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Frustrated With Your Room? Ceiling Tiles May Be Your Answer.

Ceiling Tiles by author Meghan Carter

  • Why your room may need ceiling tiles.
  • How to cure your ceiling tile phobia.
  • Sanity saving ceiling tile installation tips.
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    If you were to look up in most homes, you wouldn't see ceiling tiles. In fact, you wouldn't see much of anything. Most ceilings are flat and white. Not exactly something to get excited about. But when you walk into a room with ceiling tiles or planks, you look up and take notice.
    Ceiling tiles and planks turn what is typically a forgotten space into a beautiful adornment. To be fair, they aren't right for every room. But if you feel your space is lacking interest, what's at eye level may not be the problem. To fix it, you may need to look up.
    You see, while we may not notice that we see the ceilings in rooms, we actually do. We've just become so accustomed to those plain, white surfaces that it doesn't ever cross our mind to change them. But take a quick walking tour of your house. In what rooms are the ceilings in your line of vision? Those are the ones that could benefit from a creative use of ceiling tiles or planks.

Getting Over Your Ceiling Tile Phobia

    It's typical to be a little wary when you hear the words ceiling and tile used together. For most, ceiling tiles conjure up images of those horrible tiles in their parents' home. And if that's how you feel, you're not alone. I too was wary, which I why I visited Armstrong to see what types of ceiling tiles are available.
    "I know most people think of what we call fissured tile, which is the dots and squiggles that most of people probably experienced as they grew up in the 60s and 70s," said Armstrong's Marketing Manager Rich Wiley.  "But now there are a lot more decorative options."
    Wiley was right. While at Armstrong, I saw numerous decorative options far from the "rice cake" versions that still haunt us today. From laminate planks that look like wood to decorative squares reminiscent of stamped tin, there's no shortage of style in the ceiling tile market. Regardless of your home's style, there is an option for you.

Why Ceiling Tiles are Used

    Ceiling tiles are often used as a show-stopping focal point. But they're not always that innocent. Sometimes ceiling tiles are used to cover ceiling flaws.
     If a ceiling has water damage from a leaky pipe, sometimes ceiling tiles are used to cover the flaws rather than repair the damage, Wiley said. The same can be true for some cracks.
    If you're interested in purchasing a home with ceiling tiles, it may be a good idea to ask the current homeowners why the ceiling tiles were installed.

When and How to Install

    If you plan on installing ceiling tiles, the first thing you should do is make sure you get the right ones. Not all ceiling tiles can be used in basements or bathrooms. The moisture found in those areas can be damaging to the tiles. So, always ask the manufacturer where the tiles can be used before purchasing them.
    Once you've found the tiles you want, make sure you set aside enough time to install them. For a medium size room, installation takes roughly one weekend, according to Wiley.
    But it's not just time you need, it's important to install the ceiling tiles at the right point during your renovation. You should always install the ceiling tiles before anything else in the room. That way you don't have to worry about denting your walls or ruining a new floor.
    When it comes time to install the ceiling tiles, the manufacturer should have instructions. Before purchasing ceiling tiles, read through the manufacturer's instructions and watch the manufacturer's videos to make sure the installation method it recommends will work in your situation. If you don't, it may end up being a bad weekend when you go to read the instructions after opening the boxes.

Customizing Your Ceiling Tiles

    Perhaps the best part about ceiling tiles is that many can be painted or stained to fit your color scheme. Some paint them a flat color. Others use faux finishes to make the ceiling tiles look like tin. Whatever you decide to do, don't be afraid to be creative. Get an extra box of ceiling tiles and practice different techniques on each individual tile. Have a friend hold them up to the ceiling so that you can decide which look you like best.

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