FAQ about Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles
1. What are the dimensions of your A La Maison Ceilings Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles?
Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles are 19 5/8 x 19 5/8 squares and the thickness is about 1/4 of an inch including the design. The square footage of each tile is about 2.69 sq.ft.
2. How much do Styrofoam ceiling tiles weigh?
Our Styrofoam ceiling tiles, that are not painted weigh only about 1 oz each. So yes, they are very light and will not put much stress on the ceiling. Our hand painted Styrofoam ceiling tiles are only about 3 oz each and also very light.
3. Can I paint The Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles and what paint should I use?
Yes, you can paint our Styrofoam ceiling tiles but make sure that you are using a water-based paint only. Tiles can be brushed, rolled or sprayed with HVLP ( High Volume Low Pressure) sprayer. Again, remember not to use any spray cans or solvent based paints as they will dissolve your tiles.
4. Should I paint Styrofoam ceiling tiles before or after installation?
You can do it before or after installation and each method has its pros and cons. If you choose to paint your tiles before installation, keep in mind that you will need a fairly large area for your tiles to dry for at least couple of hours. Also, if you are painting your tiles before installing them and the color is blue for example, unless your caulk is tinted to that specific color you will have to paint the caulk with a brush to match, 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 little bit of water/ Floetrol so that it lays nicely and does not dry too quick and leaves brush marks). If you are painting the tiles after, make sure to caulk the seams and let the caulk dry for couple of hours at least.
5. Do I need to prime Styrofoam ceiling tiles?
Priming is always better but from my experience it is not required in most cases. 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 seams between 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 be scraped off the ceiling. 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 Styrofoam ceiling tiles?
Instant Grab #310 by Akfix works really well if you are using painted or going to paint your tiles, if you use it on plain white tiles it may show through. Power Grab that dries clear works better on plain white tiles because it will not show through.
10. Do I need special equipment to cut the tiles?
No, tiles can be cut with scissors or with a straightedge and razor-knife.
11. How do I know how many tiles to order?
12. What tools will I need to install Styrofoam ceiling tiles?
Measuring Tape, Razor Knife (couple of blades), Pencil, Straightedge, Screwdrivers or a Screw Gun (for taking lights & vents down), Ladder, Chalk Box and Caulking Gun. Link to a step by step Instructional Video on How to Install Styrofoam Ceiling Tiles.
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 Styrofoam ceiling tiles where they meet the wall?
You can do it couple of different ways. 1. Just cut and install the last tile and caulk the seam. (This option is not ideal and would not be recommended) 2. 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 completely 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 molding over the tiles. This will mean that caulking will take you longer and you may have to re-caulk as caulk does shrink.
16. Can 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. However, people have reported using double sided tape, push pins screws and so on, however this is not recommended.
17. Are Styrofoam ceiling tiles fire-rated?
No, they are not fire-rated.
18. Can I use Styrofoam ceiling tiles on my wall?
Yes, you can install them on your wall but I would not recommend installing them in an area that will most likely get touched, kicked or it is a high traffic area. The reason is that the tiles are soft and can get damaged when kicked or hit, even with your nails they can be damaged. So, it can work but but they may get damaged. They should be fine as a wall art, few feet from the ground or on a wall where there is no traffic. Lot of Photographers use them for backgrounds.
19. Can I temporarily 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 the 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.
2) What are the dimension of metal ceiling tiles?
3) Are Metal Ceiling Tiles 3-D?
4) Are Metal Tin Ceiling Tiles painted?
5) Can Metal Ceiling Tiles be painted?
6) What can be Metal Ceiling Tiles cut with?
7) How can Metal Ceiling Tiles be installed?
8) What kind of adhesive should be used for Metal Ceiling Tiles?
9) What is the weight of the Metal Ceiling Tiles?
C) FAQ about Metal Ceiling Tiles
1) What are the Metal Ceiling Tiles made of?
We offer 3 different materials.
2) 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 differ 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". We can also create custom tiles with a custom size.
3) Are the 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"
4) Are the Metal Ceiling Tiles painted?
We offer them in both version, 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 aged it and we can offer a clear coat to protect the surface.
5) Can the 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.
6) What can be the Metal Ceiling Tiles cut with?
We like to recommend tin snips.
7) How can the 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.
8) 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.
9) What is the weight of the Metal Ceiling Tiles?
This would depend on the size and metal you choose. Our lightest metal tile is Aluminum which comes in at about .75lb per , the steel/tin is about 1.5lb and copper 3lb 24"x24" tile.
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.
Please refer to our Project Estimator page for details.