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Featured Project: Alma Homes

October 24, 2018

Creating homes based on clients’ personalities with tin panels Kirsten, Principal Designer and Founder of Alma Homes, is a custom home builder and remodeling expert located in Minnesota. She helps clients envision and execute on their dream home. We sat down with the designer extraordinaire and picked her brain on her processes and design style. Alma Homes’ design process is an all encompassing process. This means that they sit down with their clients through every step of the process - from initial design plan to selecting products and furniture....

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Masterclass Tips From a Tin Expert

October 12, 2015

American Tin Ceilings’ CEO, Rick Morse, gives his take on the new wave of European installations, unique pairings of color and pattern, pro tips on scale and perspective, and his personal favorite “wow” installations… What are a few of your personal favorite installations and why? I've always been fond of Brass Monkey, a popular NYC bar. This installation is a classic example of what tin brings to a space....

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and the Winner is...

April 9, 2015

Congrats Maria Germain - you’re the winner of our latest photo contest! We were stunned by Maria’s incredible installation of our Pattern #30 in Antique Brushed Nickel. And make sure you look close at Maria’s project: she also installed a matching backsplash to complement her two tin tile kitchen ceiling “islands”! Two of our favorite applications of tin in one shot - Go Maria!...

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Tin for Commercial Projects

March 11, 2015

American Tin Ceilings understands the unique demands of commercial projects and the architects, designers, and contractors that coordinate them. In addition to providing tin tiles for our residential customers, we are also pleased to offer our tin panels to industry professionals with exceptional turnaround times and competitive volume pricing. Whether you’re an interior designer looking to spruce up a client’s kitchen, a builder installing tin ceilings in multiple properties, or an architect with a grand renovation on your desk, we’re here to help make your project a 10 - with tin!...

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Trendsetting: When Old Becomes New Again

September 23, 2014

It’s often said that trends cycle. Whether it be fashion or interior design, from your trusty high-waisted jeans to classic red lips, there are some fads that aren’t really fads at all because they’ll never completely die. These “trends” may dip in popularity for a few years, but resurgence is almost surely guaranteed. One of those is the ever-popular tin ceiling. Hailing from the Victorian era, tin ceilings were beloved in the early 19th century for their decorative charm, a less expensive but no less beautiful alternative to the pricey handcrafted European home accents that took years to complete....

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3 Ways to Give Your Home Vintage Charm with Tin Tiles

September 5, 2014

It has been said that, “Everything Old Becomes New Again” so it’s time to embrace the past as a current design trend. There’s something timeless and classic about a house with handcrafted details painstakingly picked out from start to finish. Even if your house isn’t sufficiently aged through the years, you can still add historic touches liked reclaimed wood, charming furniture pieces and tin tiles. Like a fine wine, a vintage home only gets better with age....

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4 Creative Ways to use Tin Tiles Around the House

August 18, 2014

Tin ceilings carry a nostalgic style that is reminiscent of the Art Deco period popularized in the late 19th century. Tin tiles are often used to restore historic Victorian homes, however, they can still be incorporated into modern and contemporary designs. Here are 4 creative ways to use tin tiles around the house. Walls in the Home Metal makes a bold statement and many wouldn’t even know that these tiles are incredibly affordable....

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Commercial Ceiling Design – Big Brands Love Tin Ceiling Tiles

August 11, 2014

For worldwide brands and international chains, interior design is about creating an aesthetic that is universally recognizable to convey a specific experience, yet distinct enough at each property that each location has a unique identity. For a lot of large retailers, that means incorporating tin ceiling tiles into their brand. From outdoor recreation to family entertainment, check out how these impressive commercial spaces are using tin ceiling tiles to make a statement....

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How to Remove Popcorn Ceilings

July 28, 2014

Popcorn ceilings were a trend in home design from the 1950s-80s, but like most things from that era, the trend has long since died. If you’re stuck looking up at the aftermath, don’t fret. Popcorn ceilings can be removed, albeit you have a little patience and a few hours to kill. Removal Process Also called cottage cheese ceilings for their bumpy texture, the treatment is actually just spray-on paint. Although the process is messy, spraying with water to soften, and scraping with a large trowel or putty knife can easily remove popcorn ceilings....

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How to Cut Tin Tiles

July 14, 2014

One of the most common questions we get is, “How easy is it to cut tin tiles?” In short: very easy. Weighing just 1.6 lbs., our tin coated steel panels are flexible but not flimsy and malleable but not cheap. To cut tin, you have a variety of options, but we’ll focus on our three favorites: tin snips, guillotine cutters and having your local metal shop do it for you....

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How much does it cost to install a tin ceiling?

