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ProLITE Decorative Grid Strips (Pack of 25)

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  • ColorChoose Color

  • MaterialVinyl

  • Width1"

  • Length24"

  • Thickness.030"

  • Weight1.1 lb per 25

  • BrandProLite

  • Special InstructionsOne pack for 9 2'x2' tiles. One pack for 5 2'x4' tiles.
    Not recommended for installations where ceiling temperatures exceed 120°F

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Quick Facts

  • Made from durable PVC
  • Lasts a lifetime
  • Clean with soap and water
  • Mold and mildew resistant.
  • Stain resistant
  • Flexible yet strong
  • Lightweight and easy to install
  • Low coffer can be used with a surface-mount grid system or limited head-space ceiling grid.

Available in the same variety of colors as our ProLite Tiles, the Decorative Grid strips are designed to cover the drop-ceiling suspended grid system installations or cover the seams of direct mounted tiles.

Easy to trim to size with household scissors, this tape makes the T-bar or seams disappear, leaving nothing to detract from your new beautifully crafted, custom ceiling.

The adhesive on the back is to aid with installation and IS NOT a permanent adhesive. Small dabs of tile adhesive should be applied to the back of the strips. One at the start and end of the strip and 2 equally spaced in the middle. The adhesive backing will allow for the strip to stick to the ceiling long enough for the tile adhesive to cure. Failure to use tile adhesive may result in the failure of the strip to adhere to the ceiling.

One tube of our Direct Mount Adhesive is included with each order (1 tube per 5 packs of strips)

Highlights:
The Pro Lite Decorative Grid Strips offer an easy and effective way to coordinate the color of your grid with the tiles, or add flair with a contrasting color. Either way, the Pro Lite Decorative Grid Strips are a solution to that age old question of “what do I do with my grid?” Pre-cut into 2 foot long strips, the Pro Lite Decorative Grid Strips are rigid in construction, and are able to be used with both the grid mount and direct mount tiles in the Pro Lite Series

Things to Consider:
UFOs, the Bermuda Triangle, self adhesives that don't stick...these are all things that we can't explain. In the case of our Pro Lite Decorative Grid Strips, we have discovered that they stick well to some grids, and not at all to others. As a solution to this mystery, we suggest using just a bit of construction adhesive to ensure proper adherence and to avoid any unfortunate instances where the tape may fall off your grid.

Greenguard
Greenguard Gold Certification offers strict certification criteria that considers safety factors to account for sensitive individuals (such as children and the elderly), and ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. It is referenced by both The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System. Click here for more information.

UL Listing/Certification
Certain ProLite ceiling tiles are approved drop-out ceiling panels that can be installed beneath fire sprinklers. When exposed to heat from a developing fire, drop-out ceiling panels soften, distort, and fall from the ceiling grid. Heat from the growing fire activates the sprinkler which, unimpeded by the panels, controls or extinguishes the fire. Click here for more information.

Waterproof
Materials used in the construction of the tile(s) are 100% waterproof.

Class A Fire Rated
Tiles have been tested in accordance with ASTM 84e and scored a Class A rating for flame spread and smoke generation.

Warranty Statement
The ceiling product manufacturer guarantees that your strips will be free from manufacturing defects for a period of five years from the date of purchase.

Warranty Limitations
This warranty does not cover problems caused by improper installation methods. It covers only installations done in accordance with the installation and handling instructions available on this website. This warranty does not cover damage caused by improper maintenance or by use contrary to our recommendations. This warranty does not cover normal wear and tear or shade changes due to exposure to smoke, fumes, leaks, or abuse. This warranty does not cover labor charges. This warranty applies only to material purchased by you, the owner, in unopened cartons for your own use and not for resale. This warranty is not transferable and applies to the original purchaser only. Please Note: We cannot guarantee that the published surface burning characteristics, fire resistance ratings, acoustical performance, dimensional stability / sag, or light reflectance will remain as stated if the strips are painted. Painting will void this warranty & any certification(s). Painting will void UL approval for installation under fire suppression sprinkler systems.

