Acoustical Ceiling Tiles
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USG Acoustical Ceiling Tiles
Acoustical ceiling tiles are not only becoming more popular but have also become a necessity in all types of spaces. Acoustical ceiling panels made from a variety of sound-absorbing materials. The first thing most people think about when they hear the name acoustical ceiling is the sound benefits they can enjoy. And this is true; installing acoustic ceiling tiles certainly helps the audio characteristics of the space.
However, it’s essential to understand that acoustical ceilings offer much more than this. There are numerous different benefits of installing acoustical ceilings, and some of them have nothing to do with sound. Moreover, these ceiling tiles come in many different styles and designs, including sound panels, suspended ceilings and drop ceilings.
Applications of acoustical ceiling tiles
Acoustical ceiling tiles commonly used in many different types of construction projects. In residential building projects, USG acoustical ceiling tiles used in television rooms, living rooms, home theater rooms and music rooms.
In setups such as auditoriums, schools, restaurants, healthcare facilities, concert halls, offices and gymnasiums, apart from the services provided, ideal acoustics and aesthetics also play a vital role in the success of the organization.
For example, people visit hotels not only for the quality of food and services but also for conversation and ambiance. Therefore, in spite of impressive cuisine and elegant looks, hotels may not do well if customers are unable to have enjoyable conversations due to poor acoustics. Opting for USG acoustical ceiling tile brand ensures a perfect aesthetic and acoustic environment in any indoor commercial or residential space. With a broad range of designs in a variety of prices, you’ll surely find something that suits your preferences and needs.
Consider the following features and benefits of installing USG acoustical ceiling tiles
1. Sound absorption
Although acoustical ceiling panels come in many different designs and textures, most tiles are made from fibrous materials, to aid in sound absorption. Besides absorbing sound in all indoor spaces, these tiles are also good at preventing echoes and loud environments. Acoustical ceiling tiles work great in areas with hard surface flooring and walls, where sound bounces from floor to ceiling and wall to wall.
Acoustical ceilings found in the interior designs of various venues including lobbies, auditoriums, and classrooms. Acoustical ceilings come in handy in large part because they dampen ambient noise and ensure that everyone experiences fuller and richer sound. Sound absorption ensures that clients don’t have to worry about the distraction of other sounds in such venues. Now, customers can enjoy high-quality sound with minimal disruptions during performances, lectures and other activities. You can also install acoustical ceiling panels in your bedroom to help dampen sounds coming from outside or other parts of your house.
2. Aesthetic options
USG acoustical ceiling tiles come in numerous different designs and textures. The sound quality does not come at the cost of other qualities such as aesthetics. The overall, finished look is paramount. USG offers an array of options to make any commercial space looks impressive and professional.
Acoustical tiles can have a fine-textured, non-fissured and non-perforated appearance. On the other hand, you can choose tiles from different edge options or many different imprinted patterns and designs.
3. Flexible after installation
You can accomplish a wide variety of different looks by choosing an acoustical ceiling. You can customize the look of any indoor space quickly and easily without doing any major renovation. In case you grow tired of the look provided by your ceiling, you simply need to purchase new acoustical tiles and install them in place of the old tiles.
Price is one of the main dominating factors when it comes to completing ceiling installation. With acoustical ceilings, you are getting value for your money, and USG is sure to help every client find the right ceiling tiles within their price range. Moreover, acoustical ceilings are often the affordable way to go compared to other ceiling options available in the market. Besides the materials being relatively inexpensive, the labor cost for installation of acoustical ceilings is lower compared to other installed ceilings.
5. Light reflective
USG acoustical ceiling tiles are light reflective and hence an excellent way to go if you want something that will reflect more light back into the room. Besides allowing you to set a calm and comfortable environment, acoustic ceiling tiles also enable you to save money in utility costs. On the other hand, installing this type of ceiling tiles might make it unnecessary for you to install more lighting in larger spaces.
Modern acoustical ceiling panels are fissured, imitating a wide variety of materials and finishes like stucco or fabric, just like textured paint. Additionally, edge finishes can be anything from a seamless look to a creative beveled design.
A significant aspect of USG acoustical ceiling tiles is that they hide unsightly wiring, ductwork, and plumbing without limiting access to them. Moreover, the interlocking ceiling tiles appear to be a continuous surface making it easy to see how acoustical ceiling tiles are a worthwhile investment. Acoustic ceiling tiles are also an easy and quick fix to unappealing indoor spaces. Easily removed without damaging the ceilings systems above.
