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CEILING PANELS MADE OF WET OR DRY FELTED WOOD FIBER WITH A DECORATIVE SURFACE ON THE EXPOSED SURFACE THEREOF ARE INSTALLED BY STAPLING THE CEILING PANELS TO CEILING SUPPORT MEMBERS AT SPACED INTERVALS ALONG GROOVES ROUTED AT INTERVALS IN THE PANELS CORRESPONDING TO THE SPACING OF THE CEILING SUPPORT MEMBERS, AND ALONG THE LENGTHWISE EDGES OF THE PANELS. TO MASK THE STAPLES, GROOVES AND JOINTS BETWEEN THE PANELS AND ELONGATED RESILIENT PLASTIC STRIP HAVING PROTRUSIONS THEREON ADAPTED TO GRPI THE SIDES OF THE GROOVES ARE INSERTED INTO THE GROOVE. THE PLASTIC STRIP LAYS FLUSH WITH THE EXPOSED FACE OF THE CEILING PANEL GIVING THE OVERALL CEILING AN AESTHETICALLY APPEALING APPEARANCE.

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P 20, 1971 E. G. LALOUCHE 3,605,368

CEILING SYSTEM WITH MASKING STRIPS AT PANEL JOINTS Filed Sept. 22. 1969 mm z P2 ?4 /4o 2 2 I2 20 I4 1F 11 Z A ELIE ejizflzr is 0 m @QMW ATTORNEYS United States Patent Cl. 52-460 2 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE Ceiling panels made of wet or dry felted wood fiber with a decorative surface on the exposed surface thereof are installed by stapling the ceiling panels to ceiling support members at spaced intervals along grooves routed at intervals in the panels corresponding to the spacing of the ceiling support members, and along the lengthwise edges of the panels. To mask the staples, grooves and joints between the panels an elongated resilient plastic strip having protrusions thereon adapted to grip the sides of the grooves are inserted into the groove. The plastic strip lays flush with the exposed face of the ceiling panel giving the overall ceiling an aesthetically appealing appearance.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Field of the invention This invention relates to a ceiling system and method for installing a ceiling.

PRIOR ART RELATING TO THE DISCLOSURE Ceilings consisting of ceiling panels made of pressed wood fiber stapled to ceiling support members have been extensively used in the mobile home industry and in some areas of domestic housing and commercial buildings. Such ceilings can be quickly installed with a minimum amount of labor. To render the ceiling installation aesthetically appealing various ways have been devised to mask thestaples used to support the ceiling panels in place against the ceiling support members and to mask the joints between two or more ceiling panels. Baflle boards tacked over the joints and/or staples have been used as well as elongated plastic strips which are slid into grooved tracks in the ceiling panels from one end of the panel. Baille boards protrude from the surface of the ceiling giving an undesired appearance. Plastic strips of the type described are difiicult and time consuming to install for they must be slid into a groove in the ceiling panel from one end of the ceiling panel.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to a ceiling system wherein ceiling panels are stapled to ceiling supportmembers in routed out portions of a ceiling panel along the lengthwise edges of the panel and at spaced intervals between the ends of the panel parallel to the ceiling support members. Elongated extruded strips of resilient plastic material are pressed into the grooves to mask the staples and the joints between the ceiling panels. The plastic strip is adapted to lay flush with-the exposed surface of the ceiling. Gripping members running the length of and protruding from the body of the plastic strip hold the strip in place in the grooves. The plastic strips are easily and quickly inserted with a minimum of effort and can be easily removed if desired.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a partial perspective view of a section of two ceiling panels secured to a ceiling support member by a staple, the joint and the staple being masked with a plastic strip inserted into a'slot along the edges of the panels;

3,605,368 Patented Sept. 20, 1971 FIG. 2 is a sectional View of a ceiling installation as shown in FIG. 1 illustrating placement of the ceiling panel relative to the ceiling support members;

FIG. 3 is a partial perspective view of a section of two ceiling panels secured to a ceiling support member by a staple, the staple and joint masked with a plastic strip inserted into a slot in the ceiling panels, the plastic strip being of an alternate design relative to that of FIG. 1; and

FIG. 4 is a sectional view of ceiling panels secured to ceiling support members.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION The use of ceiling panels made from comminuted wood or other materials has been extensive in the mobile home industry. Ceiling panels used in mobile homes are usually eight feet in width and vary in length up to fourteen feet. Ceiling panels of this type have their exposed faces embossed or otherwise coated with a decorative coating to give a pleasing finished appearance. Ceiling panels of this type have conventionally been installed by stapling them to ceiling support members spaced parallel to each other at regularly spaced intervals such as 12, 16 or 24 inches. In order to give the overall ceiling a pleasing appearance, however, staples used to hold the ceiling panels in place must be masked in some manner. Also, joints between two or more panels must be masked to give the appearance of a continuous ceiling with no breaks therein.

According to this invention the ceiling panels have grooves routed in the panels along the lengthwise edges thereof as well as at spaced intervals between the lengthwise edges of the panel corresponding to the spacing of the ceiling support members to which the ceiling panels are to be secured. For example if the ceiling support members are spaced apart on 12 inch centers the grooves in the ceiling panels are spaced apart the same distance.

