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Tile Installation

Acoustic ceiling tile installation.

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Hanging ceiling tiles as part of a suspended ceiling installation is easy when you choose Rockfon.

Ceiling tile installation can make or break how well a finished ceiling looks; our stone wool acoustical ceiling tiles help save time, labor, and costs on the job site.

Hanging ceiling tiles.

Hanging ceiling tiles made with our stone wool material provides installing contractors with lightweight solutions for ceilings. Our stone wool dropped ceiling tiles are approximate 50 to 80 percent lighter than wet-felted mineral fiber drop ceiling tiles or gypsum hung ceiling panels.

The lighter weight of stone wool ceiling panels simplifies the handling process and movement of material to the job site. It can also help installers avoid back injuries during suspended ceiling tile installation. Installing acoustic drop ceiling tiles or panels made of lightweight stone wool contributes to reduced labor and faster completion times, and saves on total project costs, making stone wool ceiling panels a more economical choice, too.

Further contributing to the speed and value, our stone wool ceiling solutions help to meet your fast-track schedules. Due to the inherent nature of stone wool and the ability to resist water and humidity,  Rockfon ceiling tiles can be installed in unfinished buildings where windows are not fully sealed or where HVAC systems are not yet functional. This is ideal for accelerating the construction process, avoiding future delays with interior trades and enhancing peace-of-mind for all.

How to cut ceiling tiles.

The best way to cut stone wool ceiling tiles is in one stroke with your standard utility knife. Contractors familiar with cutting wet-felted mineral fiber or gypsum drop ceiling tiles are familiar with scoring and snapping the panels which can often be a time consuming messy job resulting in rough edges and damaged tiles.  A basic, sharp ceiling tile knife and your skill is all you should need to know how to cut acoustic drop ceiling tiles from Rockfon.

Our stone wool products can be cut easily and precisely, without crumbling or using any special ceiling tile cutting tips and tricks. Our ceiling tiles are less brittle and less friable than other materials, therefore making them less prone to damage with on-site handling.

An additional benefit to stone wool ceiling tiles is that no dust is generated from cutting with a knife. This allows for the ceiling tiles to be cut while you’re inside the building – helping to not only avoid multiple trips but also ensure a more accurate fit when cutting drop ceiling tiles to install around walls, irregular outside corners, and integrated services.

To maintain a uniform, overall appearance within the ceiling grid, visible cut edges of the acoustic ceiling tile should be treated with the appropriate Rockfon edge paint.

Because our stone wool ceiling panels are easy to cut and have robust edges, they result in less waste and produce neat, efficient installations.

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Can you paint ceiling tiles?

When updating interior designs that feature suspended ceilings, you can use Rockfon® edge paint on the exposed, cut edges of our stone wool panels. This is the only place where painting ceiling tiles is recommended. This recommended special coating is supplied by the manufacturer of the acoustic ceiling tiles and/or dropped ceiling system. Available in 8oz. and 32 oz. quantities, it is the best paint for ceiling tiles’ edges and may be the only one recognized under warranty.

Painting drop ceiling tiles’ large, visible surface is not recommended. For stone wool panels in a drop ceiling, paint should be applied on edges with a brush and never as spray paint.

Unlike applying a coat of paint and primer to a home’s living room or bedroom ceiling, painting the ceiling tiles of commercial buildings will not only affect their appearance but also their performance.

Painting acoustical ceiling tiles is likely to impact the fire rating, sound absorption, and other potential health and safety factors. Mineral fiber and fiberglass tiles, as well as manufacturers using other materials in tile fabrication, may have additional precautions about degrading performance and voiding warranties.

Painting drop ceiling panels is still not the right solution when only one or two tiles become scuffed or discolored. Instead, contact a ceiling installation contractor for replacement pre-painted drop ceiling tiles that match yours. In a suspended grid system, removing the tiles that were damaged is easily done and replaced with new ones.

For more on how to paint ceiling tiles’ cut edges, or to purchase our approved edge paint for ceiling tiles, please contact your local Rockfon distributor.

Is there anything special to know for how to hang ceiling tiles for concealed acoustical ceiling systems?

Rockfon CDX edge tile is a fully concealed system that provides an elegant, monolithic ceiling expression. Rockfon SCD edge tile is a semi-concealed system that provides a more continuous looking ceiling than traditional reveal tiles leaving a 1/4-inch reveal throughout the ceiling.

Both of our CDX and SCD systems require a completely square suspension system following all ASTM C636 practices. For certain projects, custom tile sizes are available to special order. When installing ceiling tiles or panels that are longer than 48 inches, two installers should handle them at all times.

Are there additional recommendations on how to trim ceiling tiles for a clean, neat perimeter?

When installing acoustic ceiling tiles and panels in suspended grid systems, our perimeter trim provides a professional grade, finishing touch. We offer many sizes and profiles of Rockfon® Infinity™ perimeter trim to finish the edges of wall-to-wall and floating acoustical suspended ceilings.

When using our CDX and SCD acoustic stone wool ceiling tiles, one of your trim options includes using Rockfon® CDX/SCD Perimeter Trim with Chicago Metallic™ 1420 wall angle. This clip sits perfectly on our most common wall angles and provides the proper spacing and attachment for suspension systems at the perfect distance for CDX or SCD tiles to be flush-cut and placed on the wall angle.

Is there a lot to know about how to install metal ceiling tiles, panels, and plank ceilings?

The success of metal ceiling installation largely depends on upfront planning and engineering, cutting and finishing of the metal systems made on site will require appropriate tools and extra material allowances.

Ideally, holes, bends, and cuts are produced in the factory, then sequence and packed for delivery to you. The goal is to make the installation as simple as possible. However, field conditions often do not match the plans, and adjustments to metal planks and tiles are required. Contractors planning for metal ceiling system installations should anticipate field adjustments and be prepared with appropriate metal cutting saws, aviation snips, punches, and files.

For more technical questions or support please contact Rockfon Technical Services.