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STRETCH CEILINGS


For over 40 years, BARRISOL®, have been one of the world’s leading suppliers of stretch ceilings


A Stretched Solution For Any Situation


THANKS TO THEIR UNIQUE CONSTRUCTION AND PROPERTIES THAT MAKE THEM IDEAL FOR HARSH POOL ENVIRONMENTS, STRETCH CEILING SYSTEMS ARE NOW VERY MUCH IN DEMAND FOR BOTH COMMERCIAL, AND INCREASINGLY DOMESTIC POOLS ACROSS THE UK. THE MAINTENANCE FREE AND IMPERMEABLE MATERIALS USED IN A WIDE RANGE OF OPTIONS MEAN THESE SYSTEMS PROVIDE A BARRIER AGAINST MOISTURE, CHLORINE AND OTHER CORROSIVE ELEMENTS. THEY ALSO ADD INSULATION, ALLOW FLEXIBLE LIGHTING OPTIONS AND MORE!


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hether it be in a swimming pool hall or anywhere else for that matter, appearances matter and stretch ceilings provide a superb


clean finish which will hide and protect the pipes and ducts required within a swimming pool environment and cover up uneven ceilings and access apertures, providing a smooth, smart, professional appearance. These ceilings are no longer ‘plain, white covers’ but can now be a multitude of colours interspersed with a wide selection of lighting choices. So what exactly is meant by a stretch ceiling? Creative Ceilings clarify by saying: “A stretch ceiling in its basic form is a decorative and functional suspended ceiling, the ceiling is stretched and secured to the perimeter of a room or space only, there are no intermediate supports and the areas that it can span can be as large as 80m2


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joining track needs to be fitted. “There are many colours and finishes available to enhance the beauty of your room.


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The stretch ceiling can be installed to form waves and curves to add that really distinct individual designer look, and lighting and air conditioning fittings can be fitted in the same way.” Type the words ‘Stretch Ceilings’ into Google and you are swamped with companies offering stretch ceiling systems with various claims. However, what are the real differences between the companies? According to Creative Ceilings (UK) Ltd, the true fact of the matter is very little in terms of the membrane, providing the company offers CE certification, the membrane originates from within the European Union and complies with NF EN 14716 standard (Stretch Ceilings – Requirements and Test Methods). The main product difference is the track system that each company uses to secure the membrane in place, and the harpoon/anchor system that is attached to the membrane to facilitate the installation and lock the membrane into the track system.


So the choice then comes down to the installation company. Broadly speaking there are three types, those that concentrate solely on stretch ceilings, those that offer stretch ceilings as part of other services, and those that offer stretch ceilings, but then sub the installation work out to one of the other companies.


So with that in mind, we take a closer look at the solutions available and the companies that are providing them.


MODULAR CEILINGS – MADE IN THE UK


Modular Ceilings Ltd were the first company in Britain not only to install but also to manufacture stretched ceilings and they operate at the cutting edge of stretched ceiling technology. Before they started manufacturing for themselves, they were constrained by how far their foreign suppliers were willing to develop the product and adapt to the needs of their clients – an


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