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Designer Collection Grid Strips (Pack of 25)

1" Width x 24" Length
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Price:$29.99
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Specifications

  • ColorChoose Color

  • MaterialVinyl

  • Width1"

  • Length24"

  • Thickness.03"

  • Weight1.1 lb per 25

  • BrandDesigner Collection

  • Special InstructionsOne pack for 9 2'x2' tiles. One pack for 5 2'x4' tiles.

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Product Description

Quick Facts

  • Made from durable PVC
  • Easy to clean
  • Stain and mold resistant
  • Lightweight and easy to install
  • Works in all standard grid systems
  • Meets or Exceeds Class A Fire Rating E84-12

Sold in bundles of 25, these grid strips are backed with adhesive and are a perfect color match to our Designer Series ceiling tiles. There are two decorative styles to choose from and, of course, the various colors that are available with either of the tile types.

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)

Designed to fit all standard 15/16" - 1" T-Bar Ceiling Systems. If you have a 2'x4' grid, our easy to install grid dividers easily convert your system to fit.

Highlights:
You wouldn’t leave home with only one sock, would you? And you certainly wouldn’t mismatch your belt and shoes, right? Well, why would you leave your ceiling half finished? After installing your beautiful Designer Series Tiles, complete the look with our Designer Grid Strips. Available in 2 different styles to choose from; Textured and Dash. Each style compliments the Designer Series tiles perfectly, and will be a welcome addition to your ceiling.

Things to Consider:
Prior to installing in your ceiling grid, be sure to give the grid a quick cleaning to get rid of dust and oils. A wet rag or rubbing alcohol is all that you need. Although the strips have a self-adhesive backing, it's a good idea to use a small amount of adhesive to secure them permanently in place. It's a quick step that will prevent them from coming down as some of the customers in our reviews have experienced.

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

5 Year Limited Warranty
You're making a beautiful upgrade to your ceiling and we're here to help protect that investment. We guarantee that your ceiling grid strip will be free from manufacturing defects for a period of five years from the original date of purchase.

Warranty Conditions and Limitations
This warranty covers material defects in the ceiling grid strip when used in a standard ceiling application. It does not cover labor, consequential or incidental damages. Please note that painting the ceiling tile will void the warranty and may change some of its properties like its fire rating.

We're Ready to Help
Unlike a car, there is very little that can go wrong with these ceiling grid strips. However, in the rare event that you do encounter a defect with your grid strips, we are here and ready to help. Just give us a call and we will work with you to identify the problem and, in case of defect, supply you with replacement grid strips.


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 Designer Collection 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 Designer Collection 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 Designer Collection 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 Designer Collection 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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Theresa G.Lyle, MNOctober 7, 2021

5 out of 5

Excellent coverage for in between tiles

I installed it on my kitchen ceiling, which was super easy to do, and I love the product.

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Arthur N.Baton Rouge, LAAugust 19, 2021

4 out of 5

Looks good

Product worked well, but the color was slightly different from the tile, so I had to spray paint all of it to match. Also, I had to caulk and putty along the edges and the outer edge still shows; I'm going to try gluing a decorative ribbon or cord around it to cover the edge. Overall, I'm satisfied in spite of the difficulties and the tile looks great.

uDecor.com Hi Arthur, thank you for taking the time to share your review! While it's great to hear that everything looks good, we want all of our products from the same line or brand to match. it looks like we had received a new batch in the few months between your order of tiles and strips, so the shade of white would have been slightly different. If this ever happens in the future, please notify us right away and we will make sure you get the match that you need. Thank you for being understanding, and for including us in your project!
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Bud W.Spring, TXJuly 26, 2021

5 out of 5

Works great to hide the gaps between the tiles

Easy to use

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Adam L.Monmouth, ILJune 19, 2021

4 out of 5

Great addition to make the ceiling tiles pop.

Install is easy, but there is a lot of cutting. Would have been better if there were shorter sections. If you install per instructions, you do all the long runs first, then do the "in between" sections. Each of them need cut. It takes more time to cut and keep the design centered. Looks great when done right. It's unfortunate that the extremely sticky backing is not permanent. It adds a lot of time applying construction adhesive to each piece. At the end of the day, I would not have done without these. Great addition

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Mark P.Walnut Creek, CAMarch 12, 2021

4 out of 5

Great finish

The strips provide a great finish and are a must for direct mount. However the width of the strips did not match the sum of the widths of the flaps of two butted tiles. I wish the strips were available in different widths. Trimming of the tiles resolved this issue, but added work to the project.

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Steve L.Saint Peters, MONovember 16, 2020

5 out of 5

Take your ceiling-tile project to the next level

These grid strips asre exactly whats needed to take the project yo the next level...

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Brent M.Meriden, CTNovember 2, 2020

5 out of 5

Excellent product and company

I ordered ceiling tiles and what I thought were matching strips. Jason promptly called me and informed me that strips would not match. I was able to modify my order with no problem. Other companies might have just sent the products as ordered but this company does it due diligence and follows up with customers.

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Tom R.Diamond Bar, CASeptember 24, 2020

5 out of 5

Once on the ceiling it looks great!

I like the product. Lightweight. Looks great on the ceiling

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Thomas O.Washington Township, MISeptember 17, 2020

5 out of 5

Excellent way to hide those ugly white grids

Using the grid strips makes the entire ceiling look so much better

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Hilda M.Baltimore, MDAugust 13, 2020

5 out of 5

order good

everything is good

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Holly M D.Manahawkin, NJMarch 8, 2019

1 out of 5

White designer grid strips do not match white fleur-de-lis tile.

UPDATE: Thank you to Jill for reaching out to me re: the mismatch of grid strips for the fleur de lis ceiling tiles. I did not read carefully enough on the web page that Protiles carries 2 brands of tiles. Had I followed their advice to call for any help, I would have ordered the correct strips in the 1st place. I have since mailed the grid strips back to Protiles. This company is happily refunding my money. This is a wonderful company to buy from. (ORIGINAL REVIEW: The designer strips are more of an off white. Do not waste your money.)

uDecor.com You are correct, the Designer Brand grid strips are more of an off-white color because they are made to match our Designer Brand series of tiles. For the Fleur-de-Lis tiles, you will want to look for the ProLite Brand strips which are made for the ProLite Series tiles. I'm sorry for the inconvenience. We will be reaching out to you shortly to help you find the correct strips for your project!
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Denise K.Clifton Park, NYJuly 13, 2017

5 out of 5

Great product

Gives our feature wall a professional look.

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Page H.Moab, UTJune 21, 2017

5 out of 5

Easy to attach

The color match was good. I used them to fill spaces between tiles on a wall. The project looked great.

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Page H.Moab, UTJune 21, 2017

5 out of 5

Used them to fill a space

They look really good.

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Stephen F.Boca Raton, FLAugust 6, 2016

4 out of 5

Nice finish

It looks great. It gives the appearance of a suspended ceiling. I wish the adhesive was stronger...I'm should it will hold.

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