Shadowline Ceiling Installation
Shadowline ceilings are a beautiful way to add sophistication and class to contemporary interiors. This design makes the ceiling appear to be floating from the walls. A shadow is cast around the perimeter. To minimise errors and get the style you desire, it is best to install it during the construction phase. If you’re renovating your ceiling and want to change to a shadowline design, a shadowline cornice could be installed. This would be quicker to install, and it will take care of any cracks or imperfections in plaster.
There are many tutorials online about installing shadowline roofs that will confuse you. It is best to hire a professional contractor to install your ceilings if you don’t have the necessary training. Incorrect installation can cause damage and can leave ugly cracks or rough edges that are difficult to hide with paint. The worst scenario is that you may compromise the structural integrity of your room. If you decide to do the job yourself, here are some tips and tricks to help you install a shadowline ceiling.
Getting Started: Do you Know Your Tools?
If you don’t work in construction, it may be necessary to purchase tools and materials for installing shadowline ceilings. A heavy-duty stapler, a wide knife, a trowel and a tool for sanding (such as a 150-220 grit or sanding mesh), a suitable compound, and some paint are all necessary. Bunnings has the most commonly used tools, while USG Boral is a trusted supplier that offers a wide variety of compounds for various application techniques.
To achieve the sleek, clean look of shadowline ceiling detail, you need to pay attention to every detail. You will need the right tools to precisely cut each piece. To prevent rusting, wash all tools with water. Before you start installing, speak to a supplier. If you have a tight budget, they may offer plastic tools at a lower price.
To achieve the sleek, clean look of shadowline ceiling detail, you need to pay attention to every detail. You will need the right tools to precisely cut each piece. To prevent rusting, wash all tools with water. Before you start installing, speak to a supplier. If you have a tight budget, they may offer plastic tools at a lower price. You may also need a strong boy hire for this kind of project to protect the structure of your house.
How to Install Shadowline Ceiling
Shadowline ceilings are created by using a particular metal angle at the junction of a ceiling and wall. Metal angles are available in many sizes, thicknesses, lengths. These steps will help you create shadowline ceiling detail once you have decided on the right angle for your design.
- Before you start, ensure that there is enough space between the plasterboard ceiling and wall. You should allow at least 12mm space. Plasterboard thickness should not be less than 10mm
- The metal angle should be cut to the required length. Line it up with the shadowline edge, making sure it aligns with the wall surfaces. Use the stapler to secure the angle in maximum 300mm centres along each face using nails opposite one another.
- Apply three coats of compound according to the below method. Use the nib to control the thickness of the compound.
Coat 1: Cover approximately 150mm of the angle faces with coat 1, and push it through any perforations.
Coat 2: Extend this coat approximately 200mm from the corner.
Coat 3: With the edges feathered out, extend it approximately 280mm beyond the corner.
- Dry it for at least 24 hours (or longer if you have cold or wet conditions).
- After the finish compound has dried completely, lightly sand the surface with sanding mesh, 150-220 grit or paper. This will depend on the hardness of your finishing compound.
- It can be painted over to match the rest.
Do it right the first time
Although it might seem like a great idea to install your shadowline ceiling yourself, there are many things that can go wrong if you don’t have the right experience or training in ceiling installation. It’s not worth spending more money and time fixing something that could be avoided. Instead of spending time fumbling with tools or worrying about hidden cracks in plaster, ask a local professional to provide a quote. An experienced contractor will ensure that your commercial or residential building’s structural integrity is maintained while completing the job to a high standard.