Tile Type FAQ

-Acoustical (acoustic) Ceiling – This ceiling type is the most common found in commercial buildings and in most office areas.  It is porous and basically appears smooth with small pinholes and crevices.  The primary function of all acoustical tile is for sound control.  There are, however, many types of acoustical tile, each with unique functions.-Standard system  –   This acoustical tile (which makes up to as much as 80% of all acoustical tiles) is used for noise absorption and as a decorative overhead surface.  The standard system tile is made of wood fiber, mineral fiber or metal pan.  This ceiling is stapled, cemented or suspended in metal framework to the existing ceiling structure.  Wood fiber tiles will absorb between 45% and 65% of the sound, which strikes their surface, mineral fiber ceilings, 55% to 80% and metal pan (perforated aluminum or steel below a mineral pad) 80% to 90%.  As long as they do not get dust or dirt in them, the more dirt and dust the less they absorb so a tile that absorbs 45% or more clean can reduce dramatically based on how dirty they get.

-Glacier – This ceiling is constructed of acoustical ceiling material. However, it looks much like icicles. Glacier ceilings must be sprayed with ceiling cleaning solution from four different directions to assure complete coverage of the surface.

-Popcorn  –   This ceiling is sprayed onto a previously existing non-acoustical type ceiling already in existence.  The result is a stucco-like surface.  The disadvantage of this system is that if a stain occurs, there is no tile to replace it.

-Burlap  –   Burlap is very similar to acoustical ceilings.  However, it has a greater tendency to absorb dirt directly into the fiber making it difficult to clean the tiles with one cleaning.

-Vinyl-wrapped sheetrock  –   This is normal sheetrock or wallboard painted with enamel, latex or flat paint.  The enamel and latex paints allow the spray/wipe technique to be used. But the vinyl coating can peel or wear off, the sheetrock can water  stain and grow mold and becomes a major issue for restaurants and food processing plants when health department finds the latex peeling or wearing off or the tile growing mold

-PVC (Plastic, Vinyl) Ceiling Tiles

Ceiling tiles that are 100% waterproof, mold, mildew and bacteria resistant, impact damage resistant, fire rated for kitchens, easy to install and maintain only requires soap and water to clean out lasts all other tiles. Can be used any where there is a standard suspended grid.


Genesis Tile Basics and FAQ

Q. Are your tiles resistant to any stain or spots?

A. Yes, since our tile is a PVC tile they will not water spot, stains due to smoke, grease. etc can be removed as long as they are cleaned on a regular basis.

Q. Is your tile easy to clean?

A. Yes, you can power wash or use soap and water, a degreaser, etc to clean the tile(s).

Q. Do your tiles bow, bend or sag in humidity or warp like most do?

A. No, they can handle humidity with no problem.

Q. impact Damage?

A. Genesis unlike most tiles are impact damage resistant. So when someone has to work above the tiles due to a/c, plumping or electrical issues they cannot be damaged as with most others. Even when installing a percentage of normal tiles are list due to damages installing and of course when working above, Genesis will not have these issues.

Q. What about UV?

A. Our tiles are UV resistant.

Q. Who are Genesis tiles compliant with?

A. USDA, FDA, CFIA (Canada), Health Department, Fire Marshall,  compliant.

Q. Genesis tiles fire rating?

A. Genesis tiles are Class A flame spread index (fsi) and smoke development index (sdi). Class A flame spread is 0-25 ours is 20 and smoke index 0-450 ours is 200. Fire rating is Class A needed in most indoor areas for the public, Class B which is restricted use and Class C which is restricted even more.

Q. Are there any other tiles on the market like Genesis?

A. One but it’s smoke index is 800 so it is not even a Class C much less Class A  and should not be used indoors.

Q. What temperature can your tiles withstand?

A. Our tiles can withstand between 130-140 degrees before they get soft most commercial kitchens or even outdoor use will never reach a constant 120  degrees much less 130 or above.


INSTALLATION, How to and Where

Q. How difficult are your tiles to install?

A. They are extremely easy to install. They will fit into any standard 2 by 2 or 2 by 4 grid layout. You might have to cut to fit as you would with any tile. Ours only require a utility knife to score the tile and then break away the unwanted area. You can cut them with a saw or hole saw.

Q. Will we need to use some form of clip to hold your tiles in place?

A. For the most part no, less than you would for many acoustical tiles. We installed the tiles on a porch to see how they would do in weather, such as wind, rain, etc. And to date with some wind gusts they have not moved at all and look as good as they did when we installed them.

Q. Where can Genesis Tiles be installed?

A. Any in standard ceiling grid for 24″ x 24″ or 24″ x 48″ ceiling grid, basically any where there most standard tiles are installed now.

Q. Can your tiles be used outside?

A. Those who so far who have used our tiles  outside have not had any issues. One in Houston, Texas has had them on their back  porch since 2008 with no problem. They even went through Hurricane Ike and only 2 were blown out afterwards they found them and put them back and no one can tell they went through a hurricane.




Materials used to make Genesis Tiles

Q. What is your tile made of?



Q. What is PVC?

A. PVC is a very strong and very rigid plastic.


Q. What does PVC stand for?

A. PVC is short for poly(vinyl chloride).


Q. Do Genesis Tiles give off any odor or smell?

A. No, there are many forms of PVC, that used in new cars gives the new car smell,  that used for shower curtains gives off the odor you may have noticed with most shower curtains.. Then there are those such as with Genesis that have no odor at all.


Q. Is PVC used for anything else?

A. CPVC is used to make pipes (plumbing) in new homes, PVC is used for sidings for newer homes, the inside of airplanes, new cars, shower curtains, shampoo bottles, most soft drink and water bottles, etc.




Genesis vs. other tiles, price, acoustics, indoor air quality (IAQ)

Q. What cost benefit is there to using your tile over others?

A. Depending on the tile you were going to use, in some cases ours will be cheaper, but, no matter what tile you use ours will be much cheaper in the long run. That is because you will not have to replace them due to A/C condensation, plumbing, A/C leaks, Roof Leaks, Mold, Mildew, Bacteria, or Sagging (due to humidity), and they will not damage as most due when anyone works above or around them and they are much easier to clean.


Q. What are Acoustic Tiles?

A. Acoustical tiles are porous tiles (they have holes in them) and the holes are what help with reduction of noise in an area. But as soon as dust and dirt start to fill the holes the noise reduction is decreased and in time are not doing much more than a hard ceiling does for noise.


Q. What about insulation value?

A. Any ceiling tile with insulation (most are low value to begin with) placed into a ceiling grid (most are, 99%) do little to insulate a ceiling because the grid is not insulated so you have a 1″ gap around each tile that is not insulated. The only true way  to insulated a ceiling is to roll on insulation or blow it on.


Q.  What about IAQ (indoor air quality) and SBS (Sick Building Syndrome)?

A. Indoor air quality is increased when using our tiles, since our tiles are mold, bacteria, and mildew free. Sick building syndrome is decreased when using our tiles. 

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