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FAQ’s – Box Beam Ceiling

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YOU’VE GOT COFFERED CEILING QUESTIONS… WE’VE GOT ANSWERS

What is a Coffered Ceiling and How Has Tilton Coffered Ceilings Revolutionized Them with Their Box Beam Ceiling System?

The following is a list of questions we get asked the most about the Tilton Box Beam Coffered Ceiling System and more importantly what a coffered ceiling is to begin with. If you can’t find the answer to your questions and/or concerns in this section please contact us via our Contact Form by Phone or by Email and we will be happy to provide the additional information you’re seeking.    

BOX BEAM COFFERED CEILING SYSTEM FAQ’S

WHAT IS THE PER SQUARE FOOT PRICE FOR A BOX BEAM CEILING SYSTEM?

Due to the many complexities and variables involved, our coffered ceiling system pricing cannot be standardized or calculated on a per square foot basis.

Tilton Coffered Ceiling Quotes can be easily obtained in one of the following ways:

1. Use our Design & Quote Software to instantly quote your project from your computer or tablet.
2. Use our Quote Request Form to provide us with your project specifications and we will quote your project for you.
3. Call us for an Over-the-Phone quote (please make sure to have your ceiling dimensions and any pertinent project specifications handy)

 

WHAT MATERIALS ARE THE BOX BEAM CEILING SYSTEMS MADE OF?

The Tilton Box Beam Coffered Ceiling System can be manufactured from a variety of materials with our standard options being:

  • HDU (paint-grade)
  • MDF (paint-grade) 
  • Poplar
  • Clear Pine
  • Red Oak
  • Maple
  • Cherry
  • Mahogany
  • Walnut
  • Cellular PVC (for exterior use) 

See complete information on our Material Options HERE

WHAT ARE THE STANDARD BOX BEAM CEILING SYSTEM COFFER SIZES?

There are no standard or stock sizes for our Box Beam Coffered Ceiling Systems. Each and every Box Beam Ceiling System is custom manufactured with the coffers being sized to fit the intended ceiling area perfectly and as per the intended layout & design. 

WHAT IS THE LEAD TIME FOR A BOX BEAM COFFERED CEILING SYSTEM?

All of our Box Beam Coffered Ceiling Systems are custom manufactured to order. As such, typical production lead times are 4 – 6 weeks for paint-grade systems (i.e. HDU or MDF) and 6 - 8 weeks for stain grade systems (i.e. Wood) from the date of order plus transit/delivery time. 

Geometric and Bespoke designs may add to the lead times depending on their complexity and size.

DO YOU OFFER ANY PRE-FINISHING OPTIONS WITH YOUR BOX BEAM CEILING SYSTEMS?

We currently do not offer any standard pre-finishing options for our Box Beam Coffered Ceiling Systems. We only offer pre-priming at this time. With our pre-priming options your ceiling treatment will only require minimal preparation prior to applying the final finish of your choice.

 

CAN YOU INSTALL MY BOX BEAM COFFERED CEILING SYSTEM FOR ME?

Tilton Coffered Ceilings does not employ any installers or offer any installation services. We are a product manufacturer providing unique ceiling treatments and ceiling enhancement solutions to be installed by both Professionals and DIYers.  

Most Tilton Coffered Ceiling Systems and Kits are installed by the building trade professionals who purchase them for their clients or by the contractors/carpenters hired by the homeowners who purchase them. We also have many homeowner customers who have easily installed our products themselves.  

We do, however, have a network of Trade Partners who may be able to help you with the installation of your ceiling system if needed. To find a Trade Partner in your area simply use the Trade Partner Locator found HERE or contact us by phone or email . Likewise, if your Contractor/Carpenter has any questions about the installation process for any Tilton ceiling system or product please have them call or email us for assistance.

Also, see our Installation Videos for a complete understanding or read through our processes and installation manuals found via the links below:

Box Beam System Installation Process Overview 
Box Beam System Installation Manual
 
Shallow Beam Kit Installation Overview
Shallow Beam Kit Installation Manual

HOW LONG DOES INSTALLATION OF A BOX BEAM CEILING SYSTEM TAKE?

Typical Box Beam Ceiling System installations on an average size and height ceiling can be completed in 1 -2 days. We have found that using a calculation of about 40 minutes per coffer is fairly accurate in estimating the time it will take a crew of two installers and a helper to complete a Tilton Box Beam Coffered Ceiling System for the first time. Once you've had experience with installing our system you will find that installation times will begin to decrease as you become more familiar and comfortable with the process.

