The Benefits of Historic Tin Ceilings

Victorian tin ceiling

The quest for historic accuracy in renovations and restoration of old Victorian homes, storefronts, and market places, we should look to our past and consider the beauty and safety of tin ceilings. Tin ceilings add elegance and charm to a great room, a living room, and even a bathroom. Many outstanding design themes can be had by using this decorating idea from a bygone era.

Tin ceilings were very popular at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Originally designed as a low cost method to achieve the beauty of sculptured plaster ceilings and ornamental stucco decoration. They graced many Victorian homes and stores across the United States.

The cost of sculptured plaster ceilings was sometimes out of reach for many builders at that time, and the alternative was to use a stamped tin plate to simulate that same elegance and beauty of a sculptured ceiling. The tin ceiling tiles were also used to cover damaged ceilings.

Tin ceilings had an added benefit - they were a good fire barrier. Many stores had apartments over them. If the store caught fire, the apartment occupants had a much greater chance of survival due to the fire barrier resistance of the tin steel ceiling plates.

Over a period of many years, tin ceilings were replaced with ceiling tile. The beautiful arrangements of tin ceiling tiles were usually covered over with everything from wallboard and plaster to suspended ceilings. Following World War I, people began to restore old buildings to their original splendor. They were greatly surprised to find fine old tin ceilings beneath layers of plaster. Victorian heritage quickly became popular in restoration projects.

Historic Ceilings in Modern Homes

Today, many manufacturers sell and install tin ceilings. They are manufactured from several different types of metal, including tin, steel, copper, brass and even light weight plastic. Many companies have carefully reproduced the original designs of the Victorian era. Some even advertise that the original dies are used in to manufacture new tin ceiling tiles. The practice can be very beneficial to a restorer because it makes the reproduction of original patterns readily available to those who wish to restore a classic home to its original condition.

Tin ceiling tiles are also being utilized for many other applications. You may see them as a backsplash in kitchens and as decorating statements on kitchen islands and stand up bars. hey are also popular in bathrooms, where the ease of cleaning and maintenance of tin ceiling tile makes clean-up a snap. An online search reveals many different applications for tin ceiling tiles besides using them on the ceiling. All that is needed is a bit of creativity and ingenuity to come up with a very unique presentation.

Because the tin ceiling tiles come in so many different configurations, the possibilities for decorating are endless. Many of the tin ceiling tiles available today are powder coated, and come in a variety of colors to match almost any interior. If the proper color combination is not available, the ceiling tiles can be painted to match the decor. Tin ceiling tiles can even be antiqued using simple methods. Doing so provides the look and patina of aging. Online tutorials and video presentations are readily available from various manufacturers.