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The Dos and Don’ts of Tin Ceiling Installation

February 12, 2014

Dreams of quick and easy DIY home repair float through every homeowner’s mind at some point, but with so many conflicting articles and advice on the subject, it’s totally normal to feel uneasy. Rest assured though, tin ceiling installations really are as easy as DIY sites claim. We’re here to set the record straight and get you started with the dos and don’ts of tin ceiling installations.

Do plan ahead for your project

Are you planning to install a backsplash or showcase an alcove ceiling? Different projects require different types of tile installations, and knowing which to order is key to DIY project success. American Tin Ceiling Company’s patented SnapLock™ tin ceiling tiles are made to replace popcorn ceilings or drywall, while the Drop-In tin tiles are better suited for an office or restaurant spaces with standard ceiling grids and Nail-Up for kitchen backsplashes. With training videos and our helpful customer service representatives, installing tin ceilings in your home is quick and easy.

Don’t mix and match installation types

Each of the three types of tin ceiling installations is specifically designed for a certain type of building structure. If the wrong installation is selected, you may find yourself doing more work than you need to or the project may not be successful. For example, Nail-Up panels require a wood substrate for installation. If you have just drywall ceilings, you don’t need to install wood panels because that’s what the SnapLock™ panels were made for. Remember, our friendly customer service agents are always available to help you determine which type of panels would be best suited for your DIY project.

Do plan and research before you install

The American Tin Ceiling Co. has a host of resources including videos, how-to guides, and customer support, all of which are available at any stage of your project. From introductions on backsplash options to quick demonstrations on SnapLock™ installations, take the time to familiarize yourself with tin as a product before you dive in headfirst.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Standing in the living room with tin samples concerned about which color or pattern to select is just frustrating. Instead of banging your head against a wall, check out our photo galleries, Houzz, or Pinterest pages for inspiration. We’re also available for help at any stage of the project.

Do have some fun

In the end, this is your home, so own every bit of it. You can play an active role in the entire installation process by selecting the tin color and pattern, learning about the different installation options, and getting your hands dirty. DIY projects are meant to be fun, and when it’s all said and done, your new tin ceiling or backsplash should be your favorite design feature because YOU did it.


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