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What are the Polystyrene tiles made of?

Polystyrene tiles are made from Styrofoam.

How durable are Styrofoam ceiling tiles?

Some of the most common questions our customers ask us is how durable our ceiling tiles are, whether they will hold for a long time and how difficult it is to maintain them. Well, here’s the answer to all these questions. Back in 2008, we moved into a new house and decided to redo the basement. 12 years later, the basement ceiling looks exactly like the very first day. This only goes to show how durable our styrofoam ceiling tiles actually are, and how easy it is to maintain them. Check out the video here.

Are ceiling tiles fire rated?

We always take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of your household, which is why our ceiling tiles are fire rated and tested. Your safety always comes first, that’s why our ceiling tiles have a special fire extinguishing, protective coating. If you look at our video, you will see that the flame is quickly extinguished in Talissa Decor’s ceiling tiles, while the same style from other competitors kept on burning.

Can you paint Styrofoam ceiling tiles?

Yes, Polystyrene tiles could be painted with water based paint – Latex or Acrylic (with roller or sprayer). Because they come unfinished, styrofoam ceiling tiles can be easily painted to the colour of your choice. See how easy it is to paint ceiling tiles in this quick video tutorial.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

We recommend not painting the tiles before the installation because you risk warping the tiles, especially if you’re working with a flat design. That will make installation way more difficult.

Sometimes the edges of the tiles can be a bit rounded, and when installed together, you may see little cracks in the cross sections. That’s why you should get some white paintable caulk and apply it whenever you see these small cracks. This way, you’ll have a nice and smooth transition between the tiles, and you will hide any imperfections. 

After that, painting the tiles will give them a nice and smooth finish.

You don’t need any special paint for styrofoam tiles. We recommend using plain ceiling paint. However, when choosing your paint roller, get one with a rougher texture to make sure you cover any indentations. 

Why choose Talissa Decor styrofoam ceiling tiles?

In addition to the wide variety of patterns, colors and designs, our styrofoam ceiling tiles are also extremely easy to maintain and will look great for decades. They’re also great for covering up popcorn ceilings and water damage.

Are Styrofoam ceiling tiles safe?

Styrofoam ceiling tiles are very safe. Although many people are worried that gasses and toxins that may be released in some ceiling tiles models during a fire, responsible vendors will have their styrofoam tiles lined with protective coating in order to prevent the fire from spreading.

Are Styrofoam ceiling tiles waterproof?

Styrofoam ceiling tiles are actually one of the best decorative materials to use in high moisture areas such as bathrooms. The only thing to keep in mind is that the area is dry during installation. You can also paint and caulk for added protection. Once installed, the moisture won’t affect them at all.

Should I apply primer first before I start painting?

Ideally, yes, you should apply primer before you start painting. However, modern day paint usually comes with a primer so look for ones that do have it to save yourself the effort.

How do you clean Styrofoam ceiling tiles?

Styrofoam ceiling tiles require very little maintenance and cleaning. All you need is wipe them down with a damp cloth and that should do the trick. If you accidentally stained your ceiling tiles, you can try to clean them the same way or repaint them.

Do ceiling tiles contain asbestos?

None of the ceiling tiles available in our store contain asbestos. The materials we use are strictly styrofoam and plastic.

What is the weight of Polystyrene tiles?

The tiles are literally weightless – 100 tiles will weigh ~ 10 lb (with box)

What is the thickness of Polystyrene tiles?

Polystyrene tiles are ~1/8” -3/16 depending on their design.

INSTALLATION

Can styrofoam tiles be installed in high humidity areas?

Yes, Polystyrene tiles are completely water/moisture proof and will work great in basements, bathrooms or even on shower cabins ceilings.

How to cover popcorn ceilings?

Many of our clients struggle with removing popcorn ceilings. Indeed, it’s a messy process that requires a lot of time and patience. However, our styrofoam ceiling tiles can be glued over any popcorn ceiling and they are sure to give your home the clean, modern look you’ve been after. Check out how easy it is in our quick video tutorial.

