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.
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 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.