By Gene and Katie Hamilton
What's not to like about a tin ceiling that looks authentic but is actually easier to install and less expensive? The lightweight vinyl-coated tiles are available in striking classic turn-of-the-century designs which are dead ringers for real tin. But while these tiles mimic the timeless look of tin, they're fire-retardant and made of some recycled material. The 12-inch square tiles are applied directly to the ceiling using furring strips or adhesive. Once they are installed, finish them with latex paint and let your creative juices flow. To get ideas for using the tiles and advice about measuring and installing them, go to www.armstrong.com.
Sound too complicated and time consuming? Here's a link to Home Advisor,
a free referral service that matches homeowners with local contractors.
A contractor will charge $516 to install a tin look ceiling in a 10-by-12-foot room. You can make the installation for $375, the cost of the ceiling tiles, furring strips and ceiling cornice molding. You'll need basic carpentry tools including a chalk line, tape measure, hammer, utility knife, stapler, carpenter's level, straight edge, cutting pliers, safety glasses and a ladder (two ladders if you're working with someone). If you're looking for an excuse to buy a laser level, this is it; the tool is extremely helpful to lay out and install the tiles so they are level.
Now you know the average cost to install a tin look ceiling, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020