Metal ceiling tiles have been used in construction for thousands of years. Although they may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to ceiling materials, there are many advantages of switching from mineral fibre to metal ceiling tiles.
Metal ceiling tiles are much stronger and less prone to breaks and cracks than mineral fibre tiles. Installing metal ceiling tiles still allows for easy access to the void but means that when work is being carried out there is less fear of snapping the tiles when stepping through or opening them.
Mineral fibre tiles are susceptible to water damage from leaks or moisture in the atmosphere which can lead to regular repairs/replacements. Metal tiles are likely to last longer than mineral fibre ones as they are resistant to water damage. If you invest in properly finished stainless steel metal tiles they won’t rust and could last for centuries. Mineral fibre ceiling tiles may also warp over time due to moisture changes, you won’t have this issue with metal tiles which will keep their shape. Even if your mineral tiles survive a water leak they may have some unsightly staining which can also be avoided by switching to metal ceiling tiles.
As well as being resilient to damages during install/maintenance, metal ceiling tiles are also more resilient when it comes to bugs! Metal tiles are much easier to clean than mineral fibre ones and although many mineral fibre tiles have a protective coating, this may be compromised if there was a water leak. Metal tiles are also resistant to mould and mildew which may form on mineral tiles in high humidity areas.
Fire safety is very important in most applications especially for buildings open to the public such as transport hubs/ showrooms. Metal ceiling tiles are more resistant to fire making them safer than mineral fibre tiles.
Metal ceiling tiles create a sleek and modern look in any building and are available in a large range of style, perforation and texture options. Metal tiles can be coated in any colour making them ideal for designs with specific colour schemes. Even if the metal tiles are not painted they can be bare metal, powder-coated, brushed, or polished. Metal tiles are available in a variety of shape options such as open-cell or linear options. If the existing plaster ceiling in your building is unsightly then installing a metal ceiling can hide these imperfections.
Metal ceiling tiles may be a more expensive option than mineral fibre but they are a worthwhile investment as they add value to your building. This is because they are long-lasting and durable, potential buyers will not have to factor in ceiling maintenance as a cost for the upkeep of the building. In addition, when you look into the cost of creating such sleek designs with plaster ceilings you will soon realise the great value of metal ceiling tiles. In terms of energy efficiency, metal is excellent at conducting hot or cold air so it can help quickly change the temperature of a room by absorbing hot or cold air from the heating or cooling system and radiating it accross the room.
Once installed, metal tiles require very little maintenance which makes them a great option for ceilings that cannot be accessed easily/regularly. All you need to do in order to make sure they last is dust them from time to time. Installation is also quicker and easier with metal tiles as they are extremely light and there is no need to worry about damaging them.
Make the change
With so many advantages, metal tiles should definitely be considered as an upgrade from the standard mineral fibre ceiling. At Ceiling Tiles UK we stock a range of metal ceiling options from the leading manufacturers. Get in touch today for advice on metal ceiling tiles or shop our range.