There’s a new installation method in town, and it’s called the Snap-Grid Ceiling System. This system, exclusive to Metal Ceiling Express, is a new design which provides the same secure installation method as a drop grid but with the space savings and simplicity of direct nail-on metal ceiling tiles. And as an added bonus, it also installs directly onto drywall and plaster ceilings without the need for plywood or furring strips.
Snap-Grid ceilings are ultimately similar to nail-on tiles, but they come with a few key differences.
- Start by installing the molding grid along every wall with drywall screws.
- Secure the metal tiles against the molding, then fasten them to each other and the substrate with more drywall screws.
- Snap the 6’ main runners into place so that they conceal the screws and the tiles’ overlapping connections.
- Snap the 2’ cross runners going in the other direction.
- If at any point you run out of room, you can use a pair of tin snips to cut the tiles and the hollow moldings and runners to match the space available.
Thus, although the tiles look like they’re set in the runner grid as if they were a more traditional sort of drop ceiling, the tiles are actually securely connected to the substrate behind them and the grid is merely there to look good. Thanks to this method, you’ll have an easy time attaching metal tiles to just about any finished surface in your home.
A Variety Of Designs
Currently, Metal Ceiling Express offers eight metal tile patterns for the Snap-Grid ceiling, but these eight patterns include basic squares, floral coins, wreaths, and the industrial diamond pattern. In addition, every pattern can also come with any finish Metal Ceiling Express has to offer, and the Snap-Grid runners and moldings come in five shades to match any color scheme.
You can also go with unfinished tin ceiling tiles so that you can paint them any color you want, but you should make certain you use an oil-based primer – using water-based paint directly on the metal will cause it to corrode.
One of the classic selling points of metal ceilings is how easy it is to set them up, and thanks to the Snap-Grid ceiling system, that which was easy just got easier. Even if you’re not that experienced with DIY home improvement projects, setting up a Snap-Grid metal ceiling will be a breeze.