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The all new "Snap-Grid Ceiling System was designed to secure tin made ceiling tiles to drywall or any surface, without the need for furring strips or plywood.
Custom alternative to nailup and dropin tin ceiling tiles. Powdercoated solid colors and Custom Hand Faux finish designs.
Just as easy to install as a suspended ceiling grid!
Snap-Grids Inserts, Wall Moldings and Main Runners can be puchased in one of five unique colors.
Exciting and Innovative, changing the way you look at ceilings.
Screws directly to Drywall or Plywood no Furring strips necessary.
Five easy installation steps, anyone can install them!
All patterns will be available in a "Snap-Grid" panel

Installation of Wall molding support:


1st Operation: Wall moldings are manufactured in 6' lengths. Install all wall molding where the ceiling meets the walls, 1/32" below the ceiling line. Secure wall molding with suplied drywall screws. Install one piece of molding directly into the corner of the room, then install the second molding, 90 degrees from the first installed molding.

Picture of end view of wall molding.

Picture of molding installed on ceiling.
(1/32" Gap between ceiling and Molding)

Wall molding installed without ceiling tile.

Wall molding installed with left or right side
installed directly into the corner.Install opposite
side molding perpendicular to right side, making
90 degree corner. Adjust wall molding attachment
screws to compensate for unsquare corners.

Installation of Snap-Grid ceiling tile:


2nd Operation: Pick a mid point of the longest wall to insert the first 24" x 24" Snap-Grid Tin Ceiling in the center of that mid point. Slide one of the four outer flanges on top of the wall molding, inserting the male flange between the molding and the ceiling, in the 1/32" space provided by the step #1. The flat recessed ledge of the Snap-Grid tile will sit on the wall molding support ledge. Install two drywall screws into the two middle holes of the Snap-Grid panel on the other three sides of the ceiling panel. The result should have a Snap-Grid tile supported on one side by the wall molding and the other three sides secured to the ceiling with drywall screws.

Picture of tile being installed on wall molding.
(Tile male flange inserted between ceiling and
wall molding.)

Two Snap-Grid tiles installed into the wall molding.
Two middle screws are covered up when overlapping
second tile. Install two drywall screws in out holes
to secure both tiles together.

Snap-Grid tile installed in 90 degree corner.
3rd Operation: After securing you first Snap-Grid tile to the ceiling, place a second Snap-Grid panel over the exposed male flange of the installed panel while also sliding the adjacent flange in between wall molding and ceiling, such as step #2. When installed, two outer exposed holes should line up thru the two overlapping male flanges. Next, install two drywall screws thru the two outer holes, securing the two panels together and attaching the second Snap-Grid tile to the ceiling substrate. Again, install two drywall screws in the middle holes on the oppostie flanges as stated on the previous operation, so the second tile is attached to the ceiling. Repeat operation in both directions until meeting up with adjacent walls.

Overlapping of two Snap-Grid tiles.

Installation of two drywall screws to secure tiles
together. (Two scews in the middle two holes)

Installation of two drywall screws securing two
Snp-Grid tiles together. (Two screws in the two
outer holes of overlapping tiles)
4th Operation if necessary: When filling in remaining areas that are not complete 24" x 24" panels measure the distance between the currently installed Snap-Grid ceiling tile and the edge of the wall molding. Measure from the installed tile outer hole and to the edge of the wall molding. When you have this measurement, add 3/16" to the measured length. Take the tile to be cut and measure from the exposed outer hole to the length determined by the opening to be filled and draw a line on the tile. Cut along line to the desired width using tin snips or paper cutter. Tile can be installed with the flatten edge or just the cut tile edge. (Purely a preference on look). If you prefer a flat edge, then flatten the cut edge with a piece of wood and a hammer about 3/16". This flat area will be used as support for the ceiling tile on the molding ledge of the installed wall molding.. Insert cut edge into wall molding flange and secure opposite side male flange with two drywall screws in the exposed two outer holes.

Cut edge of Snap-Grid tile, sitting on wall
molding support ledge.

End view of Sn-Grid tile cut edge, sitting on
wall molding support ledge.

Installation of Snap-Grid Inserts:


5th Operation: Take one, main 6ft. runner "Snap-Grid" insert lining up one end with the wall molding and press into place in between the two Snap-Grid ceiling tiles. Continue across the the room in the same direction. Next, snap the 2nd main 6 ft. runner into the Snap-Grid ceiling tiles, mating the two ends together to form one long main runner until you extend to the opposite wall. If need be, cut the main 6ft. runner to fit the area if less than 6ft. long.

Main runner installed between two Snap-Grid tiles.

Main runner butting up against wall molding.
Wall molding installed on ceiling.
6th Operation: Take one, Snap-Grid 2' cross runner and snap into place between the two main 6' runners, forming a square. Continue throughout to finish the main section of the room. If the area you are filling is less than 2' long, you will need to cut the 2' Snap-Grid inserts to fit the smaller than 2' area that is left over. Cut insert with a mitre saw or hack saw.

Intersection of Main Runner and 2' Snap-Grid Insert.

Intersection of Main Runner and 2' Snap-Grid Insert.