Fire Rated Foam Tile Glue Up Installation Instructions & FAQ
Follow these few easy steps when installing your new 24×24 or 24×48 Fire Rated Foam Ceiling Tiles as either Glue up to most clean semi-smooth surfaces or a DROP IN GRID SUSPENDED CEILING SYSTEM.
- Washable, White, Smooth Surface
- Class “A” fire rated (ASTM E84 Tested)
- Great for dining areas, food prep areas and bathrooms
- 100% Authentic Ceiling Tiles made from architectural foam in USA
- Will NOT stain, mildew, flake or crumble
- Fits standard 15/16″ grid.
You can also view all of our commercial 24×24 tiles in our store
PLEASE NOTE OUT FIRE RATED FOAM CEILING TILES WILL ALSO FIT INTO A GRID SUSPENDED CEILING SYSTEM AS A SIMPLE DROP IN INSTALLATION IN EITHER 24″ x 24″ or 24″ x 48″ STANDARD GRID CEILING SIZE & 15/16″ Grid.
The tiles are made in USA from 100% virgin architectural foam, designed to fit into standard 15/16” suspended ceiling grid or can be glued up directly to sheetrock ceiling.
Not sure what Architectural Foam tiles are – request a sample! Samples are FREE just pay for shipping.
Required Tools & Adhesive ( can be purchased from local hardware):
- Utility nife (box-cutter knife)
- 24″ or larger t-square
- Loctite PL300 adhesive (or similar, must note to be safe for foam board)
- White or clear caulk
- Caulking Gun
- Chalk line
- Thin gloves
The tiles may be applied over ceilings or walls covered with lime, lime-cement, gypsum, dry plaster, aerated concrete, brick, silicates, popcorn and etc. The surface should be even, dry, hard, stable, without any dust or grease.
Do NOT apply tiles over soft or peeling popcorn, always must have a secure surface. if popcorn is soft or peeling it needs to be partially removed to get loose unsecured pieces off prior to tile application. Popcorn removal can be achieved by soaking it with water and scrubbing it off.
Preparing the Surface
Clean the surface to remove any dust, grease, wax or dirt. Remove old, flaky coats of paint. Any cracks or flaws should be filled with special filers, gypsum or mortar.
How to apply ceiling tiles:
1. Finding the middle of the ceiling
To lay tiles evenly start your work exactly in the center of the ceiling. To find center point, use chalk line to mark diagonal lines cross in the center (see img. 1). Draw two perpendicular lines through the middle of the ceiling to divide it into four equal rectangles or squares (see img 2).
2. Applying adhesive to the tile
On the back side of a tile apply a one to two inch run of adhesive (img 7).
The thickness of adhesive on the back of the tile should depend on the surface you are applying the tiles on. If the surface is too porous (for example popcorn ceiling) you might need to add some extra adhesive. On the other hand, if the surface is flat, you may need to reduce the amount of adhesive. The adhesive should be placed close to the corners of the tile and in the middle of it. If you feel it is necessary add adhesive in a few more areas. Adding extra adhesive will not cause any issues. When you press tile against the ceiling adhesive will spread under the tile, making it adhere properly to the surface of the ceiling. Make sure the tile is pressed hard enough for the adhesive to adhere thoroughly, however be careful so the surface of the tile will not get damaged.
3. Applying the first tile
Lay the first tile as shown on img 3. Make sure to correctly position the tile perfectly aligning it with two crossing lines in the center. This is the most important step to make sure you have a perfectly straight ceiling.
4. Applying the rest of the tiles
Apply subsequent tiles starting from the center going towards the walls. Start with one section, complete installation of all the tiles until you have only one or less than one tile before the wall. Complete the other 3 sections in the similar manner. Make sure to align tiles tightly, so there are no visible gaps and all edges make a straight line (see img 4, img 5, img 6)
5. Trimming the last row of tiles
You should only trim the tiles that will make up the last row around the perimeter of the room before touching the wall. Use a utility knife and t-square to make perfect cuts. The tiles should be scored on the face and snapped. if the back edge of the tile did not break perfectly make sure to trim it.
6. Finishing the job
Once all tiles have been installed, you should use clear or white caulk to fill in any possible gaps between the perimeter edges of tiles and walls. This will make your ceiling look complete.
7. Additional ceiling design options
a. Polystyrene ceilings can be painted with water based paint
b. Crown moldings can be applied
Our Standard Ceiling Tiles manufactured with Architectural Foam, available in 2×2 and 2×4 sizes with standard or tegular (revealed) edge. The tiles designed for indoors or outdoors and made to outlast other tiles requiring much less maintenance when compared to fiberboard tiles.
Our Architectural Foam Ceiling Tile is a practical, energy saving and economical way to lower ceilings, finish off unfinished ceilings or replace unsightly ceilings. It’s easy to install and easy to clean with just soap and water.
The tiles are featherlight but have the same insulation properties as polystyrene coffee cups and ice buckets where its R value remains constant with age. It is extremely moisture resistant and will not contract or expand with humidity changes, making it ideal for use in all commercial interiors including bathrooms, basements or any area where humidity is a problem. Architectural foam tiles posses high light reflectancy feature which is substantial for commercial and residential installations due to reflecting 94% of available light, the tile brightness seems to enlarge any work or living area without an eye straining glare.
Architectural Foam Ceiling Tiles are class A fire rated and will not contribute to spreading fire.