The task of ordering ceiling tiles for your business/organisation may seem like a daunting one; but with our team of knowledgeable experts, over 40 years of experience and over 180 different types of ceiling tile stocked we can ensure that the process is quick, easy and painless! Below is a list of our simple steps to help you choose the right ceiling tiles for you.
What Do You Need from Your Ceiling Tiles?
The application of your ceiling tiles will determine which product you need to go for. You may only need to replace certain tiles/ sections within your suspended ceiling- in which case we can help you match the exact type of tile you already have using our Tile Finder Tool. If you are creating a suspended ceiling from scratch or replacing an entire ceiling then you have more flexibility. If this is the case then you can easily get all of the components needed to build your new ceiling using our Ceiling Kit Packages.
Ceiling tiles for offices
Ceiling tiles can enhance the working environment in your office with better sound proofing, insulation and fire safety; whilst also improving the aesthetic appeal of the space. Acoustics and light reflectance are the most important factors to consider when ordering ceiling tiles for the workplace. Performance and productivity will suffer if the environment is too noisy and harsh lighting can contribute to headaches and migraines so should be avoided where possible. At CTUK we can help you choose a ceiling that will absorb enough sound to keep your staff focussed. We can also help with advice on lighting and light reflectance. Changing your ceiling may seem like a mundane task but with the correct advice you could significantly improve the working environment and in turn increase productivity within your business. Click here for more.
Ceiling tiles for education
Suspended ceilings are fantastic for use within the education sector as they provide an easy way to balance accessibility, performance and cost. Schools are complex and dynamic environments that are full of acoustic challenges. If the room is performing poorly acoustically then this can put a strain on the teachers voice and the students ability to learn. Because the ceiling is the largest area of unbroken material available to absorb noise, the ceiling tile chosen and its sound absorption rating is very important. All of our ceiling tiles online are marked with clear sound absorption ratings. Of course budget is often the deciding factor within the education sector and our team of experts can advise how to get the most suitable product for the best possible value and make the most out of your budget. Click here for more.
Ceiling tiles for retail
Often the ceiling in a shop or restaurant can be overlooked, however it can have a huge impact on the overall atmosphere and in turn affect how long the customer stays in the shop and whether or not they make a purchase. Sound absorbing tiles can be used to minimise excess noise and echo’s that may be distracting to customers. In terms of design, the ceiling should be considered just as much as the paint colour on the walls and the type of flooring, coloured tiles and different lighting options can bring a whole new level to the design of the space. Click here for more.
Ceiling tiles for kitchens
The most important factor to consider when choosing ceiling tiles for the kitchen environment is hygiene. Preventing the buildup of bacteria and fungi on the surface of the tiles is essential, they also need to be resistant to humidity due to the steam and heat coming from kitchen appliances. Most tiles used in the kitchen environment have a wipe clean surface. These tiles are usually manufactured from a gypsum plasterboard base with either a PVC or Vinyl face. Click here for more.
Ceiling tiles for hospitals
Biosecurity in hospitals is key so choosing the right ceiling tile is important in order to maintain a hygienic space. There are a few specialist ceiling tiles that cater for hospitals and they have a specific coating which prevents the build up of bacteria and other surface based contaminants. Specialist grids are often needed for certain areas of hospitals as they need to be corrosion resistant and non-ferrous. Humidity resistant tiles are best suited to the hospital environment and often the tiles have a ‘wipe clean’ surface. Cost is always a key factor when choosing tiles and so we offer a range of products to suit all budget types whilst ensuring that expectations for hygiene and performance are met. Click here for more.
What ‘Look’ Are You Hoping to Achieve?
Suspended ceiling tiles are manufactured in many different styles and finishes and there is something to suit all budgets and designs. From texture to colour to lighting and even LED sky panels, there are endless options for looks that can be achieved with a new suspended ceiling. Our handy tool can help point you in the right direction when choosing the right appearance for your space.
Which Manufacturer Should You Use?
