Whether you have a single ceiling beam or several beams going across your ceiling, you may think that this limits you in your ceiling finish choices. Most notably, most think that this limits them from installing metal ceiling tiles in various spaces of a home, a business establishment, or an entertainment space. The installation of metal ceiling tiles is simple, and this remains true even if you’re working around ceiling beams of any size. To install metal ceiling tiles against ceiling beams, one will need the following tools and materials:
- Metal ceiling tiles
- 1×2 molding
- Bed molding
- Nail gun
- Brad gun
- Air compressor
- 2-inch finish nails
- 5-inch hole saw
- Cordless drill with a magnetic screw tip
- Tin snips
- Safety glasses
- Measuring tape
First, you’ll want to center the tin ceiling panels between the beams or against the single beam you’re working around. A panel is typically a 24-inch square, so you can easily visualize how many tiles will fit in a particular space. If you have any light fixtures in the area of the beams, make sure they line up with the center of a ceiling tile.
You’ll attach the first ceiling tile using the manufacturer’s instructions, and you’ll want to overlap the bead of each panel as you go forward. When you get to the ceiling tile around a light fixture, use tin snips or the hole saw to cut a hole that will work around the light. Following a chalk line helps you keep the metal ceiling tiles straight and orderly as you go along.
There should be pebbled filler in the spaces left on each end of your metal ceiling tiles, and this will come in handy when working around the beam in your ceiling. Using your tin snips, cut the filler to fit the space between the ceiling tile and the beam accordingly. Typically, there will be around 10 inches of pebble filler available.
If you’re working with more than one beam, the space between the beams may vary. You can fill any remaining space between the metal ceiling tile and the beam with a wood strip and a small section of crown molding. The trim can be painted later to match the metal ceiling tile for a seamless look. The crown molding should be installed between the side of the ceiling beam and the wood strip connecting it to the metal ceiling tile. If you have enough pebbled filler, working with wood strips and crown molding may not be necessary.
Once you’re finished, fill any holes left behind in the crown molding and the ceiling strip for a clean and flawless appearance. In some cases, you may wish to caulk an obvious seam between the wood strip and the tin. After you’re left with a clean space, you’ll want to place cloths around any areas that have to be painted to make sure that you avoid drips on the carpet, flooring, or furniture. You may choose to paint the metal ceiling tiles, the wood strips, and the molding, or you can just paint the wood strips, the ceiling beam, and the molding if you’ve already chosen a color for your metal ceiling tiles.
Adding metal ceiling tiles to ceilings with a beam or several beams can produce an opulent and elegant effect for the space. For homes taking advantage of the biggest vintage and art deco retro trends in the interior design world today, this is an excellent way to take a rustic space and transform it into something classic and timeless. Installing metal ceiling tiles against a ceiling beam is much simpler than many make it out to be, and homeowners are often surprised to find how quick the process really is.
This is a method that can be used not just in homes but also in restaurants, shops, and entertainment spaces. If you’re looking to give your place of business a classic and vintage makeover, this is a simple way to communicate your brand from the second your guests or patrons walk through your doors. Alongside a ceiling beam, a property will never fail to impress if you use metal ceiling tiles to make a bold statement.