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.
You will need the following tools and materials to install your tiles properly:
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 may be laid on ceiling and walls covered with lime, lime-cement, gypsum or dry plaster, chipboards, aerated concrete, construction ceramics (bricks, hollow bricks), silicates, popcorn (if it is dry and stable) etc. The surface should be even, dry, hard, stable, without any dust or grease.
Do NOT apply the tiles over soft, unstable popcorn. If popcorn is soft and unstable, it needs to be removed before applying the tiles. This can be done by soaking it with water and scrubbing it off the ceiling.
Clean the surface so as to remove any dust, grease, wax or other dirt. Remove old, flaky coats of paint. Any cracks or other flaws should be filled with special fillers, gypsum or mortar.
To lay tiles evenly, you should start your work exactly in the middle of the ceiling (Hint: very often your ceiling lights or fans are located exactly in the center of the ceiling). To find this point, use two strings drawn along the ceiling diagonals. Ideally, this should be done with another person’s assistance. Now through the middle of the ceiling, draw two perpendicular lines to divide it into four equal rectangles.
On the back of a tile, put a half-inch to one-inch thick layer of mastic (Figure 3). The thickness of the mastic on the back of the tile should depend on a surface you are putting the tiles on. If the surface is too porous (popcorn ceiling, for example) you might need to add some extra mastic. On the other hand, if the surface is flat, you may need to reduce the quantity of the mastic. The mastic should be placed close to the corners of the tile and in the middle of it.
Lay the first tile at a right angle to the walls, with one of its corners placed exactly in the middle of the ceiling that you found earlier (Figure 4). Make sure its edges follow the perpendicular lines.
When laying tiles, you should make sure they are pressed hard enough for the mastic to adhere thoroughly to the surface without damaging the tile.
Lay the subsequent tiles in parallel rows (Figure 5). Make sure there are no big gaps left between their edges. Move the tiles as close to each other as possible.
After all the tiles are finally glued to the ceiling, you will need to fill existing gaps between the tiles with caulk (Figure 7). Even if the seams are almost invisible, it is still recommended to use caulk, since it helps to make your ceiling look seamless and solid.
Crown moldings can be applied.
Our Melt Away Foam Ceiling Tile is a practical, energy-saving and economical. 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.