Introduced to America in the early 19th century, tin ceiling tiles are historically known not just for their originality and elegance, but also for their function as a fire protectant. In urban areas, tin ceilings were installed in buildings that had businesses on the first floor and tenants in living apartments or rooms above. On numerous accounts, tin ceilings helped desist fires from spreading to the upper levels, saving lives. Metal tin tiles have a fire rating of over one-hour.
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). We’ve tested our product with 1000°F of heat being delivered by a propane torch for over 50 seconds and as far back as 1914, the Fire Underwriter’s Association has been running similar tests to ensure authenticity.
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. When you compare tin plated steel to plastic, which melts in just 5 ½ minutes, which would you rather have in your house?
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Watch our Ceiling Fire Test (video)