A suspended ceiling is one of the most common and inexpensive ceilings that are available. If you are planning to install a suspended ceiling in your home, there is a practical way to do it and you do not need any prerequisite knowledge or special tools to install it. Following are the few simple steps to follow in order to install suspended ceilings by Snap Clip.
STEP1: TAKE THE MEASUREMENTS
To install a suspended ceiling, you have to first make sure that the room has sufficient height. Measure six inches down from the lowest protruding structure and mark it. It is crucial to measure the room as it will help you to calculate your requirements. The requirements include the number of ceiling tiles, main tees, cross tees and side or L brackets which are needed to install the suspended ceiling.
STEP 2: INSTALATION OF THE L BRACKETS
Once you have purchased the needed supplies, the next obvious step is the installation of the side or the L brackets on to the wall. These L brackets are what holds together the outer edges of the ceiling tiles. When placing these brackets make sure that there is at least a distance of 4-inches below the ceiling joists so that there is enough room for you to drop in the ceiling tiles.
If the brackets aren’t fitting cut them with the help of tin snips. Place them at an angle of 45⁰ for the outside corners and in case of longer walls, butt them together. Make use of a laser level to ensure that the starting point is accurate and at a level. You can also measure carefully and make use of a long level to draw the lines between the marks. To be safer use chalk to make a line. The side brackets are to be attached by screwing them directly into the side walls.
STEP 3: INSTALATION OF THE MAIN RUNNERS:
Before starting the installation, determine how you would lay down the runners. The main tees should be perpendicular to the floor joists and positioned at a distance of 4 feet. Finding the centre of the room and then measuring out the side walls is crucial for the proper placement of the main runners/tees. If you start from the centre of the room, then your ceiling will end up having similar sized tiles on all four sides of the room.
Main runners are available in various lengths of 8, 10 and 12 feet respectively and are interlocked at the ends to become longer. In case of odd lengths, they can be cut with the help of tin snips. 16 gauge wire is used to hang the tees and fasten it to the underside of the floor joists and positioned so that they are in level with the side brackets. To check whether the main tees are in level with the side brackets you can run a string across the room between the two side brackets.
STEPS 4: INSTALATION OF THE CROSS TEES:
To complete the grid pattern the next step is to install the cross tees. The cross tees provide a solid grid to hold together the suspended ceiling tiles. They are fastened and locked into the main tees. It is crucial that you install the cross tees only after you have installed the main tees. As doing otherwise could make your grid shift and would be a bit askew.
STEP 5: PLACING OF THE CEILING TILES:
Now that you have finished the grid, it is time to drop the tiles into the grid. Tilt the ceiling tiles to fit through the grid and then gently drop them into the place. When fitting the tiles, make sure that you start from the centre of the grid and work your way to the edges, so that it stays solid. There are chances of their being odd tiles, so cut the sides of the tile with a sharp utility knife, as it would not only minimize dust but also prevent damage.