Tin ceiling panels for exterior use?

I've been looking for an approach other than plywood or stucco to cover the ceiling of a porch and carport. I saw some embossed tin ceiling panels at a home imp store yesterday that I thought MIGHT look good, but the guy in that department wasn't sure they are intended for exterior use. If they can be, it's something I might consider if I can find a simpler design that wouldn't be too busy looking. Anyone know whether they can be used outside?
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I was in a night club a few months back where a back room was being renovated. One of the changes involved what appeared to be tin ceiling tiles - very nice looking ones. I used the word "tin" when talking to the owner about it. He said they were not tin, but some sort of composite material. I have no further info about them, but a call to a company like Armstrong might get you headed in the right direction.
Their "tin type" tiles mention this in their descriptions: "Humidity Resistant: Provides extra sag resistance. Ideal for areas with high humidity (but not where subjected to standing water)."
http://www.armstrong.com/resclgam/na/ceilings/en/us/prod_detail.asp?itemIdu118.0
If they don't recommend outdoor use, perhaps they can point you to another manufacturer.
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I wouldnt use steel forever maintence issue.
Wonder if they are available in plastic.
siding companies have stuff for porch roofs:)
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JoeSpareBedroom wrote:

These actually are tin (aluminum?) and come in a variety of colors and designs.
http://www.americantinceilings.com /
I'm also considering "vinyl planks", but I can't seem to find them anywhere. But maybe there are vinyl panels with embossed designs similar to the "tin". I'll have to look into that. Could be a neat idea.
Thanks.
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Call a local architect. He/she may be able to at least provide you with some brand names you can investigate further.
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