When you hear “metal ceiling tiles,” you may think of a daunting task that will require a great degree of skill to install. Fortunately, that could not be more wrong! Metal ceiling tiles are lightweight and actually remarkably easy to install. The installation process has evolved over the years into a seamless and convenient process.
Here is a quick look at the process of metal ceiling installation:
Metal Ceiling Tile Installation Of The Past
Methods on install metal ceiling tiles have come a long way over the past few years. Installation of tiles used to be significantly slower, and required much more labor to install, thereby meaning they were more expensive to install.
Metal ceiling tiles have actually been around since the Victorian era. These tiles used to be much heavier than they are today, making the difficulty of installation much greater. Vintage ceiling tiles were stamped one at a time using rope drop hammers and cast iron molds and then painted. Due to their weight, shipping posed a problem, and it proved quite difficult to apply these tiles one at a time to an unfinished ceiling. It was also difficult to install these tiles when limited to the use of plywood beams and nails.
Simplicity In A Modern World
Today, metal ceiling tiles are easy to install, cutting down on installation time and costs as a result. Easy installation also means you, as the home’s resident, are less inconvenienced during the metal ceiling installation process. Many projects can be completed in a few hours! Today, metal ceiling tiles can be installed numerous ways. The tiles can be a part of an interlocking system, part of a dropped ceiling grid, or simply glued or nailed on.
Modern metal ceiling tiles are actually thin-pressed or tin-stamped steel that is then coated with tin. The tin-coated tiles can then remain unfinished, colored, or hand finished. These tiles are more lightweight than tiles of the past, resulting in an easier installation process. They also can come in sheets of panels or individual tiles, whichever is more convenient for your project.
Our tiles are manufactured as individual tiles. This creates a unique look & feel as there are minor variations due to the stamping process. These are not flaws, rather, they are subtle design variations that create a sense of warmth and nostalgia invoked by the old-fashioned feel. Our tiles are available in four installation types: nail-up ceiling tiles, drop-in ceiling tiles, deep drop-in ceiling tiles and our snap-grid ceiling tile installation system.
Basic metal ceiling tiles can be attached to a wall or ceiling with nails. These are known as nail-up metal ceiling tiles. You will need to ensure that the nails are inserted into pieces of plywood or furring strips. Typically, it is more convenient to work with plywood. It is also possible to mount your metal ceiling tiles directly to an existing ceiling or wall surface using adhesive. When using these methods, be sure that the areas where you are working are smooth, clean and dry. Foreign substances can have a negative impact on the installation process.
A drop-in ceiling is a ceiling that hangs below an existing ceiling. A metal grid is suspended from hanging wires, at which point the panels or tiles are “dropped into” the grid to create the new ceiling. Imagine the ceilings at schools that have the large fiberglass squares – those are drop-in ceilings. Installing metal ceiling tiles into a drop-in ceiling does not require nails if the drop-in infrastructure is already in place. If you already have a drop-ceiling tile in your home, it should be easy to simply replace the paneling. Tiles can be purchased that easily fit a standard 24” drop-in ceiling grid.
When installing your metal ceiling tiles, you will want to measure your ceiling first, and cut any holes necessary before you install the tiles. You may need holes for light fixtures, light switches, and other similar appliances. Once you have purchased the metal ceiling tiles and made your cuts, the installation process should be a breeze.
The Snap-Grid System
Our snap-grid metal ceiling installation system was designed to ensure that metal ceiling tiles remained secure to any surface. The snap-grid system eliminates the need for furring strips or plywood. This system has revolutionized the way metal ceiling tiles can be installed. It is as easy to install as a suspended ceiling grid, and can be screwed directly into drywall. A piece of wall molding is installed onto the ceiling or wall. From there, overlapping metal tiles are slotted into place. Inserts are then installed where the tiles overlap. The process is quite easy, especially when compared to the installation methods of the past, and when considering that furring strips and plywood are not necessary to complete the installation.
Installation Is Easy – Why Wait?
The installation process for today’s metal ceiling tiles is easy enough that is can be a DIY project. Of course, if you are not comfortable doing the project yourself, metal ceiling tile experts can easily install your tiles at an affordable cost. But, the fact remains, the process for metal tile installation is actually quite easy. Metal ceiling tiles can transform a room, and transform your dull backdrop into something breathtaking. The installation process should not be holding you back! In a few hours, you can turn a room into a something beautiful. Why wait? Get started today!
As is the case with any such project, be sure to wear and use recommended safety equipment such as gloves, eye protection, and long sleeve garments. When cutting tiles, lightly sand or file sharp edges to avoid cuts and injuries. Also, discard cut sharp pieces carefully.
Browse through our large selection of patterns and colors. Remember, we also offer metal tiles for installing unique and attractive backsplashes in kitchens, bathrooms, restaurants or just about any other place where you may have the need for a backsplash.