Flush Clip Mount Ceilings 2 - Tools and Materials

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What You'll Need
Furring strips
25-inch metal tape
Putty knife
Framing or combination square
Drywall pan
4-inch handsaw
Sharp utility knife
Nail belt
Face mask
Safety goggles
Miter box
Coping saw
Aviation snips
Fine-toothed hacksaw


Installing a flush ceiling in a 9x12-foot room requires up to 20 work hours, longer if problems arise. This job is best undertaken by 2 people.

A tile ceiling isn't hard to install and requires no exotic tools. They can often be glued over the existing ceiling if it is in good shape. Otherwise, wood furring strips can be nailed to the old ceiling or joists with the new tiles attached.

A simpler system is to use 4-inch metal tracks. Instead of staples, clips snap onto the tracks to lock the tiles in place. Everything you need comes in one kit.

Materials for Tile Ceilings

Tile ceilings not only look nice, but they also serve functional purposes such as muffling noise, supporting lights, and retarding flames. An acoustical ceiling with tiny noise-trapping holes or fissures in the design is a great choice for noisy rooms like kitchens and theatre rooms.

Noncombustible internal fiber ceilings are designed for rooms with a risk of fire. If you want to put lights in your new ceiling and be able to relocate them without a lot of trouble, a suspended ceiling may be your best bet. You can buy fluorescent fixtures that easily fit into the grid system.

Suspended and tile ceilings have several advantages. The greatest of these is weight. The ceiling is the only area of the room where gravity is working against you. Installing heavy ceiling materials, such as drywall, can be difficult. The acoustical ceiling uses space-age technology to create a ceiling that is both lightweight and durable.

They are easy to install and secure because of their weight. Many of these ceilings absorb sound, controlling sound in the room. They come in many different styles, sizes, and colors from any home improvement centers and hardware stores. You can get tiles or larger panels that look like marble, oak, and other natural materials.

The designs are authentically hued, shaded, veined, and striated. If you prefer traditional white, pattern choices have broadened to include reproduction of bleached wood, sculptured plaster, and rough-troweled stucco.

Most Common Mistakes

Avoid these common mistakes when undertaking this complex project. First, do not fail to adequately plan the ceiling layout or check the local code for minimum ceiling height and clearance. You must also plan the grids so they do not run into posts or columns. Do not measure the ceiling height against a sloped floor or neglect to lay runners.Avoid soiling the tiles during installation.

Do not neglect to do the rough electrical work for the ceiling light fixtures before installing the ceiling of fail to allow the required clearance between old ceiling joists or wiring and new ceiling light fixtures. Check your local code.

Make sure you correct any ceiling leaks before installing a new ceiling. Do not apply loose-filled or roll insulation directly over the ceiling panels and do not install a ceiling below an existing ceiling that contains embedded radiant heat coils.