Pros and cons of stretch fabric ceiling
Stretch ceilings are extremely attractive, and this is due to the speed of installation, as well as the ability to do it in a finished room. Glossy canvases began to give way to matte and satin elegant finishes, gaining space under the ceiling only in hi-tech and pop-art styles. Still, doubts remain as to which material to prefer - PVC or fabric? Let's take a closer look at what good textile canvases are, what they are made of, how not to run into a fake and complement the interior with a beautiful ceiling.
Cloths of fabric, which are used to install a stretch ceiling, are made by weaving of polyester threads with further impregnation of polyurethane in order to increase the moisture-repelling properties. Polyester is a synthetic material that looks like wool and is similar to natural cotton.
Due to the production specifics, the canvases are made only in a matte version, but they are ways to imitate natural suede, chintz, or be made in 2 layers - when an embossed layer is laid on a mesh base. Such features will provide fabric ceilings with a noble and solid appearance.
The choice of decorations for paintings on the ceiling is much less, weeks for inexpensive PVC options. And yet there is room for the embodiment of design ideas.
The standard white color is still in demand for ceiling decoration, especially since manufacturers will carefully control the uniformity of the shade across the entire surface of the material.
From the point of view of the expediency of finance, the material is the most attractive, because the cost is not much higher than that of a PVC ceiling, and the mounted canvas can be repainted up to 4 times.
Despite the fact that the choice of color is limited to a couple of dozen, such ceilings are no less popular. Their price is higher than that of a snow-white canvas, but this will be compensated only by deep and even matte shades. It is also important that there are no surprises - even during the design process, the consumer will receive confidence in the tone of the ceiling covering.
This solution is suitable for those who find matte fabrics boring - in this case, you can choose textiles with soft shimmer or interspersed with sparkles.
With the right lighting, you can create unusual visual effects. In general, the price per square meter of such a ceiling will be much higher.
The use of special fabric materials for stretch ceilings makes it possible to get rid of unpleasant acoustic effects - manufacturers offer cloths with special substrates, which eliminate the appearance of an echo. These fabrics are popular for decorating recording studios and other special purpose spaces.
This kind of fabric makes it possible to create unusual combinations due to the lamps placed above the ceiling level.
But there are also "pitfalls": if the lighting starts to fail during operation, then dismantling the ceiling in order to tighten it again will not work. For this reason, the choice of lighting technology requires special attention, while focusing on the longest warranty obligations from manufacturers.
The most expensive option of all types of fabric ceilings, which make it possible to add personality to the interior. The choice is unlimited, and even the photos provided by the customer are used. The only condition is that the image must be of high quality, because textured surfaces slightly blur the clarity of the picture.
Fabric stretch ceilings, the photos of which are presented in the article, speak for themselves, but it is worth considering their advantages in more detail. The main plus is that this is the only modern material that allows you to make seamless finishing for the ceiling with a minimum reduction in wall height - with a competent geometry of the room, only 1.5 cm is needed for stretch ceilings. At the same time, tats for finishing will be much lower than for painting and plastering work. In general, the list of advantages is huge:
In general, we can say that the advantages of stretch fabric ceilings will more than compensate for their disadvantages. The main disadvantage is the inability to re-stretch the fabric.
You can't make a ceiling, after deciding that photo printing would be better, dismantle the canvas for drawing, and then put it back on. If the interior does not look finished because of the monochrome ceiling, then there are few options - new fabric or hand-painted. Another disadvantage is the following:
It should be noted that fabrics are capable of absorbing tobacco smoke, and therefore it is not worth smoking in a room with this ceiling.
Since the fabric does not stretch, it does not need to be heated ... This makes it possible to install stretch fabric ceilings in small rooms independently, without special skills.
But remember that there will always be a risk of under-tensioning the material, and you cannot dismantle it for use again. For this reason, in large and geometrically difficult rooms, craftsmen or qualified assistants cannot be dispensed with.
The installation process can be divided into the following stages:
If the room is already furnished, then interior items must be covered with a cloth or film. With a flat ceiling, it is enough to make an indent from above by 1.
