Detention Metal Security Ceilings

Detention metal security ceilings refers to metal panel ceilings that are used in detention centers, correctional facilities, and other high security applications to prevent intrusion or escape via the ceiling panels. Security ceilings are used to prevent burglaries as well as in detention environments, and are rated both on their ability to withstand a sustained assault and for their acoustical dampening properties.

Manufacturers of Detention Metal Security Ceilings

  • Trussbilt is a leading manufacturer of security products for the detention and homeland security industries, including their detention metal security ceilings.  Trussbilt manufactures security ceilings for minimum, medium, and maximum security applications. Trussbilts TrussWall steel wall panels and TrussDoor detention hollow metal doors and frames combine with their security ceilings for a single souce integrated security package.

Security Ceilings and Accoustics

Metal security ceilings are rated both on their ability to withstand a sustained attempt to breach them, and on their sound dapening properties. For this reason detention security ceilings are often referred to as accoustic security ceilings or ceiling panels.

Noise control is an increasing need in prisons, which often exist in a state of perpetual overcrowding. Traditional metal security ceilings can actually transmit sound (metal is an excellent conductor) and increase the noise problem in detention facilities. This increased noise creates poor living conditions for inmates in detention facilities and stressful working environment for correctional officers.

Most modern manufacturers of metal security ceilings now incorporate sound-deadening techniques into the design of their ceiling panels. Through choice of material and specific design techniques to minimize the conduction of sound some security ceilings actually have the ability to absorb or dampen sound and reduce the overall noise level in detention facilities.

Security Ceilings and Detention Ratings

Security ceiling’s primary purpose is to prevent passage or attack, preventing inmates from detention facilities from escaping, and preventing burglars or other intruders from entering high security buildings or rooms.

Security ceilings are typically rated on whether they are appropriate for minimum security, medium security, or for maximum security detention facilities.

In the highest rating, maximum security detention ceilings are constructed from layered panels that are welded together in such a way that there are no exposed screwheads or bolts. The only access through the security ceiling is provided by specially built access panels.

Detention security ceilings are used in a number of different areas of detention facilities, including:

  • Inmate cells
  • Holding cells
  • Security corridors
  • Wall separators
  • Soffit enclosures
  • Detention dayroom ceilings

In addition to preventing passage, security ceilings also serve to protect pipes, wiring, HVAC and other plumbing and electric services that run above suspended ceilings. Security ceilings in detention facilities must also be designed to stop even the smallest access points to prevent the concealment of contraband within the ceiling panels.

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