Q. Why use a stretched ceiling?
A. Two separate reasons: Their looks and their practicality.
Q. What’s so special about their looks?
A. The quality and finish of the surface and a whole new horizon of exciting colours and shapes offer infinite design possibilities. Probably the most versatile ceilings in existence, they can appear to be simple, traditional and minimalistic or complex and futuristic depending on what our clients want.
Q. What colours are available?
A. We can get close to any RAL colour.
Q. Don’t dark colours reduce light and have a claustrophobic effect?
A. Even our dark blue or black reflective ceilings maximise available light and give an illusion of space and height.
Q. Are these ceilings available in contoured and curved shapes?
A. Very much so. As each ceiling panel consists of an ultra lightweight PVC ceiling membrane locked into a frame, the shape is determined by the number of frames, the way in which each frame is configured and how they fit together. Apart from flat or pitched ceilings, barrel vaulting, fan vaulting, domed ceilings as well as ripples or waves are all possible.
Q. What’s so practical about them?
A. Numerous reasons depending on where they are used, but a constant property is that they eliminate painting and decorating and provide protection for other surfaces and areas.
Q. Are the ceilings washable?
A. Yes. They consist of an impermeable membrane, so cleaning is very easy with a soft cloth and washing up liquid.
Q. Where can they be used?
A. They can be installed almost any situation. Luxury kitchens, bathrooms, offices, shops, restaurants, car showrooms and exhibition halls are but a few examples. Swimming pools account for the majority of our work due to the immunity of our ceilings from the harsh climate within and their ability to isolate it.
Q. It is possible to fit lights or speakers etc, into the ceiling?
A. Of course. Almost any system can be fitted into our ceilings although we advise against fitting lights that require maintenance in a swimming pool ceiling.
Q. Can the ceilings be fitted retrospectively?
A. Absolutely. A lot of the work we do is in the conversion or renovation of old buildings, or replacement of other types of ceiling that have failed over swimming pools.
Q. Are your stretched ceilings fire tested, and can we see the relevant certification?
A. Yes, to the latest European standards, right across the colour range. The certification is available on request. ‘Class O’ is not valid for stretched ceilings.
Q. Do the ceilings provide any insulation?
A. They are not a substitute for proper insulation, but as they form an air tight seal, they won’t allow warm air to escape by convection. Insulation according to the prevailing Building Regulations should be independently supported above the ceilings.
Q. Is condensation a problem when the ceilings are used in a humid area?
A. It is not even an issue. The void above the ceilings remains at a similar temperature to the area below. Therefore the ceiling also stays warm and condensation cannot occur.
Q. Can they be removed if access is needed above the ceiling?
A. Yes. Our ceilings are designed to be easily removable and replaceable. However, such work needs to be carried out by our qualified fitters.
Q. How much do the ceilings cost?
A. Every job is different and is priced according to various factors, but as manufacturers we are extremely competitive.
Q. Do you have a track record?
A. Yes, one of which we are very proud. Check out our portfolio. We provide an unbeatable service and product due to the fact we are the only British company to have manufactured and installed our own stretched ceilings for a number of years.
Q. What kind of guarantee do you offer?
A. One that is both meaningful and simple. We are a British company that supply ourselves and have remained consistent and financially stable since our establishment in 2003. Details are on the ‘About Us’ page.
Q. How long does installation take?
A. It depends on the job but is usually done in two separate visits to allow accurate measuring to be undertaken prior to manufacture. Each visit is relatively short and causes no mess.