Another use for metal in a building is actually as a ceiling material. Metal has the same advantages inside a building as on the outside from fire resistance to variety in finishes. A metal ceiling also helps defray utility costs through more efficient heating and cooling.
Metal ceilings have a couple of advantages over a gypsum or foam board ceiling: they are easy to clean and they are very robust.
Metal panels are stronger and less prone to cracks and breaks that traditional dropped ceiling materials while still offering easy access to the ceiling void. Within the ceiling void most buildings run wiring, conduits, and install environmental controls. In addition, cameras and other security components are also located in the ceiling.
All these items need regular maintenance and occasional repair. Being able to access the subroof without fear of breaking ceiling tiles by opening them or stepping through them is a big advantage of metal. Metal ceilings are also moisture resistant which mitigates staining and crumbling from leaks.
Thinking of metal as a sound insulator and muffler may seem counterintuitive. But metal ceilings are available that help absorb or redirect sound so you don’t create an echo chamber. Acoustic tiles with fleece or mineral wool inlays absorb sound and provide clarity to speech that may not be found in traditional materials.
Ceilings with heavy inlays also attenuate sound from adjoining areas.
Metal ceilings are available in a wide variety of styles, textures, and finishes. Metal can be coated with any color you like and can be made to resemble anything from antique tin roof squares to a soft smooth finish in your signature colors. One way to use this type of material is to cover an ugly plaster ceiling.
If you don’t wish to paint, metal comes in many attractive colors and finishes of its own: steel, brass, copper, aluminum, and chrome all differ in sheen and tint. They can be bare metal, powder coated, brushed, or polished.
Metal ceiling materials also come in different shapes to provide a different aesthetic. A different look can be created by designing the underlying supports in curving structures or by creating differing heights.
Metal ceilings are every bit as cost effective and flexible of design as metal used in exterior buildings finishes. Why lose all the advantages of metal by putting in a ceiling that requires more maintenance, is less fire resistant, and more costly to repair?