When you are choosing to install your new metal ceiling tiles on your own, it is important to make certain you take the correct steps so that the installation goes smoothly the first time. With any type of project that involves a substantial financial investment, you want to ensure your time, effort, and financial output generate the end product you desire.
Before you begin installing the ceiling tiles, an important preliminary planning step is creating an installation diagram for your project. The following steps will walk you through the necessary parts of planning for your ceiling tile installation:
1. Measure and record the dimensions of the room where the installation will occur. On a piece of graph paper, map out the dimensions so you can determine the size of tiles you need for the central part of the ceiling.
2. If the room does not have even measurements, the challenging part is figuring out the tile size needed around the perimeter of the room. This is important to achieve a balanced space. If your length measurement reads with separate inches, you will need to add 12 to the inches and then divide that number by 2. For example, if the room measure 18 feet 7 inches, you would calculate (7+12) / 2 = 9.5. Now you have the correct measurement for the edge tiles.
3. Talk to your manufacturer. Take your rough draft so that you can discuss dimensions with them, and they will help fine-tune the measurements to render your diagram more accurate. The manufacturer will also help you identify the measurements of each individual ceiling tile so you can apply the correct numbers to your diagram. Ordinarily, tiles measure either 12” x 12” or 12” x 24”. These numbers can provide a basic starting point when constructing your diagram.
While this might sound like an unpleasant process, taking measurements and making a diagram is the most tedious part of installing ceiling tiles. If you can accurately plan your project, it makes the actual installation much easier. Utilize your resources, and don’t be afraid to ask questions during the beginning stages. It is wise to take your time during the planning phase to ensure you end up with your desired results.