Tin Ceilings

By Robert Robillard on Design

Tin Ceilings are on a come back

Tin ceilings were very popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s and graced many Victorian homes and stores in many areas of the United States.

Tin ceiling tiles were also used to cover over unsightly plastered or damaged ceilings.Tin ceilings had an added benefit – they were a good fire barrier. Many stores had apartments over them, and if a store caught fire, the occupants of the upstairs apartment had a better chance of survival due to the fire barrier resistance of the tin steel ceiling plates.

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Over a period of many years, tin ceilings fell by the wayside and were replaced with ceiling tile, suspended ceilings, wallboard and plaster. In recent years, many people have uncovered tin ceilings during remodels and taken steps to preserve / restored them. Many people are also installing new tin ceilings for a historic and very classy look.

Many manufacturers sell tin ceilings. The panels are manufactured from several different types of metal, including tin, steel, copper, brass and even light weight plastic. Many companies have carefully reproduced the original tile designs.

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I’m seeing tin ceiling tiles also being used in other applications, such as a back splash in a kitchen, as a decorating statement on such things as kitchen islands and stand up bars, and in the bathrooms. The tiles are easy to clean.

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A search of the Internet reveals many different applications for tin ceiling tiles besides using them on the ceiling. All that is needed is a bit of creativity and ingenuity to come up with a very unique aesthetic presentation.


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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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