How to install Styrofoam ceiling tiles?

Styrofoam ceiling tiles are a lightweight, economical, very easy to cut and an affordable home decor solution. Due to their flexible texture, styrofoam tiles can be installed over irregular surfaces such as popcorn ceilings. Styrofoam tiles are pretty thin, which is exactly what makes them easy to work with.

STEP 1: PREPARE THE CEILING

Remove wallpaper, loose plaster and other residue and draw a chalk line in the middle of the room (ideally through a light fixture electrical box).

STEP 2: APPLY ADHESIVE AT THE BACK OF THE TILE

We recommend Styro Pro or Acryl Pro. Don’t skimp, but don’t overdo it. Apply the glue on the corners, in between corners and in the middle. To install styrofoam tiles over popcorn ceilings, you’ll need to use more adhesive than you would on plywood or plain drywall.Remember to leave about 1 inch when you apply the adhesive on the edges to give it a little room to spread.

STEP 3: START INSTALLING THE TILES

Start in the middle. Position your first tile so that it covers one quarter of the light box. The overlapping part should be cut off.

STEP 4: INSTALL THE FIRST ROW

Follow the chalk line and try to be as straight as possible.

STEP 5: WORK YOUR WAY TO THE SIDES

Whole tiles go first, cutting goes last.

For visual guides and video tutorials, click here. To give your newly installed tiles a smooth transition, you can use white paintable caulk and apply it on the joints.

Can Polystyrene tile be installed on the walls or as a backsplash?

We don’t recommend installing Polystyrene tiles on the walls, as they are made of soft material which could be easily damaged (poked).

Can you glue ceiling tiles?

Yes, ceiling tiles can be installed via drop in or glue up method. Simply apply the glue on the corners, in the middle of the edges and in the middle and mount them on your ceiling. There is a special type of adhesive for ceiling tiles called Styro Pro, which will leave no damage to your ceiling in case you need to remove them. If you have a drop ceiling, all you need to do is place the tiles in between the grids.

How to cover up damage on ceiling?

You can easily cover up damage on your ceiling using ceiling tiles. As long as there is no residue, you can mount them over any stain.

How do you cut a drop ceiling grid?

You can easily transform a 2×2 ceiling to a 2×4 grid and vice versa. We made this video to show how our PVC tiles can be installed in small spaces, but it also shows how you can cut the T-bars to transform the drop ceiling grid.

What is the cheapest way to cover a ceiling?

The cheapest way to cover a ceiling is to either paint it or to use styrofoam ceiling tiles if you’re bored of the same old look. When it comes to styrofoam ceiling tiles, there are many designs you can choose from, and the price is usually very affordable. Most of our styrofoam tiles don’t cost more than $5 per piece.

How do you cover up old ceilings?

An old ceiling can be covered using styrofoam ceiling tiles. Simply pick out the design you want (it can be something simple or something more intricate), get some glue and paint if you need a specific colour. Since styrofoam tiles come unfinished, they can be painted to any colour of your choice.

What type of glue should be used for Polystyrene ceiling tiles installation?

We recommend “Styro Pro” (another option would be Acryl Proceramic tile adhesive).

Should joints be sealed?

The joints between tiles can be sealed using paintable silicone.

Can Polystyrene tiles be cut?

It is very easy to cut polystyrene tiles with a sharp utility knife.

Can Polystyrene tiles be installed in drop ceiling?

No their size is 19 5/6” x 19 5/6” when standard grid systems require 2”x2” or 2”x4” size tiles.

Can Polystyrene tiles be installed over popcorn ceiling?

Yes – Polystyrene tiles can be installed directly over popcorn ceilings – no scraping required, as can be seen in this video.

Are Polystyrene tiles flexible?

The tiles are somewhat flexible – they can be installed on vaulted and barrel ceilings.

How to calculate needed quantity for my project?

Please use material calculator on our website (on the left side of the screen on any of our product pages).

Ordering/Delivery

How are the tiles shipped?

We use various carriers – mostly FedEx, DHL and UPS.