July 8, 2014

Due to their decorative and ornate nature, when people see tin ceilings, they automatically assume they’re extravagant and expensive, a luxury only accessible to the ultra wealthy. You may be surprised to learn that they’re actually so affordable anyone could add a beautiful tin ceiling to their home. With almost no installation costs (an easy DIY project), all you’re paying for is the materials, which depends on your color selection and room size....

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Case Study: Riverboat Discovery

June 30, 2014

You can find our tin tiles literally in any corner of the globe from the mom and pop shop down the block to a cruise ship in Alaska. Certainly one of our more interesting clients, the Riverboat Discovery has a unique tale from it’s humble beginnings to a booming tourist attraction. Not only a good story, but an interesting application, tin is used for both aesthetics and to lighten the weight of the boat per government regulations....

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Where Do Our Patterns Come From?

June 23, 2014

One question we always get asked is where our beautiful patterns come from. And the answer is a variety of places. Some of the Victorian styles we buy at antique auctions. Others we replicate from designs we see. We try to cater to a range of home styles by offering as many modern, geometric patterns as old-world ornate designs. Some of the most interesting stories are below. Pattern #22 The #22 tin ceiling tile (24”x 24”) is a beautiful design that was salvaged from an abandoned 1800s building Cheyenne, Wyoming that was destroyed by fire....

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Your Photo Contest Winners

May 28, 2014

We know you’re all waiting anxiously for the announcement, so without further ado, your supremely talented photo contest winners. We were overwhelmed by the response and sorting through 400+ amazing pictures was no easy task. Our customers have an unmatched creative vision and we love nothing more than seeing your work. We saw tons of great ceilings, backsplashes made just of filler, old world stoves, outdoor elements, lots of cats, a toilet paper holder, and everything in between!...

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Make Your Outdoor Space Shine for Memorial Day

May 23, 2014

Tin ceiling tiles can be installed anywhere and everywhere and some of the most creative projects we’ve seen have actually been on the exterior the home, rather than inside of it. From tin soffits to outdoor bars and standalone rock waterfalls, what our amazingly imaginative clients think up never ceases to surprise and amaze us. If you’re thinking of redoing the outside of your home or updating your backyard landscaping, tin tiles are an easy DIY project that the whole family could get involved with to enjoy together....

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Surprise Mom with an Amazing Home Makeover

May 7, 2014

One of most important holidays of the year is right around the corner, and this year you’ll be able to wow mom like never before. Rather than give her the standard card and flowers for Mother’s Day, surprise her with a home makeover with tin ceilings in her favorite room of the house. Before you say no, we’ve outlined the top three reasons why a tin ceiling will earn you major brownie points with mom this Mother’s Day....

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Fresh Design Ideas with Tin

May 1, 2014

Designing with tin doesn’t need to begin and end with ceilings or backsplashes (although both look great). Tin is too pretty to limit to just one element as it works great in a number of home accents. The possibilities for tin design are limitless, and we’ve outlined our favorite ideas to inspire and get your wheels turning about some unique ways to use tin in the home. Playful Wall Art Tin tiles provide the perfect eye-catching element so go bold with your design choices and make an entire accent wall out of t in....

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The Best Tin Installations in Europe

April 28, 2014

Our sales agent Arjan has been helping to lead the charge introduce tin to Europe and from custom patterns for the Heineken head office to the corner store; it’s been catching on like wildfire. Here are some of our favorite tin installations in Europe, from restaurant to retail. Milk Bar – Kiev Launched just two months ago amidst a country in crisis, Milk Bar is a welcome addition to the Ukrainian restaurant scene....

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Add Old World Charm with Tin Ceilings

April 24, 2014

Available in 33 patterns and 52 colors, it’s obvious there are plenty of options for your home design with t in. For the homeowners who crave a classic elegance, it can feel like an intimidating decision to make that pays homage and gives due justice to decades past. To achieve the Old World design of your dreams, all you need to do is think classically, be artistic, and go bold....

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The Tin Market Expands into Europe, Are You Ready?

April 17, 2014

Tin has been a popular product for home design in the United States for nearly 100 years. Recently, that interest has expanded to Europe, as well. Primarily leading the charge is Arjan Estie, founder of New York Ceiling Co. Arjan has been working to increase tin’s visibility in Europe, and we at American Tin Ceilings Co. caught up with him to get the skinny on all the reasons why it’s the “it” product right now....