There are several other factors that should be considered when trying to determine the time it will take to install our ceiling systems such as:

1. The overall skill level of the installers
2. The installers prior experience installing our ceiling system
3. The location and/or height of the ceiling being installed
4. The number of installers performing the work
5. The complexity of the design being installed

Also, see our Installation Videos for a complete understanding or read through our processes and installation manuals found via the links below:

Box Beam System Installation Process Overview 
Box Beam System Installation Manual
 

CAN THE BOX BEAM CEILING SYSTEM BE INSTALLED IN A SUSPENDED TYPE APPLICATION?

The Tilton Box Beam Coffered Ceiling System has been designed as a superior alternative to conventional methods for creating an authentic box beam coffered ceiling treatment. As such, it is installed as a permanent application in which the coffer modules are secured by way of lag screws directly to the ceiling structure (i.e. the joists or other wood framing that can support them). The system can also be installed directly over concrete ceilings using masonry anchors with lag screws.

We are exploring the possibility of suspended type applications for our ceiling systems, but do not currently offer this option. 

Also, see our Installation Videos for a complete understanding or read through our processes and installation manuals found via the links below:

Box Beam System Installation Process Overview 
Box Beam System Installation Manual
 

CAN THE BOX BEAM CEILING SYSTEM BE INSTALLED ON A VAULTED, CATHEDRAL OR ANGLED TYPE CEILING?

Absolutely. We can design your Box Beam Coffered Ceiling System to work on any vaulted ceiling, cathedral ceiling or angled ceiling. We can also design the Box Beam System to be used on a flat ceiling that is surrounded by a vaulted ceiling, cathedral ceiling, or angled ceiling on all or some sides.

See example drawings HERE of how our system works with these types of conditions.

CAN I INSTALL A BOX BEAM COFFERED CEILING SYSTEM ON AN 8 FOOT TALL CEILING?

Yes, our Box Beam System can and has been successfully installed on 8 foot tall ceilings by many of our customers. While we recommend our shallowest 4 1/4"D Overlay Style or 3 1/2"D Inset Style beam sizes for these applications we have also completed projects on 8 foot tall ceilings with our 6 1/4"D Overlay Style and 5 1/2"D Inset Style beams sizes with compete satisfaction reported by those clients.

You may also want to consider our Shallow Beam Coffered Ceiling Treatment for low ceiling applications. 

DO I NEED TO INSTALL DRYWALL ON THE CEILING PRIOR TO INSTALLING A BOX BEAM CEILING SYSTEM?

Yes, drywall should be installed on the ceiling surface prior to installing our Box Beam Coffered Ceiling System for the following reasons:

1. If you opt for our No Ceiling Panel option the underlying ceiling surface will be visible within the center of each coffer. 

2. Even though our various integrated Ceiling Panel Style options provide complete coverage of the underlying ceiling surface your local fire code will more than likely require a layer of drywall on the ceiling as a fire barrier between floors along with a scratch coat of joint compound. 

3. It will provide a clean continuous surface on which to mark center of the ceiling and to snap guide lines to aid in the installation process. 

WHAT IF MY ROOM OR CEILING IS NOT PERFECTLY SQUARE?

It’s common knowledge that no room is ever perfectly square, nor is any wall perfectly flat or straight and we realize this.

To accommodate these inevitable circumstances the Perimeter Beam Boards of each Tilton Coffered Ceiling System can be scribed and/or tapered to the surrounding walls to account for differences between the perfectly square system and the imperfect room or walls. Due to our proprietary design, every system we build has more than adequate space between the outermost coffer modules and the surrounding walls to allow for compensation and adjustment in this regard.

Furthermore, when utilizing the Perimeter Molding option for your project, any differences between the scribe or taper on the Perimeter Beam Board and the surrounding walls will be covered so they need not be perfect or tight to the walls.

Alternatively, if you have opted not to include a Perimeter Molding for your project, you will need to take extra time and care to ensure that your scribes and/or tapers are tight to the surrounding walls and visually acceptable.

Also, see our Installation Videos for a complete understanding or read through our processes and installation manuals found via the links below:

Box Beam System Installation Process Overview 
Box Beam System Installation Manual
 

WHAT IF MY ROOM OR CEILING IS AN ODD SHAPE?

Since every Tilton Box Beam Coffered Ceiling System is custom manufactured to order we can design and build the coffers to accommodate any ceiling shape. Since our Design & Quote software application is not capable of configuring or products for odd shaped ceilings, these will need to be quoted on a customized basis. Please contact us for these types of projects and we'll guide you through the process. 

