American Tin Ceilings Cleverly Combines Acoustics and Aesthetics

With richly patterned metal panels and elegant embossments, tin ceilings are an eye-catching feature that can add an authentic vintage look overhead. Originating in the 1880s, tin panels provide an enduring embellishment that continues to infuse contemporary interiors with texture and style. American Tin Ceilings is a modern manufacturer of designer tin tiles for ceilings, walls, backsplashes, and accents that accommodate an array of residential and commercial applications. American Tin Ceilings uses the highest quality tin-plated steel to showcase a comprehensive catalogue of tin ceiling tiles that combine performance, durability, and style with advanced acoustical absorbency.

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Mitigating Sound in Style

Knowing that the ambiance of interior environments extends beyond visual aesthetics, American Tin Ceilings offers acoustic tin ceiling tiles to address acoustical performance—serving up a sophisticated and savvy solution for solving sound issues with design in mind.

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The acoustic tin ceiling tiles improve sound quality by softening room echo and reducing noise when used in conjunction with an acoustical pad. “Our perforated acoustical style panels are considered performance type panels,” says Ken Lindfors of American Tin Ceilings. “When backed up with our acoustical pad, we get a 0.85 NRC. NRC is a Noise Reduction Coefficient. We are saying that roughly 85% of sound waves in a room travel through the perforations and are absorbed by the acoustical pad.”

Advanced Acoustical Attributes

Their acoustic panels fit all standard 2’ x 2’ ceiling grid systems and are available for nail-up and drop-in installations. “If installed properly, you will get the same results with either installation method,” adds Lindfors. “Some customers do not want to see a suspended ceiling grid.  For this reason, we developed the perforated nail-up style panel.  So, they will build a wood substructure out of 2 x 4’s. This will create a void for the pad to nest into plus create a nailing surface for the perforated nail-up style panels.  The perforated nail-up can be used on both ceilings and walls.” Thus, when installing these panels sufficient room must be left to accommodate the acoustical pad.

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Reducing the amount of ambient noise within a room while improving sound quality and softening echoes, the perforated acoustic nail-up panels can be attached to a ceiling or wall. The sound waves will travel to pass through the perforations before being absorbed into the acoustical pad to reduce noise.

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The compelling benefits of using acoustic tin ceiling tiles can be characterized by sophisticated style and the elegant refinement of sound within a space. “In an office, a typical acoustical tile would be used to control acoustics.  In a higher end restaurant or bar, a customer is willing to pay more for a tin ceiling that will deliver the same or better acoustics as the office type acoustical ceiling with a much better-looking product.” These enhanced aesthetics enable a broader range of applications then ordinary acoustic tile—broadening the possibilities for these distinguished designs.