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FAQs

Selecting CeilingConnex

CeilingConnex is a direct-mounted grid system. The Grid is not suspended by wires, but instead fastened directly to the ceiling joists or existing ceiling.
Yes - The CeilingConnex Mission Ceiling Tiles are a direct replacement for any standard 2' x 2' ceiling tile.
The CeilingConnex grid system starts out at $.72 sq.ft. and can go up depending on the room configuration. Most room configurations are under $1 per sqft. CeilingConnex Ceiling Tiles are $2.13 a sq.ft.
Grid Samples are shipped free via USPS. The rest of CeilingConnex products are shipped UPS Ground. CeilingConnex standard shipping is $35 for up to $400. For orders over $400, we include FREE SHIPPING. At this time we do not offer rushed shipping. Due to the package size the costs become astronomical. Because of our Centralized location in the U.S., shipping takes less than a week to all locations in the lower 48. Bulk orders maybe shipped LTL freight with permission from the customer.

All standard 2 x 2 and 2 x 4 with a maximum thickness of 3/4" will work with the CeilingConnex Grid.

With 1 lbs./sq.ft. max weight capacity - CeilingConnex is not designed to support sheetrock or other high-density materials.

The CeilingConnex Grid mounts using 7/32" -1/4" staples or drywall screws directly to an existing ceiling or to the ceiling joists 16" to 24" on center alternating sides of the Main Runner.

CeilingConnex is designed with Safety in Mind. Once all snapped together it is almost impossible to pull apart unless you rock the lower support T loose. The pvc materials are selected with our customers’ health and safety in mind. CeilingConnex Grid and Tiles are made with safety-tested, rigid PVC. The poly vinyl chloride plastic used is a non-toxic inert polymer, which has been highly researched and thoroughly tested. PVC meets all international standards for safety and health in the products for which it is used.

PVC is resistant to mold, abrasion, rotting and chemical corrosion – ensuing you have less to worry about when deciding how to finish a basement. It is therefore the preferred choice for many building products and will not need to be replaced in your lifetime.

CeilingConnex uses fire-rated UL 94 V-0 rated PVC resulting in your CeilingConnex Tiles and Grid having structural fire resistance to safeguard against the spread of fire and smoke within a building and leading to another level of health and safety.

If you require the product to meet certain specifications that are not listed in the technical information please let us know.

Our customers deserve high-quality products, which make minimal impact on the environment. We go green by using rigid PVC in the construction of CeilingConnex.

PVC products are more energy-efficient to produce and require fewer natural resources than other alternatives when working on your DIY project or finishing your basement.

After manufacturing, the products continue to support a clean environment by being lightweight and easy to transport and ship. All CeilingConnect products are made in the USA, which greatly reduces shipping and lowers our transportation emissions.

PVC's environmental impact has been found to be favorable when compared to other materials used for construction focused on green building. PVC products are durable, which ensures they require less replacement. Once you install a CeilingConnex ceiling, you will never need to replace it.

We Support Recycling

CeilingConnex’s Grid system is comprised of 25% recycled content on most extrusions. The Main Runner is 100% recycled material. Materials may be returned to an eco-friendly recycling center at end of life to complete the cycle. If you require the product to meet certain specifications that are not listed in the technical information please let us know.

When you start the installation of a ceiling, you need to have the right information. You might have the perfect plan to renovate a room or remodel a basement, but without the right ceiling products, the results could be less than stellar. Check this page out for more detailed information

Installing CeilingConnex

The CeilingConnex Grid mounts using 7/32" -1/4" staples or drywall screws directly to an existing ceiling or to the ceiling joists 16" to 24" on center alternating sides of the Main Runner.
We recommend a razor blade style anvil cutter. Ronan MultiCut model #501 is our favorite. You can also use a power miter saw with a fine blade. A typical ripsaw blade can cause cracking. Click Here for Ronan MultiCut
We recommend a heavy duty pair of scissors or utility shears. However, standard scissors or a utility knife can also work.
You can use recessed can lighting with our system. However, fluorescent 2' x 4' troffer lights will not work due to the thickness of the light.
We recommend using an electrical box designed for ceiling fan applications attached direct to the joists or cross support. Use the electrical box to support the ceiling fan as it is designed. Cut your ceiling tile to fit around the electrical box.
We like snapping in two or three Lower support "Ts" to start and then sliding the tiles and cross Ts into place. This makes it more friendly for a one-person installation.
The main runners do not need to end at a joist. Use a section of a lower support T and snap it into the two mains when fasteneing to keep everything lined up.
Ceiling Joists are not always level. We recommend fastening the wall L level around the room. The distance down from the joists may very a little as long as everything is level.

Maintaining CeilingConnex

Use a mild cleaning detergent and water. Clean with a soft rag to avoid scratching the tiles.
It depends on the kind of tiles you purchase. For PVC tile, such as the Mission Ceiling Tile, we would recommend pulling out the cross T and then removing the tile. The tiles can flex enough to pop out. Removing the lower support T is not required for PVC Tiles. For Traditional Ceiling tiles, rock the lower support T at the end of the 8ft piece while pulling down. It may take rocking it back and forth a couple times. Once started it will peel out fairly easy, but be careful so you don't pull to fast, which will cause all the tiles to fall out.
CeilingConnex doesn't yellow with age or exposure to UV. It is made using the same high-quality PVC that is used in most exterior windows. We back that up with our industry exclusive lifetime warranty.

Fan & Lighting Options

You can use recessed can lighting with our grid system. 2' x 4' lights will not work due to the thickness of the light. Make sure you support the weight of the light through the electrical box. The grid system is not designed to support additional weight from lighting.

Recessed lighting in the home addresses many lighting needs. Place them throughout your ceiling for unobtrusive general lighting for either your home or office, position them above your sink or desk for task lighting, or direct them toward your favorite piece of artwork for ideal accent lighting.

This space usually needs general lighting levels. Task lighting, essential for reading, is usually provided by torchieres or table lamps. It is important to plan the placement of recessed lighting in living spaces so the light source is not reflected as a glare spot on television screens.

The addition of a home theater room is a great way to experience the sight and sound quality of a full movie theater in the privacy of your own home. One of the elements that adds to the true home theater experience is proper lighting. Recessed Lighting also delivers focused lighting without the visual distraction of glare.

Also choose a dark trim and a ceiling like the Complete Black Ceiling Kit from CeilingConnex to minimize glare on your screen.

Ceiling fans require more support than the suspended ceiling can provide. We recommend using an electrical box designed for ceiling fan applications attached directly to the joists for support.

Start by removing enough of the tiles to create an adequate work space above. You will probably have to remove at least two or three tiles where the fan will be located.

Install the electrical box to support the ceiling fan as it is designed. To make sure the box is at the right height, hold it to match the thickness of the ceiling tile below the ceiling grid. Before the fan body is installed, cut your ceiling tile to fit around the electrical box, and put it in position.