As much as we hate to admit it, our ceiling isn’t going to last forever. While there are a myriad of costs involved in maintaining an office building, paying attention to what’s above your head is critical. If your ceiling tiles are damaged in any way, the potential for falling tiles may poses a health risk to occupants. Damaged tiles may also lead to higher energy costs. And mold on ceiling tiles, caused by water damage, could be life threatening for some.
When you see any of the following signs of damage on ceiling tiles, it’s important that you address it immediately:
If you notice signs of wear and tear on your ceiling tiles, cracks or if the tile has been broken, a replacement is needed. Depending on the number of tiles that have been affected, you may need to replace the entire ceiling. Also, consider that newer tiles have a sharper, brighter color than old ones, so the difference may be noticeable if you only replace the damaged tiles.
Over time, the sun will change the color of your ceiling tiles. When this happens, it’s time to replace them. However, the primary culprit for tile discoloration is water damage. Water damage, whether caused from a broken pipe, leaky roof or an air conditioning system issue, can lead to a brownish discoloration of your ceiling tiles. When this happens, it’s important to determine and fix the cause of the water damage and then replace the ceiling tiles.
If your water damage has advanced to the point where mold is forming, replace your ceiling tiles immediately. Ingesting mold can pose serious health risks for building occupants. Once again, determine the source of the water damage first and then replace the ceiling tiles.
Over time, ceiling tiles may begin to sag between their joists. This happens when joists cannot support the weight of the ceiling’s material. The ceiling tiles start to buckle, creating a “pillow”. Pillowing also needs to be addressed immediately as it can cause your ceiling to collapse over time.
Globalnex is a global provider of interior building materials, including a variety of suspension systems, such as the Donn ceiling suspension system. Contact us today at (813) 287-8218.
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