Installing Drywall & Popcorn Tin Ceiling Tiles (1/3)


SnapLock tin ceiling tiles are the only patented
embossed metal panels that screw directly into any type of existing ceiling material
including drywall or popcorn without the need to pre-install plywood, saving money, and
making installing a beautiful new ceiling a snap! With just a few tools, you’ll be able
to easily install your very own SnapLock ceiling. You’ll need a foor-foot level or t-square,
a chalk line, a box of number six drywall screws, a hammer, a tape measure, a pair of
tin snips, and a putty knife. Depending upon the height of your ceiling, you may also need
a ladder or scaffolding. Before you begin, you’ll need to determine your ceiling layout.
Our easy to use project planner and dedicated staff of experts are here to assist, providing
you with helpful design tips and ideas. Once you’ve determined your ceiling’s layout, you’ll
want to transfer your perimeter measurements to the ceiling by using chalk lines. We’ve
already transferred the measurements to our ceiling and snapped our chalk lines. We’re
now ready to install our first tiles; starting from one corner of the room, working your
way toward the opposite corner on the opposite wall. Always start with the screw plate on
the female flange exposed facing the direction in which you’re working. Fasten the tiles
to the ceiling with number 6 drywall screws in the holes provided. As you continue installing,
it’s important to leave a 16th inch gap between the panels. This gap may vary during installation
to maintain alignment. If the panels are forced together too tightly the corners will eventually
create a gap and it will be difficult to keep your pattern aligned. To save time, it always
helps to spread the flange with a putty knife before installation. Once your first row is
in place, snap a chalk line fir the second row of tiles and 24 and 1/8 inches out. Install
a second row, following your chalk line, keeping the pattern aligned. Repeat this method until
you reach the perimeter. If you’re working with perimeter tiles that need to be cut to
fit flush against the wall, you’ll be cutting off the flange, making it difficult to secure
the tile to the ceiling without distortion. We suggest you place a shim under the cut
edge and run a screw through both the face of the panel and the shim – we’ve found a
paint stick is about the perfect size. Use tin snips or a rotozip tool to cut around
any existing fixtures. Drill a hole in the center of the cut to create an insertion point
for your tin snips and cut out the marked area. Once you have installed the final perimeter
panels, crown molding can be added to provide a professional complete look. Molding is offered
in four-foot lengths with pre-minored corners speeding up installation. Gaps and spaces
can be caulked and colored with clear caulk and painted to match the tin. Remember, if
you have any questions during installation, the team at AmericanTinCeilings.com is happy
to help and available to assist at any stage of the process.

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