Armstrong is one of the best-known and largest designers and residential and commercial building products. You’ve probably browsed Armstrong carpet, laminate flooring and other products. Armstrong World Industries is headquartered in Lancaster PA. and have been in business for over 150 years.
About Armstrong Ceiling Tiles
Armstrong makes residential ceiling tiles for suspended ceiling systems, also called drop ceilings. They’re one of the leading brands of drop ceiling tiles. The company also manufactures direct mount ceiling tiles that are fastened to the ceiling without a drop ceiling grid. Direct mount ceiling tiles are a great way to spruce up a room with a dingy, cracked or stained ceiling without having to install a metal grid.
This guide to Armstrong ceiling tiles gives you an inside look at its collections in a variety of materials including mineral fiber, PVC, fiberglass, and metal. We’ve included Armstrong in our Metal Ceiling Tiles Review and Cost article along with other leading brands like American Tin Ceilings and Architectural Depot.
This brand is right up there with USG and a few other manufacturers of ceiling tiles in selection and total sales. See our USG Ceiling Tile Review and Cost page for a direct comparison of two of the best ceiling tile manufacturers.
Armstrong Ceiling Tile Collections Reviews
Here are our Armstrong ceiling tile reviews for each of the collections. Let’s start with an overview chart that shows the lines, their features and sizes, plus the cost of Armstrong ceiling tiles in affordable mineral fiber, midgrade fiberglass and the top-of-the-line Armstrong metal ceiling tiles.
Cost / sq.ft.
Decorative Suspended Ceilings
White / Black
Smooth Look Ceilings (include SAHARA)
$1.00 - $2.49
Textured Look Ceilings
White / Black
Metallaire Suspended Ceilings
Chorme / Brass / Copper / Lacquered Steel / White
12" x 12" Ceiling Tiles
Decorative Suspended Ceiling Collection
This collection features 7 profiles of mineral fiber tiles. Each type is treated to be resistant to the things that destroy ceiling tiles: humidity that causes tiles to sag, mold that stains and makes them unhealthy and general staining from moisture and dirt. All tiles are sized at 2’ x 2’ and are 5/8” thick. These tiles also feature a tegular edge which minimizes the grid look. The profiles include Raised Panel, Scalloped, Fluted, Tango, Cascade, and Tincraft. A tegular edge is a thin edge that allows for a cleaner fit into the metal drop ceiling grid. It can also produce visual appeal.
The Raised Panel profile features tiles with a coffered appearance. This profile features either a full panel per tile or 4 panels per tile. The Scalloped profile features 4 panels per tile with a decorative border around the panels and Fluted has one panel with a narrow plain border around the edges of the tile. Tango features a diamond pattern and Tincraft is embossed to create the look of a tin ceiling.
Tiles in the Decorative Collection are all available in white only. They can be painted and are Class A fire rated, so fire burns through them very slowly if at all.
Armstrong Decorative Collection Costs
The Decorative Collection is priced between $1.75 and $3.00 per sq. ft. except for the Tincraft profile which is priced at about $6.25 per sq. ft.
Easy Elegance Ceiling Products
The Easy Elegance Collection features tiles in 3 profiles made from lightweight PVC plastic at 1/5” thick. The Easy Elegance flat white and flat black tiles are available in 2’ x 2’ and 2’ x 4’ sizes with either a flat matte or a satin textured finish. There are also deep coffered tiles in white and black with a 2.5” depth and shallow coffered tiles in white or black with a .7” depth.
All tiles are Class A fire rated and are inherently humidity, mold, and sag proof.
Armstrong Easy Elegance Ceiling Tile Costs
Prices for the Easy Elegance flat tiles runs between $2.00 and $2.50 per sq. ft. and costs for the coffered profiles runs between $3.25 and $4.00 per sq. ft.
Smooth Look Ceilings
The Smooth Look Collection offers tiles that have an appearance similar to drywall. This is a big plus when you don’t want that “oh, it’s a drop ceiling” appearance.
The profiles include Sand Pebble, Sahara, Plain White, Oasis, Yuma White and Luma Wash. The biggest difference in these tiles is the surface texture. Sand Pebble provides the most texture and Yuma Wash has the smoothest texture.
The Sahara profile is available in plain white, 2’ x 2’ (24”x24”) size tiles with a square edge, which maximizes the grid, or with a tegular edge, which minimizes the grid. The Sahara I profile is a white 2’ x 4’ tile scored to create a 12” x 12” panel appearance and the Sahara II, also a 2’ x 4’ (24”x48”) tile, scored to create a 2’ x ‘2 panel appearance. Both Sahara I and II feature a tegular edge and are .75” thick.
All tiles in this collection are made of mineral fiber, available in white only. They feature superior sound blocking capabilities, are treated to be resistant to mold and sagging, and they are Class A fire rated.
Armstrong Smooth Look Ceiling Tile Costs
The tiles in this collection cost between $1.25 and $2.00 per sq. ft. except for Sahara I and Sahara II which run about $2.50 per sq. ft.
