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A) FAQ about Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles D) FAQ about Faux Leather Tiles
B) FAQ about Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles E) FAQ General Questions
C) FAQ about Metal Ceiling Tiles
F) Returns


A) FAQ about Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles

1. What are the dimensions of Styrofoam ceiling tiles?

Styrofoam ceiling tiles are 19 5/8 x 19 5/8 square and 1/4-inch thick. The square footage of each tile is about 2.69 sq. ft.

2. How much do Styrofoam ceiling tiles weigh?

Unpainted Styrofoam ceiling tiles weigh about 1 oz. Hand-painted Styrofoam ceiling tiles are about 3 oz. each.

3. Can you paint ceiling tiles, and what is the best paint for Styrofoam tiles?

Many customers ask us, “Can you paint ceiling tiles?” Yes, you can paint our Styrofoam ceiling tiles, but remember that the best paint for Styrofoam tiles is a water-based paint. Tiles can be brushed, rolled, or sprayed with an HVLP (high volume low pressure) sprayer but not standard spray paint.

4. Should I paint on Styrofoam ceiling tiles before or after the installation?

You can apply paint for ceiling tiles before or after installation. If you choose to paint your tiles before installation, keep in mind that you will need a large area for your tiles to dry for at least a couple of hours. Also, if you are painting your tiles before installing them and your caulk is not tinted to that specific color, you will have to paint the caulk with a brush after the tiles are up and the caulking is dry (this process is not really hard at all; just make sure to mix the paint with a little bit of water/Floetrol so that it lays nicely and does not dry too quickly and leave brush marks). If you are painting the tiles after, make sure to caulk the seams and let the caulk dry for a couple of hours at least.

5. Do I need to prime the Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles?

Priming is always better but from my experience it is not required. It is a good idea to prime especially if you are going to be using metallic paints, such as silver, gold, platinum and so on. But if you are painting simply white, two top coats should do it.

6. Do I have to caulk the Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles?

Yes, if you want to keep moisture from getting behind the tiles and for best aesthetic results.

7. Can Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles be used for a bathroom or a kitchen?

Yes, just make sure to caulk the seams and paint the tiles to seal it so that the moisture can not get behind them.

8. Can I Cover Popcorn Ceiling with Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles?

Yes, but be careful about two things. 1) Make sure that your popcorn ceiling is stable. If you touch it and it starts falling down, it will not work and it has to come off. 2) Check for Asbestos. Find more details on this topic on our How to Cover a Popcorn Ceiling Page.

9. What type of glue should I use for the Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles?

I have only been using one type of glue and the results were great. The glue is called Ceramic Tile Adhesive and the brand name is Acryl-Pro.  It is available in any large hardware store. Our customers have reported that Power Grab and Liquid Nails for foam work well. I can only stand behind the Ceramic Tile Adhesive as that one is the one I have used. Solvent based adhesives such as contact cement should not be used as it will dissolve the tiles.

10. Do I need special equipment to cut the Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles?

No, tiles can be cut with scissors or with a straightedge and razor-knife.

11. How do I know how many Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles to order?

12. What tools will I need to install Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles?

Measuring Tape, Razor Knife(couple of blades), Pencil, Straightedge, Screw Drivers or a Srew Gun(for taking lights & vents down), Ladder, Chalk Box, Putty Knife (to apply the glue). Link to a step by step Instructional Video on How to Install Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles.

13. How do I install Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles around lights, vents and fans?

Most of the time it works like this.  Before you start installng your tiles, lights, fans and vents get removed.  After you remove the light and fans(make sure your power is off), cover the wires with proper covers and push them deep into the housing.  Once the wires are deep in the housing, you can install your tile over the wire housing and then just feel out the hole above it and use your razor knife to cut arround it.  Vents are are same, just make sure to turn your Air Conditioning or Heating off so that you can install your tiles.

14. How do I finish the Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles whre they meet the wall?

You can do it couple of different ways.  1. Just cut and install the last tile and caulk the seem.  (This option is not ideal and would not be recommended)  2.  Now, we offer a Plain Filler Tile that you can use as a border around the perimeter of the room so that you don't need to cut into the design(the tile can be used on its own).  Either way you decide to go, using the filler tile or not, to completaly finish the ceiling, you need to use crown molding.  We offer beautiful Styrofoam Crown Molding..

15. Do I have to install Crown Molding before or after installing Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles?

You can actually do it both ways.  So, if you have a Crown Molding installed already or want to install it before the tiles, here is what you should know: 1. It will take you about the same time to install the full tiles as it will take you to measure and cut to fit the perimeter tiles if you install the crown molding before the tiles.  2. You do not need to caulk the top of the crown molding until you install the tiles. If you decide to go the other route and install the crown molding after you should consider this: 1. It is much faster to cut the perimeter tiles if you do not have to measure them exactly as it is in the case of installing the Crown Molding before.  2. Depending on the design of your tiles, large gaps may be created after you install the Crown over the tiles.  This will mean that caulking will take you longer and you may have to re-caulk.

16. Can the Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles be nailed or stapled?

No, they can not be nailed  nor stapled, Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles should be only glued for best results.

17. Are Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles Fire-Rated?

No, they are not fire-rated.

18. Can I use Styrofoam ceiling tiles on my wall?

Using ceiling tiles on walls is possible but inadvisable in high-traffic areas. The reason is that the tiles are soft and can get damaged or scratched when kicked or hit. So it can work, but they may get damaged. They should be fine as wall art placed a few feet from the ground or on a wall where there is no traffic. Lots of photographers use them for backgrounds.

