Metal ceilings create an elegant and stunning display that will impress anyone who enters your home. If you decide to install a metal ceiling yourself, perhaps the largest challenge will be ensuring that the ceiling is aligned. There’s no worse situation than realizing that the tiles are crooked across the entire ceiling! This would completely ruin the otherwise impressive effect that metal ceiling tiles can have. By understanding how to ensure that your metal ceiling installation is aligned, you’ll have the renovation you’ve always wanted.
First, it’s important to know the exact measurements of your ceiling. By knowing these measurements, you can plan the appropriate installation of your metal ceiling tiles.
- Find a stepladder and go to one corner of the room. With the help of an assistant, stretch a measuring tape across the whole of the room, pressing the tape against the wall and using the crease as your point to determine the length.
- Once you’ve determined the length of the room, divide it in half. Once you’ve divided the measurement in half, move the stepladder to the center of the room and mark the center of the room with a piece of chalk.
- This will divide your ceiling into four quadrants.
Once your ceiling is divided into four quadrants, it will be much easier to handle the responsibility of installing a metal ceiling properly. Before you begin installation, be sure to familiarize yourself with any and all detailed fitting instructions from the metal ceiling tile provider or manufacturer. Since very few homes and rooms are truly built square, you will have to use the four quadrants you’ve created to help you keep the metal ceiling tiles aligned.
First, feel free to make measurements again, making a chalk grid as you work this time. Now, you don’t have to turn your entire ceiling into a grid, though marking as much as you can with chalk will ensure that your metal ceiling tiles are installed perfectly. By marking your ceiling with chalk you will be able to see how they will be placed into the ceiling. Always work row by row, working from the corners to ensure that you have similar starting points for each row and that each line is equally aligned.
By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be able to install your metal ceiling and keep everything perfectly aligned!