Stretch ceiling is a thin, but at the same time very durable fabric or film, stretched over a specially prepared frame. Ideally, the structure is as perfectly flat as a regular hard ceiling. Stretch ceilings can be seamless or fabric. Sutures are PVC films, such designs are also called French stretch ceilings. The fact is that they first appeared in this country.
Stretch ceilings still stand out among the many materials and coatings. However, not everyone is in a hurry to use this successful material, and numerous myths are to blame for this.
Stretch ceilings contain harmful substances, so their presence in the room is dangerous to health. When creating such a structure, a polyvinyl chloride film is used, with a thickness of 0.15 to 0.25 mm. By itself, such material does not contain dangerous impurities and is not capable of causing allergies. It should also be borne in mind that such a ceiling is not subject to electrification. This means that dust and microscopic mites living in it will not stick to it. Another advantage of stretch ceilings is their immunity to odors and moisture. After installing such a structure, you can forget about the mane. After all, the film does not accumulate nutrients for the growth of bacteria. If there are fears that a fungus will begin to multiply under the film, which is considered the main disadvantage of stretch ceilings, then before installing the structure, it must be pre-treated with copper sulfate. This will prevent fungi from multiplying.
Stretch ceilings are unreliable, they can be damaged even by a champagne cork. In addition, over time, they will sag. This opinion has nothing to do with reality. A stretch ceiling is a canvas made of a very durable polymer, taking into account the specific dimensions of the room. Moreover, the material is so strong that its area of 1 square meter can withstand a weight of up to 100 kilograms. Thanks to the stretch ceiling, flooding from the neighbors from above becomes not terrible. What can we say about a champagne cork that accidentally flew up. Nothing will come from it to the stretched ceiling. It should be borne in mind that the stretch ceiling is made individually for each room, taking into account its exact dimensions. Before fixing the stretch ceiling canvas in a baguette or a special profile fixed around the perimeter of the room, heat guns bring the temperature in the room to 60-70 degrees. Due to these conditions, the material becomes very flexible and can be stretched. In this state, he is brought into a baguette. When the canvas cools down, it begins to narrow, which leads to its tension, like a string. Such a ceiling simply cannot sag under normal conditions.
Stretch ceilings cannot be installed in children's rooms. In fact, everything is exactly the opposite. After all, stretch ceilings in children's rooms are a great opportunity to create a really interesting design. An unusual picture can be placed on the fabric, which will make the personal space of the baby fascinating, bright and unique. Opponents of installing stretch ceilings in the nursery explain their point of view by the fact that the material used is supposedly fragile and harmful to health. But these myths have already been debunked above. On the contrary, PVC materials used in the production do not accumulate dust, and therefore mites that are dangerous for a child. And the strength of such ceilings is sufficient to withstand the hit of a ball or other toys of a restless kid.
Over time, the ceiling will lose its color and fade. It is logical to assume that under the influence of sunlight, or more precisely, ultraviolet light, paints will fade over time. But that is why any well-known manufacturer of stretch ceilings adds a special substance to the front layer of their canvases - an ultraviolet stabilizer. Such an additive is quite expensive and in many ways it is it that determines the high cost of the price of the canvas. But thanks to her, the canvases do not react to sunlight and do not change their shade under the influence of time. Even in the guarantee for ceilings, they write not only about the quality of the welds, but also about the invariability of the color of the canvas. But if you try to save money and choose a cheap option, then it is very likely that the ceiling will someday fade. But this is also not the worst option - the surface can generally acquire a strange and clearly unexpected shade.
Stretch ceiling can only be straight and one-level. Such a statement has long been no longer true. The fact is that modern ceiling systems allow you to create multi-level stretch ceilings of various shapes. It can be a wave, a sphere, or a dome. Just think about whether such a form will be appropriate for this room? Is it even possible to fulfill all the wishes of the customer on such an area? That is why sometimes the help of an interior designer will be useful to help determine the ideal ceiling design, taking into account the style in which the room is designed.
