Industry Shanker Industries, Inc. has been manufacturing authentic decorative
metal walls and ceilings since 1896 using sand cased steel dies from
original woodcarvings. Our Mammoth power presses allows us to deliver
the highest quality and consistent stampings with every- piece we manufacture.
Primary markets include restaurants,
bars, cafes, nightclubs, renovation, restoration, new home construction,
remodeling centers. DIY chains and lumberyards. Panels are also available
in perforated for enhanced acoustical value. This has opened up doors
to new markets such as hotels, conference centers, offices and other
interiors where acoustics are an important consideration. Our cornice
moldings are appropriate in any environment, and offer a permanent decorative
accent. If existing walls are cracked and peeling our decorative steel
panels will hide a multitude of irregularities. The tiles also make
for great backsplash's, especially in Brass, Copper and Stainless steel.
Our ceilings can be seen in the TGI
Friday's restaurants, Bojangles, Swensen, Ruby Tuesdays, Ted's Montana
Grill, Outback Steak House, and many other restaurant chains. In addition
retail outlets such as Ann Taylor Loft, Wet Seal, Contempo Casual and
Polo Jeans. We recently supplied ceilings for the new Hard Rock Cafe
in Tokyo, and have representatives in the British Isles and Europe.
Metal Ceilings Metal ceilings were introduced in the early 1860's, as a way
for middle class homeowners to replicate the look of expensive hand-carved
plaster work at a fraction of the cost. They increased in popularity
through the turn of the century for use on the walls and ceilings of
taverns, food establishments, grocery chains and other buildings because
of their fire resistance, as well as resistance to mildew, moisture
Many times referred to as "tin ceilings"
the panels were never actually made from tin. Some companies used tin
plated steel, but eventually found this costly and unnecessary as most
people painted over them anyway.
Many ceilings originally installed
one hundred years ago, are still in good repair today. While disappearing
briefly during World War II, metal ceilings have regained their popularity,
as people continue to recapture our country's architectural heritage.
Metal ceilings are truly a part of Americana.
Installation Originally, metal ceilings were
only installed by nailing to ceilings and walls using furring strips.
Complete nail up installation instructions are available upon request
covering both ceilings and cornices. Nail up installation should be
considered for the most authentic effect.
Although any nails can be used to fasten
the panels, we recommend our cone head nails, available in steel, brass,
white and copper, as they give the ceiling a more finished, authentic
Shanker Industries now trims all patterns
for standard 2' X 2' and 2' X 4' grid systems. We can cut to metric
dimensions as well as English Standard.
When used in a grid system, we recommend
backing the panels with 5/8" sheetrock or comparable material both
to ensure proper fit in the grid and to meet local building codes. If
a backer is not used, some other means is required to secure panels
to the grid to prevent movement caused by air distribution.
For optimum effect, consider the use
of the new, narrower 9/16" grid systems now being offered by manufacturers
such as Chicago Metallic Corp. These blend into the design more readily,
although any grid can be used.
For retrofitting an existing acoustical grid, installation
is easy. Simply insert our metal panel between existing tile and grid.
Paint over both the grid and panels using oil-based paint, and you will
have a ceiling that should last two lifetimes or more.