Referring to the drawings reference numeral 10 indicates a ceiling support member to which ceiling panels 12 are secured by staples 16. Staples 16 are inserted at regular intervals along the length of the ceiling panels in grooves 14 to hold the ceiling panels in place. Grooves or kerfs 14 are routed out along the lengthwise edges of the ceiling panels. As shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 the groove 14 has a deeper groove on each side thereof connected by a shallow groove. Along the edges of the panel a portion of a groove is formed and adapted to correspond to the groove along the adjacent edge of an adjoining panel. In FIGS. 3 and 4 the routed out area is substantially rectang'ular in shape.

To mask the joints between the respective ceiling panels and to mask the staples holding the ceiling panels in place against ceiling members 10 elongated resilient plastic strips 18 are used. These strips have a configuration adapted to fit over the routed out areas in the ceiling panel and to grip the sides of the routed out areas so that they will remain in place once pressed into position. The elongated plastic strips can be easily pressed into place and can be removed if resired. Unlike prior ceiling systems which utilized plastic strips which had to be slid in from one end thereof the plastic strip of this invention can be directly applied over the rounted out areas in the ceiling panels. The strips may be made of any suitable plastic material such as polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene, styrene etc. Each plastic strip includes a flat body portion 18 slightly wider than the width of the routed out areas adapted to lay substantially flush with the exposed surface of the ceiling panels once the plastic strips are pressed in place. Protrusions near the lengthwise edges of the strips extend lengthwise, the protrusions having barbs on their ends adapted to contact the walls of the routed out areas of the ceiling panels to hold the plastic strip in place. FIG. 1 and FIG. 3 show the plastic strips prior to insertion into the grooves and after insertion. The plastic strips have a body about 0.035 inch thick with protrusions near the ends thereof approximately 0.025 inch thick. The protrusions with their barbed ends are placed at an angle relative to the body of the plastic strip such that the plastic strip is sprung into place in the routed out areas of the ceiling panels.

To install a ceiling utilizing the above system the ceiling panels, for example those 8 feet in width and 14 feet long are stapled to ceiling support members running parallel to the lengthwise direction of the ceiling panels. The staples are inserted through the ceiling panels into the ceiling support members at spaced intervals in the routed out areas running parallel to the length direction of the ceiling panels and corresponding to the spacing of the ceiling support members. If two or more ceiling panels are used the panels are butted against one another along their lengthwise edges and stapled into place against a common support member. Once the staples are in place a plastic strip of the configuration shown in FIGS. 1 or 3 is pressed into place in the grooves. The strips lay substantially flush with the exposed surface of the ceiling thus giving the overall ceiling a finished appearance that is aesthetically appealing.

The embodiments of the invention in which an exclusive property or privilege is claimed are defined as follows:

1. A ceiling system utilizing a plurality of abutting ceiling panels with the joints between the panels and grooves therein masked so as to present the appearance of a continuous ceiling with no breaks therein, comprising:

ceiling support members at spaced intervals,

a plurality of adjoining substantially coplanar ceiling panels with a decorative surface on the exposed lower face thereof having routed out portions along the outer sides thereof at the adjoining edges and at intervals between the edges corresponding to the spacing of the ceiling support members, the routed out portions being in the shape of U-shaped recesses 4 in the panels to receive strips of resilient plastic material,

means at spaced intervals inserted through the routed out areas of the ceiling panels into the ceiling support members to secure and hold the panels to the ceiling support members, and elongated strips of resilient plastic material covering and masking the routed out areas in the ceiling panels, the strips having a substantially planar body with a thickness less than the depth of the routed out areas and a width slightly greater than the width of the routed out areas, the outer edges of the strips being feathered so that the strips, when inserted in place, lay flush with and overlap the edges of the routed out areas thereby giving the appearance of a continuous ceiling with no breaks therein, the strips further including a pair of integral protrusions spaced inwardly from the feathered edges of the strip and extending upward from the upper surface of the planar body parallel to the length dimension thereof,

the protrusions having barbs on their upper ends adapted to contact and grip the side walls of the routed out areas in the ceiling panels to secure and hold the strips in place.

2. The ceiling system of claim 1 wherein the width of the legs of the U-shaped recesses in the panels is less than the width of the barbs on the upper ends of the protrusions.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 646,494 4/1900 Jager 52-47OX 2,339,865 1/1944 Larmour 52-471X 3,085,301 4/1963 Nuorivaara 52-471X 3,103,710 9/1963 Fredericksen 52470X 3,393,484 7/1968 Dunnington 52287 PRICE C. FAW, JR., Primary Examiner US. Cl. X.R. 52-47l

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US4067155A (en) * 1975-08-28 1978-01-10 Grefco, Inc. Sealing system
US4228629A (en) * 1978-05-26 1980-10-21 Alcan Aluminum Corporation Vertical siding system
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US5307597A (en) * 1992-11-13 1994-05-03 Ykk Corporation Water deflector
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