Linear metal ceilings are panels hung from a suspension system in wall-to-wall or floating ceiling applications. Typically used in spaces where the design has greater importance than the efficiency of the lighting, linear metal ceilings are a type of suspended ceiling. Suspended ceilings have been used by architects and designers as part of the interior design for public spaces and commercial buildings for decades. The primary purpose of a secondary ceiling, such as a suspended ceiling, is to conceal the vast collection of building support systems which lie above, including the building structure and electrical and mechanical systems. Linear metal ceilings are a low maintenance finished ceiling option, and they have a high visual impact in interior or exterior spaces.
Mechanical or other systems that are covered with suspended linear metal panels are inaccessible unless an access door is installed. Linear metal ceilings are very stable, and when used in conjunction with various perimeter trims, end caps and splices, create very effective exterior ceilings. They can be used in canopies, drive-up teller areas, or soffits. Linear metal ceilings do not contain organic products that support mold growth, and are considered a "green" building material because they are completely recyclable.