Between March and August 2020, 61 percent of US homeowners had done a home improvement project. Are you looking to improve your living space or plan your dream home?
One element of your home design you shouldn’t overlook is your ceilings. The ceiling is the “fifth wall” in any room and deserves the same attention as the walls and floor. The right ceiling can create a visual impact that improves the aesthetics of your home.
Faux wood ceiling planks are an increasingly popular choice for adding affordable luxury to your living space. Faux wood tongue and groove planks from Diamond Resin Products are beautiful, durable, and easy to install.
Find out more about how T&G faux wood planks can transform your home and why you’ll get the best ceiling planks from Diamond Resin Products.
How Do Tongue and Groove Ceiling Planks Work?
The planks in a tongue and groove system have a part that sticks out (the tongue) and a concave part (the groove). All four sides of each board have tongues or grooves. The tongue of one board fits into the groove of the adjoining board.
T&G faux wood planks have tight seams. They need only a small amount of nailing or gluing to hold them together.
You can install T&G boards over bare framing, drywall, or plaster. They’re a good way to cover an unsightly ceiling.
You can also use faux wood planks for exterior applications. They’re made of a two-part resin, so they don’t absorb moisture.
V-Groove vs. Nickel Gap
You have a choice of two styles of groove for your faux wood planks: V-groove and nickel gap. Both types use a tongue and groove locking system. They differ in their appearance after installation.
As the name suggests, V-groove panels create a “V” shape between the boards when they lock together. They create clean lines and add a softer, historic feel to the room.
V-groove paneling makes an understated ceiling finish. It’s especially well-suited to older or colonial-style homes.
Nickel gap paneling gets its name from the space between the planks. Traditionally this gap was the width of a nickel.
Because of this separation, nickel gap has strong lines and a clear contrast between planks. It has a more dynamic feel than V-groove paneling.
Nickel gap is a good choice for vaulted ceilings. It can add depth and contrast in a smaller space. Using it on the ceiling helps make a room look larger.
Other Style Options
Diamond Resin Products faux wood planks come in several textures and colors. You also have a choice of width for the planks.
You can choose from three textures for your T&G planks:
- Select cypress
- Pecky cypress
Hand-hewn planks have the look of an earlier historical era. Hand-hewing was the process of making a round log into square boards. Tools like axes, adzes, and hatchets left distinctive markings in the wood.
Bald cypress is a softwood that is native to the southeastern US. It grows in parts of the Mississippi Valley, along the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida, and up the Atlantic coast as far as Delaware. Cypress has tighter growth rings than some other woods, like pine.
Select cypress has relatively few knots. The knots that appear are smaller than other types of cypress planks.
Pecky cypress has long, narrow, dark holes that result from fungi attacking the tree. Natural pecky cypress is very rare and for this reason quite expensive. You can get the distinctive look of pecky cypress with faux wood planks.
Diamond Resin Products faux wood T&G planks come in six colors:
- Weathered gray
In general, a ceiling that is a darker color than the walls will seem lower. If the ceiling is a lighter color than the walls, it will usually feel higher.
A ceiling in a darker color doesn’t necessarily mean that the room will feel small and claustrophobic, though. A darker ceiling can create a more intimate, cozy feeling.
Width and Length
You can choose ceiling planks in widths of 4 inches, 6 inches, or 8 inches. Wood ceilings traditionally had thin planks, but now you have the option of wider planks if you prefer.
If the room has wall paneling, use a similar width for the ceiling. Many people prefer narrower planks for a smaller room and wider planks for a larger room. Wider planks create fewer seams.
Diamond Resin Products faux wood T&G planks come in 10-foot sections. You can cut them to size if needed.
Installing tongue and groove planks is a simple process. You don’t need to clamp, glue or nail through the face of each board like you would with traditional planks.
T&G planks snap together and form a secure attachment with very little face nailing. Start the installation in one corner of the ceiling with a board that you’ve sawn the groove end off of. Set the flat edge of the board in the corner and nail it into place through the face.
Align another trimmed board on the end of the first one, tap the tongue and groove together, and nail it into place. Once the first row is finished, you can start the second row by laying its first board and tapping it to secure the tongue and groove. Nail through the corner of the tongue into the ceiling.
Continue this way until you finish the ceiling by nailing the last board through the face. Depending on the amount of ceiling surface you want to cover with faux wood T&G planks, you can probably complete the project yourself in a weekend.
Why Choose Diamond Resin Products Faux Wood T&G Ceiling Planks?
Diamond Resin Products is one of the largest manufacturers of polyurethane resin ceiling planks in the US. You’ll see our products in custom homes, planned communities, and commercial projects.
We manufacture our faux wood tongue and groove ceiling planks at our Florida facility. We make your order to your specifications, including custom measurements and color matching.
Check out our selection of T&G planks and start planning your next project.