Types of Ceiling Paneling

Types of Ceiling Paneling

Ceiling panels can have aesthetic appeal, as well as practical value

By Sylvia Cochran

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Does your home or office ceiling still sport the popcorn texture that became so popular a few decades ago? If so, you are most likely considering your options after removing the substance. It is noteworthy that there is a world of choices open to you, and merely leveling and painting the ceiling after removing the popcorn material is just one of them. Investigate the various types of ceiling paneling to see if there is something that will underscore the décor of your rooms or fulfill some desired noise-barring functions.

Soundproof Ceiling Paneling

Small business owners or home office operators know that outside noise or upstairs clatter is a distraction. Acoustic ceiling panels absorb quite a bit of noise, although they do not provide complete soundproofing. Some tile paneling can absorb up to 80 percent of the sound. Manufacturers make these tiles from wool fiber; you will notice that the panels' design lends itself to being placed in a dropped ceiling grid, which allows access to ceiling vents and electrical wiring without harming the actual panels.

Home Theater Ceiling Panels

If you have a room devoted to a home theater, consider installing black ceiling tiles. The black color of these ceiling panels greatly reduces the light in the room and gives the entire venue a decidedly theater-like ambiance. Avoid installing just regular tiles with a black coating, and instead opt for tiles that use a material similar to those used in soundproofing panels. This greatly reduces the noise from upper stories and enhances the sound experience.

Decorative Ceiling Paneling

You will notice that there is a vast array of material and color choices when shopping for decorative ceiling panels. Pressed metal panels have numerous uses in bathrooms and also kitchens, while real wood greatly adds to the character of a main room or meeting area. Ceiling paneling with these kinds of tiles also makes it possible to mimic the presence of a coffered ceiling; consider this step if you favor a classical décor in your home or office and have high ceilings to work with. Custom-tailor the ceiling's appearance to suit your color preferences by installing unfinished decorative ceiling panels and then painting them; this offers a great deal of versatility and makes it possible to extend whimsical paint jobs and decorating ideas even onto the ceiling.

Plank Paneling

Cabin owners and those who favor rustic décor in their homes and offices oftentimes choose plank paneling. It requires taking your wooden wall paneling and extending it to also cover the ceiling. This creates room décor that mimics a cabin design even in an office located in a downtown high-rise. Remember that your ceiling needs to be flat and level for this type of ceiling paneling, so proper prep work ahead of the plank installation is crucial. Although you could install the planks in a small space as part of a dropped ceiling, the average room size does not support this kind of application.

About the Author

Sylvia Cochran is a regular contributor to DexKnows, specializing in home and garden.

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