Recessed Ceiling Dome
Fast Arch of American takes the work out of ceiling domes. We can create domes in any size or shape - and your dome will turn out perfect every time.
A dome is simply a series of arches that rotate around a center point. Your dome can have a flat profile, ellipse profile or even a half-round profile. To get a better idea of profiles, take a look at our arches pages. Ceiling domes can be installed in just about any room - including rooms that are already finished - and you don't even have to tear down the current ceiling to do it. If your ceiling is higher than 8 feet, you can do just about anything...but we've even done shallow domes in existing 8 foot rooms.
How long does it take to put up a dome using the Fast Arch Dome Ceiling System? A 96" dome can be installed and ready to sheet-rock in about an hour! Speaking of sheet-rocking. You'll love our dome designs because we provide more support and surface area for installing the sheet goods. And our structural elements are consistent in spacing so you won't spend a lot of time fitting the sheetrock either.
Fast Arch has designed everything you need to make your ceiling dome really special...including light rings that give you a 4-8 inch overhang at the bottom of the arch. That leaves you just the right amount of space for installing a ropelight or other lighting to really show off the depth. We also can create have radius track footer and headers for your rooms, so your curves are perfectly matched and done in minutes instead of hours. The options are endless, but let's mention one more...curved soffits can extend the theme of the dome into other areas. We've got the perfect product to help you make a curved soffit, or even nested curved soffits.
We can also do interesting fluting to really get spectacular light and shadow effects. Read more about them on our Cathedral Ceiling | Specialty Ceiling page. Or compound domes, where a shallow dome suddenly becomes a deeper dome - sort of a dome within a dome. And your dome doesn't have to be round either, we do oval ceilings, barrel ceilings with half domes at the end, just about anything you can dream up, we can build for you. Take a look at our galleries on each of the dome pages to get more ideas. You'll see why we say Any Size, Any shape, Any Time!
How to Measure and Order a Ceiling Dome
Installing our Recessed Ceiling Domes
Installing a Fast Arch Recessed Ceiling Dome is quick and easy:
- Start with the circular framing. Each arch comes with detailed instruction on the number of support studs and the spacing for them. We also have a solution for creating the circular framing using a Radius Track header and footer.
- After your studs at installed, start by accurately measuring and marking the drop on each of the studs. We can supply a metal "cylinder" that will make this process quicker.
- Now install the first arch. (See the instruction for installing a Zip Arch). Be sure to press it into place and align it with the drop line. Lock it into place with two nails or screws going into the stud.
- Go to the opposite side of the dome and install the second arch in the same manner.
- The next step is to install a pair of arches that are perpendicular to the first pair.
- Now that you have the center of the arch defined, install the "Oculus." The oculus is the ring that joins all the arches in the center top of the dome. It's open so you can easily install lighting at the top of the dome (NOTE: electrical boxes and fixtures should be secured to a joist, not the arch. The arch is not designed to accomodate the weight of chandeliers or other fixtures.)
- Finish the dome by adding the remaining arches in order around the circumference.
- ALWAYS WORK FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP WHEN INSTALLING THE INDIVIDUAL ARCHS
- Electrical boxes and fixtures must be secured to a ceiling joist - not the arch.
- For easier layout of the circular studs, we have designed a radius track that can be used with wood or metal studs. The track will ensure your curves are exactly aligned and install in minutes.
- For even easier installation on wood framing, Fast Arch has designed a double-faced magnetic hammer. A 3/4" roofing nail can be driven through the arch nailing flange and into the wood with a single stroke. This tool allows even very large arches to be installed by a single person and speeds installation time. For more information on this tool and its availability, please call us.