Ceiling panel infill trims are chrome strips that are added to panelling to provide a bit of visual interest.
Many people like the look of a painted plaster ceiling. There are panels that can emulate this look pretty well. This type of ceiling will just fade into the background.
But others might want a more noticeable design. Panels with chrome strips fall into this category. There are two different approaches taken by manufacturers in this regard:
- provide a separate trim that slots in-between the panels
- build the chrome strip into the panel design
The infill strip with these panels is a separate item, as can be seen in the photo.
This strip in particular design clips around part of the joint. Other manufacturers make use of a wedge-shaped trim that fits in between the panels. Many are self-adhesive. These two designs hold the trim in place during ceiling panel installation. Trims that are completely loose are tricky to work with – especially when working overhead.
The trim featured in the photo sits slightly proud of the surface of the panel. There is no real advantage or disadvantage to this design but does mean the surface is not completely smooth when wiping the panels. But it is hardly a big problem.
As well as ceiling panels, infill strips can also be used on panels fitted to walls. Infill strips should not be used on walls in wet areas, such as around baths or shower cubicles, as the addition of the strip means that the joint is no longer waterproof.
You need to check with the manufacturer which panels the strips are designed to be used with. There will be a limited number of panels that are suitable in a manufacturer’s range – even if they look similar in design.
Built-In Chrome Strips
Rather than providing a separate trim, some manufacturers have built the chrome strip into the panel from the start.
Obviously, there are no loose components to deal with with this approach. And it also means that the joints are more suitable for use in wet areas. But check with the manufacturer that the panels are suitable for use in such circumstances – not all are.
The panels shown have a v-groove joint type. They emulate the look of planks with the chrome strip applied to the bottom of the groove. Other ceiling panel designs have a flush-fitting joint which makes them slightly easier to wipe over.