Many people are tempted to stick to what they know when replacing an existing ceiling and use the same brand of tiles, however it is worth thinking about what else is out there and what you would like to improve on with your new ceiling. There may even be a cheaper option that offers a similar performance. Our team of experts have all the necessary product knowledge in order to advise each customer. The main manufacturers are as follows:
- Armstrong: Worldwide market leader in the suspended ceiling industry, Armstrong are primarily manufacturers of mineral fibre ceiling tiles, they also produce a wide range of metal ceiling tiles to suit different environments
- AMF: Manufacturer of high performance suspended ceiling systems & acoustic wall panels for the UK and worldwide market
- Rockfon: Patented technology is used to create high quality stone wool (resin-bonded mineral wall) ceiling products. Due to this manufacturing process, the products perform extremely well in areas of humidity resistance, fire reaction and sound absorption.
- Ecophon: A leading, global supplier of both sound absorbing ceilings and wall absorber systems. Ecophon products are primarily manufactured from glass wool and have outstanding performance in humidity resistant areas.
- British Gypsum: As one of the market leaders in plasterboard based products, British Gypsum offers a range of suspended ceiling products to complement their huge commercial interiors product list
- Burgess CEP: One of the first companies to develop and introduce metal ceiling tiles to the UK market. Burgess offer a wide range of metal tiles and grid systems to suit various applications and budgets.
- SAS Metal Ceiling Tiles: One of the leading manufacturers of metal ceiling tiles and associated grid systems worldwide.
- Knauf Danoline: Specialists in producing demountable and self supporting suspended ceiling systems, as well as traditional ceiling and wall lining systems.
- Sektor: A range of products ideally suited for the UK market to suit various performance and budget requirements. The range of products also includes modular lights, as well as specialist ceiling fixings.
Ceiling Tile Edge Options Explained
- Square Edge: Offer the widest range of finishes and are usually the most cost-effective. These tiles sit flush with the gridwork and will fit in both 24mm and 15mm grid systems.
- Reveal Edge: Associated with a rebated or bevelled edge to the tile which allows it to sink just below the grid level once installed. It is purely a design feature and often adds to the cost of a suspended ceiling tile. The term ‘Tegular’ was coined by Armstrong but is now widely used throughout the ceilings industry. Other manufacturers sometimes refer to this edge detail as VT24 or E24. These tiles are for 24mm grid only.
- Reveal/ Microlook edge: As above but these tiles are for 15mm grid only. The term ‘Microlook’ was coined by Armstrong but is now widely used throughout the ceilings industry. Other manufacturers sometimes refer to this edge detail as VT15 or E15.
- Concealed and semi-concealed: Hides the gridwork that supports the tiles either completely or by minimising its visibility. The fully concealed SL2 Edge is found on ceiling planks, while the semi-concealed Vector Edge is used on 600 x 600mm size tiles.
- Lay-in: The mental equivalent of a tegular edge for a ceiling tile, it’s easy to install and fits very similar to a regular ceiling tiles.
- Clip-in (Metal Spring Tee): Metal Clip-in ceiling tiles are pushed up onto a spring tee system from below, resulting in a concealed finish with the added bonus of additional security as the void cannot be accessed without a tool to remove the tiles.
Ceiling Tile Sizing Explained
While the most popular Ceiling Tile sizes are 600 x 600mm and 1200 x 600mm there are in fact a huge range of sizes available from most manufacturers. We can supply tiles in the following sizes:
- 600 x 600mm
- 1200 x 600mm
- 500 x 500mm
- 1200 x 300mm
- 1220 x 610mm
- 1500 x 300mm
- 1800 x 300mm
- 2500 x 300mm
How Can Ceiling Tiles Improve Performance?
You may be looking to improve a certain aspect within the space such as light reflection, sound absorption, sound insulation, thermal insulation or humidity resistance. There are tiles to suit all of these options individually and also ceiling tiles that can achieve all of these elements at once. With our extensive knowledge of all ceiling tile brands and models we can help advise businesses large and small learn how to improve the performance of their space with a new suspended ceiling. Contact us to find out more.