DIY is all about home improvement. Why pay someone else to do what you can accomplish on your own? It’s your house, after all, and you should be able to take care of it on your own.
Of course, not every DIY job is created equal. Installing drywall in an unfinished basement is a few steps beyond hanging up a new shower curtain, for instance, and for something like repairing the wiring or the plumbing in your house you may be better off hiring a specialist unless you’ve already had a lot of practice working with the system in question.
Fortunately, however, putting up a metal ceiling is close to the easy end of the scale, especially if you’ve got an extra pair or two of strong arms to help you out. There are several different methods for installing metal tiles, and none of them are particularly difficult:
Furring Strips And Nails
This is the most direct method, and it simply involves installing furring strips (two-inch thick strips of wood which you screw directly to the wood joists behind the drywall or whatever else your ceiling is made of) and then nailing up the metal tiles. Alternately, you can cover your ceiling in plywood if you’re willing to exchange effort for money. Either way, it’s simple, it’s direct, and it can last for as long as the house itself.
Metal Drop Ceiling
This goes up exactly the same way as a more traditional drop ceiling, but instead of putting in mineral fiber tiles you put in metal tiles. Drop ceilings can be a little more complicated than furring strips in terms of the setup, but in exchange it’s a lot easier to install and potentially replace the tiles themselves. For that matter, if you already have a mineral tile drop ceiling in your home, chances are very good that you can replace them with metal tiles in just an hour or two.
Snap Grid Ceiling
This innovative new installation system combines some of the best features of both furring strips and drop ceilings. You start by installing wall moldings around the edges of the room, then slot in the overlapping metal tiles and secure them with drywall screws, and then snap in some inserts to cover up where the tiles overlap. The instructions may sound complicated at first, but it’s easy to do once you get the hang of it.
Installing a metal ceiling may not be the easiest of all home improvement DIY jobs, but with the right tools and some good instructions, even a novice should be able to handle it. For that matter, installing a metal ceiling may be just the practice you need before you move on to harder tasks.