Tin ceiling tiles, which are comprised of sturdy metal steel then coated in shiny and easily maintained tin, come in a variety of sizes and styles. Tin can be a great choice for ceiling décor due to its strength and durability. By utilizing tin-plated tiles or tiling that includes a tin component, decorators and builders are adding a metal whose anti-corrosive properties ensure it will have a long duration of usability.
While tin is most commonly used in stamped metal ceiling tiles because of its easy workmanship and aesthetic appeal, brass and copper are also used as ceiling tiles. They aren’t the only metals either; below are a few of the popular materials used to make stamped metal ceiling tiles, and the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Tin was first used to coat steel in the 1800s, leading to the tin-plated steel ceiling tiles used today. It became popular for its inexpensive price and durability and its ability to be made into many decorative materials. Stamped tin ceiling tiles are resistant to heat and moisture, slow to rust, and come in easy to install panels. They can also be heavy, depending on the thickness of the tiles, and may require sturdier ceiling infrastructure during installation.
This non-porous surface is immune to some of the issues a plaster or wooden ceiling may present. Water damage is unable to gain a foothold, as there are no pores into which liquid can soak. Therefore, a tin ceiling will likely be very mold-resistant and will not be susceptible to the bubbling and discoloration of other ceiling options.
Tin is also a great asset against fires. Its composition makes it flame resistant, and therefore less susceptible to damage and decay in the event of a fire. Historically, tin was used for this purpose, and tin tiles can be a great way to give your family a better chance of avoiding injury if a fire were to start in your home. Not only does the tin prevent collapse, it will also act as a temporary barrier against the flame.
Moreover, tin will not crack, as many building materials do. They are resistant to damage that comes with the wear of age, and will not absorb air and oxygenate in the same way many tiles will. A tin ceiling is a longer-lasting investment, guaranteeing that your internal roofing will continue to shine long after many other tiling has run its course.
Tin tile ceilings can be, as we’ve seen, a highly useful addition to your home. Tin’s durability and softness allow it to be perfectly paired with other metals and materials to create the exact tiles your project demands. Moreover, its resistance to wear will keep your ceiling looking new for many years to come. It is, therefore, one of the most durable and long-lasting materials that can be applied to home improvement projects.
Used as a ceiling tile most often in bathrooms, copper is popular for its resistance to mold and mildew and for its antimicrobial properties. It has a distinctive color that can be tied in beautifully to specific moods and styles, but it can also be painted to create a different ambiance. Copper, if not made into thick tiles, can be bent or sustain damage from blunt force.
Shinier than copper, brass is a beautiful option for decorative ceilings due to its color and luster. It can be worked just like any other metal used in ceiling tiles and stamped with the same ease. Brass is especially popular for rooms with a warm atmosphere, lots of red colors, and soft fabric. The one downside to brass is that it can be overwhelming due to its brightness.
Aluminum is highly workable and easy to stamp. In addition to being very lightweight, installing this material is a simple process. Aluminum provides the same luster and fineness as tin ceiling tiles, but is less expensive and requires less effort. However, it is the least sturdy of the metals listed here and, like copper, can sustain damage easily.
To learn more about stamped metal ceiling tiles and the process by which metals are chosen, contact us today at Metal Ceiling Express.