The Anatomy Of A Tin Ceiling
Have you ever walked into a room and noticed a metal ceiling with a stamped design? You likely thought it was exciting but didn’t put much thought into the installation process. Odds are, the roof was constructed of metal tiles. Now that you’re interested in installing a tin ceiling of your own, it’s important to know a bit more about the anatomy of a tin ceiling.
What Goes Into A Tin Ceiling?
When it comes time to install a tin ceiling, there are three things you’ll want to consider
- Ceiling Tiles
- Installation Type
- Molding to Finish your Installation
- Nails or Glue
The ceiling tiles are the square panels that take up a majority of your ceiling’s surface space. There are hundreds of colors and designs to choose from, so it’s important to find one that matches the aesthetics of your room. Depending on the installation type – nail-up, drop-in or snap-grid – you will need to prepare your ceiling accordingly. Lastly, the molding helps make the transition from the ceiling tiles to the wall. It’s similar to crown molding and can help complete your new ceiling. And of course, you will need nails and/or glue to actually complete the installation.
Planning For New Ceiling
When it comes to ceiling tiles, the planning stage is especially critical. Although it’s easy to install new tiles, it’s a bit trickier than, say, painting your ceiling. If you plan adequately, you’ll have a much better chance of success installing your ceiling.
Begin by taking time to choose the right design and color for your room. Even though your ceiling could be the focal point of your room, you do not want it to clash with existing patterns and color schemes. Browse our online database to find ceiling tiles that you love.
Once you’ve selected a pattern that you’re satisfied with, we recommend ordering a sample. This can allow you to see what the times look like in person, ensuring that you like them before ordering an entire ceiling’s worth. Having sample tiles will also allow you to measure the tiles accurately.
This brings us to our next point, the importance of measuring your ceiling. Once you have selected your pattern, you need to measure the surface area of your ceiling so that you can order the proper number of tiles. We recommend using graph paper to draw the tile to scale, which will give you a better idea of how many tiles you’ll need.
Adjusting For Nuances
After your ceiling tiles have arrived, you’ll need to adjust for various nuances, including but not limited to
- Vent Covers
- Smoke Alarms
These are obstacles that you cannot remove, and that you’ll have to fit into your tin ceiling design. We recommend tracing the areas that you need to cut on your tile and then create a hole using tin snips or aviation snips to cut curves. This again demonstrates the importance of planning, as it will be much easier to install the tiles once you’ve already made your cuts.
Before you install your tiles, you’ll want to remove these fixtures from the ceiling. Before removing these fixtures, be sure to cut electrical power to the area. This can help keep you safe when working in the area. If you’re looking to be extra cautious, consider testing each area with an electric current device. Once you’ve confirmed the wires are not live, put a wire cap on each one.
Caring For Your Tin Ceiling
Once you’ve installed your tin ceiling tiles, you can take advantage of one of the most significant benefits, in that they are easy to care for. To clean tin ceiling tiles, you need to do nothing more than wipe them down with a damp rag. Besides aesthetics, this is one of the primary reasons why tin ceiling tiles are such a better alternative to paint or wallpaper.
Because they are easy to clean, tin ceilings are an excellent option for any room. They are particularly worthwhile in places that may get messy, such as kitchens, laundry rooms, or garages. If you care for your tin ceiling tiles, they could last for the lifetime of your home.