Nail-up tin ceiling tiles can give your home a sense of uniqueness and character that many other ceiling types simply can’t offer. They have a reflective quality and individual textures that set them apart from other ceiling materials. Furthermore, they are relatively easy to install yourself if you have the tools, know-how, and willingness to install your own ceiling. The following are a few tips to keep in mind if you are installing your own tin ceiling:
- Make sure your base is strong. Nail-up tin ceiling tiles can be heavy: they are held in by small screws or nails. If your ceiling is drywall or plaster, the nails can slip out and the tin tiles will not be held in place. Most professional installers use a piece of plywood mounted over the plaster or drywall, secured into the studs of the ceiling. This provides your tin ceiling with a solid base, but you must be careful to properly secure the plywood to the studs; a stripped screw or cracked stud could result in your entire ceiling crashing down.
- Make sure all lighting is done by professionals. Some homeowners work on electrical wiring themselves, and far too many of them end up injured. All lighting should be installed above the original plaster or drywall ceiling, but when preparing to install the plywood, you must cut the holes properly for the light fixtures to come through.
This will mean you will either have slightly recessed lighting or you will need to rewire and lower the light fixtures by a few inches. Before putting the plywood up, turn the power off in the room and take out all ceiling fixtures to reduce the chances of electrocution.
- Use the right hardware. There are specific nails and screws made for attaching Nail-up tin ceiling tiles to a plywood base. While other hardware might work, it will be less effective and likely less attractive on the ceiling. Steel nails are typically used to secure nail-up tin ceiling tiles.
- Center the ceiling. The ceiling looks best when the metal tiles are centered over the entrance to the room. Find the center point of the doorway, and line the tiles up from there.