Video: How To Install A Stretch Ceiling
Before you start installing the stretch ceiling, you need to attach the baguette to the walls of the room. First, it is glued, and then you can additionally attach it with screws or dowels. When the screw hits the edge of the profile, you need to make a small indent of 1 cm, and the total distance between the screws should be around 8 cm. So, we get a fastening profile that can withstand the weight of the stretch ceiling. Before installing the baguette, professionals need to determine the lowest corner, since it is at this level that the baguette will be attached. In this case, any horizontal deviations should not be more than 2 mm.
After fixing the baguette, you need to prepare the room for installation. With the help of a heat gun, the temperature is adjusted to 40 degrees, while everything that can not withstand such a temperature is better to be taken to another room, or covered with a special film. You need to know that the stretch ceiling should be installed at the end of the repair process, since you need the ability to adhere to such a temperature regime.
If you want to install a stretch ceiling and PVC, then you need to heat it up to 60 degrees, because at this temperature, the film becomes elastic, which can significantly ease its tension. First of all, the stretch ceiling must be fixed in one of the corners, regardless of the mounting method. Then we fix the opposite corner on the diagonal, we also make the second diagonal. Then we drive the canvas with an interval of 8 cm into a baguette along the entire perimeter of the mill. The next step will be, with the help of a special spatula, to drive the free edges of the canvas in straight sections into the baguette, and make the final tension.
If you install a stretch ceiling using a cam or wedge method, the excess film that protrudes is cut off, and in places where folds have formed, they are warmed up with a construction hairdryer for alignment. After a certain time, when the temperature becomes stable (20-25 degrees), the film will have the required tension. Sagging can occur in 2-4 cm, in the event that the dimensions of the room are very large (more than meters in length or width) and it is quite acceptable.
If you decide to install a stretch ceiling made of fabric, then its difference with other ceilings is that the room does not need to be heated at all.
A noticeable advantage when installing a stretch ceiling is that the field of installation of the ceiling does not leave dirt and construction debris, as well as quick work.
You need to know that when installing stretch ceilings, there are certain nuances that relate to the installation and use of additional light sources. Firstly, there are certain restrictions on the power of the lamps used. Halogen lamps should have a power of no more than 35 W, and ordinary lamps - no more than 50 W, since the canvas on the ceiling will stretch and may sag from the generated heat. There are some options for installing lighting, but they all suggest lowering the ceiling level by a few centimeters.
Lamps can be installed between the plane of the stretch and main ceilings. In this case, a translucent film is used, and the lamps must be installed at a distance of more than 2 mm from the canvas, as a result, diffused lighting is obtained.
When installing additional lighting, a slot is made in the ceiling canvas, and a special ring is glued into it to isolate from high temperatures. If a chandelier or other lamps are installed that are significantly below the plane of the ceiling, you also need to paste over the slot with such a ring. This method can prevent the ceiling from tearing in this place, and also an attachment is obtained that prevents sagging. Naturally, all wiring must be done prior to installing the ceiling.
Of course, stretch ceilings perform the functions of not only beauty, but also practicality in use. Since they cover all pipes and wires passing under the ceiling, the material will last a long time and also very easy to maintain. It is also waterproof and can withstand heavy loads, which can protect you from flooding.
With all this, the disadvantage of such ceilings is their high price compared to suspended ceilings. Installation of such a ceiling, without lighting, will cost you 35 cu / m2. But if you calculate that the amount that will cost you to repair an ordinary ceiling for the entire life of a stretch ceiling, it turns out that its installation is quite justified. Draft of the house also does not have a negative impact, and does not give any changes, while other ceilings are bursting at the seams.
In European countries, stretch ceilings have gained their popularity, even medical institutions install them, since fabrics are made and have bactericidal properties. And the demand for such ceilings is constantly growing, and maybe someday it will be installed in your apartment.