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Guidelines for Determining What to Charge for Installation

Typical installations on an average size and height ceiling can be completed in 1 -2 days. We have found that using a calculation of 40 – 45 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 Coffered Ceiling System for the first time. Once you have 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
    While our system has been designed with ease of installation in mind requiring a much lower skillset than conventional methods, Those with a higher skillset will typically have an advantage in the speed at which they can complete a project.
  2. The installers’ prior experience with our ceiling system and process
    As with any process, the more times someone has completed a Tilton Coffered Ceilings project the more efficient they will become at doing so.
  3. The location and/or height of the ceiling being installed
    As is the case with most interior millwork projects, the location of the area being worked on and the proximity of the work space (where materials are stored and/or cutting takes place) to that area can have an effect on the time a project takes to complete. Additionally, with ceiling treatments, the height of the ceiling adds another factor to the time required to complete. Lower ceilings (8’ – 10’) that can be completed on A-frame ladders or smaller Baker scaffolding will progress at a faster pace than higher ceilings where climbing and hoisting items up and down larger mason style scaffolding kills time.
  4. The number of installers performing the work
    Most Tilton Coffered Ceiling System installations are best completed by a crew of 2 installers and a helper. Ceiling systems with larger coffers may require a third installer or second helper to facilitate things. Also very useful n reducing the manpower required are pole jacks and/or panel lifts which can aid in hoisting and holding the coffer modules to the ceiling for fastening.
  5. The complexity of the design being installed

With regards to installing the coffer modules themselves the complexity of the design should have little or no effect on the installation time, however there will be extra time required in cutting and fitting the Beam Bottom Boards which may require custom mitering and joining of the boards.

See our Installation Videos for a complete overview.