8. Fire safety
USG acoustical ceiling tiles are fire retardant and designed to meet industry standards for life safety, and flame spread ratings.
The advantages above clearly show that acoustical ceiling tiles can offer much more than sound benefits. Aesthetics, price, impact resistance, flexibility and sound quality are all good reasons to choose USG acoustical ceiling tiles. You can choose which acoustic ceiling panels based on the level of reflectivity, fire resistance and humidity resistance you desire. In the end, you’ll find that installing an acoustical ceiling is one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways of improving the overall look and feel of both residential and commercial spaces.
Explore Different Types OF USG Ceiling Tiles
USG offers Ceiling tiles in numerous different materials, thicknesses that are made to fit into a grid system or to fasten directly to existing ceilings. Popular types mainly include acoustical ceilings, metal ceilings, wood ceiling tiles and translucent ceiling tiles. Let’s explore these in detail.
1. USG acoustical tiles
Acoustical ceilings usually consist of tiles or panels sectioned in metal grid systems and are ideal for buildings or rooms where sound easily bounces from walls to floors to ceilings. They come in varying levels of fire resistance, humidity resistance, and reflectivity.
Features and benefits of USG acoustical tiles
Acoustical ceiling tiles are an easy fix to unattractive rooms. The biggest benefit of acoustical ceilings is an easy removal without damaging the grid system or the items above. Therefore, this type of ceiling tile is not only very popular; they also have a broad range of aesthetic options.
· Ideal for absorbing sound
One of the main advantages of acoustical ceiling tiles is that they are available in many different designs and textures. Made from mineral fiber which aids in noise reduction. It makes them perfect for absorbing sound by helping prevent loud echoes in many different spaces and environments. They work very well in areas with hard surface flooring and walls.
· Available in many different designs
Acoustical ceiling tiles could have a rough or smooth appearance and different edge options. On the other hand, you can choose ceiling tiles with printed patterns or designs scored onto the tiles depending on your preference.
· Light reflective
In case you want to get a lot more out of the lighting you’ve installed in the room, suspended acoustical ceilings are the way to go because they reflect light back into the room. Besides helping you save money in utility cost, this unique feature also allows you to set a comfortable environment with ease.
Acoustical ceilings are very flexible installing in most rooms. They are also easily cleaned. On the other hand, they are impact resistance and replaced in a matter of minutes.
2. Wood ceiling tiles
When properly installed, wood ceiling tiles add to the ambiance and aesthetics of a room. They can quickly transform any dull living room or office room into an awesomely appealing one. Installing wooden ceiling tiles is an excellent idea. However, proper selection and installation of the tiles is also a must to get the desired look and effect.
What are some of the advantages of installing USG wooden ceiling tiles?
Wooden panels offer two main benefits; one is that they help regulate sounds and noises within the room and the further advantage is that they can add to the décor of any room.
· Create a perfect workplace atmosphere
Wooden ceiling panels provide good acoustics, and this can help you create an ideal workplace environment which will boost productivity because employees can focus and strive to do their best without any interruptions.
· Add to the décor of the room
Besides being available in a variety of veneer and wood finishes, USG also offers well-crafted wooden ceiling tiles that make the room extremely comfortable and attractive to visitors. Moreover, the wide range of wooden ceiling tiles used in many different settings such as auditoriums, schools, shopping centers and offices.
3. Metal ceiling panels
Metal offers the same benefits on the inside of buildings as on the outside ranging from a variety in finishes to fire resistance. On the other hand, metal ceiling panels help reduce utility costs through efficient cooling and heating. They are also easy to clean and very robust.
· They add strength to the building
Since these ceilings, made of metal, are impervious to many things that damage most types of ceilings such as plaster ceilings. They add strength to the structure because they do not crack, rot, or absorb moisture.
· Add value to your office or home
Metal ceilings increase the value to the space mainly because they are very durable and elegant. Therefore, you don’t need to renovate or replace your ceiling regularly, and your home will also have a higher resale value.
