Pros and Cons of Stretch Ceiling (Part 1)
Modern stretch ceilings represent a dropped ceiling system consisting of a PVC film or non-PVC (polyester) fabric, which stretches and clips into a special plastic or aluminum track installed on a primary (structural) ceiling or walls.
Today the market of building materials offers dozens of ceiling material options and figuring out, which one is better is not so simple. That’s why we decided to collect all tips regarding stretch ceilings from professional interior designers, who know all their advantages and drawbacks from daily work and practice.
Advantages of stretch ceilings
The main benefit of a stretched ceiling is its simple installation. The process is quite quick and easy. At first constructors install a perimeter track and then stretch the PVC film on it. To stretch the film it has to be primarily heated up to 70 degrees Celsius by a special fan heater. As for polyester (non-PVC) ceilings, no heating is required and the fabric is stretched straight on the rails.
On average stretched ceiling takes about 6 hours to install in a room with an area of 20 square meters. Thereby you don’t need any additional building materials or tools. And what is also important, there is minimum dirt in the process of installation.
Stretch ceilings are irreplaceable when you need to renovate the room as soon as possible. Even if your structural ceiling is uneven or features visible joints or cracks between slabs, a stretched ceiling will look ideally even and seamless. Besides, stretch ceilings are a good way to hide wires and piping, and to install built-in lighting fixtures as well.
Reliability, practicality and durability are also the strong points of stretch ceilings. Most of the manufacturers grant from 10 to 15 years of warranty for their products. Also, their surface is resistant to bacteria and fungus development.
Today there is a wide range of films and polyester textiles available – one can select an option for any interior. Stretch ceilings are quite affordable and, compared to plasterboard ceilings, offer a great choice of different shapes. Stretch ceiling constructions can be fancifully shaped or multilevel, arranged as a starry sky or multicolor.
Depending on the interior concept, one can choose a ceiling, which will expand the room visually or will create an effect of ideally even snow white surface. Thanks to modern technologies, any pattern can be digitally printed on the canvas in a very high resolution.
Stretch ceilings ideally protect interior from leaks – users claim that they just sag, collecting the water and as soon as water is removed get back to their initial shape again. But here it’s worth mentioning that it’s relevant only for PVC films. Non-PVC canvases don’t keep moisture.