The SnapLock™ tin ceiling panel pattern #2 from The American Tin Ceiling Co. - #1 Manufacturer of authentic Tin Ceilings, cornice, backsplash, molding, wall decor and accessories.
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Tin ceiling cornice molding and crown molding from The American Tin Ceiling Co. - #1 Manufacturer of authentic Tin Ceilings, cornice, backsplash, molding, wall decor and accessories.
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Tin ceiling flat molding and trim from The American Tin Ceiling Co. - #1 Manufacturer of authentic Tin Ceilings, cornice, backsplash, molding, wall decor and accessories.
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Tin ceiling filler panel from The American Tin Ceiling Co. - #1 Manufacturer of authentic Tin Ceilings, cornice, backsplash, molding, wall decor and accessories.
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---Layout and design of a Tin Ceiling---

Layout and design of your tin ceiling should be planned prior to purchase, that is why we make our designers available to you for consultation Monday through Friday, 8am - 6pm and Saturday, 9am - 1pm. Call us toll free: 888-231-7500.

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Installation Tips

  • All of our tin ceiling panels measure 24" x 24" and cover 4 sq. ft.

  • We offer 12" and 24" patterns ( 12" patterns tile 4 times per panel)
    Panels with 12" patterns can easily cut in half without cropping the pattern, whereas panels with 24" patterns cannot.

  • SnapLock™ can be installed directly onto drywall with drywall screws
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  • Nail up panels require a plywood substrate for installation
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  • Drop-in panels are used in standard commercial grid systems.
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  • We offer tin crown and flat molding in standard colors
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Small rooms such as Baths and Kitchens

The rule of thumb is that any room smaller than 12'x12' should use 12" pattern. Patterns #1, #2, #4, #5 and #16 are 12" patterns.

Small Ceilings:

Use small patterns to help make a small room look bigger. If you have a 10'x10' room using 24" pattern panels, you will have only 25 patterns on the ceiling (100 sq. ft. divided by a 4 sq. ft per panel is 25 panels). On the contrary, using 12" pattern panels will place 100 patterns on the ceiling and help produce the appearance of a larger room. There are 4 12" patterns per 24" tin panel. The rule of thumb is that any room smaller than 12'x12' should use 12" pattern. Patterns #1, #2, #4, #5 and #16 are 12" patterns.

Low Ceilings:

Lighter color panels can help reduce the appearance of a low ceiling.

Baths:

Baths are the ideal place to be creative with color. They are 'private rooms' where you can make bold statements with custom colors like Mocha Gold on panel #4 or antique gold. The Cilings are usually smaller and can be dynamic with our custom designer colors combined with wallpaper or faux finished walls. Depending on the height of the ceiling, 3" or 6" crown in metal or wood will work will here. If you opt for wood crown from your local hardware store, it can easily be painted to match the tin panel colors with off the shelf spray paints.

 

---Trimming your ceiling---

Trimming:

 

Trimming out your ceiling is a very important part of the process! The tin ceiling panels often need to be cut to fit flush against the wall, and therefore trim should be applied to cover the edges where the tin panels have been cut. Even if you are using filler with a 24" pattern, you generally need trim. The only exception is when you already have crown molding installed.

We manufacture metal crown in 3", 6" and 8" in all of our standard colors.

Wood trim is readily at your local lumber store. Not only is wood less expensive than tin crown molding, but it is easier to work with when mitering corners. Mitering trim to inside or outside corners should only be performed by someone experienced such as a carpenter or handyman. Wood trims can be color matched using off the shelf spray paints.

 

Using filler and 24" patterns:

 

If you have bigger ceiling or are seeking a specific look that requires our more ornate 24" pattern, you can easily layout the job using filler, although it takes a little more installation time and talent. Pattered and hammered filler transits from the edge of the 24" pattern to the edge of the wal, where the filler edge is covered by trim.

Imagine installing 24" pattern panels in a room that measures 15'x17'. Cutting the last panels in half to fit the last foot against the wall would leave a visual inconsistancy between the pattern and the trim. To avoid this, install 14'x16' of 24" pattern panels from the center out, then finish the remaining area to the wall with filler (2 runs of 14' and 2 runs of 16'). The filler will border your panels and help maintain visual consistancy.

Our filler ships in 24"x24" sheets and can easily be cut to fit with tin snips or a guillotine paper cutter. Mitering the corners on a 45 degree angle enhances the aesthetic.

Crown Projections:

 

When you are measuring for trim in your ceiling project, consider that crown molding has a projection from the wall. The distance of the projection depends upon the width of your crown. Our 6" metal crown projects 4" from the wall to cover the panels. The projection of the crown is important when you have a ceiling panel layout that is not flush to the wall.

For instance, if your ceiling is 10' 3" by 12'3", you can can easily install a 10'x12' tin ceiling from center out and leave a gap of 3" all the way around. The crown molding will project out from the wall covering the gap and the edges of the tin panels.

 

Shoe Moldings:

 

Shoe Molding is the most popular ceiling trim and is the easiest to work with. It adds a subtle touch to a beautiful tin ceiling. Shoe molding is 3/4"x3/4" and is readily available from lumber stores for about 40 cents per linear foot. It works well in kitchens, baths and low ceilings or anywhere you want to avoid bulky crown molding.

Existing Crown Molding?:

 

No problem...this is where filler comes in handy. 24" or 12" patterns can be used. Layout the ceiling from center out to the wall. If you have a 13'x13' room, you will layout 12'x12' of tin panels. The gap of 6" around will be completed using filler. The filler is thin and will fit under the lip of the existing crown molding.

When installing Nailup panels, the filler edge can be place underneath the edge of the tin panel. When installing SnapLock™ panels, the filler edge should be cut to the edge of the tin panel.

When using SnapLock™ in this situation, where the male flange meets the filler, cut off the male flange and butt the filler flush to the trimmed panel egde. Where the female flange meets the filler, the filler will slide into the flange space. Use liquid nails and a few brad nails to secure the filler.

 

---Misc.---

Long Rectangular Rooms:

Long rectangular rooms can benefit from a round or elliptical patterns like #2, #7, #9, and #12. Our favorite for larger rooms is #7 as it has a deeper pattern that produces the appearance of a recessed effect.