Installing Faux Wood Ceiling Panels

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Tools and Supplies You'll Need

To complete your project you will at least need these basic tools:

  1. Screws - use screws that are long enough to go through the panels and firmly attach to the ceiling behind the panels. We recommend a narrow head screw (such as a #1 Robertson head trim head screw) to make touch-up easier and less noticeable.
  2. PL Premium Advanced 8X Construction Adhesive (GL-PL8X)
  3. High Quality or Battery-powered Caulk Gun (recommended)
  4. Screw gun with the appropriate tip for the screws being used.
  5. Sandpaper or sanding block
  6. Colored caulk (to match panels)
  7. Any wood cutting saw: circular saw, hacksaw, jig saw, band saw, etc.
  8. Tape Measure
  9. Level
  10. Chalk Line (optional)
  11. Touch-up Kit

Our ceiling panels are made from a high-density polyurethane material. We lead the industry in creating high-impact panels with extraordinarily realistic dimensional textured surfaces appropriate for indoor or outdoor use. Our ceiling panels do not absorb moisture and will not warp, rot or crack. The following instruction guidelines will help provide the best installation results for your next project.

Storing Ceiling Panels

Store your ceiling panels flat on a surface in order to avoid 'bowing'. If panels are stored in an upright position and do bow, lay them flat and they will self-correct.

General Installation Guidelines

Our ceiling panels are installed using construction adhesive and screws. However, our ceiling panels may expand and contract with temperature changes and must be installed tightly.

To minimize the effect of expansion and contraction, install the panels as tightly as possible and follow the storage and installation instructions carefully. First, install the ceiling panels on a solid backing. Then run a bead of adhesive along the back of each panel and at each end. Make sure to spread the adhesive with a spackle knife or other appropriate tool. Use enough adhesive so that the entire surface of the cut edge at each end is covered.

We strongly recommend use of construction adhesive and screws (or nails). All joints should be butt joints on straight runs and mitered joints in corners. Our ceiling panels may require additional shimming and trimming for alignment. Finish seams with color-matched caulk available through us.

How To Cover a Ceiling or Wall Using Ceiling Panels

Start by creating a dry fit by joining pieces on the floor. Check the fit and sand the edges if needed. Use a hacksaw blade if you need to cut to accommodate wall obstructions and sand the edges to smooth. For best results, double-check the fit again. Then apply glue to the backs of the panels and screw into wall/ceiling using drywall screws. Fit the next panel and glue and screw in place. Repeat until the row is complete. To begin the next row, offset the next row by 1/2 sheet to provide a more seamless effect. For a final finish, use our walnut caulk to fill all screw holes and any gaps - even wide gaps. Smooth the caulk and wipe away any excess (a wet rag works well) and finish the seams to complete the project.

Hot Weather Installation

If panels have been stored under hot conditions, allow panels to cool down to normal temperature before installation.

Cold Weather Installation

If panels have been stored at room temperature or cooler, you may install ceiling panels immediately.

Recommended Adhesive

We recommend our Industrial Strength Adhesive or similar construction adhesive (rated for use on urethane).

Mechanical Fastening

Use either exterior or interior screws, or nails as appropriate for your ceiling panel installation.