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The Ultimate Basement Remodel with Ceiling Tiles

April 16, 2014

Basements are usually one of two things- dark, dingy, forgotten storage spaces or finished dens and playrooms, spaces the children can ravage that’s concealed from sight. If you’re tired of the hurricane of toys and clutter, it doesn’t have to be like that. Make your basement a beautiful area you want to show off, with proper lighting, attractive window coverings, and inviting furniture. According to the Toronto Star, ceiling tiles are one of the easiest ways to brighten up a basement....

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How to Remove a Tile Backsplash (to Replace with Something Better)

April 14, 2014

Ever make a design decision that you regretted later? You don’t have to live with remodel regret! Thankfully, ceilings and backsplashes are easy enough to remove to replace with something better. Our tin tiles are beautiful, start at under $2 a square foot and can be installed on any surface. With all our color and pattern options and plenty of sample pack variety, take your time choosing a look you love for your new tin backsplash or ceiling....

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Debunking the Myths: Why Tin Ceiling Installations Really Are That Easy

April 10, 2014

Any time the term “installation” is mentioned thoughts of complications, large sums of money, and stress inevitably follow. However, gone are the days of messy, stressful home renovation projects. Tin ceilings can bring welcoming warm, fuzzy feelings about a beautiful new living space as long as you follow our easy how-tos. Stick with us and let us share just how easy tin ceiling installations really can be. Tin ceiling installations are simple, fun, and extremely affordable....

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Case Study- Stanley Hotel

April 9, 2014

An iconic and infamous vacation locale, the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is a breathtaking historical landmark located at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America, you may be more familiar with it as the setting of Steven King’s novel and subsequent movie, The Shining, and it’s allegedly haunted properties. Haunted History Since opening in 1909, numerous accounts of odd behavior and ghosts have been reported, leading the property to be a regular feature on Ghost Hunters, the Sy Fy show that investigates paranormal activity....

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12 Quotes that will Challenge your thinking about Traditional Ceilings

April 7, 2014

The debt ceiling, the glass ceiling, every quote about ceilings were written to express an obstacle, something holding you back. We hope to challenge that with tin ceilings. Beautiful pieces of art, looking up should inspire you to reach for the stars instead of keeping your feet planted firmly on the ground. So the next time you’re plan a home remodel think of the ceiling as your zen spot – the place to daydream....

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Transform Your Home With These Tin Tile Design Ideas

April 3, 2014

Creating a warm and inviting space for your home can seem like a daunting and time consuming task — one that many would shy away from. But unique design doesn’t have to involve huge and costly renovation projects .Sometimes, the littlest changes can make the biggest impact. Tin tiles can be used in a variety of ways to create a sophisticated and timeless element to your home. Without breaking the bank or tearing down walls, we’ve identified three simple DIY projects to get you started on your spring home remodel....

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It’s a Tin Ceiling Photo Contest!

April 2, 2014

April is Customer Appreciation Month and we want to celebrate by showcasing your awesome work. With over 75,000 customers to date (thank you!), we know you all have some amazing installations with our tin tiles. With each new photo that comes across our in-boxes, social media channels or otherwise, we are humbled by the creativity of our DIY, home improvement aficionados. We know there are so many more out there - and we want to see them all!...

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How to Spec a Home Project: An Interview with Our Lead Engineer

March 20, 2014

If you’re embarking on a home remodel, the first step is to construct a blue print of your plans, which involves spec’ing out specific products and materials you’re interested in using. We caught up with Ken, one of the lead engineers for American Tin Ceiling Company, to answer all your burning questions and provide tips for any type of home improvement project. What is spec’ing? Specifying, or spec’ing for short, is the process of providing specifications for a product to fit into a blueprint of a construction project....

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Interior Design Spotlight: Collaborative Design Group

March 19, 2014

We love installations of our ceiling tiles that are non-traditional. Don’t get us wrong, a great ceiling or backsplash will completely transform a room, but it’s the unique spaces, uses and innovative design that really gets us excited about all the possibilities with t in. Our interior design partners have no shortage of creativity, and Mickey Bufalini of Collaborative Design Group in Houston, Texas is no exception. With the goal of “breathing new life into a space and enticing you to stay,” one of their founding design principles comes from Paola Antonelli, curator of MOMA, “Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn’t know was missing....

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Four Reasons You Need a Tin Backsplash

March 13, 2014

A vertical extension to a counter, backsplashes have become immensely popular for kitchens and bathrooms in the past decade and with all the great benefits they provide, it’s easy to see why. Originally created to protect the wall from accidental splashes of water, homeowners now view them as an aesthetically pleasing accent piece that begs for creativity. Check out some of our top reasons you need a tin backsplash over any other kind of tile....

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Ceiling Tiles – Do You Know the Different Types?