Difference from Photos
This warranty does not cover differences between photographs and actual products purchased.

Implied Warranties
There are no implied warranties, representations or conditions, except those required by statute, and they shall not extend beyond the term of the warranty applicable to your purchase.

Consequential or Incidental Damages
We exclude and will not pay any consequential or incidental damage, loss or expense.

Legal Rights
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights which vary by jurisdiction.

Defects
If a manufacturing defect does occur within the terms and conditions of this warranty, you will be supplied with new material to replace the defective parts, subject to inspection and approval by our company. The replacement materials will be of the same or similar design and quality.


RETURNS

We know that projects take a while, and sometimes plans change. That's why, we offer a great return policy on all non-custom products:

  • 90 day return window with no restocking fees
  • Products must be unused/new and in their original boxes
  • Customer is responsible for return shipping cost (we are happy to help arrange shipping)
  • Partial returns where the quantity discount tier would change are refunded the difference between the original total and the total based on the kept quantity (see example)

How To Install Drop In Ceiling Tiles

Tools Needed for Installation

  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Straight edge (optional)
  • Scissors or Aviation (Tin) Snips
  • Gloves
  • Eye Protection

Your Old Tiles
Have old tiles still in good condition? Reuse them to add heat and sound insulation as well as support regular insulation above your new tiles by pushing your existing tiles up out of place and turning them slightly to rest on top of the grid system. NOTE: this is likely not compliant with commercial building codes, so verify if this is an option.

Insulation Above ProLite Series Tiles
Due to the ProLITE Decorative Grid Strips (Pack of 25)'s thin construction, regular fiberglass insulation is too heavy be laid on top. If your space requires insulation above the tiles you have a few options:

  • Use SoniGuard insulation: the only insulation that can safely sit directly on top of the ProLITE Decorative Grid Strips (Pack of 25) tile.
  • Support on your old tiles (see above).
  • Place 1x1 or 1x2 wood furring strips across the top of the grid to use as support for insulation.
  • Secure the insulation to the "real ceiling" of your space, leaving the tops of the tiles clear of any need to support weight.

Clean Grid (If Using Grid Strips/Tape)
Use rubbing alcohol or 409 to remove dirt and oils from your grid. This is easier to do before putting up your new tiles.

Installing - Start with Full Tiles
Place all of the full sized tiles first so you can:

  • Verify that your grid is properly aligned/spaced prior to cutting partial tiles.
  • Set aside any tiles with damaged corners to use for border/partial tiles. We ALWAYS gladly replace any tiles damaged in shipping, but if you need to cut tiles for border tiles, you'll end up cutting off 2 corners anyways. This can save you time, save the environment, and help you complete your project perfectly without waiting for replacements.

Cutting Border / Partial Tiles
The ProLITE Decorative Grid Strips (Pack of 25) ceiling tile is very easy to cut with regular household scissors. Use a tape measure or straightedge to measure the size your tiles need to be. Transfer those measurements to the back side of the tile with a pencil or grease pencil, mark a straight line, and cut!

Recessed / Can Lights (optional)
Choose a tile design that has a large enough flat area for the light bezel to lay flush once installed. As with standard mineral fiber tiles, you must choose lights that have grid mounting brackets so that the weight of the light is supported by the grid system and not the tile.

Place your light fixture and tile in the grid system. Adjust the light to its final position and mark this on the backside of your tile. Use the template to mark the hole in the tile (usually the light bezel itself will be close if no template is available). Cut the opening with scissors or a razor blade.

Caution
Unshielded fixtures, especially those using halogen lighting, present a risk of fire or melting the tiles.

High Temperature Areas
The ProLITE Decorative Grid Strips (Pack of 25) tile is designed to operate in temperatures up to 120F. Higher temperatures can happen around heat registers, above stoves and ovens, around high temperature lighting, and in environments that intentionally have higher temperatures, like heat spas and Hot Yoga/Bikram studios. Contact us if your space may be subjected to any of these conditions.

