Knowing the Different Materials for Commercial Ceilings

Much like how the materials used for flooring or acoustical set-ups are vast, the materials available for commercial ceilings come in a wide variety, and the options for modern ceiling design are endless. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which ceiling material is right for your space.

We’ve put together a categorized list of the most common custom ceiling materials by ceiling type, to help you know the difference between ceiling materials and how they can be used.

Drop Ceilings

Most commonly used in retail stores, office buildings and school classrooms, drop ceilings consist of a suspended metal grid system filled with individual tiles. The tiles are made from a variety of lightweight materials like plastic, metal, fiberglass and even cork.

Ceiling Tiles

Not to be confused with the tiles used in a drop ceiling, these ceiling tiles are primarily used as a decorative element. Tiles are generally a standard size (12” x 12” or 16” x 16”) and attach directly to an existing ceiling. One of the most common ceiling tile materials is tin.

Plank Ceilings

Real wood can be utilized for a ceiling material by attaching planks directly to an existing ceiling or by utilizing a suspended grid system.

Recessed Panels

A traditional design pulled from Greco-Roman culture, recessed panels are also referred to as coffered ceilings. This design utilizes tile materials and a grid similar to a drop ceiling, but it’s reversed: the panels are supported by dropped beams.

Drywall Ceilings

The most common type of ceiling installation for home use, drywall ceilings can also be utilized within a business space. Drywall can be textured, painted, or paired with ceiling tiles or wood planks to add depth and visual interest.

What’s Right for Your Ceiling?

Still not sure what ceiling material is best for your commercial space? Our team has more than 25 years of experience working with designers and businesses to create ceilings that complement the look and feel of a modern or traditional design. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you with all your ceiling needs.