19. Can I temporarly attach the Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles to the ceiling?

Without damaging the ceiling and the tiles I have no advice to offer.  Some of our clients tried Double Sticking Tapes, Velcro, Pins as they were renting and the ceiling would have a popcorn ceiling that they could not stand.  Problem is that a lot of times, apartament have concrete ceilings and if it also has a popcorn ceiling, you can not use none of the applications listed in this question.

20. Is there a minimum order for Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles?

No, you can order as little as one tile.

21. Do Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles add insulation?

Yes, they add little bit of insulation.


B) FAQ about Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles

1) What are the Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles made of?

Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles are made of PVC

2) What are the dimension of Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles?

Our Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles are 2ft x 2ft.  Drop in Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles Are about 23 3/4 x 23 3/4.  Glue up Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles could be little bigger than 24x24, some designs could be about 24 3/8 x 24 3/8 including the overlapping edge.  The depth on the design varies from one design to another.  Our deepest tiles are the design 210, they are about 1 inch deep.

3) Are the Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles 3-D?

Oh yes!  Our tiles are very 3-D and that is what makes them so beautiful, its the crisp 3-D designs.

4) Are the Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles painted or is it a solid color through out?

They are spray painted. Two tone finishes, such as Antique Copper are finilized by hand.

5) Can the Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles be painted?

Yes, they can be painted but since the design may be very deep a spray paint is the option.  These tiles can be painted with majorityof paints including spray cans, but the recommended ones would be paints for plastic.

6) What can be the Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles cut with?

Good pair of regular Scissors.

7) How can the Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles be installed?

All the Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles are made from the same material but the tiles with large (24 inch) patterns can support their own weight in the grid system. So one way to install the in the grid system by simply dropping(video) them in.  The same tiles you can also glued up(video) but we do have tiles that can be only glued up to the ceiling and those are our Faux Tin Glue Up Ceiling Tiles.(Any Faux Tin Tile that the pattern smaller than 24 inch)

8) What kind of adhesive should be used for Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles?

Contact cement from DAP Weldwood - Original Formula is the one we have always used but our clients have tried Liquid Nails and Fast Grip and say that they are easier to use.

9) What is the weight of the Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles?

The weight is about 8 oz for each 2x2 tile.

10) Where are the Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles made?

They are made in India and some of them are made in China.

11) Do I have to use a filler/boarder with Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles?

No, it is not necessary but you certainly can if you preffer the look.  There is a video that explains your options.  View it now.


C) FAQ about Metal Ceiling Tiles

1) What are the Metal Ceiling Tiles made of?

That you can choose. We offer 3 different materials.

  1. Tin Plated Steel ( this is the authentic, historically correct material.  We only sell this material in Raw. It is the most economical option. It has to be painted form both sides.)
  2. Aluminum ( this is the popular material because it will not rust. It will however oxidize if you purchase our Mill Finish Alumium. To prevent that you need to paint the face of the tile or choose on of the many finishes.
  3. Actual Solid Copper (this is the high end item that most wish they could have.  All of our metal products are available in this material. Altough we do not have images for all of the products in copper, we do have a page dedicated to it.  Here it is: Copper Ceiling Tiles

2) What are the dimension of Metal Ceiling Tiles?

2) What are the dimension of Metal Ceiling Tiles?

3) Are the Metal Ceiling Tiles 3-D?

3) Are the Metal Ceiling Tiles 3-D?

4) Are the Metal Tin Ceiling Tiles painted?

4) Are the Metal Tin Ceiling Tiles painted?

5) Can the Metal Ceiling Tiles be painted?

5) Can the Metal Ceiling Tiles be painted?

6) What can be the Metal Ceiling Tiles cut with?

6) What can be the Metal Ceiling Tiles cut with?

7) How can the Metal Ceiling Tiles be installed?

7) How can the Metal Ceiling Tiles be installed?

8) What kind of adhesive should be used for Metal Ceiling Tiles?

8) What kind of adhesive should be used for Metal Ceiling Tiles?

9) What is the weight of the Metal Ceiling Tiles?

9) What is the weight of the Metal Ceiling Tiles?

10) Which Metal Tiles come in 2 ft x 4 ft / 24 in x 48 in?

We do have several design that come in 2 ft x 4 ft/ 24 inches x 48 inches.  Here they are:(please note that images only show 2x2 tiles at this time. 2x4 tiles look like 2, 2x2 tiles put together. To view the images, click on the following links) 0302, 0303, 0601, 0603, 0604, 0605, 0606, 0607, 0609, 1201, 1202DD, 1204, 1205, 1207, 1211, 1220, 2400, 2401, 2402, 2403, 2404, 2405, 2406, 2407, 2410, 2433, 2436, 2437, 2450. ( At this moment, there are only 2x2 tiles available for purchase on our website.  To order 2x4 tiles, please contact us here.


D) FAQ about PU/Faux Leather Tiles?

1) Can the tiles be cut to get a nice clean edge?

Yes, you can get a clean cut by using power saw.  We have used a miter saw to cut these...( click to see the image)


E) FAQ General Questions

1) Can I use decorative ceiling tiles on a ceiling with recessed lighting, vents and fans?

Yes you can and some of them will work better than other. Milan Jara has created a video that explains this in detail: Can decorative ceiling tiles be used with recessed lighting video

2) Do I need to use nail up or glue up ceiling tiles?

First thing you need to do is to look at your ceiling and determine the surface you have.  You can use glue up tiles for most flat surfaces but if you have a plywood or wood ceiling, you can also use nail up tiles. Click here to view a short video that explains this in detail.

3) How do I estimate the number of ceiling tiles I need for my project?

Please refer to our Project Estimator page for details.



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