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Snap-Grid Metal Ceiling Tile System

  Subscribe to FREE newsletter  Oct 18, 2016

Our snap-grid metal ceiling tile system makes the installation of our ceiling tiles easy and quick. In fact, the snap-grid system is designed to be installed directly to drywall, or to literally any surface without the need to install plywood or furring strips beforehand. With the snap-in mechanism where you can simply “snap” metal panels into place to complete your metal ceiling!

The snap grid system is as easy to install as a suspended ceiling grid. Main runners, snap grid inserts and wall moldings are available in 5 unique colors. Our 8 most popular patterns are available for the snap-grid system in over 60 colors & finishes.

Installation instructions for the snap-grid ceiling system

Installation of Wall molding support:

1st Operation: Wall moldings are manufactured in 6' lengths. Install all wall molding where the ceiling meets the walls, 1/32" below the ceiling line. Secure wall molding with suplied drywall screws. Install one piece of molding directly into the corner of the room, then install the second molding, 90 degrees from the first installed molding.

Installation of Snap-Grid ceiling tile:

2nd Operation: Pick a mid point of the longest wall to insert the first 24" x 24" Snap-Grid Tin Ceiling in the center of that mid point. Slide one of the four outer flanges on top of the wall molding, inserting the male flange between the molding and the ceiling, in the 1/32" space provided by the step #1. The flat recessed ledge of the Snap-Grid tile will sit on the wall molding support ledge. Install two drywall screws into the two middle holes of the Snap-Grid panel on the other three sides of the ceiling panel. The result should have a Snap-Grid tile supported on one side by the wall molding and the other three sides secured to the ceiling with drywall screws.

3rd Operation: After securing you first Snap-Grid tile to the ceiling, place a second Snap-Grid panel over the exposed male flange of the installed panel while also sliding the adjacent flange in between wall molding and ceiling, such as step #2. When installed, two outer exposed holes should line up thru the two overlapping male flanges. Next, install two drywall screws thru the two outer holes, securing the two panels together and attaching the second Snap-Grid tile to the ceiling substrate. Again, install two drywall screws in the middle holes on the oppostie flanges as stated on the previous operation, so the second tile is attached to the ceiling. Repeat operation in both directions until meeting up with adjacent walls.

4th Operation if necessary: When filling in remaining areas that are not complete 24" x 24" panels measure the distance between the currently installed Snap-Grid ceiling tile and the edge of the wall molding. Measure from the installed tile outer hole and to the edge of the wall molding. When you have this measurement, add 3/16" to the measured length. Take the tile to be cut and measure from the exposed outer hole to the length determined by the opening to be filled and draw a line on the tile. Cut along line to the desired width using tin snips or paper cutter. Tile can be installed with the flatten edge or just the cut tile edge. (Purely a preference on look). If you prefer a flat edge, then flatten the cut edge with a piece of wood and a hammer about 3/16". This flat area will be used as support for the ceiling tile on the molding ledge of the installed wall molding.. Insert cut edge into wall molding flange and secure opposite side male flange with two drywall screws in the exposed two outer holes.

Installation of Snap-Grid Inserts:

5th Operation: Take one, main 6ft. runner "Snap-Grid" insert lining up one end with the wall molding and press into place in between the two Snap-Grid ceiling tiles. Continue across the the room in the same direction. Next, snap the 2nd main 6 ft. runner into the Snap-Grid ceiling tiles, mating the two ends together to form one long main runner until you extend to the opposite wall. If need be, cut the main 6ft. runner to fit the area if less than 6ft. long.

6th Operation: Take one, Snap-Grid 2' cross runner and snap into place between the two main 6' runners, forming a square. Continue throughout to finish the main section of the room. If the area you are filling is less than 2' long, you will need to cut the 2' Snap-Grid inserts to fit the smaller than 2' area that is left over. Cut insert with a mitre saw or hack saw.

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