How to Cut Tin Tiles
One of the most common questions we get is, “How easy is it to cut tin tiles?” In short: very easy. Weighing just 1.6 lbs., our tin coated steel panels are flexible but not flimsy and malleable but not cheap.
To cut tin, you have a variety of options, but we'll focus on our three favorites: tin snips, guillotine cutters and having your local metal shop do it for you.
Here's your basic steps to how to cut tin tiles.
Tinner's snips, also known as tinner snips or tin snips, are defined by their long handles and short blades. They usually have extra wide jaws and are made of drop forged carbon steel with straight pattern blades ranging in length from 7 to 14”.
While tin snips are by far the easiest and most accessible, if you're installing tiles in a location that's eye level like for a backsplash or wainscoting, it's recommended to use a guillotine cutter or have your local metalworker do it to ensure a professional factory edge.
Similar to the paper trimmers you used to use in school or the office copy room, tin ceiling installers swear by the guillotine cutter. Our preferred model is the Martin Yale 19" x 24" Premiere Heavy Duty W24.
As a courtesy to our customers, we've made them available at a wholesale price of $212 + $25 S&H. However, any brand made for industrial use, not paper, should work as long as it can accommodate edges up to 24.”
Take it to Your Local Metal Shop
Check out our easy how-to video above for more information on how to cut tin tiles. As an aside, we don't recommend bending your tiles because you could risk damaging the powder-coated finish. If you need to join two together, it's better to cut and secure with nails or a construction adhesive.