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What Are the Pros and Cons of Copper Ceiling Tiles?

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  • Written By: J.M. Densing
  • Edited By: E. E. Hubbard
  • Last Modified Date: 19 July 2018
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Copper ceiling tiles are an interesting way to add a decorative feature to a room, though there are both pros and cons to using this type of ceiling treatment. A few of the positives of copper ceiling tiles are the intricate beautiful designs and the vintage appearance that is perfectly suited to older homes and buildings; other pros include extreme durability, widespread availability and ease of purchasing the tiles. Some cons include the expense of purchasing the materials and the darker appearance, as they may look out of place in certain settings and can also be relatively difficult to install.

One of the pros of installing copper ceiling tiles is that they can change the appearance of a room quickly. The tiles are available in a variety of interesting designs, and they can help the ceiling to become a focal point of the space. Some common motifs used in the designs found on copper ceiling tiles include flowers, scrollwork, and other decorative flourishes. The designs are stamped into the metal, often standing out from the background in relief, and the tiles can be painted or left as unfinished copper.

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There are a wide variety of intricate designs available on copper ceiling tiles, and many are re-creations of vintage patterns. With a little research, it is often possible to find a lovely design that reflects the property owner's individual tastes. A ceiling covered in these tiles can be an interesting and unique feature in a building with modern construction. The vintage look and feel of these ceiling tiles also complements the style and decor of many older homes and buildings.

Several other positives of utilizing copper ceiling tiles exist. The tiles are made of copper, making them extremely durable and long-lasting. The copper is unlikely to be affected by common hazards such as water damage or cracks due to the settling of a structure, and the ceiling tiles are likely to outlast many other materials used in typical construction. As interest in home renovation has grown, many styles of copper ceiling tile have become widely available at local home improvement stores, and the Internet has made it possible to purchase them from any location.

A few cons of copper ceiling tiles also can keep a consumer from trying this mode of home design. One drawback can be the expense, since the tiles usually cost more than other ceiling treatments. Additionally, if the tiles need to be purchased over the Internet, or, if they are a special order, waiting for their arrival can delay the progress of a renovation. When left unpainted, they can also darken the appearance of a space if there is a limited amount of available light. In addition, they may also look out of place with trendy or modern decorating styles.

Another potential negative of using copper ceiling tiles in a space is difficulty with installation. A tiled ceiling may require the installation of furring strips for attaching the tiles, or existing ones may need to be moved to accommodate a different size style of tile. This can be a time-consuming task. In many spaces, some of the tiles may need to be cut to fit, which can be a difficult technique to master.

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