Ceilings made up of metal tiles have been around for ages, and it’s no surprise why. Metal tiles create a stunning ceiling and provide comfort to any room. Unlike in years past, however, metal ceiling tiles are now affordable and can be placed in any home or place of commercial business.
Unfortunately, many people opt against using metal ceiling tiles because they are unaware of the installation process. The fact of the matter is, you don’t need a flat ceiling to install metal ceiling tiles. Metal ceiling tiles can be installed on any ceiling and can be installed between rafters. If you have rafters in your home or place of business, metal tiles should be an obvious choice for your ceiling’s material.
Choosing Your Tiles
Adding metal ceiling panels between rafters adds a particular sense of architectural interest to your home. The first step, of course, is to select the tiles you’d like to use. You can find metal ceiling panels online and choose from hundreds of designs and colors to find the tiles that will fit perfectly into your room or hallway. You can also order samples of the tiles so that you can confirm they’re an ideal match.
If you’d like, you can paint your own metal ceiling tiles. If you find the perfect design but can’t find a color online that you are satisfied with, you can choose your own paint to paint the tiles. This is a way to ensure you get a tile design you’re comfortable with without settling on the tile’s color.
Don’t worry so much about the tiles’ size when choosing. Tiles can easily be cut down to size, which means they’ll fit in any ceiling. The only catch to this would be if cutting the tile would significantly alter its design. For example, many antique tiles have intricate borders on them. If you need to cut the tile, you’ll need to make sure that you’re either leaving the entire border in or cutting out the entire border.
Trimming a tile through the middle of a border will not look good. But if you select tiles with a design that’s consistent throughout the entire tile, then cutting the tile down to the proper size of your ceiling will not be a problem.
Measuring And Cutting The Tiles
Before hanging the tiles, it’s important that you size them for your ceiling. You’ll need to measure your ceiling and figure how the tiles will fit. Since they come in basic square patterns, you have flexibility when measuring and cutting. It’s important that you measure twice, and cut once. Although it sounds cliché, it rings true when dealing with metal ceiling tiles.
You should measure your tiles so that they fit snugly in your ceiling. If they’re too large after first cutting them, you can always trim them down to size. When measuring, you’ll want to account for just a bit of overlap between tiles, so that there are no gaps when they lay up against each other.
Metal ceiling tiles are very easy to cut. You can use a water saw to create the perfect cut. If you do not have access to a water saw, you should be able to find a professional nearby that does. If you draw a line to indicate where the cut needs to be made, make sure you do it on the underside of the tile! Lines on the exposed side of the tile could be difficult to remove, especially if you use a permanent marker. You don’t want to ruin the artistic side of the tile. Use the underside of the tile for all drawings, measurements, and markings.
Installing The Tiles
The easiest way to install metal ceiling tiles between rafters is by directly mounting them. The tiles go directly over your existing ceiling. You can simply nail the tiles into the studs in your ceiling to provide a safe, secure anchor.
If there is not any material between rafters, you can use a locking grid system to hang the ceiling tiles. A grid system mounts directly to your ceiling rafters. The tiles simply rest on the grid system, completely covering the rafters. A direct mount grid system also makes it easy to hang tiles no matter how your rafters are aligned.