Last Updated Dec 7, 2010 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
Are you looking for a ceiling that is decorative or are you looking for a way to hide an unattractive ceiling or wiring? Metal pan ceilings may be the perfect solution for you. Read on for what you need to know.
Metal pan ceilings are a type of metal ceiling that uses tiles or “pans” that are installed in a standard or concealed grid system. They are called metal pans as each tile or panel is bent up 25mm at the sides in order to create a pan. There are two standard sizes for the tile or pan – 600mm by 600mm or 1200mm by 600mm. Metal pan ceilings are the most common type of metal ceilings, and they can be decorative or serve a specific function (such as hiding insulation or cooling ducts).
The pans are either laid or snapped into the ceiling grid system. The most common grid system used is the standard T-bar suspension. You can choose to have the grid itself showing or to have it fully concealed.
Metal pan ceilings can be made from aluminium, steel, or stainless steel. The tiles or pans can be powder coated to a colour of your choice or you can choose to have the metal showing in a brushed or bright annealed pattern.
The tiles used in metal pan ceilings can be perforated or non-perforated. Perforated tiles are the perfect choice if you wish to use some form of acoustic insulation in your metal pan ceiling. The perforation can either come in the form of round holes in a square or diamond pattern or slots. You should note that the metal pans themselves do not have any acoustic value; it is the insulation that is laid on top of them that provides the sound absorption or dissipation. However, the holes can help to dissipate sound if you use a perforated pan.