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FAQ’s – Shallow Beam Ceiling

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What is Coffered Ceiling and how has Tilton Coffered Ceilings revolutionized them with their Shallow Beam Ceiling Kit?

Below you’ll find a list of questions we get asked the most about the Tilton Shallow Beam Coffered Ceiling Kit and more importantly what is coffered ceiling is in general. If you can’t find the answer to your question(s) and/or concerns in this section please contact us via our Contact Form or by Phone or Email and we’ll be happy to provide the additional information you’re seeking.

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SHALLOW BEAM COFFERED CEILING KIT FAQ’S

WHAT IS THE PER SQUARE FOOT PRICE FOR A SHALLOW BEAM CEILING KIT?

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, Tilton Coffered Ceiling Treatment price quotes can be quickly and 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 SHALLOW BEAM CEILING KITS MADE OF?

All Tilton Shallow Beam Kit components are made from High-Density Urethane (HDU) materials which offer several advantages over MDF and Wood materials. 

WHAT ARE THE STANDARD SHALLOW BEAM CEILING KIT COFFER SIZES?

There are no standard coffer sizes with our Shallow Beam Coffered Ceiling Kits. The Shallow Beam ceiling treatment offers a collection of standard sized and designed beam lineals and fittings which may be used in any combination to create both classic and unique layout designs on your ceiling. The resulting sizes of the coffers have no standards or limitations in how large they can be.  

WHAT IS THE LEAD TIME FOR A SHALLOW BEAM COFFERED CEILING KIT?

All of our Shallow Beam Coffered Ceiling Kit components are manufactured to order. As such, typical production lead times are 2 – 4 weeks for standard components and 6 - 8 weeks for custom components from the date of order plus transit/delivery time. 

 

DO YOU OFFER ANY PRE-FINISHING OPTIONS FOR YOUR SHALLOW BEAM CEILING KITS?

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

CAN YOU INSTALL MY SHALLOW BEAM COFFERED CEILING KIT 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 SHALLOW BEAM CEILING KIT TAKE?

Typical Shallow Beam Coffered Ceiling Kit 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 two installers to complete a Tilton Shallow Beam Coffered Ceiling Kit 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 coffered ceiling treatments 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:

Shallow Beam Kit Installation Overview
Shallow Beam Kit Installation Manual

CAN THE SHALLOW BEAM COFFERED CEILING KIT BE INSTALLED IN A SUSPENDED TYPE APPLICATION?

The Tilton Shallow Beam Coffered Ceiling Kit has been designed as a low-profile alternative to the traditional, deep box beam coffered ceiling treatment. As such, it is installed as a permanent application in which the components are secured directly to the ceiling substrate (i.e. drywall). 

See our Installation Videos for a complete overview.

CAN THE SHALLOW BEAM CEILING KIT BE INSTALLED ON A VAULTED, CATHEDRAL OR ANGLED TYPE CEILING?

Absolutely. We can design your Shallow Beam Coffered Ceiling Kit to work on any vaulted ceiling, cathedral ceiling or angled ceiling. We can also design the Shallow Beam Kit 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 ceiling treatments works with these types of conditions.

CAN I INSTALL A SHALLOW BEAM COFFERED CEILING KIT ON AN 8 FOOT TALL CEILING?

Absolutely. The Shallow Beam Kit has a low profile of 1-1/2" allowing it to be used on even the lowest of ceiling heights.     

DO I NEED TO INSTALL DRYWALL ON THE CEILING PRIOR TO INSTALLING A SHALLOW BEAM CEILING KIT?

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

1. The underlying ceiling surface will be visible within the center of each coffer. 

2. 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.

Therefore, when utilizing the Perimeter Molding option for your project, any differences between the Perimeter Beams and Perimeter Fittings 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 you scribes and/or taper the Perimeter Beams and Perimeter Fittings so that they fit tightly to the surrounding walls so that they are visually acceptable once caulked.

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

Shallow Beam Kit Installation Overview
Shallow Beam Kit Installation Manual

WHAT IF MY ROOM OR CEILING IS AN ODD SHAPE?

The unique catalog of components offered for the Tilton Shallow Beam Coffered Ceiling Kit provide the flexibility needed for it to be used on any shape ceiling. 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.

 

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