Whether you’re in the process of installing metal ceiling tiles or already have them installed, there are several reasons why you may need to cut your tiles at any time. For instance, deciding to install a ceiling fan, light fixtures, or any other ceiling medallion will require you to cut a hole in one or more tiles. Or if you’re in the process of installing metal ceiling tiles for your ceiling, as a backsplash, wall art, or any other type of decoration, chances are that you will have to cut the tiles to fit into place.
Because of their nature as metal tiles, you’ll want to be careful to ensure that you don’t injure yourself or waste tiles by making a cutting mistake. If the ceiling tiles haven’t yet been installed, there are two primary methods of cutting them. Fortunately, these can be done with a pair of scissors or tin snips.
- Scissors. When using scissors to cut your metal ceiling tile, be sure that you’ve measured the proper width and length that you need of the tile. Turn the tile on its back and lightly draw a line where you need to cut. Simply follow that straight edge until you have the shape that you need. You can only use scissors with lighter material tiles.
- Tin Snips. Cutting a metal ceiling tile with scissors can show the unsteadiness of the your hand. If you want a cleaner straight line, use a ruler to mark where you need to cut the metal ceiling tiles. Simply trace the utility blade over that line. Then use tin snips to carefully cut exactly what you want.
Now, if your metal ceiling tiles are already installed and you need to cut a hole in the ceiling for a medallion or new light fixture, rest assured that it can be easily done as well. Find a stepladder and use a drywall saw with a extra fine-toothed blade. This will allow you to cut through to the other side.
If you would like more professional cutting tools than household scissors, a utility blade, or drywall saw, you can purchase tin snips or guillotine paper cutters to get the most precise cut for your needs.