Ceiling Tiles 101: How to Choose the Right Type for Your Home or Office

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Ceiling tiles

Once you’ve looked over the layout of a room, what do you look at next? Perhaps your eyes will wander to what is typically a room’s largest expanse of uninterrupted space, the ceiling. Too often, what could be a gorgeous run of space that caps off a room perfectly is covered in popcorn ceiling. While popcorn ceiling certainly serves its purposes, it’s far from your only option when it comes to your ceiling. 

Types of Ceiling Tiles

If you want to give a room a new look or feeling, or you need a room to perform a certain function such as keeping sound in or out, it’s vital that you don’t overlook your ceiling. Your ceiling is pretty versatile as it can be plastered, vaulted, or dropped. You can even tile a ceiling so that it looks and performs the way you want it to.

If you decide to tile your ceiling, you’ll have a nice selection of materials to choose from. While there are more subgroups of tile that are categorized by design, installation, and function, there are four basic kinds of ceiling tiles.

Keep reading to learn about the four broad groups of ceiling tiles and how they’re often installed. 

Acoustical Tile

As you’ve probably guessed, acoustical tile is what you’d use if you wanted to soundproof a room. Acoustical tiles are also a good choice if you want to insulate a room because the material they’re made from is also what’s used to add thermal insulation to a space.

Normally made with fiberglass, this kind of tile is often installed with a drop ceiling technique. In general, it’s wise to hire an experienced professional to install acoustical tile to get the most out of the tile’s soundproofing and insulating properties. If you’re a seasoned do-it-yourselfer, you may be able to install acoustical ceiling tiles on your own pretty easily. 

Plastic Tiles

Compared to more traditional alternatives, plastic ceiling tiles are affordable and lightweight. Plastic tiles are available in a generous number of patterns, which makes them appropriate for use in a wide variety of rooms.

If you want to give a room a geometric look, plastic tiles are a great choice. Plastic ceiling tile is easy to install even if you only have a moderate amount of hands-on experience. You can simply nail them to your ceiling and you don’t need to worry about dinging them during the installation process.

Tin Tile

In something of an ironic twist, modern “tin” ceiling tiles are often made with another kind of material, such as copper, brass, or aluminum. Like plastic tiles, tin tile is usually available with eye-catching patterns such as flowers or vines.

You can use a drop-in method to install tin ceiling tile. Alternatively, you can nail them to your ceiling, being sure you overlay the edges of each tile as you go. If you ding a tile during installation, you can usually fix it with the same compound that’s used to make auto body repairs.

Cork Tiles

If you want to reduce the carbon footprint of your build or renovation, consider using eco-friendly cork ceiling tiles. Fire resistant, water resistant and naturally able to absorb sound, cork is a versatile ceiling tile that’s fantastic to use in many settings.

You have several options when it comes to installing this kind of ceiling tile. It can be dropped in or put up with adhesives. Cork ceiling tiles can be overlapped during installation as well. While handy do-it-yourselfers may have the skills necessary to install cork tiles properly, it’s often wise to leave the job in the hands of a trusted professional who has the appropriate experience.

Are you trying to decide which kind of ceiling tile you should use in your home or office? If so, you don’t have to do so alone. The knowledgeable representatives at our six area retail locations can help you make the right choice. Can’t stop by one of our convenient locations today? Give us a call at 251-974-5675 or contact Swift Supply online now.

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