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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

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How do you install Genesis?

They will quickly and easily fit into almost any ceiling grid system. Genesis Panels are lay-in ceiling panels and are available in the same sizes as fiber-based ceiling tiles, 2′ x 2′ and 2′ x 4′.

Will Genesis install in my existing grid system?

If you are using the standard 15/16” or 1” grid size for 2’ x 2’ or 2’ x 4’ tiles, yes, Genesis will easily install. There are some grids that use a “stab and connect” system that may cause the corners of the tile to sit higher than the rest of the tile. Genesis tiles are not intended for use with 9/16-Inch narrow line grid systems.

What about acoustics?

Acoustic control is often seen as the main feature of a ceiling panel. The actual acoustical control provided by traditional mineral board, or “acoustic” ceiling tiles, is less than many believe. Although mineral board ceiling tiles have higher acoustical control than a drywall ceiling, marketers positioned mineral board tiles as “acoustic ceiling tiles” as a product differentiators in order to sell more tiles.Other important ceiling tile product features that also need to be considered in any drop ceiling are aesthetics, reflectivity, indoor air quality, durability and sustainability. Acoustical control can be addressed in many ways other than ceiling tiles. For example, a carpeted floor is significantly more effective at absorbing sound than most ceiling tiles. Textile wall treatments and drapes also have a significant acoustic deadening effect.Today, new products and technology offer control through sound-absorbing partitions, carpeting, furniture, workspace-to-noise segregation, sound-masking technology, and specially designed sound absorbing materials. Generally, three methods are used to achieve sound control: absorption using drapes, carpets, absorptive panels, etc.; blocking using walls, floors, and layout; and covering up through sound masking.

While all three of these are recommended to achieve optimal results, covering up by increasing background sound produces the most dramatic improvement in speech privacy (a HIPPA privacy compliance concern) with the least disruption and typically the lowest cost. Additionally, one must determine if the area or room in question requires acoustic controls. Commons areas or conference rooms definitely need consideration, but does multi-purpose areas or private offices? Given the abundance of acoustic control measures available today, ceiling acoustic considerations have become less important over the last decade.

Why is the thickness of Genesis different for different panels?

To be sure the panels won’t sag. The 2′ x 2′ will be either 4mm or 5mm depending on the pattern selected. The 2′ x 4′ panels are 5mm.

What happens if water condensation on pipes lands on the ceiling panels?

The water evaporates and leaves no discoloration. Perhaps more important, Genesis does not permit the growth of mold and mildew.

How will I know if I have a major water leak?

The water will drip between the grid and ceiling tile. This will quickly alert you to the problem, as water will drip on the floor. Obviously, the leak still needs to be fixed, but the value of Genesis is that you can dry off the tile and reinstall it, undamaged.

How do I cut Genesis?

Use a skill saw or RotoZip to cut to odd sizes and a hole-saw or RotoZip for sprinkler heads or can lights. The tile can be trimmed with a utility knife. You may also use a metal angle ruler, score it and snap the tile.

What is the best way to clean Genesis?

You can use any household cleaner. Just spray the cleaner onto a clean rag and wipe. You can also power-wash Genesis panels and even place them in an industrial dishwasher up to 110 degrees F. The tiles are unaffected by most corrosive chemicals, but you should avoid using acidic cleaners. Do not use abrasive cleansers to scrub.

How do you keep the tiles in place where there are significant updrafts?

We offer optional clips that may be used for drafty areas or uneven grid systems.

The corners of my Genesis tiles are not resting flush in the grid. Why do shadow lines appear in the corners of my Genesis ceiling tiles?

If your Genesis ceiling tile appears to sit higher on the ceiling grid corners, it is likely because of the type of ceiling grid you are using.

There are two main types of ceiling grid systems: a “stab” system, and a “hook” system. A stab grid system provides additional stability as the cross-tee overlaps the main beam to prevent twisting. This feature often qualifies stab systems for a Seismic Rating. A hook grid system is often a lighter-duty grid. See images below.

Stab grid system

Stab Grid System

Hook grid system

Hook Grid System

All stab grid systems, like Classic X Cliq® and USG Donn DXL® and Armstrong Prelude XL® use an overlap design at the cross-tees. This causes about a 1/16-inch raising of the ceiling panel at the corners. This is the case for all ceiling panels, including Genesis, mineral board acoustic and vinyl-clad gypsum. See image below.

Stab grid system showing a small gap using a Genesis tile

One method to reduce the raised tile problem with stab grid systems is to use hold-down clips in the ceiling tile corners. After your tiles are installed in the grid, identify which corners need to be clipped. From the top of the grid, simply push the clip onto the spline so that it presses the corners of the tile down. See image below.

Genesis hold down clip

Hook-style grid systems, like the Armstrong Prelude®, result in a flat alignment of the main and cross-tees. Ceiling tiles in hook systems usually don’t show raised corners. See image below.

Hook grid system showing no gap using a Genesis tile

What is the light reflectance for these ceiling panels?

Style Percent Luminous Reflectance
Smooth Pro84.6
Classic Pro78.6
Stucco Pro84.2
Printed Pro82.8
Contour Pro74.6

See Genesis -Light Reflectivity Adobe PDF Icon for technical information about Genesis ceiling panel light reflectivity.

At what temperature will the rigidity of the Genesis ceiling panel be impacted?

110 degrees

Can I paint Genesis ceiling panels?

To paint our Genesis ceiling panels, the recommended paint and preparation steps are below. For proper adhesion, be sure to complete both preparation steps:

Manufacturer Paint Preparation 1 Preparation 2 Application Type
Dutch Boy Dutch Boy Platinum Clean & Degrease None Brush: Nylon or Polyester
Roller: 3/8” nap cover
Conco Interior/Exterior DTM ALKYD Gloss Industrial Enamel (8500 SERIES) or
Interior/Exterior DTM Acrylic Gloss Industrial Enamel (8000 SERIES)
Clean & Degrease Interior/Exterior DTM ALKYD Rust Control Metal Primer (P851) or
Interior/Exterior DTM Acrylic Prime & Finish (P801)
Brush: Nylon or Polyester
Roller: 3/8” nap cover
Rust-Oleum Rust-Oleum Universal and Painter's Touch 2X aerosols Clean & Degrease None Brush: Nylon or Polyester
Roller: 3/8” nap cover