Decorative Grid Strips / Grid Tape (optional)
Make sure your grid system is clean, using rubbing alcohol or 409 to remove dirt and oils.

For best results, make sure the temperature in the room is 60-80F and low humidity.

Glue
Apply small dabs of direct mount adhesive (a.k.a. glue) along the back of the strips or tape every 6 inches or so. For grid tape, drag the dab along the length to spread it out somewhat. The self-adhesive backing on the strips/tape IS NOT a permanent adhesive, it is meant to hold long enough for the glue to cure. Failure to use glue may result in the failure of the strips or tape to adhere to the ceiling.

Approximately 1 tube of adhesive is needed per 5 packs of strips or 5 rolls of tape. We provide Red Devil General Purpose Construction Adhesive free with purchase or you can use Loctite Power Grab All Purpose Adhesive (available locally in most big box stores).

Grid Strips
Should be butted up to one another. Do not overlap! Always start at the same end with each consecutive strip. Always dry-fit first, before peeling off the backing, to see if any trimming is needed.

Take your first strip. The dot at the end should be directly over the intersection of 4 tiles. Once you have the strip lined up, peel the backing from the self adhesive and apply small dabs of adhesive to the back of the strip (see above). Run all the strips one direction first.

Finish by installing the strips that run perpendicular to the tiles. Each strip will need to be trimmed, so keep a pair of scissors or snips in your pocket and cut off the dotted end.

Grid Tape
Start in a corner and work one direction. Apply small dabs of adhesive every 6 inches and drag along the length to spread out somewhat. Trim the tape to fit when you reach the end of a run. Finish off by covering the remaining cross T's (shorter grid sections). Trim the tape to fit the space exactly (do not overlap).


How to Install Glue-Up Ceiling Tiles

Adhesives -vs- Staples
Adhesive is recommended when installing our vinyl tiles, because the tiles can crack when using staples. We recommend Red Devil General Purpose Construction Adhesive.

Tools Needed

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Chalk line (recommended)
  • Straight edge
  • Scissors or Aviation (Tin) Snips
  • Adhesive (about 1 tube for every 8 tiles)
  • Paper towels and water for clean-up
  • Decorative Strips (if not overlapping tiles)
  • Eye protection

Surface Types and Methods of Installation

  • Sheetrock, Drywall, Plaster, Cement, Wood Paneling, Plywood
    Install the tiles directly to the ceiling using an adhesive that is compatible with both the ceiling and the ceiling tile.
  • Wood Furring Strips
    Furring strips are a great solution for rough ceilings that would require a lot of work to fix. Level with shims as you install them to give a flat mounting surface. Space out the furring strips according to your tile spacing determined below. If installing 2x4 tiles, we recommend doing a 2x2 pattern so the middle of the tile can also be adhered.
  • Popcorn / Stucco / Cottage Cheese Ceilings
    Ceiling tiles should never be applied directly to popcorn ceilings. Either remove the ceiling texture, add a new layer of drywall or 1/4" hardiebacker over the surface, or install furring strips. NOTE: If removing texture installed before the mid-1980's, test beforehand for asbestos, which may require removal by a licensed contractor.

Determine Tile Spacing
Using Grid Strips? (Required for ProLite, optional for Legacy and Designer)
Spacing exactly 24"x24" or 24"x48" is recommended, as it leaves a small gap that the grid strip will cover (test the spacing with two tiles and a grid strip).

Overlapping - No Grid Strips (required for Manchester Ceiling Tile, optional for Legacy and Designer Series)
Place a few tiles on the floor and determine your preferred overlap. Measure the tile spacing in this position. The grid you draw will be smaller than your tile due to the overlap (e.g. if your tile is 23 3/4" and you have a 1/2" overlap, you will draw your grid at 23 1/4").

Note: Everywhere 4 adjacent tiles overlap, the tile thickness compounds. Often, the ceiling height makes this unnoticeable. However, if desired, you can trim 2 or 3 tiles to minimize the thickness.

