Styrofoam ceiling tiles are fantastic for transforming any room in your home, office, or other business space. They are lightweight, versatile, and affordable. Of course, just like any form of home improvement, it’s important to make sure that you perform the installation properly for best results. Installation is easy and you don’t need any experience or too many tools.
You will need:
- A sharp knife for trimming tiles as and when need (box cutters are great)
- Adhesive suitable for use on Styrofoam (ask your Styrofoam ceiling tile supplier)
- Caulk in a color that matches the ceiling tiles (for filling any gaps in between)
- Form-fitting rubber gloves for keeping your hands clean
- Caulking gun to apply the caulk
- Sponge or clean rag to wipe off any excess caulk or adhesive
- A straight edge like the side of a four-foot level or anything longer than two feet
- Measuring tape for planning your design and cutting tiles to size
- Pencil for marking lines
- Chalk line for installing guidelines
Once you have all of the supplies and your ceiling tiles have arrived, it’s time to get to work. Here are the easy steps you need to follow:
Check the surface
Styrofoam ceiling tiles can be installed on surfaces covered with lime, lime-cement, drywall, chipboard, aerated concrete, dry plaster, popcorn or textured ceilings. When installing these tiles over an existing ceiling, it’s important to make sure that the surface is stable, dry, hard, even, and free of any debris or dust. If the popcorn ceiling is soft or in any other way unstable, it’s best to remove the popcorn ceiling before applying the tiles.
Prepare the surface
Clean the ceiling of dust, wax, grease, and any other dirt. If you notice any defects or cracks, you should repair these problems before you proceed. Any flaking paint must be removed.
This is particularly important if this is your first time. By taking some extra time, you can properly plan the layout of the tiles and their placement.
Locate the center of the ceiling
It’s important to start in the center and work your way out. Measure the length and width of the ceiling before calculating the midpoint. The easiest way to do this is by using string. Locate the middle of two opposite sides of the ceiling and run the string across. Do the same with the other two opposite sides and see where the strings meet. This is the middle of the ceiling. If you are wondering how to secure the strings in place, simply use some finish nails.
Tiles and adhesive
Apply small amounts of the adhesive to the back of the tile. If you have a popcorn ceiling or another porous surface, you will need to apply extra adhesive. Don’t apply adhesive too close to the edges or it will seep out. You don’t need to spread the adhesive out. It will spread as the tile is pressed to the ceiling.
Position the first tile
Mark the center of your tile so that you know how to line it up in the middle of the ceiling. Your first tile needs to line up with one of the four corners in the center. You can then place another tile next to it and another two opposite these first two. These four tiles make up the center of your ceiling and, from here, you can work your way out to the margins of your ceiling where it meets the walls.
Secure and spacing
When pressing each tile in place, you can use a foam roller. Do not press too hard or it can damage the tiles. Keep the edges of the tiles as close together as possible. Once you reach the perimeter of your ceiling, you will need to trim your tiles so that they fit perfectly. Make sure that you trim the tile and then test to make sure it fits before applying adhesive.
Sealing the gaps
Once you have all your tiles in place, it’s time to apply some caulk in between to make sure that there are no gaps. This ensures a perfectly seamless finish. You can practice on some spare tiles if you have never done this before. Take care not to apply too much caulk or pressure. Keep your damp cloth or sponge handy for wiping away any excess. Rinse the sponge or cloth regularly to avoid messy smudges. Always wipe excess caulk off right away. Once it is dry, it is difficult (if not impossible) to remove.
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