Installing Ceiling Tiles - Surface Mount
Installing Ceiling Tiles - Surface Mount

Installing Ceiling Tiles - Surface Mount

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Mineral fiber tiles and planks, Metallaire ceilings, and WoodHaven ceiling planks can all be installed over the surface of an existing ceiling or right to ceiling joists. This type of installation is called “direct apply” or "surface mount." No drop ceiling grid is required. 

1) Easy Up tracks and clips

Use with: 12" x 12" Ceiling Tiles, Wood Look Ceilings

The Easy Up installation system is the fast, easy, and secure way to install surface mount ceilings. This concealed system provides greater dimensional stability and strength over wood furring strips. 

  1. Attach metal tracks to ceiling joists
  2. Snap on clips
  3. Position tiles and slide clips to secure 
     

PDF Installation Instructions - 12" x 12" Tiles with Easy Up (681K)

PDF Installation Instructions - Country Classic Plank (522K)

PDF Installation Instructions - WoodHaven Planks (402K)

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2) Adhesive

Use with: 12" x 12" Ceiling Tiles, Country Classic Planks

To install mineral fiber tiles directly to existing drywall or plaster ceilings with adhesive, use a recommended tile adhesive, such as Henry 237 AcoustiGum™ Acoustical Ceiling Tile Adhesive. Follow the adhesive manufacturer's instructions for application and usage. Keep in mind that when using this installation method, the drywall or plaster ceiling must be smooth and even.


3) Nail-up

Use with: Metallaire Surface Mount Ceilings

To install Metallaire surface mount ceilings, the panels are placed in an overlapping manner and attached to the existing surface with coordinating cone head nails. The nails match the metal finish of the panels.

PDF Installation Instructions - Metallaire Ceilings (427K)