Textured Look Collection
The Textured Look Collection includes both mineral fiber and fiberglass tiles. The mineral fiber tiles are available in stucco textured and fissured looks. Super Tuff is a 2’ x 2’ mineral fiber tile with scratch resistance, Fine Fissured is also a mineral fiber tile and is available in 2’ x 2’ and 4’ x 4’ sizes in white and black. Grenoble is mineral fiber, available in 2’ x 4’, and provides the look of textured stucco. Other mineral fiber tiles are available with fine fissures, directional fissures or random fissures. Most of the mineral fiber tiles are 5/8” thick and come in white.
There are 5 fiberglass profiles in this line including Esprit which features a smooth appearance in 2’ x 4’ tiles, Pebble, which features a gritty texture, and Sonoflex, which is an etched tile. There are also fiberglass tiles with fissures. The fiberglass tiles are available in 2’ x 4’ sizes, 5/8” thick and white only. The benefits of fiberglass are they it is waterproof, so it won’t mold, and the surface is non-porous, so it won’t stain. If the tiles get dirty, they are easily cleaned. The downside is that they can feel a little flimsy.
Armstrong Textured Ceiling Tile Costs
The mineral fiber tiles cost between $1.00 and $2.50 per sq. ft. The fiberglass tiles cost between $.50 and $1.25 per sq. ft.
Tiles in the Metallaire Collection are all made of metal and provide a tin ceiling appearance. These tiles are available in chrome, brass, copper, lacquered steel, and white, and sized at either 2’ x 2 or 2’ x 4’’. There are 12 patterns to choose from including Fans, which features a diamond pattern, Medallion which boasts a 3 inch circular pattern, and Large Floral and Small Floral patterns that offer a softer, more casual appearance. There are also tiles offering a paneled or coffered appearance including Large Panel with or without a hammered-look border, and Bead, which is a large panel with a beaded border. You can also choose Medium Panel or Small Panel profiles.
The Metallaire Collection is all Class A fire rated, and inherently resistant to moisture, mildew, and sagging. Armstrong also makes matching grid kits, border tiles, cornices, and moldings to compliment your metal ceiling. We recommend these packages, so that you’ll know everything in the ceiling assembly is designed to work together.
You can also find these tiles available in stainless steel for use as a backsplash, wall treatment or premium ceiling option. Here is a link to the Armstrong brochure featuring the Metallaire Collection.
Metallaire tiles cost between $6.00 and $8.00 per sq. ft. for white and lacquered steel and between $11.00 and $14.00 per sq. ft. for chrome, brass, and copper.
12” x 12” Direct Mount Collection
This collection features 12’ x 12” mineral fiber tiles that can be directly mounted to the ceiling with Armstrong’s EasyUp Installation System or applied to the ceiling with adhesive. The EasyUp System is a grid system that is attached to the ceiling with screws and includes clips which hold the tiles. The EasyUp System is a good choice if your ceilings are very rough or uneven because the grid system can be shimmed to create a level surface.
The tiles in this collection include a variety of textures and designs. The Circles, Tintile, and Wellington profiles all provide the appearance of a tin ceiling in various patterns. Pinehurst creates the look of a Spanish stucco plaster ceiling. Baltic, Impression, Sand Pebble, and Grenoble all provide a plaster look with varying degrees of texture. Washable White has a very smooth texture and is washable.
All of these tiles feature a tongue & groove edge to minimize the grid look. They are .5” thick, so a little thinner than other Armstrong ceiling tile options. The tiles are Class A fire rated, and come standard with anti-mold treatment and a rigidity that delivers sag protection. The Armstrong 12”x12” (1’x1’) ceiling tiles are available in white only but can be painted with latex paint to create any look you desire.
Armstrong 12” x 12” Direct Mount Tile Costs
Armstrong 12” x 12” tiles cost anywhere from $1.00 to $2.60 per sq. ft. depending on the pattern, texture and quantity purchased. The tin look tiles are more expensive than the stucco look tiles.
Cost for the Armstrong EasyUp Installation System starts at about $100.00 for twenty 8” tracks and a package of 35 clips.
Where To Buy Armstrong Ceiling Tiles
Armstrong ceiling tiles are available at Lowes, Home Depot, Menards and local independent retailers. We’ve noticed that some of the big box stores only carry certain collections and have also noticed that prices for the same product can vary store to store so it is worthwhile to shop around.
Ceiling Tile Maintenance
The maintenance of these tiles is comparable to most brands. Armstrong ceiling tiles can be cleaned with a soft brush or a vacuum with a brush attachment. If mineral fiber tiles become badly stained, they can be painted. Fiberglass tiles can be cleaned using mild soap and a damp cloth.
Most verified customer reviews for Armstrong tiles positive. Customers mentioned their beautiful appearance, authentic tin ceiling look, durability that the tiles were well packaged, so they arrive in good condition. And they are easy to install.