Metal ceiling tiles are typically very durable, but there are the rare occasions where the tiles may be damaged. Certain tin ceiling models, typically found in aged homes, are prone to corrosion and, perhaps, other noticeable damage such as staining and tarnishing. Perhaps you are moving into a historic home and love the look the antique ceiling tiles present, but you notice a few are damaged. You’re already paying to move into a new home, so you don’t want to pay for an expensive maintenance specialist. How can you replace the damaged metal ceiling tiles?
Evaluate The Situation
You should first determine the extent of damage the tiles have suffered. If they are rusted, you may need to replace the tile. If there is only minor rust or dings that you seek to repair, the tile probably does not need to be replaced. You can simply remove and repair the tile and then place it back, or you can attempt to repair it in place.
Before removing the rusted tile that needs to be replaced, you should find a replacement tile that matches the size and style of the one that is being removed. You do not want your new tile to stick out like a sore thumb. If you find a tile that is of similar style, be mindful that you can paint the new tile to match the existing tile.
Replace The Tile
To remove the old tile, carefully pry the tile away from the ceiling. You should take caution not to damage the existing ceiling structure or surrounding tile. Always, practice safe techniques when on a ladder.
When putting in the new tile, you should first coat it with a rust-resistant primer. This should help prevent you from having to replace the tile down the road. If necessary, paint the tile and allow it to completely dry.
Once the new tile is ready to be hung, tuck one edge of the panel underneath an existing tile. Your new tile should have a slight bubble, which will indicate the perfect overlap. Next, nail the new tile to the plywood above, inserting a nail approximately every six inches. Once this side is securely fastened, nail the tiles that are overlapping at the bubbles. Lastly, seal the seams by gently tapping a wooden block at a 45-degree angle with a hammer around the metal ceiling tiles’ edges.