Styrofoam insulation is not fire resistant and can, in fact, add fuel to a fire.
There are some pros and cons associated with Styrofoam™ ceiling tiles. They provide good insulation and are easy to find and install. Consumers also often choose from several attractive styles. On the other hand, they can be difficult to maintain. Styrofoam™, a type of polystyrene foam, is also not fire resistant and some tiles can even add fuel to a fire.
One of the biggest advantages of Styrofoam™ ceiling tiles is their ability to insulate a room. They are often much more effective at insulating than other types of ceiling boards, such as metal and pressed paper. They not only provide sound insulation, but provide thermal insulation. This means that they can help maintain a room’s temperature. They can help keep the air cool during the warmer months and the air warm during the cooler months, which will result in lower energy bills.
When choosing ceiling boards, many people notice how easy they are to install. Compared to many other ceiling options, Styrofoam™ is relatively easy to install. Tiles are very lightweight and can also be installed over most types of ceilings, including popcorn and stucco ceilings. Generally, a do-it-yourselfer can install these ceiling tiles in a short amount of time.
Additionally, polystyrene tiles can be found in many styles, and designs can be found to match almost any decor. They are also relatively easy to find: most building supply stores sell them, and they can also be purchased online.
Styrofoam™ lining boards, however, have their drawbacks. These boards can be a little more difficult to maintain than other types of ceiling boards and have a tendency to absorb more stains than other ceiling materials, especially metal.
As polystyrene is typically fragile, these boards must be cleaned very carefully. This can be done with a solution of mild detergent and water. If they are not clean, they can be painted, although most paints will damage the tiles. An acrylic emulsion paint is generally recommended to cause minimal damage.
Unlike metal plates, Styrofoam™ plates are not fire resistant. In fact, this material can even help a fire continue to burn, and some tiles can also emit dangerous gases while they are burning.