FAQ’s – Box Beam Coffered Ceiling Systems

Coffered Ceiling FAQs

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

The following is a list of questions we get asked the most about our Box Beam Coffered Ceiling Systems. If you can’t find the answer to your questions in this section just give us a call at (800) 396-6410 or use our Contact Form or send us an Email and we will be happy to provide you with the information you need.    

BOX BEAM COFFERED CEILING SYSTEM FAQ’S

ARE THERE ANY PRE-FINISHING OPTIONS FOR THE BOX BEAM COFFERED CEILING SYSTEM?

No. 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.

CAN ACCENT LIGHTING BE USED WITH THE BOX BEAM COFFERED 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.

 

CAN I GET A BOX BEAM COFFERED CEILING SYSTEM SAMPLE BEFORE ORDERING?

Yes. We offer a variety of faux wood beam Sample Kit options HERE
*The cost of the Sample Kit you purchase will be credited towards your faux wood beam order.

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

Yes, our Box Beam Coffered Ceiling System can and has been installed on 8 foot tall ceilings by many of our customers. While we recommend our shallowest beam sizes for these applications (i.e. 4-1/4") we have also had customers complete projects on 8 foot tall ceilings using our 6-1/4"D beam size with compete satisfaction reported by those customers.

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

CAN I ORDER A NON-STANDARD BEAM SIZE WITH THE BOX BEAM COFFERED 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

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

The Box Beam Coffered Ceiling System was designed as a permanent application in which the coffer modules are secured to the ceiling with lag screws driven into the ceiling framing (i.e. the joists or trusses). The system can also be installed directly over concrete ceilings using masonry anchors with the same lag screws.

However, suspended type applications are certainly possible and we have had customers who have devised their own methods for suspending the system, but we do not currently offer any specific instructions and/or the hardware for doing so. 

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

Yes, the Box Beam Coffered Ceiling System can be installed on any vaulted, cathedral or angled type ceilings. 

CAN THE BOX BEAM COFFERED CEILING SYSTEM BE MADE FIRE-RATED?

Yes. The Box Beam Coffered Ceiling System is available with a Class-A fire-rated option to meet your projects fire code requirements.  

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

Due to our commitment to manufacturing and providing our customers with the best products possible, Tilton Coffered Ceilings, Inc. does not provide any installation services. However, all of our products have been designed with the ease of installation in mind and so they may be installed by both DIYers and professionals alike.

CAN TILTON PROVIDE TECHNICAL HELP FOR THE BOX BEAM COFFERED CEILING SYSTEM?

Our website has an installation video, written installation manual, and other technical resources for the Box Beam Coffered Ceiling System. If you’re unable to find the information you’re looking for, we would be happy to assist you. Just give us a call at (800) 396-6410 or shoot us an email at [email protected]

CAN YOU CREATE A CUSTOM DESIGN FOR MY BOX BEAM COFFERED 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 I NEED DRYWALL ON THE CEILING PRIOR TO INSTALLING A BOX BEAM COFFERED 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 Styles 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. 

HOW ARE RECESSED LIGHT FIXTURES INSTALLED WITH THE BOX BEAM COFFERED 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 LONG DOES IT TAKE TO INSTALL A BOX BEAM COFFERED CEILING SYSTEM?

Typical Box Beam Beam Coffered 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 30 minutes per coffer is fairly accurate in estimating the time it will take a crew of three installers to complete a Box Beam Coffered Ceiling System for the first time.

IS THE BOX BEAM COFFERED CEILING SYSTEM AVAILABLE IN GEOMETRIC PATTERNS?

Yes. We can manufacture the coffer modules in virtually any shape including circles and shapes with radiuses/curves. You can find examples of designs of various shapes and sizes in our Image Galleries.

IS THE BOX BEAM COFFERED CEILING SYSTEM EASY TO INSTALL?

Yes. Due to the proprietary modular process, the Box Beam Coffered Ceiling System is very easy to handle and install. See our Installation Resources which include all of the recommended tools and best practices for both DIYers and professionals alike.

HOW ARE HANGING LIGHT FIXTURES INSTALLED WITH THE BOX BEAM COFFERED 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.

WHAT ARE THE BOX BEAM COFFERED CEILING SYSTEMS MADE OF?

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

MDF
POPLAR
PINE
RED OAK
MAPLE
CHERRY
MAHOGANY
WALNUT

WHAT ARE THE STANDARD BOX BEAM COFFERED CEILING SYSTEM 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 IF MY CEILING IS NOT PERFECTLY SQUARE?

Not to worry! No ceiling is ever perfectly square, nor is any wall perfectly flat or straight and we realize this.

To accommodate for these inevitable circumstances the Perimeter Beam Boards of every Box Beam Coffered Ceiling System can be scribed and/or tapered to fit the surrounding walls to accommodate differences between the system and any imperfections in the room. 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.

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. 

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

All Box Beam Coffered Ceiling Systems are made-to-order. Paint-grade systems have a 4 – 6 week manufacturing lead time and stain-grade systems have a 6 - 8 week manufacturing lead time from the date of order. 

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

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

Due to the many complexities and variables involved, our Shallow Beam Coffered Ceiling Kit pricing cannot be standardized or calculated on a per square foot basis. However, pricing for Shallow Beam Coffered Ceiling Kits can be quickly and easily obtained starting HERE

       
    

Tilton Coffered Ceilings Can Help You with All of Your Coffered Ceiling Installation Needs. Contact Us Today!

 

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