What are the Types of Ceiling Tiles?

Ceiling tiles or ceiling panels are lightweight tiles that are used to cover the ceilings of buildings. They add beauty and improve the aesthetics of the room. They also provide thermal insulation and improved acoustics to the space. 

Ceiling tiles are small pieces of ceramic that are glued onto the underside of a roof. They're used to provide an attractive finish for ceilings, and also to prevent water damage. Ceiling tiles can be metal, aluminum, vinyl, or fiber tiles based on the material, the cost of which hence varies with the type of ceiling. 

Types of Ceiling Tile

Types of Ceiling Tiles

The global ceiling tiles market was at valued USD 14.8 billion in 2014 and is expected to grow up to USD 30 billion by 2020. 

The ceiling tiles are classified into two types based on the product material and the type of application. Based on the type of material, the major types of ceiling tiles available in the market are:

  1. Aluminum ceiling tiles
  2. Gypsum ceiling tiles
  3. Mineral fiber ceiling tiles
  4. PVC ceiling tiles
  5. Vinyl ceiling tiles

Type of Ceiling Tile


Cost of Aluminum 

Aluminum ceiling tile

A type of metal ceiling. It can use a lay-in or lay-on ceiling system for installation.

Available size:

300 x 600mm / 600 x 600mm /
600 x 1200mm

Popular Thickness:

0.6mm / 0.7mm / 0.8mm

Available in different finishes and perforations.



5 - 15$ per square meter

Mineral Fiber Ceiling Tiles/ Fiberglass ceiling/Acoustic ceiling tiles

These are tiles made from the combination of glass, wool, and slag fibers.

Available thickness:
12, 14 , 15, 18 & 20mm


$1.80-$2.20/ Square Meter


Gypsum ceiling tiles

Made from gypsum, the main component of drywall and plasterboards. 


8, 9 & 12mm

Popular size:
593x593mm & 593x1193mm (metric)
603x603mm & 603x1213mm (imperial)


$ 0.82-1.08


Wood Ceiling Tiles

 Made from MDF with a wooden veneer.

Vary based on the type of wood used for ceiling.


PVC ceiling tiles

 PVC ceiling tiles are made from plastic.

Affordable compared to other ceiling tiles. 


1 $ to 4 $ per square feet    

Ceiling tiles are commonly used for residential, commercial, and industrial applications, mainly for hotels, hospitals, offices, stores, etc.

North America and Europe are the leading manufacturers of ceiling tiles, and NA conquers more than a third share of the total consumption. 

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