Installation

Here are the tools you will need in order to install your Embassy ceiling. We recommend that the installation be performed by at least two people.

 

REQUIRED TOOLS

  • Mitre-box saw
  • Drill
  • Chalk line
  • Tape measure
  • Level (if needed)
  • Stepladder
  • 1-1/4″ wood screws

* Recommended screw length for ceiling installation.

  • PREPARING FOR INSTALLATION

    Locate the centre of the ceiling space to be covered and use a chalk line to draw the room’s centre line. Note that the main crossbars must be installed in the opposite direction of the joists.

    Next, visualize how the panels will appear on the ceiling by arranging them on the floor, leaving an approximate 2” space between them. Then, determine if the installation will begin with centered tiles or centered crossbars.

  • INSTALLING THE ANCHORINGS

    Starting at the centre of the room, install anchorings on every joist using the installation template. This template allows you to measure the correct distance between the anchorings as well as between the anchorings and the wall.

    Anchorings must be installed on EVERY joist. Note that the space between 2 anchorings on the same main crossbar should never exceed 24”. If the joists are not level, add furring strips to level.

  • INSTALLING THE RAILS

    Now slide the rails into the main crossbars. You will need about six rails for every main crossbar.

    Since the rails will be supporting the weight of the entire ceiling, it is important to always use the required number of rails.

    Note that each rail can be installed at a different height to slightly level the main crossbars, if necessary.

  • INSTALLING THE MAIN CROSSBARS

    You can now install the main crossbars by sliding the rails into the anchorings that have been secured to the joists across the entire span of the room.

    To avoid any pendulum effect during installation, we recommend that you install the main crossbars followed by 1 or 2 rows of secondary crossbars, including any cut crossbars. To fit the crossbars together, insert the male side into the female side and slide a rail into place at every joint.

  • INSTALLING THE TILES AND SECONDARY CROSSBARS

    Add the panels and secondary crossbars by starting at the centre of the room and alternating on either side.

TIPS FOR FINISHING ALONG WALLS

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Secure the last row of main crossbars against the wall. Measure the length needed between the last main crossbar and the wall, and cut secondary crossbars accordingly. Ensure a tight fit so as to solidify the entire structure, and reduce any movements in the components.

Since you will have cut one end of a secondary crossbar, you will need to add a peg to this secondary crossbar so that it can be inserted between the final two main crossbars.

 

How to make a peg when cutting a secondary crossbar

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Take a 2″ x 3″ leftover piece of panel and secure it to the unfinished MDF side at the cut end of the secondary crossbar. In this way, the extended piece will rest on top of the upper part of the main crossbar.

Cut the panels that will be installed along the perimeter of the room to size. Avoid cutting the panels to a tight fit, as MDF is a material that expands and contracts with fluctuations in humidity levels. Leaving a small gap between the crossbars and the panel will allow for minor variations in dimensions.

 

TIPS FOR INSTALLING RECESSED LIGHTING FITTINGS

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Cut a hole in the centre of the panel according to the dimensions of the light. Most recessed light fittings are designed to be installed on a standard suspended ceiling panel or on ½” thick gypsum. Since Embassy panels are ¼” thick, we recommend adding leftover pieces of cut panels (taken from the hole cut out for the light) and inserting them under the light’s clamps, which will give a combined thickness of ½”.

Watch our installation video for more details.

 

WARNING

For rooms with a large ceiling space, the main crossbars should never be installed over a length greater than 35 feet. If the room is more 35 feet in length, divide it into two or more sections.

The Embassy ceiling system is not recommended for cathedral ceilings with a pitch of more than 4/12. Contact us for more details.

 

STANDARDS AND PROPERTIES

Do Embassy ceilings meet fire code regulations?

Yes, for residential installation only.
Due to their Class C fire resistance rating, Embassy ceilings do not comply with fire code regulations for commercial buildings.

Do Embassy ceilings have acoustic properties?

Embassy suspended ceilings have the same acoustical and soundproofing properties as gypsum.

Impact of humidity levels

High humidity levels can alter the dimensions of the ceiling components. To prevent such distortions, we recommend that the ceiling be installed when the humidity level in the home is stable. The home’s humidity level should be between 45 and 55%.

The product must be stored within your home for at least 48 hours prior to installation in order for it to acclimatize to the room’s temperature.

In order to prevent any humidity-related impact, avoid cutting panels to a tight fit along walls, especially in new constructions. Leaving a slight gap between the crossbars and panels will allow for any minor dimensional variations caused by fluctuating humidity levels.