Metal Ceiling Tiles vs Faux Metal Ceiling Tiles: What’s the Difference?

Written by Milan Jara on 7th Sep 2018

Faux Tin Ceiling Tile – 24″x24″ – #DCT 22

If you’ve never come across metal ceiling tiles before, then the concept might seem somewhat strange. However, if you’re looking to update your home, add style, and increase functionality without breaking the bank, then you are sure to be pleasantly surprised. The steadily growing trend of metal ceiling tiles certainly isn’t a new one.In fact, in the 19th century, metal ceiling tiles and wall panels were all the rage.Homeowners realized that they were affordable, versatile, and gave a fantastic alternative to plaster molds, which were more expensive at that time. The chances are, if it hadn’t been for the effects of steel rationing during and after World War II, metal ceiling tiles, such as tin ceiling tiles and other decorative ceiling tiles made of metal would be a much more common feature in homes up and down the country today.

These days, homeowners and interior designers are rediscovering everything that metal ceiling tiles have to offer and are transforming homes seemingly with the blink of an eye, all thanks to this fun and clever solution.



Why Consider Ceiling Tiles?

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When many of us buy homes, a nice ceiling isn’t necessarily on the list of must-haves, and is something that is easily overlooked or brushed off in our hunt for the perfect space. However, it doesn’t take long before you start to notice the imperfections, whether it is discoloring, out-of-date patterns or stains from water leaks upstairs. These annoyances are often put to the back of our minds because, let’s face it, refurbishing your ceiling is such a pain. Not only does it destroy half of your home in the process, it is expensive and time consuming. Even painting the ceiling is not without its challenges so we tend to let years go by with a drab, unloved ceiling that affects the overall look of our home.

Like with the metal kitchen backsplash, what’s so great about ceiling tiles, is that they and quickly and easily hide whatever’s underneath, so your ceiling woes will soon be a thing of the past. If you want to completely redesign the whole feel of your room, then you don’t need extensive construction work; you can simply pick whichever style you want and fit it in the same time as it would take to insert a simple and plain alternative.

Unlike standard plaster ceilings, metal ceiling tiles are also an extremely low-maintenance alternative, as they can be wiped clean and replaced individually if they become damaged. Our ceiling tiles don’t warp or crack over time as plaster often does.In fact, the most maintenance they will need is an occasional dusting to keep them looking their best. Traditional metal ceiling tiles can be repainted in whatever color you fancy, so the tiles can last forever—no matter how your home evolves over the years.

When making any changes to your home, it is always important to consider the impact they will have to overall safety and security. One of the reasons why our customers love our metal ceiling tiles so much is due to their added fire safety properties. Being naturally fire-resistant, metal ceiling tiles make your home much safer in the event of the fire, as they can help to stop flames spreading between floors. Traditional plaster ceilings don’t provide this same protection so the metal barrier gives you and your family much more time to react to a fire and evacuate the home quickly while it is contained. Even our fauxmetal ceiling panels have been tested to the highest standards and are graded A for fire safety.



Metal vs. Faux Metal: The Key Features

Metal Ceiling Tiles

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One of the first things you will notice about real metal ceiling tiles is that their color is, well, metal color. Our most popular material is aluminum; however, our copper tiles are a close second followed by tin tiles. All of these styles have the natural color of the metal and are molded into many different shapes and patterns for you to choose from. Once you have selected the style(or styles) that you wish to use for your ceiling, then you can paint the tiles any color you wish to match your preferred color scheme. Many customers that choose the metal option prefer this flexibility, as it means that they can customize them and get the perfect match. However, if you want to create an intricate and detailed pattern, then you may need a professional painter for the precision that is required. For high levels of detail, our colored faux metal ceiling tiles can provide the perfect solution.

Faux Metal Ceiling Tiles

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If you’re looking for the perfect ready-made ceiling tile solution, then our faux metal ceiling tiles are the answer to your prayers. As well as having the same ease and functionality as traditional metal ceiling tiles, you can choose from hundreds of styles on our website, each with tons of color options to look at and choose from, all from the click of a button—not a paintbrush in sight! This is a great solution if you’re strapped for time, or want to create an intricate and sophisticated design, without employing a professional painter to reconstruct the Sistine Chapel in your lounge.

If you’re not sure which option is right for you, then taking a look at some of our best-loved styles of both metal ceiling tiles and faux metal ceiling panels may help make up your mind.



Ceiling Tile Inspiration

With almost 800 styles to choose from, you may not know where to start! To give you a helping hand, here are some of our favorite examples to show what can be easily achieved in your home.

Flower Power – Aluminum Ceiling Tile – #061

  • Flower Power – Aluminum Ceiling Tile – #061

  • Flower Power – Aluminum Ceiling Tile – #0612

We love the pretty design on this aluminum ceiling tile and the fact that this pattern repeats itself seamlessly. A simple white or cream color will provide a neutral and understated ceiling but with an elegant detail that will soften the overall look and feel of your home.

Venetian Holiday – Copper Ceiling Tile – #1206

  • Venetian Holiday – Copper Ceiling Tile – #1206

  • Venetian Holiday – Copper Ceiling Tile – 24″x24″ – #1206

Copper ceiling tiles offer the highest levels of luxury and quality and this Venetian inspired design with recurring Fleur-de-lis motifs will instantly give the illusion of being in a large European stately home. Pastel blues and lilacs will work perfectly with this intricate yet refined design.

Rose Window – Faux Tin Ceiling Tile – #238

  • Rose Window – Faux Tin Ceiling Tile – #238

  • Rose Window – Faux Tin Ceiling Tile – #238

If you’re after an antique metal effect but want to save money then this Antique Brass color option on the stunning Rose Window Faux Tin Ceiling Tile design will take your breath away. Convince your visitors that your home has a true vintage and traditional brass ceiling, without ever letting on that you haven’t splashed out thousands in the process.

With so many options to choose from, there’s no reason to delay transforming your ceiling any longer. Give your home the TLC it truly deserves and say goodbye to drab, dull ceilings forever with these faux tin ceiling tiles.

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