March 12, 2014

Contrary to popular belief, ceilings don’t just come in one shape and size, popcorn or otherwise. Effective building design requires balancing multiple objectives: aesthetics, acoustics, environmental factors, and integration with the building’s infrastructure—not to mention cost of construction as well as long-term operation costs. So how do you know which type of ceiling tiles are right for you? Suspended / Dropped Ceiling Tiles With a somewhat interchangeable name, dropped, grid or suspended ceiling tiles are popular because they provide an attractive, finished look that hides wires, pipes, and other unsightly fixtures....

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Spring Cleaning: The Pain of Popcorn Ceilings

March 10, 2014

In turning our clocks forward yesterday, we officially look forward to spring’s prudent arrival. In doing so, it means it’s officially time to start planning spring cleaning projects. And one thing that should definitely be on your list? Finally getting rid of those horrid popcorn ceilings. Give your 5th wall the attention it deserves with a beautiful tin ceiling upgrade. A mainstay of the 1950s to 1980s, popcorn, cottage cheese or stucco ceiling as it may be called was a spray-on paint treatment....

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March is National Craft Month- How to Celebrate with Tin Tiles

March 6, 2014

March is National Craft Month and with tin tiles such a popular and trendy material right now, there’s no reason not to get creative with them. Besides their well known uses for ceilings and backsplashes, tin tiles are great for those cute and simple DIY projects you pine over on Pinterest. Check out some of our favorite craft ideas. Accent Your Favorite Pieces A little bit of tin can go a long way and placing it alongside your favorite appliances can offer just the right amount of glam you were looking for....

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Case Study: Haunted Mortuary

March 5, 2014

One of the most actively and famously haunted mansions in America; ghost hunters from around the world make the trek to New Orleans to experience paranormal activities at the Haunted Mortuary. Originally built in 1872, the historic property at the end of the Canal Street Cemeteries streetcar line has an interesting story to tell. A Grand Victorian Mansion with awe-inspiring porticos, the building was considered an architectural marvel with its neo-classical revival style exterior and eclectic interior....

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Interview with a Design Consultant

February 28, 2014

Operations manager and design consultant Crystal Pinkston has been with American Tin Ceilings Company for over ten years. With countless stories and advice, we caught up with her to get the skinny on home renovations and remodels. Where are you from? I am from Palmetto, Florida. I was born and raised here, and I have never lived anywhere else. I had never seen snow for the first time until I was 21 years old — definitely a beach girl....

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Inspiring Kitchens with Tin Ceiling Tiles

February 20, 2014

Introduced to America in the early 1900s, tin ceiling tiles have been a must-have for homeowners looking to set their residence apart in an affordable and stylish way. With brilliant metallic colors like gold, silver, and bronze available in 33 patterns, many modern homeowners have added tin accents to their kitchen for an easy weekend DIY project. Whether it’s on the ceiling, the bar or as a backsplash, tin ceilings tiles offer a gorgeous, contemporary alternative to traditional kitchen design....

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The Best Retail Spaces with Tin Ceiling Tiles

February 17, 2014

The goal of retail design is to draw people in, create an enjoyable shopping experience, and convert visitors into buyers. From restaurants to shops, metallic accents add visual interest and create a dynamic customer experience. Tin ceiling tiles are a beautiful addition to any retail space as some of these standout retailers know, just take a look at the innovative ways they’re using our products to create a uniquely memorable shopping or dining environment....

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What does your ceiling say about you?

February 13, 2014

You spend hours designing the interior of your home, paying close attention to the types of couches, the angle of the coffee table, and even the materials of the rug. But have you considered what your ceiling says about you? Ceilings are often an afterthought in home remodeling, but in reality, they can provide one of the most dramatic and impactful upgrades to a room. You don’t have to just settle for what you purchased - ceiling remodels are surprisingly less expensive than you may think and it’s a way to make your 5th wall a main focal point....

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The Dos and Don’ts of Tin Ceiling Installation

February 12, 2014

Dreams of quick and easy DIY home repair float through every homeowner’s mind at some point, but with so many conflicting articles and advice on the subject, it’s totally normal to feel uneasy. Rest assured though, tin ceiling installations really are as easy as DIY sites claim. We’re here to set the record straight and get you started with the dos and don’ts of tin ceiling installations. Do plan ahead for your project Are you planning to install a backsplash or showcase an alcove ceiling?...

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How to Plan a Successful Ceiling Remodel

February 5, 2014

An often forgotten or overlooked element of the home, your ceiling needs love, too. Usually a blank canvas, the ceiling typically comes as generic as possible. If you’d rather it stand out instead of fading into the background, here are some tips to keep in mind when planning a ceiling remodel to turn the 5th wall into a real focal point, with or without tin. Understand Your Blueprint Take the time to research your building or home....