ARE THE BOX BEAM SYSTEM COFFERS AVAILABLE IN SHAPES OTHER THAN SQUARE & RECTANGULAR?

Yes. Please see our Geometric and Bespoke Collection Designs for examples of the many shapes we can make our coffers in.

CAN YOU CREATE A CUSTOM DESIGN FOR MY BOX BEAM CEILING SYSTEM?

Absolutely. In fact, every Box Beam Coffered Ceiling System we manufacture is custom designed to fit each ceiling. Please contact us to discuss your design ideas or if you are interested in having us create a custom design for you.

DO YOU HAVE AN OPTION FOR NO CEILING PANEL WITH THE BOX BEAM CEILING SYSTEM?

Yes, we offer a 'No Panel' option in our HDU material type which can be seen on the Ceiling Panel Styles page.  While the integrated Ceiling Panel offers several distinct advantages we realize that there are also many applications in which the absence of a ceiling panel will be beneficial in order to allow for the existing light fixtures and/or HVAC vents to remain in place and undisturbed. 

 

CAN I ORDER NON-STANDARD BEAM BEAM SIZES WITH THE BOX BEAM CEILING SYSTEM?

In short, yes, we can customize the beam sizes in both depth and width for our Box Beam Coffered Ceiling Systems, but our standard offerings have been sized according to industry standard S4S board widths which are readily available in lengths of up to 16’ (i.e. 1x4, 1x6, 1x8, 1x10 and 1x12). All of our standard Depth and Width sizes can be mixed and matched for a total of 90 different possible combinations to suit your needs and desires

WHAT IS MDF?

Like other engineered wood products, Medium Density Fiberboard, or 'MDF' for short,  has a distinctively flat, dense surface that holds paint well. It doesn't move like wood, so its joints stay tight and paint doesn't crack, but the glory of MDF is its uniformity; it can be machined into every conceivable shape to create architectural details such as balusters or moldings.

Unlike real wood, MDF has no knots, grain or warping that can make intricate woodworking difficult. While solid wood is better suited to structural applications such as floor joists, MDF tends to be more cost effective than solid wood so it's well suited to interior moldings, cabinetry and millwork such as our Box Beam Ceiling Systems. 
  
See the MDF page of this site for additional information. 

HOW ARE RECESSED LIGHT FIXTURES INSTALLED WITH THE BOX BEAM CEILING SYSTEM?

The best way to plan for and install recessed lighting fixtures (i.e. hi-hats, pot lights, can lights etc.) with the Tilton Box Beam Coffered Ceiling System is to run the rough wiring for these fixtures prior to installing the system and without mounting the fixtures themselves and leaving enough slack to allow for the fixtures to be centered perfectly in each coffer.

The ¾” thick integrated Ceiling Panel in each Coffer Module is then drilled with a hole saw for the size fixture being used and "renovation" or "old work" type fixtures are then wired and secured into the Ceiling Panels in the same way that they would be secured into the drywall of a typical ceiling.

HOW ARE HANGING LIGHT FIXTURES ADDRESSED WITH THE BOX BEAM CEILING SYSTEM?

All hanging light fixtures (i.e. chandeliers, ceiling surface mounted lighting) use a hollow threaded rod and/or machine screws for installation of the fixture to the electrical box so you would install the electrical box as you normally would. Then, depending on how much deflection there is in the ceiling and how much you need to adjust the Box Beam System Coffer Modules to overcome that deflection, will result in the use of a longer threaded rod and/or machine screws to accommodate the difference.

CAN ACCENT LIGHTING BE USED WITH THE BOX BEAM CEILING SYSTEM?

Yes, accent lighting (i.e. rope lighting, back lighting) can be used with our Box Beam Coffered Ceiling System utilizing one of the following 2 options we currently offer:

  1. Floating Crown Molding – We can set the Crown Molding to have a space between the top edge of it and the ceiling panel to allow for LED rope/strip lighting to be inserted and to illuminate out from behind it.
       
  2. Light Rail Molding – We can install a light rail molding below the crown molding that has a dado on the top edge to allow for LED strip lighting to be inserted in it and to illuminate the face of the crown molding.     

The accent lighting fixture of choice (i.e. rope light, strip light, LED, incandescent etc.) will need to be installed in the field. This is easily done prior to installing the Beam Bottom Boards of the system. For example; All of the wiring and any necessary transformers for the accent lighting can be routed and installed in the hollow cavities of the Beams before capping them off with the included Beam Bottom Boards.

 

       
    
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