The Right Suspended Ceiling Tile for Your Space..

Selecting the right ceiling tile is crucial to avoid costly early replacements or repairs. While budget matters, it’s essential to select the tile that suits your needs best. The list below covers the most common types of ceiling tiles and their significant benefits. The right choice depends on your specific application.

Different Types of Ceiling Tiles Classifications

General-purpose tiles are ideal for unfinished ceilings and reducing ambient noise in commercial facilities. High sound-absorption tiles reduce noise levels and offer privacy, making them perfect for offices, healthcare facilities, and schools.

Sag and mold-resistant tiles have a special coating that resists moisture, preventing mold and mildew growth. They are made of rigid material that stays flat, preventing sagging.

ISO-rated tiles work with cleanroom suspension systems to control airflow from contaminated environments. They have a Class A ISO rating for fire prevention.

Sealed system tiles create an air seal that prevents contaminated air from escaping to adjacent rooms, making them suitable for medical or laboratory environments.

Tamper-resistant tiles are made of steel and designed for restricted access areas to prevent access to the plenum. They are most commonly used in correctional and behavioral health facilities.

Types of Ceiling Tiles

  1. Acoustic Ceiling Tiles: Acoustic ceiling tiles are designed to absorb sound waves and reduce noise levels in a room. They are made from materials such as mineral wool, fiberglass, or cellulose and are available in a range of colours and styles. The texture and thickness of the tile can affect its acoustic performance. For example, tiles with a high Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) rating are more effective at reducing noise levels. Acoustic ceiling tiles are commonly used in spaces such as offices, conference rooms, classrooms, and restaurants to create a more comfortable and productive environment.
  2. Gypsum Ceiling Tiles: Gypsum ceiling tiles are made from a mineral called gypsum and are known for their fire-resistant properties. They can help slow the spread of fire and smoke in a building, making them a popular choice for commercial spaces such as hospitals, schools, and offices. Gypsum ceiling tiles are also durable and can resist damage from impacts, making them a practical choice for high-traffic areas.
  3. Metal Ceiling Tiles: Metal ceiling tiles are made from aluminum or steel and are highly durable and moisture-resistant. They are ideal for use in areas that are prone to moisture, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and other wet areas. Metal ceiling tiles are available in a range of finishes, including brushed, polished, and powder-coated, and can create a modern, industrial look in a space.
  4. Wood Ceiling Tiles: Wood ceiling tiles are made from natural wood and can add warmth and character to a space. They are available in a range of wood species, finishes, and textures, from smooth to rustic. Wood ceiling tiles are commonly used in homes, cabins, and restaurants to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

What are Fire Ratings for Ceiling Tiles?

Knowing your local fire rating requirements is crucial when choosing ceiling tiles, as they can vary by location and building type. Commercial facilities are typically required to meet specific fire ratings for all construction materials, including ceiling tiles. Before making a purchase, consult with your local fire marshal or building inspector to ensure you choose a tile system that meets all fire rating requirements.

Ceiling tiles are evaluated based on two fire resistance distinctions. The first is UL 723 Flammability, which assesses the surface burning characteristics of building materials. A Class A rating in this test means the material is almost entirely non-flammable. The second is the ASTM test E119, which determines how long a ceiling can resist the spread of fire while retaining its structural integrity. Ratings for this test are given in time increments, such as 2 hours, which means the entire ceiling tile assembly (tiles and suspension system) can resist the spread of fire for 2 hours. Choose ceiling tiles with appropriate fire ratings to ensure the safety of your facility. Contact us to learn more about fire-resistant ceiling tiles.

What are the Best Ceiling Tile Brands?

Armstrong Ceiling Tiles

Armstrong (now rebranded to Zentia) manufacture high-performance mineral ceiling tiles, suspended ceiling grids, and floating ceilings for the construction market. With balanced acoustics, striking visual impact, and technical performance to suit any interior.

Rockfon Ceiling Tiles

Rockfon ceilings use patented technology to create high-quality stone wool ceiling products. Due to this manufacturing process, the products perform extremely well in areas of humidity resistance, fire reaction and sound absorption.

Ecophon Ceiling Tiles

Ecophon ceiling tiles are manufactured from glass wool, which offers excellent performance in the areas of sound absorbtion (Class A), reaction to fire and humidity resistance. The Focus range offers the widest variety of size and edge profiles of all the Ecophon ceiling tiles. The Ecophon Focus range are all produced with a clean, modern white finish and have a distinct yellow backing.

AMF Ceiling Tiles

Knauf AMF is a manufacturer of high-performance and durable suspended ceiling systems & tile for the UK and worldwide market. AMF stands for sophisticated quality, high dependability, and outstanding innovation.

Most AMF manufactured tiles are made from mineral fibre which constitutes a mixture of materials, from naturally occurring resources to recycled and processed materials. Many mineral fibre ceiling systems boast excellent qualities including acoustic performance and fire resistance.

Reasons to Install a High-Quality Suspended Ceiling

  • Suspended ceiling systems allow you to install embedded LED lighting systems and track lighting.
  • You also get better insulation to help to make any space feel warmer and inviting while helping to reduce your heating costs.
  • A well-designed suspended ceiling will improve almost any space and provide a great way to cover up all those unsightly wires, cables, services and air-conditioning.
  • A suspended ceiling solution can produce fantastic acoustics for a wide range of applications for all kinds of environments.
  • Suspended ceiling tiles are easy to maintain, as they can be easily removed for cleaning or replacement. This can help to extend the life of the tiles and keep your ceiling looking fresh and new.

When Installing a Suspended Ceiling isn’t an Option

When installing a suspended ceiling isn’t an option to improve the acoustics, climate and provide less noise, ceiling rafts can be retrofitted quickly and simply in most instances.  Especially in modern architecture, ceiling rafts offer an excellent option to dampen the sound and improve the room acoustics. TPLS Interiors will help you in finding a perfect, quick and aesthetic solution for every room including acoustic ceilings and fire protection.

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