Nothing can ruin the appearance of a room more than an ugly ceiling. This can be from age, stains, color, popcorn finish or something else that detracts from the room’s overall appearance. While it costs quite a bit to hire a contractor to replace it, doing it yourself my be a simpler task than you think.

One simple ceiling fix option is ceiling tiles. Proper installation of ceiling tiles requires precision when measuring and laying out a pattern. When this is done, you can be sure the end result will look like it was done by a pro. It is possible to have a plain ceiling, drop ceiling, or a unique type that will compliment the room.

There are many different types of ceiling tiles available and all will include complete instructions. These include Styrofoam, copper, aluminum, stainless steel, perforated stainless, brass, Faux Stone Panels, Tin Nail-up or glue Faux Tin. The choice depends on the type of ceiling you currently have and the finished look desired.

Prior to starting, it is important to line up your tools. Tools needed include chalk string, a staple gun, utility knife, hammer, level, metal ruler, nails, cement/adhesive, stud finder, ladder, mild detergent, 12×12 inch fiberboard (or type of tile you are installing), pine strips (1×3 inches), molding (if desired) and a clean broom. Before beginning, remove the light fixtures.

To have a beautiful, self-installed, ceiling it is essential to be precise in tile and ceiling measurement. The number of tiles required can be determined by first measuring the square footage of the ceiling, then measuring the square footage of the tile, and lastly dividing the total square footage by the square footage each tile covers.

You will have to use your straight edge to cut the edges of any tiles that are too large. Always, check for a fit prior to applying glue. It is important to always order a little extra tile as well in case of a cutting or measuring error.

Attaching tiles with adhesive, such as Liquid Nails or contact cement, is one of the easiest applications. Adhesive application is not recommended if the ceiling has peeling paint, popcorn finish or loose plaster, as adhesion will likely be impaired. If the ceiling is greasy or dirty, washing with half gallon of water and 1 cup of ammonia will produce a smooth clean surface, which will allow the tiles to remain secure.

Proper installation of ceiling tiles can depend a great deal on the proper locating of studs when going with a tile that requires installation of furring strips. Studs are easily located by the use of your stud finder tool. Screwing the strips into studs provides a safer, sturdier support system. After the tiles are installed, placing molding around the room produces a beautiful finish. Always be sure the molding is a color that compliments the installed tile.

There are many styles of beautiful ceiling tiles available that can change an ugly, dirty ceiling into one of beauty. Ranging from a plain white tile to Faux Stone Panels, there is something to fit every décor and, best of all, you can do it yourself!