Have you ever been to an office building, a someplace similar? Did you ever look up while you were there? Did you see a bunch of white square or rectangular tiles with irregular holes punched in them? If you answered yes to the above, then you know what suspended ceilings are!
What are Drop & Suspended Ceilings?
A suspended or dropped ceiling is a secondary structure that is supported below the actual ceiling. A grid is set into place to form the structure for the suspended ceiling and drop-in tiles are used to fill in the checkered gaps.
The main advantage of suspended ceilings over plaster is the expense. The usual plaster ceiling you see in most homes can cost quite a bit to install, and while that’s just fine for a house it can be a bit much for a business that’s only concerned with keeping the rafters and the plumbing out of sight. Suspended ceilings also offer easy access to the plumbing and wires hidden away above, whereas you may have to knock a hole into a plaster ceiling in order to reach a broken pipe or a faulty wire hidden behind it.
For many people who decide to tackle their ceiling as their latest renovation project, the installation process is often the most complex consideration. Fortunately, whether you install the ceiling yourself or hire a professional, drop ceiling tiles are an option that can easily be utilized. Because a suspended ceiling with drop-in ceiling tiles can hide a flawed ceiling, this option is very popular among commercial business owners. With suspended ceiling tiles, you no longer have to worry about drywall, ugly pipes, and tangled electrical wiring, no to mention heating and ventilation ducts!
Drop-in metal tiles for these structures are typically easy to cut, which is perfect for fitting light fixtures, sprinkler heads, and speakers that protrude wherever needed. Suspended ceilings were initially designed to provide insulation and sound absorption from the floor above. By creating a secondary ceiling beneath the floor, the sound from above could be cushioned.
Now, however, suspended ceilings are excellent renovation options for a new ceiling or to hide unsightly wires and pipes.
Why Suspended Metal Tile Ceilings?
Why use metal ceiling tiles? Metal tiles can resist rust and corrosion indefinitely with the right coating, and metal tile ceilings installed a hundred years ago are still in great condition today. Metal tiles also come in a wide variety of styles and patterns, far more than plain white (and if that’s your preference, you can get metal tiles in that shade, too). Better still, there’s a very good chance you can retrofit your existing suspension grid to work with metal tiles, too.
If you own a home or an office, a commercial space such as a restaurant, or a bar that needs an unfinished ceiling or one that needs new ceiling tiles, you should seriously consider going with metal tiles. Even if you’re simply unsatisfied with the ceiling that came with your space, you can cover it up with an inspiring suspended metal ceiling with a minimum of effort and damage to your home. After all, if you’re remodeling your space, there’s no need to stop at four walls and the floor.
Here is a more in-depth look at some of the benefits of suspended metal tile ceilings:
1. Hide Your Infrastructure
A suspended ceiling is the best way to hide unsightly but necessary electrical, plumbing and ductwork running through your ceiling. Rather than having exposed pipes and conduits, choosing a suspended ceiling puts all that out of sight, while still allowing easy access.
2. Improve Aesthetics
While a suspended ceiling decreases ceiling heights by a small amount, it is offset by the undeniable aesthetic improvements of a uniform ceiling full of lovely, suspended ceiling tiles. Which would you prefer: exposed ductwork and electrical conduits, or the elegant simplicity of metal tiles?
A suspended ceiling offers a second layer of protection when it comes to soundproofing. Soundproofing is all about obstructing sound waves, and many suspended panels are designed with extra soundproofing. Metal Ceiling Express offers sound dampening products at great prices for suspended ceilings.
4. Easy Installation
Installing a suspended ceiling is a breeze, especially compared with the cost of a full ceiling remodel. The savings involved in choosing a suspended ceiling add up quickly. In addition, cost-effectiveness means that if you change your mind about what kind of ceiling you want, it is a straightforward matter to replace the tiles in your suspended ceiling with new ones at a minimum of hassle and expense.
In addition to all this, a suspended ceiling offers two distinct insulation benefits, even if you do not choose to add further insulation to the product. First, the addition of a layer between the original ceiling and the suspended ceiling creates a barrier that acts as a layer of insulation. Second, since the ceilings are lowered, the room requires less heat overall.
Suspended ceilings offer a wide range of benefits at an affordable price.
How to Install Suspended Metal Tile Ceilings
As the frame for the suspended ceiling is put into place, be sure to leave at least 4 inches in-between the structural ceiling and the secondary ceiling. This is the minimum space needed to install the drop ceiling tiles once the framework is in place.
First, you’ll want to measure the length and width of the room and divide by the length and the width of the drop ceiling tiles. This allows you to determine how many rows of tiles you’ll be fitting into your ceiling. Furthermore, however low you want the ceiling to hang, mark this height on the wall.
Use 6d nails to secure the moldings to the studs along the wall. Work your way around the perimeter of the wall to get the entire structure in place. Install the runners to the suspension grid through ceiling joists. Use an eye bolt to secure the joists together.
Once the runners and framework are in place, the drop ceiling tiles should perfectly fit into the checkered gaps. While a professional can certainly do this quickly and effectively, this is also a challenging project for those who enjoy being hands-on!
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