- Nondescript plastic? No, have not heard
- A very familiar wireframe system
- The filing – isn’t it easy
- Corners, seams and turns
They have not yet come up with a material more practical than plastic panels. Of course, they are often rejected due to their low aesthetic expressiveness, but this is not really important in every room. We will tell you about how to make a ceiling from plastic PVC panels with your own hands.
Nondescript plastic? No, have not heard
Recently, the options for interior decoration of rooms have become very similar to each other. It all comes down to a primitive list of aligning the gypsum board, painting and stretching fabric or vinyl ceilings. Less and less attention is paid to typesetting materials and the question arises: have they really lost their relevance due to the complexity of editing and the characteristic visual heterogeneity?
Not at all, but the choice in favor of a plastic finish should be determined both by the stylistic unity with the rest of the finish, and by the general professional level of the specialists performing the installation. Therefore, if you have a completed design project of housing and put your hands to such work, PVC panels will become a really powerful tool for creating a more unique picture of the interior..
Plastic ceiling panels should be matched to the tone and texture of the wall material. A classic example is the ceiling in showers and bathrooms. The panels look harmonious here, their wide color card allows you to combine the color of the room in many variations, at the same time, high practicality of non-rotting materials is evident. A common mistake would be to use PVC panels on both walls and ceilings. Of course, there are always exceptions, but this approach most often results in the notorious nondescriptness of plastic stripes and a heap of parallel lines.
PVC panels are not as poor in artistic sophistication as they might seem. From monochrome colors and familiar to many “cobwebs” of marble to silk-screen printing and imitation of relief – the assortment is replete with options for most design solutions of modern renovation. Nevertheless, plastic is recommended to be used, rather, as an attribute in rooms with additional functional load, where spatial and vertical zoning is performed with panels. Good examples of when panels are used where they are appropriate – ceilings in kitchens or over a cooking area, filing terraces, bathrooms, hallways and utility rooms.
A very familiar wireframe system
Installation of panels does not imply complex methods of work and does not require an expensive tool, much more important is the appropriateness of this type of finish and the correct selection of materials.
A quite standard construct of frame lathing used in gypsum plasterboard finishing systems is used as a supporting base. Due to the low weight of the panels, it becomes possible to use a set of CD + UD profiles (PP + PN) with a standard size of 47 mm.
In a plane 6–12 mm above the zero point of the ceiling, a frame of guide profiles should be installed and fixed to the walls using wedge anchors. Recall that the use of plastic dowels in the installation of suspended ceilings is extremely disadvantageous from the point of view of fire safety.
The horizontal carrier rails are installed with a pitch of 40-50 cm. For fixing PVC panels, it is not critical to observe the exact center-to-center distances, but if the ceiling span is larger than the molding of the panels, for example, three meters, a connecting profile must be installed in this place. Accordingly, in this part of the frame, a mortgage rail must be provided. Since plastic does not have as high strength as gypsum plasterboard, the frame slats must be fastened together with transverse crossbars every 150-200 cm in a checkerboard pattern.
The frame can be supported by U-shaped suspensions or, when the suspended structure is lower than 100 mm, by wire suspensions with “crabs”. The pitch of any type of hanger installation is 50-60 cm. Please also note that the ceiling profile is not attached to the guide and is cut with a gap of 3-4 mm to compensate for temperature and seasonal expansion. Also, remember to mount mortgages at appropriate locations to suspend heavy external lighting fixtures..
The filing – isn’t it easy
Lightweight plastic panels can be easily mounted even with one pair of hands. Ceiling stitching is carried out only after wall cladding. This is due to the use of the space behind the ceiling for laying all kinds of communications, for example, the power grid. If repair or alteration is necessary, the ceiling can be disassembled harmlessly for other planes and also assembled back.
Choose the direction of laying the panels in accordance with the available molding length, so as not to leave significant cuttings. End trimming is carried out with a boot knife under a square on the front side, then the trim is broken off.
The installation of the panels itself is extremely simple: the first strip is fixed in the very corner with press washers every 50 cm and behind the side of the hidden fastener on the back side. Hidden fastening under the panel joints is recommended to be performed with special metal brackets, which have a significant pressure area, do not tear plastic and do not leave swelling on the finished surface, as sometimes happens because of the caps of the self-tapping screws.
Alternative installation techniques are used for works of exemplary quality. In this case, mounting PVC strips are knocked across to the profiles of the ceiling frame from below, they are attached to the groove with ordinary black self-tapping screws. In this case, the fastening brackets for the panels look different and are inserted into the groove of the strips in the manner of latches.
When installing the first strip, it makes sense to cut off the joint groove at the end if the panel has an embossed edge. This is done for a tighter abutment at the corner joint with insufficient width of the decorative fillet or shelf of the starting profile. All subsequent panels are inserted into the docking board and attached from the back. The last panel is dismantled along the required dimensions and is fastened with press washers. Remember that you can carry out such visible fasteners around the entire perimeter, the overlay on the corner joint will hide the caps of the screws.
Corners, seams and turns
A standard set of fittings for PVC panels includes up to a dozen connecting and transition profiles, but not all of them are actively used. During installation, the edges of the profiles often have to be bent in order to wind the panels. If the plastic is of poor quality, it does not recover its shape well, as a result, wavy slits form.
But there are a number of ways to avoid using standard docking aids. For example, it is recommended to cover the inner corner between the ceiling or the wall with a polystyrene fillet – it looks neater, and there are still more varieties of shapes and colors. The direct joint of the panels can also be performed both with a standard N-coy and with an overhead strip of molding.
If the panels are of high quality, the corners that coincide with the direction of laying can be made without any fittings at all. To do this, the strip is trimmed with a sectional knife from the seamy side exactly along the bend line, plus adjacent rows are trimmed. Now the panel can be gently bent, and if the corner is heated with a hairdryer to 80–90 ° C, the plastic will take on a new shape and no cracks will appear over time. The fixing of such elements is quite standard: it is enough to insert a bent panel into the groove of the previous one and fix it to the hidden side on the other side. It is possible to form corners both external and internal, the more cuts on the panel – the larger the turning radius.