American Tin Ceilings
Look up. Chances are you are staring at a white ceiling. That is the case in the majority of homes and buildings, but starting in the early 1600’s and continuing into the 1900’s, elaborate ornamental plaster ceilings became a sign of fine design and wealth in many public buildings, palaces, castles and estates. By the time the 1800’s rolled around, wealthier homeowners wanted a more lavish look in their homes as well and looked for an inexpensive alternative. About then, the industrial revolution was in full bloom and tin plated steel was being made into sheet metal and stamped with designs inspired from the decorative plaster ceilings from fine estates. These ceilings were used everywhere from average homes to banks and painted white to emulate the look of the plaster ceiling. Soon tin ceilings were available throughout North America and shipped to overseas markets.
Whereas first decorative, tin ceilings became the solution to cover up the maladies of failing plaster ceilings or used to lower the height of a high ceiling in a ‘dropped’ ceiling look. Fireproof, durable and easy to install, they were a favorite ceiling decor until the Depression and then World War 2 when all metal and scrap was needed for the War effort.
When the opportunity to rejuvenate this timeless product came about twenty years ago, American Tin Ceiling began making historically inspired tin ceiling tiles in many varieties, colors and finishes to suit today’s homeowner’s aesthetics.
Where to Use
Tin Tiles are used in accent decor, back-splashes and in areas where water is used such as kitchens, bathrooms or wet bars.
As with a damaged ceiling, tiles can be used to cover an imperfect wall or to use as pure decorative wall covering. Best yet, they can replace those ugly white pebble tiles in your basement ceiling with something more pleasing and traditional. They help in soundproofing and are 3rd party tested for fire rating.
How It’s Made Today
American Tin Ceilings operates out of Florida and still uses tin plated steel just like they did over 150 years ago. They built their own two piece molds using their own proprietary process. Each panel is stamped in a 200 ton press and if coated, they go through a two powder coating system for a durable finish. Unfinished tiles are sealed with a protective coat to guard against rust and are available in many styles.
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Starting at $14.25
Encircled in a medallion are four flowers in the shape of eyes. Each quadrant has square borders, decorative trim and hammered fill.
Starting at $12.25
A pattern with arching diamonds produces tiling floral coins when installed.