Only if you do not have an existing suspended ceiling grid system. Our lay in ceiling panels are designed to work perfectly with standard grid (t-bar) installations - either 15/16" or 1" grid with 2' x 2' or 2' x 4' spacing. They are not intended for use with 9/16-inch narrow line grid systems.
How do I cut Genesis Ceiling Tiles?
You can use a skill saw for straight cuts or a RotoZip to cut to odd sizes. For circular openeings you can use a hole-saw or a RotoZip, such as for sprinkler heads or can lights. You can also use a metal angle ruler, score it with a utility knife and snap the tile along the score.
How do I clean your ceiling tiles?
Our ceiling tiles are manufactured from our specific PVC formula so that they will not water spot or stain from smoke or grease. They can be cleaned on a regular basis without fear of damaging them.
You can power wash the tile when removed from the grid or you can use soap and water or a degreaser to clean our tile.
Can I install your tiles in high humidity areas, like an indoor pool?
Absolutely, Our ceiling tiles do not bow, bend or sag from any amount of humidity. They are completely waterproof.
What about damage from impacts, my kids poked a hole in our acoustical basement tile with a pool cue?
Genesis ceiling tiles are impact damage resistant. So when someone has to work above the tiles for any reason (a/c, plumbing, wiring or electrical issues) they won't be damaged like most others. Just installing a typical fiber tile will result in damaged tiles.
What about Ultra-Violet damage?
Our tiles are UV resistant.
What is the light reflectance value for your ceiling tiles?
Per ASTM E1477-2008 on a scale of 0 (black, absorbes all light) to 100 (pure white, reflects all light). Testing conducted by Intertek Testing Labroatories on June 17, 2010. Test Method for Luminous Reflectance Factor of Acoustical Materials by Use of Integrating-Sphere Reflectometers.
Ceiling Tile Style
Luminous Reflectance (LRV)
I need fire rated tiles, how well are your tiles rated?
Per ASTM E 84 and UL 723, SGS International Labs tested our tiles based on the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code 101, Chapter 10, Section 10.2.3 "Interior Wall and Ceiling Finish Classification", has a means of classifying materials with respect to Flame Spread (the natural tendency to burn rapidly and spread flames) and Smoke Developed (the measure of the concentration of smoke a material will emit as it burns) when tested in accourcance with NFPA 255, ASTM E84, UL 723 "Method of Test of Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials".
International Building Code, Chapter 8, Interior Finishes, Section 803 "Wall and Ceiling Finishes", was classified in accordance with ASTM E 84 or UL 723. Such interior finish materials shall be grouped in the following classes in accordance with their flame spread and smoke-developed indexes.
Our tiles tested at 20 Flame Spread Index (FSI) and 200 Smoke Developed Index (SDI) which classifies them as Class A for both flame and smoke.
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Smoke Developed Index
What is your tile made of?
Our tiles are manufactured with our unique PVC formula. PVC is a very strong and very rigid plastic. PVC is the abbreviation for polyvinyl chloride.
Do Genesis Tiles give off any odor or smell?
While there are many forms of PVC, such as the kind used in new cars that gives the new car smell, our ceiling tiles have no odor at all.
What cost benefit is there to using your tile over others?
Depending on the tile you were going to use, in some cases our panels will be less expensive. No matter what tile you, using ours will end up being the "cheap ceiling tile" in the long run. This is simply because you will not have to replace the damaged tiles that are caused by A/C condensation, plumbing, A/C leaks, Roof Leaks, Mold, Mildew, Bacteria or Sagging (due to humidity). Our tiles will not take damage in that way. And the superior construction prevents damage when anyone works above or around them and they are much easier to clean keeping your ceiling looking new.
What about IAQ (indoor air quality) and SBS (Sick Building Syndrome)?
Indoor air quality is increased when using our tiles, since our tiles are mold, bacteria and mildew free. Sick building syndrome is similarly decreased when using our tiles.
What about cleaning my ceiling tiles?
While most acoustical tiles cannot be cleaned (and are often damaged by attempting to), our ceiling tiles and grid were designed to be cleanable. They can be cleaned without removal using soap and water, or remove them and power wash.
What happens if water drips onto the ceiling panels?
Since our ceiling tiles are 100% waterproof, any water that gets onto them, whether from condensation for water pipes or leaks, the water will evaporate and will not stain. If you have substantial water problems, the water will drip from between the tile and grid making the location of your problem easy to identify. If the tile does not have a smooth back, the depressions in the tile can accumulate water, so be aware when removing the tile.
What types of ceiling grid are available?
Ceiling Grid (also known as T bar) is the framework that is suspended from the ceiling that the tiles fit into. The framework is traditionally in either 24" x 24" centers or 24" x 48" centers layout with the grid being 15/16" or 1" wide.
Surface mount grid is designed for areas with low clearance; it normally only needs 1.5" of room to install. Our surface mount grid is made of vinyl, is Class A Flame and Smoke Rated, and mounts directly to rafters or ceiling.
Drop ceiling grid (suspended ceiling grid) can be made from a variety of materials including metal, aluminum, or vinyl. Our vinyl grid is Class A Flame and Smoke Rated up to the 3 hour rating. It is anchored to the ceiling using hanger wire and connected to the grid mains along with cross tees that connect to the wall molding. Vinyl will not rust as metal will and is more durable than aluminum.
I already have metal grid and it is rusty. How do I fix that?
We have your solution to rusty looking metal grid. Our grid covers are made of vinyl and snap on tightly to the grid. As with all our PVC products, the grid covers are Class A Flame and Smoke Rated. Once installed it is hard to tell that it is installed on an existing grid. It not only improves the look of your ceiling, it makes cleaning extremely easy and reduces further rusting.
I need a Contractor, who do you recommend?
We do not recommend specific contractors as we only deal with providing your ceiling products. You can use resources like the Blue Book to find contractors in your area.
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