4  FM quick reads on ceilings

1. Ceiling Panel Durability an Important Consideration

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Ceiling tiles need to stand up to some forms of use and abuse. If a facility executive cuts corners on ceiling durability for cost reasons, the ceiling panels may need to be replaced much sooner than anticipated, costing more money in the long run.

Schools and other seasonal-use facilities are spaces where special durability considerations are important, for example. When school isn’t in session, HVAC systems are usually turned off to save money. This is often the most humid part of the year, however. When HVAC systems are turned back on in the fall, the ceiling panels can bow. For spaces like these, ceiling panels designed to tolerate a high level of humidity and temperature fluctuation are important.


2.  Maximize Daylight with High Reflectance Ceilings

To make efficient use of available daylighting, choose a ceiling panel with a high light reflectance rating. If a ceiling can reflect most daylight back into a space, the amount of artificial lighting can be decreased, saving you money. LR-1 rated panels reflect the most daylight back into a space — 75 percent or more. LR-2 and LR-3 rated panels do not reflect as much light and may not be suited for spaces where daylight maximization is a goal.

3.  Use Ceiling Light Reflectance to Save Energy

Did you know that the ceiling you choose can affect your energy costs?

In order to make sure it lowers energy use, choose a ceiling panel with a high light reflectance rating. Those panels can reflect daylight back into a space, lessening the need for artificial lighting.

Light reflectance is measured on a scale of 1-3. LR-1 rated panels reflect the most daylight back into a space 75 percent or more. LR-2 and LR-3 rated panels do not reflect as much light and may not be suited for spaces where daylight maximization is a goal.

4.  Avoiding Ceiling Panel Bowing

Ceiling tiles need to stand up to some forms of use and abuse. If a facility executive cuts corners on ceiling durability for cost reasons, the ceiling panels may need to be replaced much sooner than anticipated, costing more money in the long run.

Schools and other seasonal-use facilities are spaces where special durability considerations are important, for example. When school isn’t in session, HVAC systems are usually turned off to save money. This is often the most humid part of the year, however. When HVAC systems are turned back on in the fall, the ceiling panels can bow. For spaces like these, ceiling panels designed to tolerate a high level of humidity and temperature fluctuation are important.


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