Planning Your Layout
Use grid paper and map out your ceiling. Indicate the position of lights, vents, and any other fixtures or obstructions to help determine your layout.

Note: If the ceiling tile you have chosen has a large amount of relief, consider using a flatter border tile in the spaces where there are lights, vents or other obstructions.

Consider the main, most visible area of your space as well as the longest runs of tiles. These are usually the lines you want square to your starting wall (used as the base for your lines). Most rooms are not square and many times tile layout is a compromise of room shape and border tile size needs.

Using the tile spacing you determined above, draw the tile grid in your layout. Many people prefer equal width border tiles on opposing walls, and a larger border is often preferred over a small one.

Mark Grid On Ceiling
Use a chalk line (or pencil) to put your layout onto the ceiling to keep everything straight. Be precise; if you are off by only 1/8" on each tile, after 8 tiles you will be off a whole inch! Space your chalk lines according to your determined spacing.

Before You Begin
Your surface needs to be smooth, clean, and dry. Test your adhesive and tile combination in a small area before committing to doing the whole ceiling.

Installing the First Tile
Make sure all surfaces are clean, as well as your hands. Any oils on the ceiling, tiles, or your hands can affect the adhesive performance. Latex gloves are a great option, keeping oils off the tiles and keeping your hands clean of adhesive.

If using grid strips, each tile will be installed at the center of its "grid" box, not touching any of the lines. For overlapping installations without grid strips, it is easiest to align two edges of the tile to the drawn grid lines (e.g. the bottom and right edges if you are working from top to bottom and left to right) so that you don't cover any lines you'll need for a subsequent tile.

Apply a bead of adhesive all the way around the perimeter of the backside of the tile. Make the bead 1/8" to 3/16" in size. If the tile center lays flat on the ceiling, add a 4" "X" to the center section with adhesive. If the tile has a design where only a few areas touch the ceiling, place dabs of adhesive on those sections. Keep a damp towel handy to clean up any adhesive that may seep out.

Gently place the tile close to its final location next to your chalk lines. Lightly press the tile to the ceiling as you slide it into position. This lets the adhesive spread out and smear a bit. Once you are satisfied that the tile is in place, firmly press it to the ceiling, rubbing out any bumps in the adhesive.

Second Tile - With Overlap
Use the same gluing technique as the first tile. Place the second tile next to your first one, aligning to the same edges of the grid lines (e.g. bottom and right) as your first tile. It will overlap by your predetermined amount. Continue to place full sized tiles, remaining lined up on your grid lines.

Second Tile - Without Overlap
Use the same gluing technique as the first tile. Center the second tile in its respective "grid" space next to the first. The edges of each tile should NOT be touching. Dry fit the Grid Strip to confirm you are placing the tiles with the correct spacing.

Border Tiles
Measure the open space from the installed tile to the wall, adding overlap if not using grid strips. Make sure to take measurements at each end of the space, as the measurements are often different due to inconsistencies in construction. Make sure the tile is facing the correct direction. Transfer your measurements to your border tile and cut it.

Decorative Strips
For best results, make sure the temperature in the room is 60-80F and low humidity.

Glue
Apply small dabs of direct mount adhesive (a.k.a. glue) every 8 inches (one at each end and two spaced in the middle). The self-adhesive backing on the strip IS NOT a permanent adhesive, it is meant to hold long enough for the glue to cure. Failure to use glue may result in the failure of the strips to adhere to the ceiling.

Approximately 1 tube of adhesive is needed per 5 packs of strips. We provide Red Devil General Purpose Construction Adhesive free with purchase or you can use Loctite Power Grab All Purpose Adhesive (available locally in most big box stores).

Strips should be butted up to one another. Do not overlap! Always start at the same end with each consecutive strip. Always dry-fit first, before peeling off the backing, to see if any trimming is needed.

