Recently faux, or fake, metal ceiling tiles were introduced to the ever-growing market of building materials. These tiles are generally meant to mimic the look of real metal ceilings without the what some perceive to be a complicated installation process. Not only are metal ceiling tiles just as easy to install, but they have added benefits that faux ceiling tiles simply do not.
Metal Ceiling Tiles
Real metal ceilings tiles are usually made of steel or aluminum and dipped in another kind of metal, such as tin. Their pros include:
- easy to clean surfaces
- easy to install in a variety of ways
- heat resistance
- water resistance
- minimal upkeep
- a variety of designs
The cons of installing metal ceilings tiles are limited to the possibility of extra costs for genuine metal materials and adding a protective finish to prevent corrosion over time. Comparatively, their wide range of benefits outweighs the possibilities of incurring extra costs. This is primarily because the cost will be a one-time inconvenience. Once metal ceiling tiles are installed, they require light cleaning or polishing – and not much else for years to come. They add greater value to the home when attempting to sell or rent the property, as well.
Faux Metal Ceiling Tiles
These fake renditions of metal ceiling tiles are usually made of plastic and painted to look like tin metal ceiling tiles. They snap into place over the original ceiling, just as metal ceiling tiles do. The look may also be accomplished using ceiling paper and paint, which creates the appearance of metal ceiling tiles without extra installation. The pros of this type of ceiling include:
- easy installation
- possibility of being less expensive, at first
- availability in many styles
Aside from these benefits, faux metal ceiling tiles can not stand up to the quality of real metal tiles. While faux metal ceilings are initially less expensive, they are ultimately not nearly as cost-effective as simply installing real metal ceiling tiles to begin with.
It truly is beneficial to opt for the real deal, instead of the cheap alternatives that are now available. Contact us today for more information.