- Applications for Vinyl Faced Ceiling Tiles
Vinyl faced plasterboard ceiling tiles, often referred to as ‘wipeable’ or ‘plastic/pvc faced’ are designed for areas that require a certain level of hygiene to be maintained. Examples of these applications are listed below:Commercial Kitchens
Within the kitchen environment hygiene is key and pubs and restaurants must meet certain hygiene criteria in order to remain open! The ceiling may not be the first are you would think of when it comes to cleanliness, but because the kitchen area is so humid due to steam, etc. it is very important that the ceiling can be wiped clean and disinfected easily. The humidity resistance of the ceiling is also important as if it is not resistant enough then the ceiling will become damp and sag.Clean Rooms
Keeping clean rooms disinfected is essential, they need to be washed out and wiped clean with disinfectant regularly so the ceiling tiles must be able to withstand this moisture as well as the chemicals from the disinfectant.Shower and Changing Rooms
Heat and humidity from warm showers and steamy rooms could mean warped ceiling tiles if the correct product is not used, these environments also need regular cleaning to ensure they meet public hygiene ratings.Toilets
As with the other applications, these areas need to be cleaned regularly and the tiles used must be resistant to moisture damage.
- About Vinyl Faced Tiles
For all of the above environments, a clean and professional appearance is key. Most vinyl (wipeable) ceiling tiles have a bright white finish for a professional look. Vinyl ceiling tiles are usually made from a 6-9mm section of Gypsum plasterboard with a vinyl face applied to one side.The gypsum plasterboard provides a robust panel, ideal for installation, removal and access. The smooth vinyl face provides a perfect surface for cleaning and protects the material behind from humidity and moisture.
The vinyl tiles can be easily wiped with a damp cloth and stop micro-organisms and bacteria from collecting on their surface. The largest manufacturers of vinyl faced ceiling tiles are British Gypsum and Lafarge, these are the leading Gypsum plasterboard manufacturers.
**Please be wary of cheap imitation products available. These products have been imported from the Far East and have not been tested with UK Fire Regulations. These cheaper products also offer no humidity resistance, which is also fairly critical in a kitchen/shower type environment.
We can also advise you if you are unsure which vinyl tile you need for completing a new project, we have over 40 years of experience which means we can ensure you get the best performing tile at the best price.