One of the reasons tin ceilings come in so many different varieties is because of the number and styles of “stamps” available. Stamped tin ceiling tiles can be made from several different materials and come in different thicknesses, all of which means stamped tin ceiling tiles are virtually limitless in their variety. Below is a discussion of the process used to stamp tiles and how this process yields such varied results.
Manufacturing Popular Stamped Tin Ceiling Tiles
The most commonly used metal for ceiling tiles is tin, a fairly lightweight metal that can be pressed or have a design stamped onto it without cracking or breaking. At Metal Ceiling Express, we use a high tonnage stamping press to make designs in the tiles. The heavy weight used by the stamping machine ensures a clearer and deeper impression, which will last longer and look better on a ceiling.
The individual tiles are put on the machine, a stamp design is selected, and the machine stamps that particular design into each tile. The same amount of force and speed is used with every stamping, and all tiles are cut to the same size and thickness, ensuring the tiles are virtually identical.
For molding and clips to hold the ceiling tiles in place, smaller presses are used to handle the more specialized hardware. Other metal types can also be used to give the ceiling a specific feel or to give the room the desired atmosphere. Stamping is adjusted for the best results with each metal. A red-tinged bronze or copper metal, for example, might be used to give a room a Central American or Pre-Columbian feel, while white tiles set against a blue wall can give the room a Mediterranean atmosphere.
In choosing ceiling tile patterns, consider the weight and thickness of your tile. A thick tile with a deeply impressed design might give your room a sense of sturdiness, while a shallow impression on a thin tile could yield a lighter or more open ambiance. In taking into account all the factors of your stamped tin ceiling tiles, you can guarantee the best results with Metal Ceiling Express.