The panels are made of 1/8″ thick Fibrex (MDF) painted with white acrylic on both sides.
The mouldings are made of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard). All sourced within Canada.
MDF is commonly used for residential trim baseboard and casings.
The system has a 1 fire rating. It is not fire resistant.
The system has the same acoustical properties as drywall, however we have not invested in the expensive testing.
Sound proofing is able to be added in between the joists above the system. This is an alternative sound proofing solution.
Yes! Insulation is easily added to the system. It can be done before or after.
However we do not recommend having the insulation rest on the panels.
No, the system is not designed to be waterproof. We recommend cleaning them with a damp cloth and drying afterwards.
Due to the modular design if water damage were to occur, it's simple to swap out only the affected parts.
We do not recommend installing our system in a bathroom with a shower or a tub. The excess moisture from the shower or tub will damage the tile and mouldings.
Powder rooms and laundry rooms are ok as long as they are properly ventelated.
Yes! All lightings solutions work with our system, you just have to make the appropriate cuts to the tile.
Lightings solutions need to be secured to the joist not the system.
Ultra-slim LEDs can attach directly to the tile, if the tiles are sagging (Because not all LEDs weigh the same) double the tile up.
Lightweight pot lights are the easiest, however any lights that are secured on the joist and are not using the panel or rails work as well.
Yes! We've designed Snapclip to be installed by one person with access to limited tools. We wanted to make our product accessible to everyone.
Check out our install video
In situations where the joists are not level, add shims (small pieces of wood) to the bottom of the clip. Then drill it into the ceiling with the shim attached.
A good shim solution is using the offcuts for the tiles.
Add or remove shims as necessary until the ceiling is level. It might be a little tricky at first, but you'll get the hang of it.
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You will need to frame and drywall any bulkheads before installing Snapclip.
The system needs a vertical finished wall to mount to. This can be achieved by covering them with drywall.
Our 64sq² kits are the best way to size a room. Simply calculate the square footage of the room (length X width) then divide it by 64.
Always round up so you have some spare parts because not every room is going to be the same. Similar to flooring, a 10% buffer is helpful, and spare parts are handy to have.
No you cannot paint the system, it will warp and if you do.
Yes, gaps are incredibly important to prevent the rails from buckling after the install is completed.
MDF is a wood product and will expand and contract with the changes to humidity/temperature.
Please allow for 1/8" or 3mm per 8ft rail to allow for seasonal expansion.
Can you can score the panel with a utility knife and break up or you can cut with a jigsaw
Mouldings can be cut with a handsaw or a miter saw.
Once the J-mould has been cut, paint the edge of the miter cut with colour matched latex paint. This way it helps to hide imperfections in the cut.
We also have a section of our install video dedicated to this.
Screws are not included in the package. You will need to purchase them from your local hardware store.
We recommend using 1-1/2" drywall screws for the J-mould on the perimeter. Then using 1 inch wood screws for the clips.
Avoid screws with a bevel so it does not bend the clip.
Yes, the perimeter mouldings are included. Inside the kits are everything you need to install SnapClip except for the screws.
Yes, there will be one installation tool for each kit. Most clients end up with an abundance of installation tools.
*Could change the installation tool to be used as a shim? (I understand this is a long shot.)
The product needs to be stored indoors in a dry room, flat on the ground.
Please ensure they are completely flat, if left on an uneven surface they will bend and no longer be useable.
If the panels do not sit flat there are a couple things you can do. Check the rails and T bars for any debris, insulation and dust can cause them to sit unevenly.
If they are still not sitting flat, please give them some time to climatize. The Fibrex will eventually flatten out over 4-6 weeks ** confirm timeline**
We don't recommend installing in garage that is frequently used for a car as the wind will cause the panels to move slightly.
However if the garage is heated, and used as a workable space, you are good to go!
Installing SnapClip outside is not recommended as the panels are held down by gravity alone.
Humidity & water will also damage the system.
It is important to leave expansion room on the rails during the installation of the system. As the MDF expands and contracts based on humidity/temperature those gaps will prevent warping.
If rails do become warped simply remove them and then cut a small length off the end. If this does not help, please contact us and we will send you replacement rails.
Please contact us and we will send you replacements for the damaged parts. If you ordered through HomeDepot, please have your order number ready.
We've created a very detailed 10 minuite installation video that explains how to install. It also gives basic guidence on how to use the tools required.
If you still have questions after watching the video do not hesitate to give us a call or email.
The panels are 22 1/2 inches by 22 1/2 inches.
There is 5/8 inch of clearance between the top of the tile and the joist.
If there is not enough room you can drill through your joists and string them through that way.
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Unfortunately we do not have any other colour options at the moment. However send us an email and let us know what colour you'd be interested in! If we see enough demand we can look into adding another colour to our catalog.
We do not recommend it as the T-Bars and tiles are held in place by gravity. If they are on a slope it will prevent them from sitting flat.
Yes! The perimeter mouldings will take the shape of the wall for gentle curves. The J-moulds will also help hide imperfections to a degree.
You may need to cut the tiles and t-bars to suit the angles, but both of those are simple steps.