Not every ceiling is a flat plane waiting for a new layer of tin-coated tiles to rescue them from the drabness of plain white paint or the predictable popcorn material. Some of them have curves or slopes, an unusual shape which demands an unusual approach.
Also known as a drop-in ceiling, this style features removable panels that hang on a grid beneath another unfinished ceiling or the roof or floor above. Fortunately, most metal ceiling tile manufacturers, including Metal Ceiling Express, make tiles designed to fit into this style of ceiling, so all you have to do is replace the usual mineral fiber tiles with metal tiles.
Coffered ceilings have deep depressions surrounded by thick wood ridges, and they look sort of like a waffle. The Snap-Grid metal tile system mimics this to some extent, but if you already have such a ceiling all you need to do is figure out how best to fit each panel into the depressions.
Cove ceilings use thick moldings and tiers to create a dynamic, recessed ceiling. Adding metal tiles to a cove ceiling with curved edges may look messy, but if the ceiling has tiers you might be able to add different tiles to different tiers for a unique layering effect.
Tray ceilings have a two-layer effect that makes them look like someone’s holding a tray upside-down over your head. Metal ceiling tiles can help complete the effect by having the “tray” surface be metal.
Despite the name, the steep slopes and central peak of a cathedral ceiling really look more like a chapel. Such ceilings look very elegant in white or wood, but metal tiles can still work with this aesthetic by using simple geometric patterns and a white finish.
A shed ceiling is like a cathedral ceiling but with one slope instead of two. Some of them feature exposed wooden beams which you should leave uncovered by metal tiles, but otherwise cases the only difficulty in using metal tiles is finding a long enough ladder.
Different ceiling shapes and sizes can demand a different approach, but metal tiles can enhance the ceilings of almost every home. The only trick is to make sure they match the décor and the shapes available to them.