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Stratford Vinyl Ceiling Tile - Merlot (2x4)

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List Price:$15.75Save up to $4.96 per tile!
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  • 1-199

    $12.99$1.62 / sq. ft.
  • 200-299

    $11.99$1.50 / sq. ft.
  • 300-999

    $11.25$1.41 / sq. ft.
  • 1000+

    $10.79$1.35 / sq. ft.
  • Quantity
    8 sq. ft.

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  • TypeDrop In

  • Dimensions2' x 4'

  • ColorMerlot

  • MaterialVinyl

  • Thickness.013" - Cuts easily with scissors

  • Weight13 oz

  • Recession.5" from tile face

  • BrandProLite

  • Special InstructionsNot recommended for installations
    where ceiling temperatures exceed 120°F

  • Print/DownloadProduct Spec Sheet

Product Description

Quick Facts

  • Made from durable PVC
  • Lasts a lifetime
  • Waterproof
  • 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.
  • 2x2 Actual Size - 23-7/8" x 23-7/8"
  • 2x4 Actual Size - 23-7/8" x 47-7/8"

The Stratford Vinyl Ceiling Tile - Merlot (2x4) is made from a UV Stabilized .013" thick vinyl plastic. It is designed to provide all the functionality of conventional drop ceiling tiles at a fraction of the weight. The feather-light construction makes it easy to install, easy to clean, stain resistant, water resistant, dust free, and resource friendly! Installation is fast and couldn't be any easier.

Designed to fit all standard 15/16" - 1" T-Bar Ceiling Systems. Most of the thermoform ceiling tiles come in two sizes, 2'x2' and 2'x4'.

FYI - If you have a 2x4 grid ceiling, but would prefer the look of the 2x2 ceiling tiles, simply insert a 2' center T bar available online or at most local hardware's easy!

5 Year ProShield Warranty
The ceiling tile manufacturer guarantees that your ceiling tiles will be free from manufacturing defects for a period of five years from the date of purchase. Limitations apply. See full warranty information below.

UL Listing/Certification
ProLite ceiling tiles bearing this mark are UL tested and 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.

The Stratford grid tile is our most popular drop ceiling tile. Our customers are continually amazed at its ability to transform the look of their room. Its classic simplicity makes it a great option for any type of space. The repeating design of this 2x4 tile gives it the unique ability to create the look of a 2x2 tile, which can be nice in smaller spaces. You will find that it is a great time saver since it will help you cover twice the space in half the time. Being that it is Class A Fire rated, it is an excellent choice for most businesses and homes. We are also proud to say that it is made in the USA.

Things to Consider:
Since the Stratford tile is not flat on the back, it is not suitable for use as a direct mount tile.

While it is only .013" thick, the embossed design gives it the rigidity and structure needed to support itself in the grid without sagging. To avoid the risk of sagging, we discourage placing any weight directly on the tile. If you would like to keep your existing acoustical tile in the grid for insulation or sound barrier purposes, we recommend that you place it above the framework so that it is not putting any weight on the Stratford.

It is more than likely that your room has partial tiles around the perimeter. Not to worry- The Stratford tile lays nice and flat in the grid when cut to any size. Since the recession of the design is only .5", the gap is unnoticeable for most applications. View product images and customer installation photos for examples.

If your grid is already white and in good condition, it should match the white Stratford tile very well. If you are going with a colored option, we highly recommend that you consider the Grid Tape or Grid Strips since they are color coordinated with the ProLite collection. If you would prefer to avoid the extra expense, you can of course paint your grid as well.

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.

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.


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 tiles will be free from manufacturing defects for a period of five years from the original date of purchase.

Warranty Conditions
This warranty covers material defects in the ceiling tile when used in a standard ceiling application where temperatures do not exceed 120F. It does not cover labor, consequential or incidental damages. This warranty is not transferable and applies to the original purchaser only. 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 tiles. However, in the rare event that you do encounter a defect with your tiles, we're here and ready to help. Just give us a call and we'll work with you to identify the problem and, in case of defect, supply you with replacement tiles.


We know that projects take a while, and sometimes plans change. That's why, in most cases, we give our customers a 90 day grace period to return products. The products must be unused/new and in their original boxes.

We are unable to replace items that have been modified or installed, so please review all the contents of your shipment for damage and to verify that the items received are correct. Damaged items or items shipped in error that are not modified will be replaced promptly.

