PLASTIC VS TIN TILES
We know you have a choice when it comes to ceiling tiles and home remodeling. In fact, you're probably overwhelmed with choices from colors and patterns to finishes and materials. But when it comes to deciding between real tin and a plastic imposter, consider a few things:
While many simply assume that plastic is less expensive, this is rarely the case. White plastic tiles start at $3.75/sq. ft, while a range of white tin tiles cost as little as $3.00/sq. ft. Raw tin tile is available at $2.00/sq. ft.
Made from real T1 grade tin-plated steel, our tin tiles are 0.010″ thick to ensure they’re a long lasting, permanent fixture in your home or commercial space.
Nothing can replace the integrity and authenticity of tin – the difference is visible.
Plastic ceiling tile colors are limited and do not display a realistic metal sheen. Our authentic tin ceiling tiles are powder-coated, which is a superior finish compared to paint or injection.
Plastic ceiling tiles are glued which can deteriorate over time. Our tin ceiling tiles are available in three installation types: Nail-Up, Drop-In, and Snap Lock. The last installation type is exclusive to American Tin Ceilings, and can be screwed directly into ceiling drywall and no plywood is required.
Metal Ceilings have a one-hour fire rating, making them much safer in case of an accident. Plastic melts in just 5 ½ minutes and releases toxic gas.
Tin is better than plastic for the environment, emitting no dangerous VOCs, which can degrade air quality or cause breathing or health problems over time. Tin ceiling tiles are made in part from authentic US steel, the most recycled material in the world. Plastic comes largely in part from crude oil. Which would you rather have in your home or commercial space?
Less costly, better for the environment, more durable, and safer are all reasons to choose authentic tin over plastic ceiling tiles.