- What is a stretched ceiling?
- What are the benefits of the stretch ceiling?
- What are the disadvantages of the stretched ceiling?
Do you ever hear about stretch ceilings and want to know more about it? We deliver the main advantages and disadvantages of this type of false ceiling.
What is a stretched ceiling?
To fix a stretch ceiling, rails are placed against the walls at the desired ceiling height. Then we tend a thermo-stretchy canvas (also called velum) PVC using heat to fix it to the rails. There is also a technique of setting up cold, with a polyester fabric.
What are the benefits of the stretch ceiling?
The stretch ceiling allows you to beautify your home: this type of false ceiling offers a lot of choice of textures, patterns, colors... You can order a plain stretched ceiling, or printed. You can incorporate lighting fixtures, or even think of setting up a bright stretch ceiling. You can opt for a right ceiling, or for a ceiling stretched in 3D, in relief... The possibilities of creation are infinite.
On the other hand, the stretched ceiling can elegantly hide the persistent traces due to a moisture problem on your original ceiling.
The stretched ceiling is also a very good thermal and sound insulation. Some micro-perforated stretch ceilings are designed specifically to address this problem.
What are the disadvantages of the stretched ceiling?
It is not advisable to put your ceiling stretched yourself. Editing requires a technicality that is mastered by many professionals for optimal results.
The price of the stretch ceiling is high: count 50 to 70 € / m2 at least. Depending on the options selected, the price may increase (relief, spotlights, number of angles in the room...).
Some stretch ceilings are over 20 years old, but others are turning yellow over time. The stretched ceiling can tear quite easily.
Finally, PVC is not biodegradable and can emit VOCs, harmful to health. But the polyester ceiling offers you less choice of colors than the PVC version.