Unqualified Products
Custom products do not qualify for a refund if returned. Custom products include, but are not limited to, the Imagination Series, Leather & Wood Tiles, and Custom Tile categories.

Partial Returns of Items with Quantity Discounts
In the event that an order qualified for and received a quantity discount, special consideration must be taken when accepting a partial return of the specific product that qualified for the quantity discount. If a customer's request to return a specific amount of product breaks the initial quantity required to qualify for a discount, it is possible that the customer will not receive a refund for the returned items. This is because we have extended a generous discount for a bulk buy, which may no longer applicable if a portion of the product is returned.

A refund involving an order that included a quantity discount can be examined in the following example:
Bill purchased 400 of a particular ceiling tile which cost $ 4.25 per tile (a $ 0.74/tile discount when purchasing 400 or more). His order also qualified for free shipping and he was not subject to sales tax. The order total was $ 1700.00.

After Bill finished his project, he decided that he did not need 30 of his tiles, and he wishes to return them. We must treat Bill's order as if he originally purchased 370 ceiling tiles, which means he would have not qualified for the $ 0.74 per tile quantity discount. If Bill had only purchased 370 tiles, the tiles would have cost $ 4.99 per tile and his order total would have been $ 1846.30.

In this particular case, Bill's new order total ($ 1,846.30) would actually be more than what he originally paid ($ 1,700.00). While we wouldn't charge Bill the difference when returning the tiles, we also would not be able to provide any refund. It would be better for Bill to keep the tiles and save on the return shipping.

When and how will a customer be refunded?
If products are returned within 90 days of the purchase, the customer's credit card will be refunded electronically. If products are returned toward the end of the 90 day period, and the refund does not take effect within 90 days of the purchase date, the refund will be issued by check and sent by USPS. Returns may take up to 2 weeks to be processed.

Packaging Items for their Return
Please be careful when packaging items for returns. You will be responsible for damage incurred during shipping, so please package the items accordingly. Retain the paperwork that the shipping company gives you, especially the tracking number. Remember, you will be responsible for the items until we receive them.

Making A Return
Need to return extra tiles or perhaps select a different style? Just give us a call and we'll be glad to help!

How To Install Drop In Ceiling Tiles

  • Materials: Tools Needed for Installation
  • Ceiling Tiles
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil / Wax Pencil
  • Straight edge
  • Scissors, razor knife, or Ceiling Tile Aviation Snips
  • Gloves
  • Eye Protection

ProLite Series Only-
Insulation Above The Tiles
Our ProLite Series of tiles are our most popular tiles due to their flexibility, color options, and price point. Due to the tiles' thin construction, regular fiberglass insulation is too heavy to lay on top of the tiles. If your space requires insulation above the tiles you have a few options:

Option 1
Our SoniGuard insulation is specifically built and designed to work above our ProLite Series and can be purchased from our website.

Option 2
If your tile design is flat on the back, you can slide these tiles into place under your existing tiles, leaving the existing tiles to bear the weight of your insulation.

Option 3
You can place small furring strips that lay across the top of the grid to use as support for insulation. 1x1 or 1x2 wood strips provide enough support for insulation.

Option 4
You can push your existing tiles up out of place and turn them slightly to rest on top of the grid system. This would allow the insulation to rest on top of these tiles.

Option 5
You can secure the insulation to the "real ceiling" of your space, leaving the tops of the tiles clear of any need to support weight.

All Tiles

Once you have determined how you tiles will be installed (empty grid, under existing tiles, existing tiles pushed up) it's time to get started. Place all of the full sized tiles first, leaving the border and partial tiles for last. Having all the full sized tiles in place will push the grid into its natural position. If you cut and install border and partial tiles first, you may find that they are the wrong size once all the other tiles are in place.

Border / Partial Tiles
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.

Cutting Tiles
Our ProLite Series is very easy to cut with regular household scissors. Follow your lines for a nice neat finish. You can also use a razor knife if needed.

Can Lights / Recessed Lights
In many homes grid mounted lights are very popular. You should choose a tile design that has a large enough flat area for the light bezel to lay flush once installed. You should also 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 appropriate size template to mark the hole in the tile. Many times the light bezel or a roll of tape will be close to the correct size. Use scissors or a razor knife to cut the opening.

We do not recommend can light fixtures that are not designed for direct contact with insulation nor do we recommend using halogen lighting. Unshielded fixtures, especially those using halogen lighting represent a risk of fire or melting the tiles.

