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What Can Discolor Ceiling Tiles?

7/28/2022 (Permalink)

Vintage looking Damage caused by damp and moisture on a ceiling Ceiling tile damaged by water

Find Out More About Differences In Tile Discoloration

Ceiling tiles can become slightly discolored over time, but faster and more noticeable discoloration may be due to water exposure or tile mold. Find out more about differences in tile discoloration due to moisture, mold, dirt, smoke or ultraviolet light. Any of these factors could be the cause of discolored ceiling tiles at a building in Clementon, NJ.

Moisture and Mold
Moisture and mold that results from water damage that has not been restored are two common culprits behind discolored tiles. There are several ways in which these elements may change the appearance of ceiling tiles:

  • Damp tiles appear dark
  • Ongoing water exposure stains tiles
  • Mold growth may be patterned

Tiles that are currently damp can appear dark in color. It is important to stop the flow of a leak and dry or replace tiles that have suffered water damage. Tile mold tends to grow in patterns and have distinctive surface textures. Mold may show up as soon as 24 to 48 hours after water causes damage.

Dirt or Smoke Particles
Over time, airborne particles of dust and dirt can settle on a ceiling and alter the color of tiles. In buildings where smoking is still allowed, residue can cause discoloration. Smoke residue contains a combination of nicotine, tar and other substances that can turn ceiling tiles brown or gray.

UV Light Exposure
Repeated exposure to bright ultraviolet light used indoors at manufacturing or medical operations can bleach ceiling tiles. Light damage lightens the color of a ceiling rather than introducing darker staining. This type of discoloration poses no allergen or health risks.
A building owner may want to replace discolored ceiling tiles. In the event of tile mold growth, remediation will be necessary before restoration can take place. Replacing building materials without addressing the underlying cause can lead to further ceiling tile discoloration at a building in Clementon, NJ.

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