5-2 cm, and then make the markings strictly according to the level. It will not be superfluous to check the integrity of the wiring in order to be completely sure that you will not have to work with an electrician for a long time. Then, around the perimeter of the ceiling, drill holes for dowels at a distance of 10 cm, apply baguettes and attach everything with self-tapping screws. The fabric roll must be unrolled and left to unfold. After 1/2 hour, you can start installing the canvas, and for convenience, fix the corners with crocodile clothespins.
You don't need to use them if there is an assistant who will hold the canvas in weight.
With a rounded spatula, it is required to set the fabric into the baguettes, starting from the smallest wall (if the room is rectangular, not square), or from two opposite ones. From the middle of the wall, it is required to move in turn to the corners of the room, securing the fabric. This is the most important stage, which requires carefulness and slowness so that the tension of the blades is uniform. After fixing the fabric with a stationery or construction knife, trim the excess so that it does not touch the canvas.
Most likely, you will not be able to do this perfectly, and therefore the last step will be gluing decorative fillets.
Please note that the sealant or glue must be selected colorless and applied only to the edge that will be fixed to the wall.
If possible, save a piece of fabric for later training in grooming techniques.
The durability of the fabric covering will directly depend on proper care of it. If there are many such canvases in the house / apartment, then it is better to buy a special vacuum cleaner.
You can use a simple one if a nozzle with a soft bristle is provided. The "nozzle" of the nozzle during cleaning should not touch the cleaning, and it is important to exclude any active pressure on the surface, as well as the effect on the fabric of cleaning abrasive compositions. Vacuuming the ceilings is required at least once every couple of months, and even more so in the living room, because the health of the residents will depend on the cleanliness of the air.
Wet cleaning will be productive, but it sometimes leaves streaks after drying, which can only get rid of by painting the ceiling as a whole. For this reason, in the case where it is important to remove a clear stain, it is worth trying to repeat the pollution on the training piece of material, and then rinse it off.
It is important to choose a rag white or one that will definitely not paint the ceiling. You should also not make circular movements, due to which changes in edema may appear. In certain cases, it will be more effective to use soft sponges with a gentle soapy solution, but in no case should aggressive detergents be used. A wet area must be blotted with a lint-free cloth, or use a hair dryer to dry, keeping it at a distance of at least 0.2 meters.
Fabric stretch ceiling, do it yourself which is easy to install, is shrouded in marketing stories that many people still believe in.
Myth # 1 - environmental friendliness of polyester material. In extremely rare cases, it is possible to buy fabric ceilings made of natural fibers or fiberglass, but this does not make sense, because the material will be treated with polymers.
Myth # 2 - another misconception is based on the statement "stretch ceilings protect the interior decoration from the effects of flooding." Yes, fabric canvases are very durable and can hold water for up to 2 days before they begin to let it through.
But fastenings will not withstand much faster, because the fabric will not stretch and will not be able to serve as a "vessel" for water. Moreover, contact with water is completely contraindicated for such ceilings, because ugly stains will certainly appear.
Myth number 3 - fabric ceilings are practical because they do not electrify and cannot become breeding grounds for mold / fungal colonies. But in reality, the material absorbs odors, collects dust and does not tolerate wet cleaning.
Some manufacturers advise to install products on the veranda and unheated loggia.
Considering the parameters of frost resistance, this is the ideal solution. But it is suitable only when a lot of condensation does not form on the ceiling beams due to temperature changes, and moisture does not leave streaks. Due to the high temperature, such ceilings should not be installed in the sauna and hammam, and due to the high humidity - in the bathroom and room with a pool.
Also, whatever the performance of the exhaust system, because of the strong absorption of aromas, fabric ceilings are not suitable for the kitchen. But on the other hand, they will perfectly decorate the dining room, bring an element of luxury to the living room and hall, and also make a cozy bedroom or children's room.
The assortment of fabrics is quite sufficient to eliminate difficulties in the implementation of different interior styles. But remember that ceiling fillets are needed in any case, and when developing styles, you need to choose not just fabric, but also other materials.
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