Genesis tile basics
Q. Are your tiles resistant to
any stain or spots?
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?
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
Q. Who are Genesis tiles compliant with?
A. USDA, FDA, CFIA
(Canada), Health Department, Fire Marshall, compliant.
Q. Genesis tiles fire
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.
Fire Rating for all tiles
Q. What about fire
A. 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. What about hour
rated tiles are called for where the ceiling above the drop ceiling is wood and
there is a level above it, this is asked for to protect those above long enough
to get out before the fire reaches them. Unfortunately some in the industry
have learned how to side step this issue and have an entire assembly (grid and
tiles) tested and then they get for the assembly 1-3 hour rating. The problem
is most other tiles are made of wood or mineral fiber and will not last even an
hour much less 2-3, but since the metal grid is still there after 1-3 hours
they get the rating. But this can mislead many into a false security that they
have the protection they need in a fire. The only true protection would be use
a high end ceramic or steel tile or even better install a sprinkler system
where each sprinkler head covers only a 100 sq ft section. IE if you have 1000
sq ft you would need 10 sprinkler heads.
Materials used to make Genesis
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
A. PVC is short for
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
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)?
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
Cleaning or Painting
Q. Cleaning ceiling
acoustical tiles cannot be cleaned and when trying the tiles can be damaged,
Genesis on the other hand can be cleaned in place by soap and water, power
washing or removed and power washed.
Q. Painting ceiling
A. Most acoustical
tiles cannot be painted without sealing in harmful bacteria and mold not to
mention painting can alter fire rating and acoustical value. To paint a ceiling
tile it needs to be removed or else when it dries it can and most of the time
will stick to the grid it sits in making a huge mess when trying to remove or
to work above. This makes painting expensive and hazardous.
Mold, bacteria, mildew issues
Q. What about
Bacteria, Mold and Mildew?
A. Our tiles
have passed the ASTM test for Mold, they do not grow mold, bacteria or mildew.
Q. What about Bio Blocks
applied to acoustical tiles for Bacteria and Mold?
A. They work
great for up to 25 years as long as they do not get wet, even moisture from
A/C Condensation, Pipe Leaks, Roof Leaks. Which means bio blocks or chemicals
added to help block bacteria, mold, etc are only good as long as the tile
remains totally dry..
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
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.
Differences between tiles
Acoustics most acoustical tiles will lose most
of their acoustical value (noise reduction capability) as the holes fill with
dirt and dust which starts day 1. Which also blocks bacteria and mold in the
tile causing sick building syndrome (SBS).
No, Genesis has very little acoustical value,
practically none about what a solid ceiling has. Have you ever gone into an open
house for sale that has no furniture, hard floors and solid ceilings how it
echoes? But as soon as you add furniture the echo is gone, the same holds true
for most areas with non acoustical tiles.. The more in an area such as furniture,
carpet, etc the less there is a noise issue. But in the few times we have had
noise issues, banners have been used to absorb the noise or wall panels to
absorb the noise.
Mold, Bacteria, Mildew most tiles grow mold,
grow bacteria and mildew and become a huge issue for indoor air quality (IAQ)
and contribute to sick building syndrome (SBS) which can cause your customers
from returning and cause employees to use sick time more often reducing
employee ability to give 100%. Chemicals applied such as Bio Blocks only work
if the tiles do not get wet or even moist. Where with Genesis water will not
cause any problems at most you may have to wipe them down. With Genesis you
increase IAQ and reduce SBS.
Water Stains/Spots most tiles are made
of wood or mineral fiber and as such will water spot due to a/c condensation
(which is just about anywhere an ac is used), roof leaks, pipe leaks, concrete
sweating, etc so in time you will have to either replace the tile or put up
with ugly ceilings that can look unsightly to your customers not to mention the
mold that could be growing in the tile causing sick building syndrome (SBS).
Genesis will never water spot or stain meaning you will never have to worry
about unsightly ceilings and/or mold growing in Genesis.
Sagging Tiles main reason tiles
sag is due to moisture and it does not require a lot to do so when dealing with
tiles made of wood or mineral fiber which is basically a paper product. The
more humidity the more they will sag, Genesis will never sag due to moisture,
humidity or water.
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
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.
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
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
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
Drop or Suspended Ceiling (Tiles)
A ceiling suspended (dropped) grid system by
hangers (wires) with standard ceiling tiles (Armstrong, USG, Celotex, Ceilume,
PVC) of 2' by 2' or 2 by 4' to cosmetically cover a/c ducts, wiring, etc as
well insulating from up ceiling for fire protection, reduction in a/c bills,
Q. What Type of Grids are there?
A. Grid is also known as T bar is what is
suspended from the ceiling that the tiles site in traditionally is either
24" x 24" or 24' x 48".
A1. Surface mount grid for areas with low
clearance normally only needs at most 1.5" made of Vinyl, Class A Flame
and Smoke Rated, mounts directly to rafters or ceiling.
A2. Drop ceiling grid made of metal, aluminum,
or vinyl Class A Flame and Smoke Rated or can be up to 3 hour rated, drops via
anchors using wires to suspend grid mains, cross tees that connect to wall
molding. Vinyl will not rust as metal will and is more durable than aluminum.
A3. Grid covers made ofr vinyl, snap on tightly
to the grid, is Class A Flame and Smoke Rated, comes in white only for 1"
grid, and in 20 colors for 15/16" grid. Once installed it is hard to tell
that it is installed on an existing grid. Can improve looks of ceiling, makes
cleaning extremely easy and reduces rusting.
A/C Diffusers and Returns
Q. What are Diffusers?
A. An A/C Diffuser is the part that connects to
the duct that sits flush in the ceiling that allows air to flow into the room,
most commercial diffusers are 24" x 24"
Q. What are Returns?
A. An A/C Return is the part that connects to
the duct that sits flush in the ceiling that allows air to flow from the room
back into the a/c, most commercial returns are 24" x 24"
Q. What type of diffusers and returns are
A1. Most today are metal and they rust easily
due to moisture and hard to clean and either have to be replaced or costly to
A2. We offer PVC Diffusers and Returns that are
UL 94 rated, easy to clean, will not rust come in white or black. Normally
cheaper than most metal diffusers and returns.