If you have already purchased tin ceiling tiles, good for you! You are well on your way to having a fine and lovely new ceiling. Before you can begin to enjoy your new metal ceiling, however, there is the little matter of installing it. Luckily this is a fairly straightforward process that you can do yourself with a little help if you are so inclined.
Step One: Install a Plywood Substrate or Furring Strips
Metal ceiling tiles need something to attach to in order to stay in place on your ceiling, and typically this is done in one of two ways: with plywood substrate, or furring strips. Furring strips are a traditional method, employing a grid of 1”x 2” or 1”x 3” strips to hold the tiles up. Plywood substrate tends to be a bit cheaper and easier, and so is used more often, but furring strips add a nice touch to the project. If you use plywood, you simply attach it to the joists using decking screws. Furring strips should run parallel to the joists at 6” or 12” intervals.
Step Two: Nail Up Tiles
Start from the center of the room and work outward. This method ensures that the tiles overlap in the most aesthetically pleasing way for someone entering the room. Nailing up the tiles is a fairly simple step that requires only a nail gun or hammer and muscles. You will probably have to cut some tiles to fit at the edges and cornices, or a manufacturer can do this for you if you know exactly what you need.
Step Three: Install Crown Molding
If you are installing crown molding, you should do it after all your tiles are up and your ceiling is beginning to come together. Cut to exact fit with aviation snips.
Step Four: Paint Your Ceiling
If you purchased brushed tin, you may not need to paint, but unfinished tin should be painted with an oil-based primer and paint to avoid rust. Clean the tile with grease cleaner and wax prior to painting.
Step Five: Enjoy Your New Metal Ceiling!
Sit back, relax, and gaze up at the beauty of your handiwork. Contemplate your next metal ceiling project and enjoy!