· Moisture resistant
The main disadvantage of most types of ceilings such as plaster ceilings is that they are not resistant to moisture. Condensation or accumulated water can severely damage such ceilings, and this can only be rectified with very costly reconstruction, or in some cases repairs. However, properly installed metal ceiling tiles are impervious to moisture and resistant to mold and mildew, hence adding to their durability.
· They don’t crack or warp
Unlike most types of ceilings that can warp or crack with time, metal ceiling tiles retain their beauty and shape for years. Moreover, the ceiling won’t peel. Therefore, once you install a metal ceiling in your office or home, you don’t have to worry about expensive repairs or upkeep for ages.
· They are available in numerous different styles
Metal ceilings tiles come in many different styles such as brass, copper, steel, aluminum and chrome. They are also available in a wide variety of finishes such as polished, powder coated and bare.
· You can paint your metal ceiling to suit any existing décor
Metal ceilings can be easily finished to match any décor. It makes them a versatile choice for any home improvement project.
· Minimal maintenance requirements
Once you install a metal ceiling, all you need to do to make it last is dust it from time to time because it requires minimal care and upkeep.
· Metal ceiling tiles are fire resistant
Because tiles made of metal, the ceilings have a high resistance to fire which makes them safer.
· Easy to install
Metal ceiling panels are easier to install, and the process takes less time as well mainly due to their light weight.
· They cover unsightly imperfections
Metal ceilings are ideal for hiding unsightly plumbing and plaster ceilings. Overall, the beauty and ease of installation of these ceilings make them perfect for the office and home installations.
4. Translucent ceiling tiles
US G translucent ceiling tiles are stylish, functional and make a unique statement by stylishly diffusing light while allowing easy access to the area above the ceiling tiles. The smooth hinge access to the area above the ceiling tiles. The east access mainly enables swift maintenance while still creating an elegant look in the design.
Benefits of translucent ceiling tiles
· Available in a wide variety of translucencies and finishes
USG translucent ceilings come in a variety of translucencies and finishes and fully customizable hence the perfect choice for anyone who wants to add a soft touch to their interior lighting.
· placing beneath light fixtures
In traditional interiors, translucent ceiling tiles can be installed directly beneath regular fixtures or throughout the entire installation for an illuminated ceiling effect.
USG ceiling tiles are available in an exclusive collection of many different ceiling tiles that will help transform your office or home. Besides the variations provided above, USG is always adding new choices as technology advances to help suit your preferences and needs.
USG Ceiling Tile Installation
Ceiling tiles usually made of fiberboard (a mixture of fiber and chemical binders) pressed into flat, semi-hard panels. Some USG ceiling tiles contain special chemicals that make them fire resistant. You can choose from patterned, embossed and plain finishes. Some ceiling tiles molded with square edges and unique texturing instead of the usually beveled edges to make seams unnoticeable.
Acoustic ceiling tiles made from fine fibers, but a unique manufacturing process helps them absorb sound in a room. Well-designed acoustic tiles absorb up to 80% of the excess noise in a room.
1. Determining the method of installing USG ceiling tiles
Using adhesives or nailing ceiling tiles to furring strips are the two most common methods of installing ceiling tiles. However, there’s a third method that involves metal clips and a metal grid instead of wooden furring strips and nails or glue.
Ceiling tiles made of gypsum board, sound plaster or other materials that provide sound, continuous backing should be applied using adhesives.
For ceilings with cracked plaster or exposed joints, use wooden furring strips and staple or nail the tiles to the wooden furring strips.
2. Determine the size of border ceiling tiles
Measure the distance from one wall to the opposite wall. If the total distance measures in exact feet, that direction does not need any border tiles. However, if the distance is not in exact feet, only add twelve to the number of extra inches and divide by two equals the width of border tiles. For instance, if the room is 12’8” long, add 12 to 8 and then divide 20 by 2, the result, 10”, is the width of your border tiles.
3. Applying ceiling tiles with adhesives
Adhesives are ideal for using tiles only if the surface is even and sound. Surface preparation is crucial, especially when using adhesives. Inspect painted surfaces because paint can peel or flake and your ceiling tiles might not adhere. Test the painted surface by installing five or six tiles at different places on the surface and wait 48 to 72 hours to see how well the tiles adhere.
Use the technique provided in step 2 to determine the size of your border tiles. Snap chalk lines along each side of the target room and ensure that the lines equal the width of the corresponding border tile. Aligning the rows of border ceiling tiles along both long and short sides of the room.
