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STRETCH CEILINGS


A reflective black arched ceiling with fibre optics FROM Modula Stretch Ceilings Ltd, creates a stunning effect and a sensation of space


Stretched Solutions For Ceilings


STRETCH CEILING SYSTEMS ARE NOW VERY MUCH IN DEMAND THANKS TO THEIR UNIQUE CONSTRUCTION AND PROPERTIES THAT MAKE THEM IDEAL FOR THE SOMETIMES HARSH ENVIRONMENT ASSOCIATED WITH SWIMMING POOLS. THE MAINTENANCE FREE AND IMPERMEABLE MATERIALS ALSO PROVIDE A NUMBER OF BENEFITS AND WE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THESE FLEXIBLE AND SECURE VAPOUR BARRIERS


By Andrea Hartshorne C


ommercial operators who in the past have faced large renovation bills for deteriorating structures have been quick to seek out and adopt stretch ceiling systems, but for domestic pools, their use is gathering pace. For those unfamiliar with them, a stretch ceiling is a suspended ceiling system consisting of two basic components – a perimeter track (which can be aluminium) and a thin, lightweight, fabric membrane which stretches and clips into the track thus providing a clean, smart cover over the existing building’s ceiling. As a nation we are extremely fortunate to have some exceptional suppliers and manufacturers in the UK and Europe who can be called upon to offer guidance and advice should something extra special be needed.


The beauty of a stretch ceiling is the versatility and wide variety of options available. The possibilities really are endless,


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whether they incorporate lights, speakers or that the membrane is painted, this means that customers can have a truly unique installation that really finishes off a pool room or hall. Since its invention in Europe as an interior enhancement technology, its development and adaptability has advanced enormously, quite literally to cover almost all possibilities and desires.


Whilst perfectly suited to the environment of a swimming pool due to the moisture barrier properties, as the membranes and their different finishes are fire tested, (please refer to the manufacturers’ specifications for the complete fire rating of each particular system), stretch ceilings are also perfect for all other rooms and spaces too. Should the installation of a sprinkler systems be required, that can easily be accommodated within the membrane without the loss of its waterproof properties. Capable of


withstanding extremes of temperature from minus 40°C to plus 50°C means that the material is perfectly suited to many different application types.


If preferred, just sections of the ceiling can be covered with a membrane rather than the ceiling as a whole. This creates a completely different effect by breaking up large spaces with undulating curves and shapes. Different colours or effects could be used and on each section a picture can be built up providing a dramatic result. Add lighting or speakers to the mix and you’ll have a stunning outcome. The system is designed so that sections can be easily removed to allow trades to have access to the pipe work or roof space above the ceiling too. There really are no limits when it comes to the diversity of stretch ceiling installations. From small steam rooms to leisure centre pools, the list goes on and the popularity of the durable stretch ceiling grows.


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