Stretch Ceilings Installation
Stretch ceiling or decorative wall panel does not require extensive installation effort. The only preparation requirement that it applies to the house structure is that walls, ceiling or roof, and electrical wiring has to be finished before installation starts. The post-installation cleaning is not required, as stretch ceiling does not use adhesive materials, cement, paint, etc. The process of installing the stretch ceiling products is streamlined and simple. The stretch ceiling membranes are usually extended by ~6% during the installation process. This guarantees that the membrane will remain flat and will not sag.
The installation requires some basic special equipment, which includes spatulas, clamps, air heater, and enforcement rings.
Spatulas are used for attaching or detaching the stretch ceiling membrane to the track.
Supplementary tools and equipment are clamps and air heater, which are used during the preparation of the installation, and translucent rings, which are used to reinforce stretch ceiling around pipes or light fixtures. That's all you need.
First step of the preparation is to apply the marking-off to the underlying surface and to the walls, in order to properly position the ceiling or wall panel. The tools that are commonly used for this purpose are laser levels or even regular chalk. The marking-off must be done so that the marking forms a continuous line.
Second, the frames (tracks) for all internal and external corners of the stretch ceiling has to be attached. These tracks can be cut on the spot, but it is cleaner, faster, and more reliable to use the tracks that are pre- cut by Laqufoil according to the room's layout, and shipped to the installer. All sharp edges of the profiles must be hand-filed to prevent puncture of the membrane.
Third, the membrane has to be unpacked carefully, avoiding touching any dirty or unprotected floors, tools, etc. The membrane must stay clean all the time.
The installation process is essentially stretching and affixing the membrane to the installed frame (track). Installation requires some basic special tools, and some training and experience.
First, the membrane has to be clamped at several strategic spots using special clamps. The idea is to preliminary position the membrane on the frame, before the final installation begins. In the case of rectangular stretch ceiling the membrane has to be attached in the corners of the rectangle; circular frame requires evenly spaces attachment, and so on. This stage requires some experience and practice.
Next step is to bring the temperature in the room to 40-450C (104-1100F). It is also recommended to eliminate any air draft in the room during the process of installation, and to close all the sources of the cold air. Draft and cold air flow can mechanically disturb the membrane, and can create the temperature irregularities along it. Such irregularities affect membrane's properties, and complicate the installation process. Installation may begin when membrane is stable, flexible, and wrinkle-free.
Actual installation starts with either corner of the stretch ceiling. In order to start installation the spatula is inserted into harpoon of the membrane, and membrane is hooked to the track. After the corner is hooked up, the same procedure is repeated with the opposite corner, and so on until all corners are reliably attached. It is important to maintain the balanced stretching of the membrane to prevent skewness of the membrane at the early installation stages.
Installation continues by clipping and attaching the intermediate points between already affixed areas, again doing the opposite points in turns to prevent skewness.
The final stage of the installation is affixing the remaining areas of the stretch ceiling to the track. The balance and wrinkle-free surface has to be observed during the entire process. Stretch ceiling membrane around pipes needs to be reinforced by translucent panel, usually acrylic. The light fixtures, air fans, or other objects that hang from the ceiling must have independent hanger attached to the ceiling, and must not rely on stretch ceiling to bangle. Stretch ceiling is the element of interior design, and is not the component of the house structure.
How Membrane Is Installed
Various types of spatulas are used for affixing the stretch ceiling membrane to the tracks. Laqfoil provides installers with pre- manufactured membrane, which has harpoon locks welded to it at our production facility. Professional installer uses the appropriate spatula to hook up the harpoon lock to the tracks and stretch the membrane.
Normally the entire installation process takes about two hours for for completion, and leaves no waste behind if Laqfoil pre- manufactured to order tracks and membrane are used.