Congratulations! You have taken the bold step of choosing metal ceiling tiles for your home, but you are unsure of where to start and how to go about acquiring everything you need to make your vision come alive. The biggest consideration to be made concerning new metal ceiling tiles is the cost involved.
In this article, we will look at starting with metal ceiling tiles and how you can go about using them in your home or place of business.
Metal Ceiling Express includes a cost estimator that will help you determine how many tiles you will need, what kind, and how much it is going to cost to finish the square footage that is required.
The Cost Estimator has an area to enter in specific details regarding your order including:
- Room dimensions, including the length and width of the room in feet
- Pattern selection and the desired color and finish you want
- The choice of nail-up or drop-in tiles
- Selection of the molding, the quantity of the molding, and how many nails are needed
- An estimated total cost of your selections, alongside the unit cost and the item numbers of the products you have chosen
Remember, prices can vary depending on the current sale items and the different types of panels you choose.
Choosing the Right Tile
The very first step when you are considering a metal ceiling is to decide on the type of tile you want for your space. When doing this, you will want to consider the size of the room and the size of your budget. Once you determine the budget, you can start to scour through the many selections of metal ceiling tiles that are available. Never be afraid to purchase a sample pack! There are so many different types you can choose from; the samples can help give you a better idea of how the particular style you have your eye on will look in your home.
The benefits and advantages of metal ceiling tiles can vary and with this variation comes a difference in price point. If you want recyclable or lighter weight tiles for suspended ceilings or tile that will be able to better absorb or redirect sound, you will want to make sure it is within your budget. If you live in an apartment or another shared housing environment, thoughtful consideration should be given to the tile that will absorb some sound and alleviate the echo effect that could bother the neighbors. Sound dampeners are available to help with sound absorption.
Finally, consider your own personal taste and lifestyle to help determine which metal ceiling tile will better suit your space. With so many assorted colors, patterns, and textures to choose from, you are sure to find just what you are looking for to accomplish the goal you set when you decided to go with metal ceiling tiles.
You have the option of nail-up tiles, drop-in or deep-drop-in tiles for a suspended ceiling or you can opt for our quick and easy to use snap-grid system.
For installing nail-up metal ceiling tiles, the ceiling will require a soft wood substrate so that the tiles can be nailed into place. The recommended way of prepping the area is to use a large piece of plywood to cover the ceiling followed by furring strips to hold the tiles. After getting the plywood or another wood or drywall surface in place, a 3/8-inch hole should be drilled as a starting point for the tin snips. You will also want to ensure that the surface is flat and level and there are no variations. There are different instructions concerning the distinct types of installation.
Our website has instructions for snap-grid, nail-ups, drop-ins, deep drop, and crown installation. The snap-grid is an alternative to the nail-up and drop-in ceiling options and are easy to install. The runners can be screwed directly into the drywall or plywood, and there is no need to use furring strips. It is an easy five-step installation, and most patterns we offer are now available in the snap-grid installation alternative.
Here are additional articles that you may find to be of help:
- Metal Tiles Room By Room in Your Home
- Metal Ceiling Installation Is Easier Than You Think
- 4 Different Types of Tiles for Metal Ceiling Installation
- Choosing The Right Metal Ceiling Tile Color
Metal Ceiling Express has over twelve years of experience and is always available to answer any questions you may have concerning the patterns and colors that are available, as well as what is required for proper installation of your new metal ceiling tiles. We are also available to assist you in making sure that you order the right amount of tile that will be needed for the dimensions of your room, and we are always offering different shipping promotions including a USA shipping sale that offers half off shipping.
Help and Advice
It is always advisable to seek the professional opinion of someone at Metal Ceiling Express before you make the relatively large investment of metal ceiling tiles. Feel free to contact us with your questions. You want to be sure that you are getting exactly what you have envisioned so that you can make your dream space a reality while staying within your budget and avoiding any unnecessary complications and hassles during the process.