TIPS FOR FINISHING ALONG WALLS
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
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
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.
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.