use Metal Ceiling Tiles
If you decide to cover your ductwork, you’ll quickly discover that there are a wide range of materials that you can use to do so. However, only metal ceiling tiles stand out as the obvious, clear-cut choice. For one, metal ceiling tiles are insulating. This means that heat or cold energy will not be lost.
Second, they are resistant to moisture. Many rooms that currently contain exposed ductwork are somewhat damp. Some homeowners choose to use foam tiles to cover their ductwork, not realizing that they are going to have to end up replacing the tiles in no more than a few years. Foam tiles are also prone to moisture damage, making them susceptible to mold.
Tin ceiling tiles, on the other hand, are moisture resistant. Caring for them is as easy as wiping them down with a damp rag every few months. The tiles are very durable. If you care for them properly, the tiles could last for many years. Installing tin ceiling tiles once is much easier than having to replace foam tiles every few years.
Lastly, tin ceiling tiles are much more aesthetically appealing than foam tiles. Foam tiles are usually a dull off-white color. They are the same tiles you see in industrial buildings or schools. Metal ceiling tiles, on the other hand, are much more vibrant. As you can see in our online store, there are hundreds of designs and color patterns from which you can choose. Foam ceiling tiles will keep an unfinished room dull. Metal ceiling tiles, however, can liven up a room and give it character.
Tips For Covering Up Ductwork
There are a few tips you should consider when covering up your ductwork. First and foremost, you should seal your ducts before installing your metal ceiling tiles. Many homeowners make the mistake of using duct tape to seal their ducts. Why wouldn’t they? The name speaks for itself! Unfortunately, duct tape is not the most effective way to seal your ducts.
Instead, you should use duct mastic, which is a gooey substance that acts as a sealing agent. The mastic can be applied to seams and gaps and will serve as a useful insulator. Doing this before you install the tiles will save you a lot of time in the long run.
Additionally, we recommend using a drop ceiling to hang your tiles. This is mainly because of convenience. If you ever need to access your ductwork in the future, it’s removing a tile is effortless.