8 Surprising Facts about Ceiling Tiles You Didn’t Know

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If you are considering installing ceiling tiles in your home or at work, you are most likely doing a fair amount of reading and research. Not only is it important to figure out exactly what you want, but it’s just as important to understand what you can expect. Here are 8 surprising facts about ceiling tiles you didn’t know.


When you browse ceiling tiles online, you might begin to believe that they are stiff and rigid. The fact of the matter is that ceiling tiles do have some flexibility to them. Both polystyrene and PVC ceiling tiles can be applied to barrel type ceilings. This means that they can be rounded slightly in order to fit the ceiling shape, but they cannot be bent completely or they risk breaking. There are some models that are not flexible so, if this is a concern, make sure that you ask your supplier about the particular model you have in mind. They will be able to provide you with expert advice as well as product specifications.


Ceiling tiles arrive in perfect condition, but it is worth noting that they are paintable. Polystyrene ceiling tiles can be painted with a water based paint. Primer is not necessary, but it will ensure better results. As for PVC tiles, they come finished and there is no need to do anything at all.

If you wish to repaint them after a few years, you can do so easily. It is best to use high-quality paint and a sprayer so that you don’t miss any spots.

Fire rating

textured ceiling tilesCeiling tiles are not just for making a room look good. They can also help improve the fire rating in that particular room by adding an extra layer of protection. Polystyrene tiles do not offer extra fire protection, but PVC ceiling tiles are fire-rated. Make sure that you ask your supplier about the specific fire rating for their PVC tiles, as this is one of the ways that you will be able to determine the quality of the tiles you plan on purchasing.


PVC ceiling tiles weigh up to 280gr or 9oz. 100 polystyrene tiles weigh just 10lbs (including the box) which means that they are even lighter than PVC designs. No matter the type you choose, you can be sure that you will not end up with heavy tiles overhead.

Long history

Dropped ceilings and ceiling tiles can be traced back further than most people realize. In fact, they were used during the Muromachi Period in Japan (1337 – 1573). In 1596, in the Blackfriars Theater of London, they installed a dropped ceiling in order to improve the acoustics. Over time, ceiling tiles became popular in commercial and residential properties around the world. It didn’t take long for property owners to learn about the fantastic style, energy efficiency, and acoustic benefits of installing the right ceiling tiles.

Impressive ROI

ROI, or return on investment, is something that interests all property owners. When you invest in your property, you want to make sure that it will pay off. What some people don’t yet realize is that ceiling tiles are considered a valuable feature, which is something you can benefit from should you ever choose to sell.

Easy installation options

ceiling tiles installationDepending on the tiles you choose, there are two main installation methods – glue-up and drop-in. The glue-up method applies to almost all types of ceiling tiles and polystyrene tiles in particular. The drop-in method applies to tiles that are self-supporting, which means that this is not a method that can be used to install polystyrene ceiling tiles. Both methods are easy and do not require experience or a wide selection of specialized tools.

Changes in materials used

Over the years, manufacturers have tested different types of materials for their ceiling tile designs. Mineral fiber has been known to sag and it can become damaged and stained very easily. This is yet another reason why so many manufacturers prefer PVC and polystyrene. Polystyrene is somewhat more delicate than PVC, but it is still easier to work with than mineral fiber.

No matter how much you read about ceiling tiles online and how many facts you learn, there is still no better way to experience their beauty than firsthand. If you are planning on covering a large surface area, or if you are trying to choose between several different designs, you can always order sample tiles. An up-close encounter will help you make the right choice for the room. At Talissa Décor, we are always happy to offer our professional advice and can assist you in calculating the exact number of tiles you will need. Call 1 (888) 717-8453 to find out more about our wide range of quality ceiling tiles.