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Special Tin Patterns

February 3, 2014

If you’re new to the wonderful world of tin ceiling tiles, you may be a bit overwhelmed by all the choices. With 33 patterns in over 50 color options, how do you even begin to narrow down which style is right for you? A lot depends on your personal design aesthetic, but let us highlight a few of our more unique tin patterns that are sure to make your house the talk of the town....

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Jaw Dropping Beautiful Interiors With Tin

January 30, 2014

As a way to cut costs but maintain elegant homes, Victorian middle class families introduced tin ceilings as an alternative to ornate and expensive plaster ceilings. Over 100 years later, tin ceilings are enjoying a revival in a big way. Tin tiles aren’t just for ceilings, though. In need of inspiration for your home? Check out these photos. Dreamy Kitchens Give your kitchen a makeover with a tin backsplash or accent....

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Tin Installations

January 27, 2014

The 7 Deadly Sins are a common set of vices that all of mankind are subject to. When thinking about a home remodel, it’s easy to get caught up in excessive yearning and undesirable behavior. Similar to Bridezilla syndrome, avoid becoming a DIY Diva with an accessible project like tin ceiling tiles. Your friends and family will thank you. Lust Ceiling Tiles There’s no need to simply desire a tin ceiling; it is a completely obtainable and affordable home repair project....

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Interview: The Artisan Painter

January 23, 2014

Ever wonder who the mastermind is behind all those gorgeous artisan colors? Master painter Brian McQuillan has been working with American Tin Ceiling Co. for over 10 years. We caught up with him to discuss his inspirations and the process he undergoes for handpainting the artisan tin ceilings panels. Where are you from? Originally New York. How long have you worked with American Tin Ceilings? About 10 years — I was one of the first installers for them....

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4 Places you wouldn’t expect to find Tin Ceilings

January 20, 2014

Tin ceiling tiles are more of a universal design element than you may expect. Sure the neighborhood bar and grill is using them to spruce up a dull interior or to achieve a certain aesthetic, but where else may you run across our tin tiles? Hint: just about everywhere. Take a look at some of our more unique installations. Whole Foods Everyone’s favorite local organic grocery store, Whole Foods is as about ambiance as it is about product selection....

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Which Tin Ceiling Installation Is Right for You?

January 16, 2014

With a variety of colors and patterns to choose from, tin ceilings create a dynamic focal point for any room in the house. But different decorating styles and house designs call for different installation methods, and it’s important to choose the right one for your situation. Nail-up Installation If your home or business has new construction or open joists, this installation is the one for you. The ¼-inch nail rails surrounding the tin panels are designed so the nails can be placed directly into wood furring strips or plywood....

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Case Study: Whole Foods

December 2, 2013

A global leader in natural and organic foods, Whole Foods has evolved from a mom and pop shop in Austin, Texas in 1980 to one of the world’s most recognized international grocery chains. With new locations sprouting up daily, 11 stores across the Midwest and Canada from Ottowa to St. Louis and Chicago have already implemented tin ceiling tiles as part of their updated design aesthetic that celebrates seasonal, local, regional foods....

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Surprising Uses of Tin Ceiling Tiles

November 7, 2013

Tin ceilings and tin backsplashes are becoming more mainstream by the day and a fairly common installation. But the uses of tin are only limited to your imagination - from rooms to walls to colors and textures, these flexible little tiles are popping up just about everywhere. Here are some of our favorite most inventive uses of tin as an accent piece - inside, outside and anywhere. Headboards Chic and modern, headboards were once used as an additional source of insulation for your bedroom, but today are used just for decorative purposes....

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Brilliant Bathroom Design

October 31, 2013

The use of baths dates back to 3000 BC and originally had a religious connotation for purification of the body and soul. Today, more than your bedroom or kitchen, your bathroom should be your zen place. It’s where you go to cleanse, rejuvenate or press refresh after a long day. A time honored tradition, bath time should still be sacred. Tin’s a great addition to a luxury bathroom because it complements the look and feel of the inherent healing properties of water, providing you ample moments to sneak away for solitude and indulgence....

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Tin Ceiling Finishes

October 4, 2013

Tin ceiling tiles are available unfinished (commonly referred to as raw), as well as finished. A finished tile is powder coated in a variety of colors. American Tin Ceiling tiles are composed of an embossed steel tile with a bright tin plate. This results in a bright silver tile, and receives clear coating very well. The tin plating keeps the tile from rusting for a given time. Additional finishing must be done to ensure that it will not rust in the long term....

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