Frequently Asked Questions- Decorative Ceiling Tiles and Wall Panels Old

  • Metal Ceiling Tiles

  • What are the metal ceiling tiles made of?

    We offer 3 different materials.

    1. Tin Plated Steel ( this is the authentic, historically correct material.  We offer it in its raw form as well as painted. In the raw form it is the most economical option. It has to be painted from both sides if you get it un-finished.)
    2. Aluminum ( this is the popular material because it will not rust. It may however oxidize if you purchase our Mill Finish Aluminum depending on the environment you use it in. 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 designs are available in this material. Although 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

  • What are the dimension of metal ceiling tiles?

    Most of our real metal ceiling tiles come in either 24" x 24" size or 24" x 48". The actual sizes slightly differs depending on the application. If you choose a tile for a suspended ceiling system also known as drop ceiling or a grid system, it will be slightly smaller than 24" x 24" size and 24" x 48", the actual size would be close to 23 7/8" x 23 7/8" and 23 7/8" x 47 7/8".

    If you go with a nail-up install option, the tiles are 24 3/8 x 24 3/8 inches or 24 3/8 x 48 3/8 inches. There are couple of odd sizes and we can also create custom tiles with a custom size.

  • Are metal ceiling tiles 3-D?

    Yes, our metal tiles, just like the old fashioned tin are stamped out to create 3-dimensional designs. The depth of the tiles vary based on the design from 1/8" - about 3"

  • Are metal ceiling tiles painted?

    We offer them in both versions, painted and unpainted when it comes to Steel and Aluminum, here are some beautiful color options for the Aluminum ceiling tiles. When it comes to copper, we offer it either natural or we age it and can offer a clear coat to protect the surface from aging further.

  • Can metal ceiling tiles be painted?

    Yes, absolutely. However, we offer many colors from basic single colors that can be powder coated to artisan finishes done by an artist by hand.

  • What can be metal ceiling tiles cut with?

    We like to recommend tin snips as they are most accessible.

  • How can metal ceiling tiles be installed?

    We recommend 2 types of installation method for real metal and those are nail-up to a substrate such as plywood or furring strips or drop-in installation into a grid system.  Some people also glue their tiles, the best one for gluing would be Aluminum as it is the lightest of the metals.

  • What kind of adhesive should be used for metal ceiling tiles?

    If you do decide to nail up our tiles, consider using our 310 Instant Grab adhesive or equivalent to it, such as power grab from loctite. Make sure the surface is clean by wiping all the dust and/or dirt.

  • What is the weight of metal ceiling tiles?

    This would depend on the size and metal you choose. Our lightest metal tile is Aluminum which comes in at about 0.75lb per, the steel/tin is about 1.5lb and copper 3lb 24"x24" tile.

  • Which metal tiles come in 2 ft x 4 ft / 24 in x 48 in?

    We do have several designs 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.

  • EKENA Urethane Millwork

  • How are urethane products made?

    Polyurethane is formed when two chemicals react creating a foamlike structure. When this reaction occurs in one of product preprimed molds, the urethane foams, expands to the desired shape, and hardens. This reaction creates tremendous heat, causing the primer on the mold to fuse to the material, forming a hard, outer shell. A high-density product with crisp detail is then released from the mold.

    EKENA Urethane Millwork

  • Will these products melt in high temperatures?

    All products, including wood and steel, will melt if the temperature is hot enough. However, urethane products will not melt under normal use conditions.

  • What types of special skills are needed to install urethane products?

    None. If you can install wood products, you can easily install urethane products. They can be nailed, cut and sanded just like wood products.

  • Are special supplies needed to install polyurethane products?

    Yes. We recommend using noncorrosive fasteners along with polyurethane compatible adhesive. The adhesive is recommended to place between decorative joints and to secure any piece to the wall along with mechanical fasteners.

  • What are some general tips about installing urethane products?

    Never install products with fasteners only. For best results, always use noncorrosive fasteners along with polyurethane compatible adhesive on the back and at all decorative joints.

  • What types of weather conditions are necessary to install exterior urethane products?

    For exterior applications, urethane products can be installed in any temperature, hot or cold, and in any kind of weather.

  • What type of maintenance is needed to keep urethane products looking good?

    Very little, if painted with recommended quality exterior-grade latex paint. All urethane products are low maintenance millwork goods, making them ideal for both interior and exterior applications.

  • Will the product ever become infested with insects?

    No, urethane products are not a source of food for insects as it is not made from wood.

  • Are urethane products affected by moisture?

    No. Urethane does not absorb water as it is a closed-cell material. This closed-cell structure will prevent water absorption.

  • Why or how do people use urethane millwork?

    Urethane is lightweight and easy to install, making it a top selection of both building professionals and consumers. Lightweight for quick and easy installation. Solid urethane offers maximum durability and minimal upkeep with sharp design clarity and high quality, pattern options. It can be cut, drilled, glued or screwed with common tools and comes factory primed and ready for paint or faux finish. Best of all it is resistant to moisture, insects, and peeling or splitting.

    EKENA Urethane Millwork

  • Do all urethane products come painted and ready to install?

    The pre-primed surface is ready to stain or paint. Urethane products need to be painted. We recommend painting the product before installation and touching it up after installation is completed. Exterior product must be painted with an exterior grade 100% acrylic latex paint.

  • What kind of paint do I use after installation?

    100% acrylic latex paint. Since all polyurethane products are subject to thermal expansion and contraction, it is recommended that consideration to lighter paints be selected in your choice of colors, as darker colors absorb more radiation from the sun than lighter colors. Flat, eggshell and satin finishes are recommended due to their slight porous nature during the curing process.

  • What are its best uses for the building industry?

    Due to the ability to mold the material, decorative trims with detailed designs are easy to produce. Large moulding profiles can be made from one piece of urethane, instead of layering wood to create the same look. This saves on labor and time.

  • How do I prevent UV fading/deterioration?

    UV rays do not affect properly finished product. Exterior product must be painted with an exterior grade 100% acrylic latex paint.

  • Anything special I should know about storing urethane products?

    These products can be stored either inside or outside, but not in extreme heat. Products should be stored as it is intended to be installed. For optimum use, polyurethane compatible adhesive should be stored at room temperature until ready to use. Acclimate urethane products before installation up to 10 hours.

  • What are the recommended fastening procedures for urethane?

    Please see installation instructions for part specific recommended fastening procedures. Note that products should never be installed with fasteners that are susceptible to corrosion, and proper use of glue and adhesives is crucial for correct installation.

  • Are your urethane products just decorative?

    Polyurethane products are most commonly used for decorative purposes as the material by itself is non-structural. Even so, many polyurethane items do serve a functional purpose, like gable vents that help with attic ventilation or ceiling medallions that cover unsightly holes in the ceiling.


Buy Ceiling Tiles in Bulk & Get 10% - 15% off + Free Shipping Buy Now

Buy Ceiling Tiles in Bulk & Get 10% - 15% off + Free Shipping

Buy Now
Need Help