The first border tile fits into the corner; therefore, take both the long and short sides of the room into consideration. For instance, if the border tiles on the longer side are 8” and on the shorter side are 7”, you should cut your corner tile to measure 8” by 7”. It allows the other border tiles to line up correctly with full-sized tiles.
Place the tiles on a straight edge, with the finished side up and use a very sharp utility knife to cut border tiles.
Put the cement or adhesive in the middle of the ceiling tiles and all corners about half an inch from the edge.
Put your border tile in the corner and ensure that the stapling edges line up perfectly with the chalk lines on both sides. It’s also essential to make sure that the flange is exposed for the tongue of the next ceiling tile to slide into the tile you’ve installed.
Place border tiles along the edges before installing full-sized tiles. Once you’ve set all the full-sized tiles in position, fit each border tile on the opposite side.
Complete the job by installing a border molding.
4. Installing USG ceiling tiles on furring strips
For ceilings with unsound plaster, uneven surface or exposed joints, nail wooden furring strips to the surface before installing ceiling tiles.
Ideal furring strips made from straight-grained softwoods such as fir, spruce, and pine.
Locate and mark joists that are hidden by the existing ceiling before applying the furring strips. Joists can be located by using a stud finder or by directly driving nails into the ceiling.
Joists located every 24” or 16”. After finding the first joist, you simply need to measure across 26” or 16” and try again to determine the spacing. Mark all joists so you can attach the wooden furring strips smoothly without having to locate hidden joists on each run.
5. Installing the wooden furring strips
Nail the first furring strip against the wall that runs at a right angle to the ceiling joist. Position the second 1” by 3” strip so that the total distance between the wall and the center of the furring strip is the width of the border tile.
It’s crucial that the remaining strips be parallel to this furring strip. The distance from the center of one furring strip to the center of the next strip should be exactly 12”.
Nail the strips at each joist using 8-penny nails. Ensure that all the furring strips are level. You can use a long level to get the reading on each strip.
At the walls parallel to the ceiling joists, use scraps of wood furring to provide strapping or nailing positions for the border tiles.
6. Stapling ceiling tiles to wooden furring strips
Chalk lines along both the long and short sides of the room to align the rows of border tiles. Cut border tiles into size. Since the first border tile fits into a corner, border tiles on both the long and short sides of the room taken into consideration. For instance, if the border tiles on the longer side are 8” and on the shorter side are 7”, you should cut your corner tile to measure 8” by 7”. It will allow the other border tiles to line up correctly with full-sized tiles.
When cutting your first border tiles, you should cut off the sides without the stapling flange. Stapling edge exposed for the tongue of the next ceiling tile to fit perfectly into the groove of the corner tile you’ve just installed.
Staple the corner tile with three staples. The staples should be on the edge that is against the strips and on the other edge in the corner.
Install several border tiles along each side before filling in the ceiling with full-sized tiles.
Work your way to the opposite border, then measure and install each border tile on the opposite side.
Complete the installation process by installing a border molding. The border molding also holds the border tiles in place, particularly when there’s no stapling flange left for proper stapling.
How To Install Ceiling Tiles Using Tite Bond Ceiling Tile Adhesive
Acoustical ceiling tiles are one of the most affordable, convenient and easiest ways of brightening up a room. Employed in commercial areas, living spaces, guest houses, and almost any other space. Moreover, they can be mounted directly on an existing ceiling using Titebond ceiling tile adhesive to add more vibrancy to space. This method of installation is commonly known as surface mount’ or direct apply’ because no grid system is required. Acoustical ceiling tiles are easy to install, maintain and clean, and can easily create the look of other materials such as plaster, wood or tin ceiling.
Tools required for installation
· Acoustical ceiling tiles
· Smooth or decorative strips
· Tape measure
· Tite bond acoustical ceiling tile adhesive
· Snips or scissors
· Chalk line
Surface types and appropriate methods of ceiling tile installation
· Drywall, cement, plaster or sheetrock: Acoustical ceiling tiles can be installed directly using Titebond Acoustical ceiling tile adhesive.
· Plywood or wood paneling: Install ceiling tiles directly over the surface using tile adhesive.
· Wood furring strips: Install ceiling tiles directly using tile adhesive.