High Temperature Areas
Our ProLite Series tiles are designed not to be affected by temperatures up to 120F. In some cases there may be localized ceiling and tile temperatures that exceed the tiles designed operating temperature. This can happen around heat registers, above stoves and ovens, around high temperature lighting, and in environments that intentionally have higher than normal 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
These self adhesive strips/tape are designed to cover up the ceiling grid. Each strip is 2 feet long with an attractive embossed pattern and the grid tape is sold in 100 foot long rolls.

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 or tape. A small dab at each end, and 2 dabs spaced equally in the middle of the strip are adequate to permanently secure the strip to the ceiling. The ceiling grid tape should have a small dab of adhesive applied every 6 inches. 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 strips or tape to adhere to the ceiling.

Approximately 1 Tube of adhesive per 125 strips (250 linear feet) is needed. We recommend Red Devil General Purpose Construction Adhesive (available here) or Loctite Power Grab All Purpose Adhesive (available locally in most big box stores).

Make sure your grid system is clean before starting application. Rubbing alcohol or 409 work really well to remove any dust or oils.

For best results, make sure the temperature in the room is between 60 - 80 degrees Fahrenheit and low humidity. Do not peel the backing off until you are installing the strip. Any contamination of the back side of the strips will compromise the performance of the adhesive.

Grid Strips
The decorative strips should be butted up to one another. Do not overlap the strips. Make sure to always start at the same end of the strip. You may have to trim each strip slightly, so always put the strip in place before peeling off the backing so you can see if any needs to be trimmed.

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

Finish off 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. Trim the tape to fit when you reach the end of a run. Finish of by covering the remaining cross T's (shorter grid sections). Using the same gluing technique as above. Trim the tape to fit the space exactly. Do not overlap the tape in any areas.



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Shawnta D.Washington Park, ILJuly 5, 2021

5 out of 5

I love this product - Preparing to order again

very easy to install. I really like this product. I highly recommend

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Charles H.Port Richey, FLMarch 28, 2019

5 out of 5

Great looking ceiling tiles

they look absolutely great. But they a think plastic so I put the old ceiling tiles on top of these with the insulation on top of all of them. I just wished that they told me to do that in the beginning. I finished them all with just the plastic and when I opened the door the tiles would move up and down withing the grid system. Next time tell the buyer the right way to install them. Took me twice as long after I had to do it over again. Again it is a great looking product, just tell customer proper way to install Thank you for your feedback, Charles! We’re happy to hear that you’re loving the look of the Stratford tiles in your ceiling! We also appreciate the installation advice; however, due to the thinness and design of the Stratford tiles, we do not recommend that the existing/old ceiling tiles or insulation (other than our Soniguard tiles) be placed on top of them, because this can cause the Stratfords to be crushed or to begin sagging under the weight. Instead, we recommend using our Uplift Prevention Clips along the top of the grid system every couple of feet to prevent the ceiling tiles from lifting out of the grid system due to air pressure changes. If keeping the old tiles and insulation is preferred, it’s best for these items to be placed above the gridwork so that they are not adding any weight to the Stratford tile. You can view our video “Your Old Ceiling Tiles” (, or on any Stratford product page) to learn more about how to place the existing tiles above the grid system in order to make room for any of our Featherlight Series (.013”) ceiling tiles. Hopefully this helps answer your questions as to why we do not recommend installing any items directly on top of the tiles. We thank you for using our Stratford vinyl ceiling tiles for your ceiling project and hope you enjoy them for years to come!
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Christina G.Chesilhurst, NJFebruary 25, 2019

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Richard O.St Petersburg, FLJuly 28, 2017

5 out of 5


Everything worked out perfectly. Being a man of course I didn't read the instructions until I was finished and regretted not putting adhesive on the entire trim pieces; so many had to be redone. One instruction said put three dabs on each piece and another said to cover it all. Other then that I was so happy with how flexible each tile was so it was very easy to fit them on the existing grating and the trim covered the old imperfections. Excellent company and delivery was timely and undamaged and I couldn't be happier. Don't waste your time at Lowes or Home Depot when this company is in business. Huge selection available with great color pictures and accurate descriptions.

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Anthony C.Marietta, GASeptember 21, 2021

5 out of 5

Perfect Look for my Basement Project

Ordered approx 400 sq fr for basement finish project. The order process was easy and shipping was very fast. The tiles are installed and they look great! Most people cant believe they are made of vinyl. Great looking and practical.

