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Snap Lock™ Tin Ceiling Tile Installation
Our exclusive Snap LockTM tiles are the only embossed metal panels to receive patents for their unique interlocking flange system. This revolutionary installation system simply screws directly into any ceiling material including drywall, plaster or popcorn, with no mess or stress or cost of applying a wood substrate. The tiles have male and female flanges that interlock, leaving you with a nice butting seam and no visible fasteners.
You’ll need a four-foot level or T-square, a chalk line, a box of #6 drywall screws, an electric screw driver, a tape measure, a pair of tin snips or guillotine cutter, and a putty knife. Depending upon the height of your ceiling, you may also need a ladder, or scaffolding.
How to Install Snap LockTM Tin Tiles:
Mark Your Lines - Run chalk lines to map out the positioning of your panels on the ceiling. Start from one corner of the room and work your way toward the opposing corner of the opposite wall.
Install the First Panel - Install your first panel as square as possible. Start with the male flange facing the wall so that the screw plate on the female flange is always exposed as you progress.
Continue Installing - Finish your first row, leaving a 1/16" gap between panels and ensuring each is aligned with each other. If you try to force your panels too tight, the corners will eventually form a gap and you will have no way to keep your pattern aligned. Snap a chalk line for the second row at 24 1/8". This builds in slight gaps vertically. Install the second row following your chalk line and keeping pattern aligned. Cut panels at the finishing wall as necessary. By following this technique, your ceiling should install with ease.
Finishing- Now it's time to finish the look with trim. Without filler: Trim out the edges with crown molding or beveled molding. With filler: Install your panels up to your filler area. Cut the filler to fit flush against the wall. Install filler by dabbing a bead of Liquid Nails or a similar adhesive all the way around the edge about an inch from the perimeter, and then a dab or two in the center. This is only required if you are installing on drywall or plaster. Nail the filler into the substrate, placing one nail every 6 inches around the perimeter.
12" Patterns vs 24" Patterns
With a 12" or 6" repeating pattern that has a shallow profile depth, you can crop your tin panels to fit flush against the wall or install filler in the remaining area around the perimeter. If the panel does not reach the wall, the remaining gap can be hidden by the crown molding, assuming the projection of the crown is sufficient to cover the gap. Most 24" patterns have significant profile depths. Installing crown molding over a panel with a deep profile will result in a noticeable gap. To avoid this, we recommend using filler in the remaining area around the perimeter, instead of cropping the panel to fit flush against the wall.
For visual examples and installation procedures, check out our installation videos and animations. We are just a phone call away for any question you may have.