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Do the Ceiling Tiles of Your Office Need Replacement?

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Have you ever been to your office in Valrico, FL, looked up and detected tile discoloration? If so, your ceiling needs replacement.

Three Causes

Not only can unsightly stains affect the appearance of your ceiling, but they can also indicate serious issues such as tile mold. These are the most common reasons your ceiling no longer looks the way it should:

1. Lighting
Ultraviolet illumination, which is popular in workspaces such as labs and hospitals, may create a change in color. Locate and replace UV-related sources.

2. Age
If you work in an older, 50s-style building, you might have dropped-ceiling tiles. Materials used to create drop tiles often absorb pollutants such as smoke.

3. Leaks
Look for tiles that have assumed a brownish color. Water damage induced by a broken pipe or malfunctioning HVAC system may be your cause.
In addition to being unsightly, ruined tiles can negatively affect your building’s fire rating and acoustic qualities. If the eyesore’s origin is determined to be unwelcome moisture, mold becomes a danger. Since it spreads on tiles swiftly, hiring a mold removal professional can tackle the problem competently and affordably.

Tile Replacement
Once you have prevented tile mold from worsening, you will want to conduct a restoration. Before starting, check to see that matching parts are easily acquired. Outdated styles are harder to come by, but some manufacturers guarantee the production of particular patterns for at least a decade. After you have calculated the number of necessary units, add an additional 2% to your order as coverage for incidental breakage. You may also wish to replace undamaged tiles since older ones may not match the new.
To make sure everything continues looking fresh, have ductwork and outside air diffusers cleaned regularly. Never forget to remove corrosives such as wallpaper adhesive, which can harm finishes.
Ceiling discoloration creates an aesthetic nuisance, but if a leak is your culprit, you run a risk for destructive tile mold. While at work, periodically inspect for discoloration. If dampness is an issue, eliminate the problem before mold grows.

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