Arcoplast closed edge ceiling panels provide enhanced performance for overhead installations. Traditional suspended inverted tee ceiling systems are challenged by high moisture wash down environments. This type of construction must address key issues such as installation effectiveness, plenum accessibility, and the ability to seal the work-space while accommodating the mechanical, electrical and plumbing interface. The design of a suspended inverted tee system must also prevent panel dislodgment through air displacement and high pressure wash-downs preventing contaminant migration from interstitial spaces to the process area. The design of Arcoplast closed edge panels meets the challenge and sets the standard for overhead performance.
There are two critical elements for the selection for a high performance inverted tee ceiling systems; Components for the tee grid system and type of ceiling panels:
Suspended Tee Grid Components
Suspended Tee Grid Components are available in a range of materials including cold rolled metals, extruded metals, pultruded fiberglass and plastic extrusion. These grid components are manufactured in a variety of dimensions, configurations and finishes. Work-space performance requirements, building code compliance and aesthetic demands will be determining factors in the selection of the inverted tee grid components.
Ceiling Panel Selection
Arcoplast Closed-Edge Ceiling Panels for sanitary environments are lightweight and feature greater dimensional stability, enabling panels as large as 4’ x 4’ (1.2m x 1.2m) that can be easily removed, relocated and cleaned by maintenance personnel. These large panel sizes reduces the required tee grid components by 50% and contribute to significant savings for the installation. More importantly, the reduction of linear joint lines enhances performance by reducing the potential for contaminant migration through the grid members by half, as compared to traditional 2’ x 2’ systems.
For sanitary applications, ceiling panels require a durable hard, smooth and impermeable surface that is resistant to cleaning and decontaminating procedures associated with disinfectants and high pressure wash-downs. Arcoplast gel coat finished insulated closed edge composite panels provide both the cosmetics and performance to meet sanitary operational requirements.
Key elements for sanitary work-space ceilings are panels that are edge sealed to prevent moisture and contaminant migration into the panel profile, and insulated thermal performance. The high R-factor of Arcoplast panel core insulation provides energy savings through thermal efficiency.
Arcoplast closed edge ceiling tiles provide a noise reduction coefficient that is three times greater than conventional fiberglass solid core products. This provides a significant advantage over conventional panels in creating a worker friendly environment. Standard lay-in ceiling panels, with a smooth hard surface finish, generally have acoustic characteristics that do not provide adequate noise reduction. The sound energy reflectance creates a problematic work environment for occupants that is difficult and costly to resolve. The core design of Arcoplast ceiling panels provides noise reduction with an elegant solution.
The appropriate choice of an inverted tee grid system, combined with Acroplast high performance lay-in panels creates a safer work environment and generates greater savings through less maintenance. The performance of closed edge impervious ceiling panels can extend the life-cycle of the building structure by creating a high efficiency barrier, protecting the structure from the degradation associated with high moisture and frequent wash-down cycles.