Which ceiling tile do I need?
How to match the ceiling tiles you already have with the right replacements.
Your suspended ceiling has been in place for so long that you’ve long forgotten what the name of the tiles you chose was. And that’s ok. For the most part, your suspended ceiling will get on with doing its job quietly and without fuss for year after year.
And then, a pipe bursts above part of your ceiling. Or some maintenance work damages a few tiles. And all of a sudden you need some replacement tiles to make the ceiling good as new. But which tiles?
The single most common question we’re asked is “which tiles do I have?” and it’s not always easy to identify a tile by description, which is why we put together the JCS Ceiling Tile Identifier.
To find your tile, take the following steps:
Unless they’re designed to fill two standard suspended ceiling ‘squares’, ceiling tiles are invariably the same size in terms of length and width (a 595x595mm square to fit a 600 x 600mm grid space), but depths do vary and can help make identifying your tile easier.
There are typically two types of edging to square suspended ceiling tiles: board and tegular ‘reveal’ edge.
Board edges are a single solid block, with the edges of the tile sitting on the metal grid. These give a flat and uniform appearance to the ceiling.
Tegular edge tiles have a rebate routed into each tile edge so it, rather than the face of the tile, sits on the grid.
The effect of this is to give the appearance of the tile sitting lower than the grid, creating greater texture and depth to the ceiling.
Many tiles are available in both board and reveal edge so it’s important to order the correct one.
Suspended ceiling styles vary considerably. Often similar styles are easy to confuse at the point of ordering, and yet easy to spot when sat in situ within the suspended ceiling, so matching styles is the most challenging and but important part of the process.
The most obvious difference between styles is that some tiles are ‘fissured’ with textured surfaces, whilst others are plain. Those differences can matter for reasons other than appearance. A ceiling designed to offer specific fire resistant, acoustic or anti-microbial properties might be compromised by choosing the wrong panel, so it’s important to choose correctly.