Take your first strip. The dot at the end should be directly over the intersection of 4 tiles. Once you have the strip lined up, peel the backing from the self adhesive and apply adhesive to the back of the strip (see above). Run all the strips one direction first.

Finish by installing the strips that run perpendicular to the tiles. Each strip will need to be trimmed, so keep a pair of scissors or snips in your pocket and cut off the dotted end.

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

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Richard C.Mason, OHNovember 17, 2021

5 out of 5

Make a Big Difference

The grid strips pull the look of the ceiling together and hide the grid, making it look like part of the ceiling. I'm glad we ordered these.

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Jennifer G.Kankakee, ILSeptember 27, 2021

5 out of 5

Classy and affordable

The strips were so simple and easy to use. The are very classy and elegant and go with any decor. I will buy them again and again.

  • White

Shannon C.Alexandria, MNSeptember 23, 2021

5 out of 5

Great finish.

These grid strips are the perfect finish to the dropped ceiling. So glad I got these.

  • White

Floyd S.Spokane, WASeptember 17, 2021

5 out of 5

Improvement

They look better than white grids if using colored tile. They take awhile to put up. They cut easily.

  • Latte

Lynne V.Brick, NJSeptember 10, 2021

5 out of 5

Lynne’s Camper

The tiles look great in my camper I'm not finished yet I've been working on this camper for the last two months I might be short three or four pieces but I think I got plenty of the plastic strips that go in between them but I might have too many of them. All in all it was a great decision to use these tiles looks fabulous.

  • White

Robert S.Valparaiso, INSeptember 8, 2021

5 out of 5

Looks great

The strips help the grid to blend right in with the tiles.

  • Latte

Randy T.Kaukauna, WIAugust 10, 2021

5 out of 5

Completes the look.

The decorative strips add a nice, finished look to our ceiling.

  • Latte

Sherrill C.East Rutherford, NJJuly 3, 2021

5 out of 5

Easy to apply "must have" to finish the look!

Just as every room, garden and outfit needs accessories to make it look finished, these strips are a must have to polish the final look of the ceiling tiles. They are so easy to apply. The price is reasonable so don't skimp on this step if you want the job to look right, and seamless, when it's done.

  • White

Mel K.Cumming, GAJune 25, 2021

5 out of 5

Enhanced grid

These strips put some character on what normally a bland grid; Time consuming, but easy to install.

  • Black

Lilah C.Rochester, NYJune 25, 2021

5 out of 5

Totally worth it

I love these! So easy and now my drop celling looks like tin. Love it

  • White

John W.Pittsburgh, PAJune 19, 2021

5 out of 5

great

They look great with the tile we bought

  • Latte

Rae Q.Bay Shore, NYJune 7, 2021

5 out of 5

Really finishes off the look

I have the standard white drop ceiling and I replace with the ProCeiling (Sandstone color) and after replacing the tiles I wanted to finish the look and the grid strips did the job !!

  • Sand

Rachael G.Philadelphia, PAMay 24, 2021

3 out of 5

Looks great -- but not a great great sticking product

I like the look of these. They are hard to get to fit exactly right without having any of the white show through and now I know why they include free glue with these adhesive strips ; they start to fall off after a week. I think these really make a difference in the look of the ceiling to make the grid match the tiles, but I don't think they are going to hold up. I think I am going to have to start gluing the ones up that have fallen off.

Rachael, Thank you for taking the time to share your review! We're sorry that you had an issue with the adhesive on the grid strips. While this problem is quite rare, it is the reason we send construction adhesive at no cost. Just a pea-sized dot every 6 inches or so should do the trick. We stand behind our products, so if you find that some come down completely, please reach out to us right away so that we can send replacements. Thank you again for your review, and for your business!
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Pegina D.Richmond, MOMay 1, 2021

5 out of 5

Perfect match

Love it

  • Faux Bronze

Art P.Utica, NYApril 1, 2021

5 out of 5

The finishing touch. Must Get

This stuff ties the entire ceiling together. don't waste the time painting. so classy. Thank you.

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