Faux ceiling tiles
Faux ceiling tiles are ceiling tiles which serve as replacements for more traditional tin or aluminum tiles. The faux ceiling tiles are more affordable, the installation is simplified and the faux material gives additional advantages. The material of choice is usually PVC plastic, polystyrene, and fiberglass. These materials are lightweight, virtually maintenance free, and ensures the longevity of the product. Unlike their "dropped ceiling" counterparts, these tiles are usually glued or nailed to the ceiling. This does not reduce the height of the ceiling, unlike when using the suspended grid.
Polystyrene Ceiling Tiles
Polystyrene materials are a choice for most faux tiles. The material is very lightweight and is easily molded to different designs. Most of these "styro ceiling tiles" are made to be approximately 20" x 20" in size. The finish which is put on the tile gives a finish resembling tin, copper, or aluminum.
The installation can be performed on most type of ceilings. The lightweight material can be glued directly to stucco, metal, wood, ceramic tile, acoustic tile, concrete, and even textured ceiling like popcorn. The installation requires an adhesive. The glue of choice for many is ceramic tile adhesive. The foam tiles are very easy to cut with most any sharp knife. Utility or razor knife works the best.
These tiles can also be installed in drop ceilings.
Polystyrene tiles have become a popular decorative element all around Europe starting in the late 1980s. They were introduced into the United States market in the late 1990s and quickly gained popularity replacing popcorn ceiling textures.