Ceiling tiles are popular in commercial buildings such as office buildings and schools, but now some residential buildings have them as well. Businesses usually have ceiling tiles for practical reasons, and that is a big part of why homeowners and landlords also choose them. They’re also sleek and stylish.
Here are a few guidelines that can help you figure out if tiles are the best choice for your decorating plans. Ask yourself these questions before installing new ceiling materials!
If You Have a Drop Ceiling
Ceiling tiles are mostly compatible with a certain type of ceiling, the drop ceiling, which is an additional layer below the first feeling. Builders often install this type of ceiling when they need to conceal pipes or other infrastructure.
The second ceiling protects the exposed infrastructure and to make the space look better (while exposed pipes can be a design choice, not everyone wants to feel as if they are working in a building site).
Drop ceilings are more common in commercial or industrial buildings, as well as large public buildings such as schools. Most homes have their pipes inside walls, making drop ceilings a strange design choice. However, some parts of residential buildings, usually basements, have exposed pipes that can be covered with ceiling tiles.
If You Need Easy Access to Pipes
One of the benefits of drop ceilings is that they offer easy access to vital building infrastructure, such as heating pipes that go right under the ceiling. Although you may want to hide those pipes from daily view, you may regret concealing them when you need to call someone in for repairs. Nobody wants to deal with a demolished wall after a repairman leaves!
Ceiling tiles are the best solution for this dilemma. Individual tiles can be removed so that workers can access a specific section, then easily be replaced—no expensive reconstruction needed.
If You Need Soundproofing
Ceiling tiles and dropped ceilings may look super modern, but they’ve actually been around in the UK since the early modern age, when theatres installed them for better sound. They are still a popular choice in recording studios today thanks to their acoustic qualities.
Tiles create soundproof rooms because they dampen outside noise. They also improve the acoustics within a space because they reflect noise better. Many businesses opt for ceiling tiles because they dampen noise, making it easier to concentrate on work.
Soundproofing is also important in residential settings. If you’re treating yourself to a home entertainment suite or need a soundproof home office, ceiling tiles are your best choice.
If You Want a Sleek, Modern Look
Tiles are also becoming more and more popular because they are stylish. They provide a modern, uniform look for an interior space, perfect if the rest of your décor is also minimalist and modern and you want a unified look.
That doesn’t mean that ceiling tiles are boring. It is true that ceiling paint gives you more flexibility in style, but you have more options with tiles nowadays as well. Manufacturers are offering new options in terms of colours and even patterns.