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Linear Metal Ceilings

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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.

Components of linear metal ceilings include carriers, hangers and panels. Panels are narrow, continuous metal strips which can be perforated or solid. They have nominal widths of 4, 6, 8, and 12 inches. Metal panels are fabricated from either aluminum or steel and come in a vast selection of colors, textures and powder coated finishes. The metal is formed into a "U" shape and has attachment flanges that are available in various widths. Panel flanges are snapped into multiple carriers over the length of a panel. Carriers, which provide the main support system, can be hung from the building's structure by wires and hangers or be directly attached. Typically spaced every 4'-0", carriers can be made of either a rigid material or a flexible one which allows for the creation of curved ceiling lines.



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.

Last modified on Thu, Sep 20, 2012
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