Stretch ceilings look cheap. Such a myth appeared along with the appearance of this design. And its occurrence is easy to explain. The fact is that in those days the choice of material was very limited. There were only two options on the Internet - matte gray and glossy white. Yes, they are still in demand in interiors today, but there is already plenty to choose from to create stylish rooms.
Stretch ceilings are very expensive. In pursuit of a flat ceiling, commonplace plaster is left far behind. Today new technologies and materials rule the ball. The main competitor for stretch ceilings is drywall. But even he, for all its cheapness, will cost 10-20% more. So stretch ceilings should be considered a fairly cheap solution.
Stretch ceilings condense moisture, as a result of which stains appear on them in the bathroom. What is steam? This is distilled water, which is free of any impurities or salts. This means that when it dries on the ceilings, no traces can appear and cannot.
Stretch ceilings smell unpleasant. Many are afraid to install such structures in the same children's rooms because of the unpleasant smell. However, it is present only for the first few days after installation and then disappears. Likewise, for a while, there is a smell in the room after gluing vinyl wallpaper. But nobody is afraid to use them. Meanwhile, for such wallpapers and for stretch ceilings, the same material is used - PVC.
Stretch ceilings have poor sound insulation. For those who are concerned about good sound insulation, there are special stretch ceiling options. They know how to damp sound vibrations.
Stretch ceilings have a noticeable seam. There is no escape from the presence of a seam on some structures. But in practice, this will be the thinnest thread that will not attract attention. But with its help, if desired, it will be possible to successfully divide the ceiling into numerous sections.
On a stretch ceiling, the seam is the weakest point. Some not only are afraid of the appearance of the seam, but also believe that it is here that the ceiling can fall apart. Only now, as a result of soldering the canvases, a very strong seam is obtained. This operation is carried out using a high frequency current on special machines. The best manufacturers give a 10-year guarantee for the safety of the stretch ceiling welds.
A plastic plug is placed around the perimeter of the ceiling, which spoils the aesthetic appearance. There are several ways to attach stretch ceilings. A slotless mounting system can be used. Plastic plugs are not used in it, which means that the appearance will be much more aesthetic.
Stretch ceilings are not durable. Although manufacturers indicate the lifespan of such surfaces at 10-12 years, the typical lifespan can still reach 20 or 30 years. So stretch ceilings are durable materials.
It is better to use fabric ceilings that are more environmentally friendly. In fact, in this matter, both the fabric and the PVC version are completely equivalent and are allowed for use in residential premises. The properties of PVC and the danger have already been mentioned above. The fabric ceiling is a polyester fabric impregnated with polyurethane. So there is no need to talk about naturalness, which is emphasized by unscrupulous sellers. And how can there be breathable and environmentally friendly waterproof fabric impregnated with polyurethane. Based on the composition of the fabric ceilings and their characteristics, we can safely say that they are clearly not made of cotton.
Seamless stretch ceilings are 15 times stronger than film ceilings. To make a correct comparison, you need to know the exact tensile strength and elongation at break for PVC and fabric. The question is why this strength is being evaluated. Usually it is operated to assess the ability of the ceiling to protect us from the flood from above. Although fabric ceilings are quite durable, the fabric does not differ in elasticity. As a result, with a large accumulation of water, the ceiling will not break, but will simply be torn out of the fastening profile. The water will be in the room, but the re-installation of the fabric ceiling will no longer be possible. But the PVC ceiling behaves differently. The film is not only durable but also very flexible. As a result, under the influence of a large mass of water, it will sag like a large bubble. But all the water will remain above the ceiling.
When installing a stretch ceiling, the room heats up with a heat gun, which will lead to a thermal shock to furniture and everything that could not be endured. First of all, it should be noted that fabric ceilings are generally installed without the use of heat guns. A piece of the desired size is simply cut from the canvas in a wide roll, and then it is cut out in the room itself, taking into account the projections and corners. It remains only to tuck the ceiling into the mounting baguette. But in the case of PVC, heating is really done. Only not the entire room, but the ceiling itself. So, furniture, doors, frames or laminate will not experience any heat shock. But it will still be better to remove the plants from the room, since they may not like the temperature difference.