Embossed metal ceiling tiles, like all ceiling materials, need to be hung carefully and properly to look attractive and be strong enough to hold their own weight. A metal ceiling, if made of tin, might be heavier than some other ceiling materials, requiring more caution when hanging it. You can’t just hang the tiles from plaster or drywall, because the nails or screws might pull out under the weight of the metal. First, you have to prepare the ceiling by installing plywood or some form of strips that can bear the weight of the metal tiles.
This may sound simple, but it can be time consuming. The plywood must be secured to the ceiling supports, and not a nail or screw can be left out of place. This goes for the strips, as well, which must be laid precisely to provide a proper surface and outline for the embossed metal ceiling tiles. This means you must have your plan for your ceiling tiles prepared, so the substrate on which they are laid can support them in the correct places. If you anticipate steam or fire damage, prepare the substrate so any moisture or heat that sneaks through the tiles will not cause damage.
Finally, the tiles can be nailed into place, which will require some finesse and maneuvering. Be sure to have the appropriate number of tiles for your style or pattern, and confirm that all tiles are in good condition. If a damaged or weakened tile is placed and is supporting other tiles, it could lead to greater damage than you realize.
While the actual installing of the embossed metal ceiling tiles is a simple enough process, a good deal of measuring and calculating are necessary beforehand to find out how the tiles will best fit together to create a snug and continuous metal ceiling. Several factors go into this planning stage, including deciding whether the tile will be flat or raised, determining the actual size of the tile, and making sure all the designs and patterns match up or are identical.
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