Every room needs an upgrade from time to time. One of the easiest and simplest ways of changing the look of the entire room is to upgrade the ceiling. While upgrading the décor most of the people do not consider the ceiling but it can have a huge impact on the appearance of the room. There are different types of ceiling tiles available in the market like drop ceiling tiles, plastic ceiling tiles, flat edge ceiling tiles, etc. You can also find tiles that insulate the ceiling or suppress the sound.
There are different ways of installing and replacing the ceiling tiles.
- The first thing that you need to do is to clean the ceiling. If there is dust or grease on the ceiling then it will be hard for the tiles to stick to it. Let the ceiling dry before you start installing the tiles.
- Use a measuring tape to see how high and wide the ceiling is and by multiplying the two values you will get the square footage of the room.
- With the square footage, you will be able to determine how many tiles you will need for the ceiling. It is always better to buy about 15 percent more tiles than you need.
- Before you start installing the tiles you need to get rid of the fixtures like light fixtures, fans, etc. You need to take care of the air vents as well.
Direct installation of tiles on the ceiling:
You can install tiles directly to the ceiling.
- To follow this installation process you need to measure halfway across the wall in opposite direction. You need to find someone to hold the chalk line as you are measuring the ceiling.
- Apply the adhesive material to the tiles with the help of a brush or a knife and apply the whole tile to the ceiling. To find the best adhesive material you should take a look at the instructions given on the package.
- Every ceiling has fixture holes and while installing tiles directly in the ceiling you come across any fixtures you need to cut tikes. Measure the size and the shape of the hole that you will need to get across it. Cut the tile according to the measurements that you have taken. Apply an adhesive to the tile and place it on the ceiling. Before you apply the adhesive you should do a dry test run so that you know that it is of the right size.
The furring strips:
You can install the tile by using furring strips as well.
- Locating the joist is the first step. A joist is a length of metal or timber that offers structural support. Use a stud finder to locate one in the ceiling. Use a nail or chalk to mark the spot. The best spot to start is near lighting fixtures because they are mostly installed along the joist.
- Install the furring strips by simply stapling a nail to the joists. Make sure that the strips are level.
- Start installing tiles from a corner and not the center of the ceiling.
- Cut the holes in tiles for fixtures.