By August 10, 2013

Popcorn Ceiling Removal: Tile Options For Your Popcorn Ceiling

When you want to find an affordable way to update your popcorn ceiling, you might want to consider ceiling tiles.  They are an easy, economical choice for a new look to any room in your house.  However, you may be surprised to learn how many options are available.

Acoustic Tiles

Acoustic tiles are designed to reduce noise because it absorbs the sounds.  These tiles are usually made from fiberglass or spun mineral fibers.  White is the traditional choice for color with acoustic tiles, but you can also find them in beige, blue, or gray.  These tiles are often used in music rooms or homes with more than one living space.

You can choose from different brands and thicknesses of acoustic tiles.  They also have different levels of sound absorption all the way up to 80 percent so you will want to choose carefully.

Plastic Tiles

Plastic is an economical material for people who are on a budget.  They are designed to be fire safe and often provide some insulation.  Some plastic tiles are even made to look like tin tiles with the metallic finish.  You can also find ones with ornate patterns or borders that look like crown molding.  They come in different colors and can even give the appearance of stone.

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Tin Tiles

If you want the look of real tin, you can still find these tiles to cover your popcorn ceiling.  However, they are more expensive than other types of tiles and are more difficult to work with.  You need proper tools to cut the tin to the correct size, so you may want to have the job professionally done if you choose this type of tile.  You can also use other metals such as brass, copper, and steel to achieve the look of tin tiles.

Cork Tiles

Cork is a great choice of material for people who are concerned about using eco-friendly products.  They are also easy to install and come in waxed or unwaxed options.  Waxed cork brings out the color in the tiles along with the texture; it also gives tiles a shine.  The unwaxed choice allows the natural look to shine through.  This type of tile also provides good insulation.

Other Criteria for Tiles to Cover Popcorn Ceilings

You can get lightweight or heavier ceiling tiles, depending on the material and requirement for noise absorption.  Most tiles are either designed to be vacuumed or cleaned with a damp cloth.  The majority of tiles measure a square of 12 inches by 12 inches but you can find other sizes up to 20 inches if you prefer a different size for your ceiling.

Other things to consider include the warranty and the price.  There is quite a range in price, depending on material and size.  One tile can cost from just a few dollars to close to a hundred dollars.  Cost will increase if you need a grid system for your tiles.  How you install your tiles will depend somewhat on the condition of your ceiling.  It can be helpful to talk with a professional to know which options work best for your situation.  They can look at the condition of your current popcorn ceiling and offer advice, but the final decision is up to you.

Before you buy your tiles, you will want to decide on the style you are looking for as well as the colors in the rest of the room.  They are a great way to update your room and hide the popcorn ceiling without the cost and complication of replacing it.  You can choose to handle the project yourself or hire a professional company to get the job done easily and quickly.

Olger Fallas Painting is a house painter in Maplewood New Jersey specializing in removing lead paint from old homes.

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