Charles C.Halethorpe, MDSeptember 21, 2021

5 out of 5

Daughter loves her new ceiling

The decorative ceiling tiles are well worth the money , makes he whole room look different at a great price , the staff are wonderful to work with ,I would Definately use this company again In the future for any other projects that require anything they sell

Debra B.Fayetteville, TNSeptember 21, 2021

5 out of 5

Couldn't have made a better choice to try these for my room reno

Very easy to work with and really brightened up the room. It went so well, i extended the ceiling change out to the hall and into a bath!--I would recommend that you have a plan for the old tiles you are taking down, the old style I had were a bit weighty and took up a bit of space.

Victoria G.Asheville, NCSeptember 19, 2021

3 out of 5

Cool, but not what I expected

These ceiling "tiles" are so light-weight and flimsy. They look really nice, but both the ceiling installers and the electrician were initially skeptical. The problem for the ceiling installers was that NOTHING could be resting on them, so they had to tie up anything that was hanging down. And, these vinyl tiles are so thin that even if they could have handled the weight, the mylar from the vent was visible through the tile as a dark shadow. Likewise for the electrician who had to figure out solutions for the can lighting. He really thought even a minimal amount of weight would be too much. Both of them ended up saying that the ceiling looked really good, but we definitely had some stress to work through. There is also one spot on my ceiling that is an alcove. It has a couple of tiles that are installed vertically. These vinyl tiles didn't work at all for that. I can probably figure something out, but the ceiling installers didn't want to deal with it and left it for us to do. I would probably recommend them to a friend, but I would warn them that workers in our area clearly aren't used to working with vinyl tiles like these.

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Collapse Review Victoria, Thank you for taking the time to share your review! You're right, these tiles are thin and cannot bear weight. Technically, tiles are never supposed to bear weight, but it is common for traditional 'mineral fiber' tiles to be used to hold up canned lights, insulation, etc. All of those things can be installed with these tiles but, like you said, extra steps are necessary. While you saw the vent 'shadow' through the tile, that should not be visible when tiles are installed, as light does not come through from above. For tiles installed vertically, you can install small Rare Earth magnets (available at hardware stores) on each corner of the tile to hold it fast to the metal grid. Hopefully this helps, but we have an amazing Customer Service team and any of us would be happy to help further if you'd like to give us a call. Thanks again, we look forward to being part of your next project!
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Michael K.North Haven, CTSeptember 19, 2021

5 out of 5

Dresses up the room and looks great!

Got the Stratford Black Ceiling Tiles. it dressed up the room and really made the ceiling pop. I love how easy it was to put up and how easy it was to cut to fit.

Elizabeth A.Bow, NHSeptember 15, 2021

5 out of 5

Looks great!

Love how clean it looks compared to the other tiles. Easy to install and cut to size. Easier to order the product and received on time. I will order more to finish my basement.

Dawn K.Muskegon, MISeptember 15, 2021

5 out of 5

Fantastic New Ceiling!!

I absolutely love the new tiles. They are thin, but do not flutter. No more stained tiles in my future!!

Caressa B.Baltimore, MDSeptember 14, 2021

5 out of 5

i love it

I was looking for something easy, light weight and mold resistance. This vinyl tile was prefect!!

Taalib A.Cleveland, OHSeptember 10, 2021

5 out of 5

Looks great

Easy to cut. Job was quick and painless.

G J M.Lexington, KYSeptember 9, 2021

3 out of 5

Looks Plastic-y

Easy to install and looks better than our sagging, cheap 2’x4’ tiles, but not a lot better. We’ll bite the bullet and go to real 2’x2’ tiles. Hi, thank you for taking the time to share your review! It's great to hear that you like the look of these over your old tiles. You make a good point, 2x2 tiles do have a more symmetrical look across the ceiling than 2x4, since they are perfect squares. If you ever go that route, thankfully it should be quite easy as the grid 'dividers' that create the 2x2 sections are very simple to install. If you have any questions about how to do that, or any others, please don't hesitate to reach out. Anyone on our amazing customer service team would be happy to help. Thanks again!
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Jacquelyn L.Cumberland, MESeptember 7, 2021

5 out of 5

A simple upgrade that makes a big difference

Bought these to replace my old drop ceiling tiles, which were porous, heavy, impossible to clean. These tiles are super lightweight, washable, pop in and out in seconds, and look so much nicer! I'm really pleased.

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