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Specification Guidelines

tin ceiling specifications

All of our products are manufactured from a T1 grade tin-plated steel. They are made from 25% recycled steel, with a 100% virgin coating. This is generally referred to as "bright tinplate." The material thickness is 0.010". All our panels are 24" x 24", regardless of pattern or color and all moldings are sold in 4' lengths. All of our finishes are powder-coated. Powder coating is an electrostatic process where polyester resin is baked onto the panels at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Our faux finishes are hand applied over a powder coated base color. All of our products carry an ASTM E 84-03b fire rating (Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials). If you have any questions, call the design center at

In order to specify our material we would need to know the following:

  • Specify pattern number.
  • Specify type: Snap LockTM, Nail-Up, Drop-In, or Acoustical Drop-In. The Snap LockTM panel type is our proprietary interlocking flange system designed to attach directly to existing drywall, popcorn or plaster ceilings with #6 drywall screws (intended for ceiling installations only). The screws are not visible. The Nail-Up panel has a 1/4" overlapping seam and is designed to be nailed to a wood substrate (plywood, furring strips, joists). We recommend 18 gauge brad nails for installation. The nails are visible, but can be concealed with touch-up paint. Drop-In panels are made to fit a standard 24" x 24" suspended ceiling grid system with 15/16" bar widths. Our Drop-In panels have a 1/8" embossed edge that helps it nest into the grid opening. If you have a 24" x 48" grid, we offer T-bar pieces to easily convert it into a 24" x 24" grid.
  • Specify color.
  • Specify optional materials including: molding, accessories and installation items.

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Fire Rating

View our fire rating report courtesy of the United States Testing Company, Inc. This report will generally satisfy building inspectors' requests.

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Room Planner

We offer free tin ceiling consultations to assist in material, quantity and cost estimates. Once downloaded, fill it out and either fax or email it to the address or number on the worksheet. A designer will then contact you to determine the layout and materials needed for your project.

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