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Is a Metal Baffle Ceiling the Best Material Option for Your Space?

October 20, 2023

Choosing the right ceiling material is crucial for creating a comfortable and professional environment for your employees and customers. With so many options available, deciding on the right material choice can be overwhelming. The possibilities can seem endless, from acoustics, to panels, gypsum drop-in tiles, and more.  

Whether you are choosing between an acoustic solution, like linear baffles and cloud systems, or perforated metal panels, Arktura has the right solution for your next project. Our growing collection of suspended ceiling systems is offered in acoustic Soft Sound® material for performative functionality. Alternatively, these systems can be specified in steel for a more sleek and stylish finish.  

In this blog, we’ll explore the importance of choosing a suitable ceiling material, the benefits of metal baffles, and other materials to help you make an informed decision.

1. Metal Baffles

Arktura Atmosphera® Fiora installed in Telco office
“Telco Federal Credit Union” Greenville, SC, Little. Photo by Tim Buchman. 

Metal baffle ceilings offer several advantages that make them popular for commercial spaces. Firstly, they provide a sleek, modern look that can enhance the overall aesthetics of any room. Secondly, they are highly customizable, allowing you to create a unique design matching your needs and preferences.  

Additionally, metal baffles are durable and long-lasting, making them an excellent investment for any commercial space. They are also easy to maintain and clean, ensuring your ceiling looks great for years. Finally, metal baffles are an excellent choice for soundproofing, making them ideal for spaces where noise reduction is a priority, such as offices, conference rooms, and other commercial settings.  

Atmosphera® Pulse – The steel structure of Atmosphera® Pulse‘s interconnected modules generate a flow that guides the viewers into the building and your design. The panels can be tailored according to your project’s requirements, offering the desired level of openness. 

“Guidewire Office” Mississagua, ON, Gensler. Photo by A-Frame Studio. 

Atmosphera® Lotus – Atmosphera® Lotus is a design inspired by the peaceful and tranquil qualities of the flower it shares its name with. The lotus, known to be a symbol of enlightenment, serves as the inspiration for this design. 

“Vitria on the Square” Columbus, OH, Gensler. Photo courtesy of Vitria on the Square. 

Atmosphera® Ripple: Atmosphera® Ripple’s panels create a flowing effect on ceilings, with customizable curves. 

“Miami University Sports Bar” Oxford, OH, BHDP. Photo by Dish – Design Aligned. 

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2. Acoustical Ceiling Panels

“Highland Park Public Library” Highland Park, IL, Product Architecture. Photo by McShane Fleming. 

Acoustic ceiling tiles are a popular choice for commercial spaces where noise reduction is a priority. These tiles are made of our Soft Sound® material, designed to absorb excess sound, making them ideal for offices, conference rooms, and other areas where privacy is valued.  

In addition to their functional benefits, acoustic ceiling panels like the VaporSoft® Cora, seen above, can add style to any space. With a wide range of pattern designs and accessories, these tiles can be customized to match any decor. 

3. Gypsum Ceiling Tiles

“Cincinnati Children´s Hospital” Cincinnati, OH, ZGF. Photo by Ryan Kurtz. (Gypsum tiles not provided by Arktura)  

Gypsum ceiling tiles are probably the most common ceiling solution for interior commercial spaces. They are a cost-effective option for offices, known for their high durability and low maintenance, which make them an excellent investment.  

In addition, they are fire-resistant and provide excellent acoustic performance, making them ideal for spaces where sound reduction is a priority. 

4. Wood Ceilings

“BMO Tower” Chicago, IL, IA – Interior Architects. Photo by Tom Harris Architectural Photography.

Wood ceilings evoke strong feelings of class, royalty, and a warm, inviting space. Arktura offers our acoustic systems in a range of premium wood textures to get this look in a more cost-effective package.  

Collections like our SoftGrid® system offer the look of closely gridded coffered ceilings or timber trellises to spaces without the weight and cost of natural wood while also enhancing acoustics and reducing the impact of noise. 

5. Metal Ceiling Panels

“Quinnipiac University – Admissions Center” Hamden, CT, Amenta|Emma Architects. Photo by Robert Benson. 

Our line of perforated ceiling panels offers a wide array of versatile panel systems for a more modern, sleek aesthetic. This includes timeless yet contemporary biophilic, geometric, linear, and minimalist patterns across Arktura’s Vapor®, Trace®, and Particle® lines and bespoke applications of our tailorable Vapor® Graphic Perf® Adaptive system, seen above. 

Elevate these artistic designs with optional accessories such as Soft Sound® bakers for a functional acoustic touch or illuminated designs with the addition of Arktura Backlighting. 

Other Important Considerations 

Several factors must be considered when choosing the best ceiling material for your next project. Firstly, aesthetics should be considered, as the ceiling can significantly influence a room’s look and feel. Secondly, durability is essential to ensure the ceiling lasts long without frequent repairs or replacements.  

Acoustics is another factor to consider, as the ceiling can affect the sound quality in a room. Maintenance is also crucial as some materials require more upkeep than others. Additionally, fire resistance should also be taken into consideration for safety reasons.  

Contact our team to learn more about elevating your next project with the design experts at Arktura.

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