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Create a Turn-of-the-Century Look With Metal Ceilings

Pressed metal was widely used in the late 1800s and early 1900s to decorate ceilings and walls as well as exteriors such as store fronts, awnings, marquises and building cornices. Painted stamped tin ceiling panels were most common, but panels made of brass and copper were also used for more impressive effects.

A variety of traditional and new decorative metal ceiling products are now available for residential as well as commercial use. Not only are all the great old designs still here to recreate a turn-of-the-century feeling, but there are also many new ones in a wide variety of styles and materials for bold, contemporary looks.

Metal ceilings are popular for many reasons. They are longer lasting and more easily maintained than other materials; they won’t crack, peel, flake, or drop chunks on the floor; they are richly ornamental and decorative; and there is a far greater variety of styles than almost any other type of ceiling. They serve also serve a variety of practical functions, including sound absorption, sanitation, beautification and security.

Ceiling panels come in a variety of patterns, colors, sizes and finishes, including tin, steel, aluminum, copper, brass, chrome, and powder coated finishes to harmonize with any design scheme. Side walls and wainscotting plates and accessories such as moldings, cornices, coves and miters are also available. Decorative metal panels offer a great alternative for back splashes or behind wood stoves.

Traditional stamped metal ceilings are constructed by nailing panels directly to ceilings while modern techniques suspend panels from grids. Many panels are designed to install easily onto standard suspension systems in new construction or existing grid for remodeling projects. Concealed grid systems can recreate a traditional stamped look as well as many contemporary looks, such as cell panel ceilings.

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