· Popcorn ceiling: Acoustical ceiling tiles shouldn’t be installed directly over the surface of a popcorn ceiling because popcorn ceilings are not flat and even. Before installing acoustical ceiling tiles, you should first remove the layer of popcorn and add a layer of drywall over the surface to provide a sound, flat and even installation surface. On the other hand, you can install furring strips in a cross or graph pattern. The wood furring strips should be positioned 23.75 inches by 23.75 inches on center.
· Mineral fiber or fiberboard ceiling tiles: If the existing mineral fiber or fiberboard ceilings are attached firmly to the ceiling you can only install your acoustic ceiling tiles directly to the surface using Titebond Acoustical ceiling tile adhesive. If the existing mineral fiber or fiberboard ceiling tiles are not sturdy or do not provide an even and sound surface, remove them and install furring strips in a cross or graph pattern. Position the wood furring strips 23.75 inches by 23.75 inches on center.
Your ceiling, hands and work surfaces should be clean, smooth and dry. Grease, oil, and dust can affect adherence of acoustical ceiling tiles and wood furring strips.
Always pretest all your materials before you start installing your tiles to ensure the best outcome for your installation.
Map out the ceiling by measuring and marking all your walls, doorways, hallways, and closet. Draw the exact locations of all ceiling mount fixtures, lighting fixtures, and heating vents. Decide how to create a border around the room.
Use your map and take into account all the variables above to snap chalk lines along the midpoints of your ceiling. The two chalk lines should form a cross at the center of the ceilings. However, since most ceilings are not perfect squares, you may need to adjust your chalk lines.
Break out the Titebond Acoustical ceiling tile adhesive
Apply the glue to the perimeter and center of the backside of your acoustic ceiling tiles. A bead width of 1/8” to 3/16” is perfect. For flat tiles, a simple bead along the edge and a center pattern are all you need. However, for three-dimension tiles, you should apply an additional bead at the formed features to ensure a perfect bond.
When applying your tile adhesive, remember that a good bond is not determined by the amount of adhesive you use but by using the right amount of ceiling tile adhesive in the right places.
Carefully position your tiles about ¼ – inch from the chalk lines and gently press it into the ceiling surface. Then slide the ceiling tiles into place against the lines for the adhesive to spread a bit. Rub over the glued area to smooth out bumps in the adhesive.
Once you install your first ceiling tile, begin stalling the adjacent tiles. Place your second ceiling tile against the first tile. Just slide the tiles into place without butting them together with force. Seams between your tiles may vary, but you should not worry about the small gaps and joints in the final stage of installation.
Your ceiling may have some areas around the perimeter of the room which cannot accommodate full tiles. Border tiles designed with minimum relief patterns that lend themselves to trimming and proper installation in the smaller areas.
Measure from the wall to the edge of an installed ceiling tile and cut the border ceiling tiles to size with snips or scissors. Apply a bead of Tite bond acoustical ceiling tile adhesive to the perimeter of the trimmed tile. Position the border tile with the trimmed edge towards the wall and lightly press the tile to the ceiling before sliding it gently into place. Press firmly over the glued area to smooth out any bumps in the adhesive.
Repeat with the remaining border tiles by just proceeding from one tile to the next. Once you complete the border, clean your tools with paper towels and warm water. Dried adhesive can be chipped off or scrapped if needed.
Clean your acoustical ceiling tiles
Your tiles must be clean and dry to ensure proper adhesion. Clean and remove any contaminants such as grease dust and grit. Oil and Dust can quickly accumulate during remodels and construction, so even newly installed tiles should be properly cleaned before applying your strips.
Install your smooth or decorative strips
Your tiles must be correctly installed because strips do not adhere firmly to bumpy, uneven or poorly installed ceiling tiles.
Ensure that the room temperature is between 50F and 80F for the adhesive to stick properly.
Install your first smooth or decorative trip by just placing the beginning of your strip at the intersection of four tiles and put its length over the entire joint between two tiles. Press the strip carefully over its full surface to ensure that the tile adhesive forms a firm and even bond with your tiles. Butt the next smooth or decorative piece against the first strip.
Install all the strips that run in the same direction before installing strips that run in the different direction trimming where necessary. In case you want to paint your tiles, ensure that everything is dry and clean before painting. Before working on the entire ceiling, experiment with a small area with your paint of choice.