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An architect’s and designer’s guide to great ceiling design

Ceiling System Aesthetics

Choosing the appearance of a ceiling is only part of their design equation. Performance and functionality are paramount to meeting the different needs of different spaces. Start by considering answers to the following questions:

What are the acoustical requirements of the site?

Does the ceiling cavity, or plenum, need to be accessible?

What specific forms are desired?

Is the application interior only or will it transition to the exterior?

We’ve answered these questions across four industry standard ceiling systems every architect and designer should know. Because metal is a highly durable and resilient material, these systems are Class A Fire Rated, easily cleaned, and VOC/Red List-free.

Baffle Ceiling System

The Baffle Ceiling System is a highly customizable ceiling system with varied widths/lengths of end capped panels. This system offers options for both interior or exterior applications. Customize the Baffle Ceiling System by choosing individual or grid accessible suspension as well as the spaces between individual baffles. This system is ideal for acoustical ceiling spaces.

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Torsion Spring Ceiling System

The Torsion Spring Ceiling System is a more monolithic-style panel but is still a fully accessible ceiling system. This ceiling system can be used on both interior and exterior applications. It is optional to make Torsion Spring Ceiling panels acoustical.

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Linear Clip Ceiling System

The Linear Clip Ceiling System is a plank-style panel system that is easy to install for interior or exterior applications. Panels can be made accessible via hatch panels. It is optional to make Linear Clip Ceiling panels acoustical.

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Flat Lay-In Ceiling System

The Flat Lay-In Ceiling System is a common and cost effective accessible system that benefits from quick and easy installation. It is optional to make panels acoustical.


Add perforations to any ceiling panel to create physical texture or pair with backing for acoustical benefits.

Choose from custom or standard perforation patterns with options for perforations to show back lighting.

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Metal Ceiling Ideas

Make it your own. Add a custom finish to your custom application for something totally unique, from corrugations to transitional spaces. Click the picture to learn more about these great ceiling projects!

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