STRETCH BASEMENT CEILINGS
Basement apartments are becoming a more common form of accommodation, making the idea of dark, ill-maintained basements a thing of the past. Nowadays, basement apartments undergo renovations and touch-ups. They can also be used as a bonus room to upgrade your living space. When new rooms are added, basement ceiling designs are upgraded to make the ceiling seem higher, wider, and ultimately give the illusion of spaciousness. Ceilings are an important part of any room, and companies like Laqfoil can provide stretch ceiling basement solutions for your next renovation.
Basement Ceiling Ideas
Ceiling designs are a vital part of any renovation effort. Most basements have exposed beams, wires and duct work. While it is possible to simply ignore the ceiling, it can be unappealing and uninviting. The ceiling can give the basement height it otherwise might not have and make it seem more spacious.
For example, wooden paneling, while sometimes time-consuming to place, covers a range of tastes, from classy to casual. It comes in a variety of styles, depending on the wood, and painted, varnished or stained as a finish. These are useful for low-level ceilings to minimize height degradation. Wood tends to create a natural vibe and adds life to the space without incorporating any other decorative finishes.
For standard height basement ceilings, drop ceiling tiles, tin ceiling tiles and PVC tiles are an attractive and cost-effective solution for any kind of height. Tin tiles provide the perfect aesthetic for entertaining guests and creating a vibe of playfulness. Drop ceilings have noise-dampening qualities and are versatile for any basement style. PVC tiles are durable, water, mildew and mold-resistant, and can be attached directly to any plywood or drywall base.
Stretch ceilings are perhaps the most unique. Originating in Europe, they are based on a softer, more malleable and flexible version of PVC material. Unlike PVC tiles, stretch ceilings can have a glossy, matte, satin, transparent or metallic surface. Glossy stretch ceilings, in particular, have a more reflective surface, creating an illusion of height and space. Any surface texture can be printed on to create ambiance, like starry skies or other works of art. It can be fitted around light fixtures or have its own underneath the surface to prevent your basement ceiling from losing any of its vital height. Stretch ceilings are versatile in form, too, as they can be molded to create different shapes, and can be used to create your own unique art ideas and installations. They also provide sound-proofing solutions for any home-theatre ideas. Installation can be as easy as stretching the material from one corner of the wall to another.
Basements can be cooler in the summer, and bigger and more private than the rest of the house. However, basements can be challenging to maintain and live in. Like any other living space, basements tend to come with problems of their own. Basement spaces tend to have lower ceilings, tighter doorways and less natural light. They can also have high humidity, increasing the tendency of mould and mildew to grow in the basement. Damp environments also trap the smells these bacteria, germs or fungi create. Ceilings, in particular, are susceptible to condensation in spaces without proper ventilation.
This is a natural challenge to typical ceilings, and another important point to keep in mind when turning the basement into a liveable and comfortable space. While there are many basement ceiling ideas open to you, keep in mind that the material may affect the prevalence of these issues.
The material of a stretch ceiling, however, is impervious to the common problems associated with basement ceilings, such as mould, mildew and ceiling condensation. Stretch ceilings are perforated but have waterproof surfaces. You can keep your current style and still hide or isolate any existing problems, like staining, peeling or cracking. They are also extremely durable and do not require constant management.
Cleaning stretch ceilings, should it be necessary, is easily achievable due to its smooth surface. PVC-based might have negative connotations, but this is not the same type of PVC used in everyday hard plastics. Not only is it 100% recyclable, but it is also non-toxic, anti-microbial and self-deodorizing. This means that there will be no smells associated with damp, dark basements.
With stretch ceilings, you can create a space where you can relax and feel at home, instead of worrying about maintenance and humidity. It’s more cost-effective and less time consuming to install than wooden panels or tiles, giving you the freedom to design the space with more time on your hands and less weight on your shoulders. Visually-appealing and extremely customisable stretch ceiling designs depend on your tastes and preferences, making your basement living area truly your own.
Laqfoil is the leading North American manufacturer and installer of stretch ceilings, bringing the product from its European origins to the North American market in 2010, including Canada. Laqfoil has worked in both residential and commercial projects, delivering Canada and US-certified ceilings without the hassle of upkeep and with all the comfort of knowing that this is a worthy – and visually-appealing – investment for your ceiling needs.
With years of knowledge, experience and expertise, basement ceiling ideas for your next renovation can be as easy as meeting with us and discussing prices and installation.
Visit Laqfoil for more information and to get more out of your basement stretch ceiling design.