Discussions of allergies and respiratory health usually conjure up images of pollen or pet dander. Many homeowners are diligent about avoiding these sources of illness but aren’t aware that other issues that can hide in their ceilings, walls, and siding. Tin ceilings tiles and paneling drastically reduce several common sources of illness, making the home safer and more comfortable for everyone living there.
Dust, Dirt, and Debris
Wood, vinyl, and other traditional building materials trap dust, dust mites, and other hazards. These materials are also insect-friendly, not only to termites but to species like ants, gnats, spiders, and mosquitoes. Continuous exposure to dust and cobwebs worsens existing allergy or asthma symptoms. During cold and flu season, insects and dirt can turn a home into a playground for bacteria and viruses. Metal ceilings and siding will not trap dust or dirt; in fact, these things can be more easily seen on metal and thus cleaned quickly. Insects are unlikely to build nests or colonies on metal due to slippery surfaces and quick temperature changes.
Wood, vinyl, stone, and other materials are tougher to insulate than metal. Therefore, it’s likely that a house built using those materials will stay too hot or too cold during winter and summer months. Illnesses like colds or the flu are prolonged when extreme temperatures are sustained, or when the temperature fluctuates too quickly. Metal is a well-insulated building material that can adapt itself to winter and summer weather, as well as everything in between. Thus, the ill person can stay warm when needed, but his or her body will adjust faster when it needs to cool off or eliminate a fever.
Respiratory illnesses and congestion refuse to clear up in damp, clammy environments. Unfortunately, a home built with wood or vinyl is likely to become such an environment. These materials can crack and splinter, leaving room for leaks and drafts. Metal cannot crack without tremendous pressure, which protects those recovering from illnesses. The absence of leaks also protects the home and its inhabitants from mold, mildew, and other water-borne hazards, all of which can cause or aggravate allergies. They can also lead to potentially fatal fungal infections like aspergillosis.