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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.
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.
PDF Installation Instructions - WoodHaven Planks (402K)
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.
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.