Chelsea Decorative Metal Company Introduces Pressed Tin Panels for Suspended Ceilings

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Mixing old with new in the ceiling business has never been so easy, decorative or economical as it can be now that Chelsea Decorative Metal Company has taken the old original designs of pressed tin ceiling and is manufacturing them to fit in a suspended ceiling. These drop ceilings, traditionally used commercially, can now find their way into the residential market because of this new product. Many time a resident needs access to pipe that can now be hidden behind a beautiful tin ceiling.

The pressed tin sheets are laying into the suspended ceiling grid.

The old original pressed tin designs are now made to fit a suspended ceiling.

Chelsea now offers the decorative sheets in the new size of 23 3/4" x 23 3/4" (2 x 2 sheets) to fit in the grid system for a drop-in ceilings. This now allows one to have access behind their ceilings when needed and at the same time decorate their ceilings with a multitude of designs instead of using the plain perforated tiles. There is an assortment of styles ranging from Art Deco and Turn of the Century to Americana and Victorian that have decorated ceilings from the past to the present. With this option new construction to remodeling can now be dressed up in any area that has a suspended ceiling. The pressed tin sheets not only have attractive designs, but can also be painted where the fiberglass tiles can't be painted at all. In some cases the grid as well as the tin is painted the same color, but in other cases the grid is a different color than the tin and both applications are acceptable.

Suspended ceilings are also known as a drop ceiling or a grid ceiling. They were invented in the early 1960s to hide the bottom of the floor above. Today it is used for various reason such as hiding air condition ducts, water pipes and electrical wiring. It also lowers the ceiling to help conserve energy when cooling an area that had a high ceiling. The fiberglass acoustical tiles that are used are plain white or off-white and might have perforations in them, but are otherwise quite plain and looks very commercial since that is where people first used them.

Tin ceilings on the other hand were for nailing directly to the above structure and have been around since the 1800s. In fact if you look under some suspended ceilings you can find the original ceilings above have pressed tin and many people today are removing the drop ceilings and repairing the tin ceiling. Chelsea has come up with an economical way to avoid taking down the suspended ceiling. Simply replace the tiles with pressed tin panels when the old tiles discolor or warp or are stained by some water leek or when you would like a decorative facelift from the basic acoustical tile. Also available is the metal in a faux finish or a copper finish.

The sheets are thin so they can be slipped between the existing tile and the grid, so the tiles don't even need to come down. Good for extra insulation and just one less step if one is installing tin ceiling panels after a suspended ceiling is already in place. In new construction just lay them in. Glenn "The Tinman" Eldridge of Chelsea says, "The old original pressed tin designs are now made to fit a suspended ceiling. The designs dress up any room, but still allow access when needed". What ever the reason to use a suspended ceiling one can now make the ceiling more pleasing to the eyes.

Commercial office spaces are using these ceilings for conference rooms, hallways and even lobbies. Retail stores such as Bass Pro Shops, Potbellys and Starbucks have used these ceilings because it is easy to install and adds a nostalgic look and the cost is reasonable.

The designs available at Chelsea come in 6", 12" or 24" patterns, but are on 2' x 2' (23 3/4" x 23 3/4") sheets. When doing older ceilings Chelsea can make the sheets 2' x 4' ( 23 3/4 x 47 3/4 ) because that's how those ceilings were originally done, but if doing a new suspended ceiling The Tinman recommends the 2' x 2' panels because the designs are basically square, and square designs in square opening are visually more attractive.

Whatever the project, the decorative panels from Chelsea would make a great look at a minimal price. The installation is easy when replacing panels or putting them in for the first time. Mixing old with new was never so much fun. The designs and styles can be found at: http://www.tinman.com

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