Cost to Install a Tin Ceiling – 2021

| Last Updated: August 21, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 1080

$ 675

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 51% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Install a Tin Ceiling noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does a tin ceiling cost? To install a tin ceiling a contractor charges $1,080 vs. doing it yourself for $675 and saving 37 percent.

With its intricate pattern and dimensional good looks, a tin ceiling can transform any ordinary room into the centerpiece of the house. And the pressed panels can do wonders to conceal a hodgepodge of repair patches in an old ceiling.

The pressed metal panels come in 2-by-4-foot sheets in a variety of decorative patterns and designs. The panels are nailed to furring strips on the ceiling. All these components are part of a ceiling system designed for installation in different size rooms and configurations. The joints are concealed by decorated nails and cornice moldings.

A carpenter will charge $1,080 to install a 180-square-foot pressed tin 37 percent. Budget more for alkyd paint, which is applied before installation. You can learn more about tin ceilings and find several manufacturers by typing “tin ceiling” in a search engine.

The job involves installing furring strips on the ceiling to outline the perimeter of the room, securing the metal panels to the strips and then concealing the edges with cornice molding. You’ll need an electric drill, hammer, carpenter’s level, bevel square, file, tin snips and, of course, a ladder.

Need inspiration and ideas? Here are Ceiling Design Articles from Armstrong.

The metal panels can have sharp edges so wear gloves to protect your hands. And to make layout easier and be assured that the ceiling is level, rent or buy a laser level.

Wrapping up, given the average cost to install a tin ceiling you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. 

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