If you don’t have a flat ceiling, then you may think that your design options are limited – especially when it comes to using metal ceiling tiles. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Metal ceiling tiles can be used on a sloped ceiling or any other ceiling type for that matter and will make a beautiful addition to any space.
Today, we will guide you through the installation process for installing tin ceiling panels on a sloped ceiling. We will also include instructions on how to properly measure the ceiling before installation, find the best tile layout for your ceiling, and discuss what tools you will need to achieve a more professional look.
Once you have narrowed down your choices for the best metal ceiling tiles, and you have found the perfect addition to the space, you are ready to move onto the installation.
Installing the metal ceiling tiles on a sloped ceiling are done much in the same way as they would be installed onto a flat ceiling.
First, you want to start out by measuring the square footage of the area you are going to tile. To do this, you need to measure the length and width of the space. Multiply those numbers, and you will have your square footage.
Having the correct dimensions is essential to ensure that you order the right amount of metal ceiling tiles and supplies to get the job done right.
Once you have the square footage, you can order your tiles. To further determine your installation needs, you also need to take a look at the material of the ceiling.
Mark Your Control Line
Next, you will need to mark your control line. It is the halfway point on either side of the space you are tiling. It is best to have at least one other person help you with this. It is what serves as the reference line for ensuring that you are placing the tiles correctly.
Dry Fit the Tiles
It may also be a good idea to dry-fit the tiles before you place them. If you are using adhesive, then place the tiles on the ceiling and trace around any fixtures there are. Duct tape can help hold the metal ceiling tiles up as you do this. It is also a good way to help determine the best layout for the space.
Make the Cuts
You can then make any necessary cuts so that the metal ceiling tiles fit your sloped ceiling. It is then time to install them. When all the tiles have been installed, you can cover any gaps there may be. Some use decorative strips that match the tile to do this. You can then clean the tiles with a dry cloth.
Measuring the Ceiling
When measuring, you want to stay clear of the wall’s edge so you can achieve more accurate measurements. Measure the length of the ceiling where the wall meets the ceiling and then measure the height of the ceiling from the top of the wall to the peak. You then multiply the length by the height. To put it more simply, to find the surface area of your sloped ceiling, measure:
- The length of the ceiling where the wall meets the ceiling
- The height of the ceiling from the top of the wall to the peak
- Length x height = square footage
- Multiply the square footage by 2
The formula to use for the volume measurements is 1 / 2 x length x width x height.
Proper measurements, again, are necessary to ensure you order the right amount of metal ceiling tiles and supplies for the installation.
Tools Needed for Drop Ceiling Installation
Having the proper tools is essential to achieving an easy installation process. The following are the ceiling tile tools you will need to have on hand.
- Sharp cutting tool
- Laser level
- Grid punch
- Saw with a metal cutting blade
- Aviation snips, punches, and files
- Metal ceiling tile removal tool (for replacement and renovation jobs)
Very few specialty tools are needed for a drop ceiling installation. So, installing tin ceiling panels on your sloped ceiling is going to be just as easy as installing them on a flat ceiling. All you have to do is make sure you take proper measurements, order the right amount of metal ceiling tiles, and have the proper tools in hand.