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Secret Benefits of Tin Ceiling Tiles: Fire Protection and Home Safety
February 19, 2014
You know the beauty and ambiance that tin tiles provide which is probably what drew you to them in the first place, but did you also know that they’re extremely fire resistant? With more than 2,500 people killed per year in residential fires, when you undergo a home remodel, it’s important to consider the safety of the materials you’re choosing for your family, pets and loved ones.
One common misconception is that any home not made out of concrete, glass, stucco, gypsum (drywall), or brick are susceptible to residential fires, but in reality, fire-resistant materials like tin are rated in respect for how long they take to burn, giving occupants plenty of time to escape if something were to go awry.
Some metals like aluminum and steel aren’t combustible, but buckle under intense heat. Since our tiles are made from T1 grade tin plated steel, they are 0.010” thick and sturdy, thus carrying an ASTM E 84-03b approval rating (Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials). In the video below, you can see our tin ceiling panels being blasted with a 1000-degree flame. The tin starts to bubble up, but the underlying steel can withstand the heat for an hour plus. The Fire Underwriters Association conducted a similar study using steel at 1400-degree heat, determining it could last an hour and ten minutes without burning.
An average household fire burns at 800 degrees which means that our tin ceiling tiles are capable of containing a fire to just the first floor, giving you plenty of time to get out safely. At that same temperature, wood and plaster melt in 12 minutes. Which would you rather have in your house?