The types and styles of ceiling tiles available today are nearly endless. Ceiling tiles are sold in many different materials, sizes and thicknesses, and made to fasten directly to ceilings or fit into a grid system called a suspended or drop ceiling. Popular types of ceiling tiles include cork, tin, plastic and acoustical.
Acoustical ceiling tiles reduce noise with its sound absorbent properties. Good acoustic ceiling tiles are made from spun mineral fibers or fiberglass blended with starch. Wood fiber isn’t as desirable for acoustical tiles as they do not age well in humid conditions. Acoustical ceiling tiles are a good choice for music rooms or homes with multiple living spaces, but different thicknesses and brands of acoustic tile have different levels of sound protection, so this type of ceiling tile should be purchased to suite your specific circumstances.
Plastic ceiling tiles are extremely diverse aesthetically, which give consumers a wide variety of choices depending on the budget. Plastic ceiling tiles are made to be fire safe and some of these tiles have metallic finishes to give them the look of embossed tin tiles. These faux tin tiles are made from molded plastic and may have ornate flower patterns and/or crown molding-like borders. Other types of plastic ceiling tiles include stone and solid colors. Relatively inexpensive, plastic tiles deliver good insulation properties.
Tin ceiling tiles offer an old-fashioned look and are generally quite expensive. The cost is often offset by the old-world charm offered by these tiles. Tin ceiling tiles can be difficult to cut, so proper tools should be used. Ceiling tiles made from other metals such as steel, copper and brass are also sometimes referred to as tin tile. Metal ceiling tiles are often used in commercial as well as residential interiors … a favorite for above the pool table or bar areas.
Cork ceiling tiles are considered an eco-friendly choice. They are available in waxed or un-waxed varieties. Waxing brings out the texture and color and gives the tile a shine, while unfinished tiles offer a naturally elegant look. Cork tiles have good insulation properties.
Coffered types of drop ceiling tiles protrude above the ceiling line simulating a traditional coffered ceiling. This is the perfect tile to offer a distinguished look versus a flat ceiling.
Bottom line: with the number of styles, colors, shapes, and materials available in drop ceiling tiles, your basement need not look like your dentist’s office!