INDOOR POOL CEILING SOLUTIONS
Indoor pools can be a central area of fun and relaxation in any building or home. Indoor pool ceilings add to the aesthetic appeal of this area and invite others to enjoy the space. However, indoor pools can also result in wet and humid environments, inviting mold and mildew to thrive as well. High humidity can also result in unwanted sagging, among a wide range of problems when it comes to maintenance and cleaning. Chemical vapours and smells also need to be considered.
Fortunately, there are just as many pool ceiling design ideas that are available when building, renovating or remodeling indoor swimming pool ceilings.
pleasing and cohesive. Swimming pool ceiling tiles tend to be catered to these high-humidity environments to prevent mould and mildew. Tiled ceilings can be placed on top of the existing surface, much like most suspended ceilings, so they do not require the existing ceiling to be torn down for the tiles to be put in place. It is possible to alternate ceiling tiles with lights. These tiles can come in different colours as well to create any pattern you would like to make your indoor swimming pool as artful as you would like.
On the other hand, the swimming pool area may seem too sterile with tiled ceilings. White, blank tiles may not necessarily be appealing. Removing or cleaning these tiles may also be difficult to do on your own, which can add to the running costs of an indoor swimming pool. Installation also takes time, as the tiles have to be set, the grout placed, and so on.
Stretch ceilings are suspended ceilings that, like tiles, sit atop the surface of the space, covering the established foundation. Instead of having each individual tile laid out one-by-one, stretch ceilings are usually manufactured to fit the space that they occupy. The installation of stretch ceilings only involves literally stretching the suspended ceiling from one end to another, cutting where necessary for existing lighting, and tucking it securely in place.
Swimming pool stretch ceilings can come in a variety of designs and forms. They can be printed or come in a single colour. Stretch ceilings can also have 3D prints or be molded into different shapes to suit the general aesthetic of the room. Generally, stretch ceilings are more flexible in terms of customization.
Benefits of Stretch Ceilings
Swimming pool stretch ceilings are beneficial in a number of ways. They are made of a PVC-based material that is neither porous nor difficult to maintain and clean. PVC, usually associated with hard plastics, are used in a different application to stretch ceilings. The bacteria-proof and water-proof surface that provides the answer to the usual problems posed by high-humidity spaces. When backlit, it also transmits up to 75% of the light that comes through. It comes in different textures such as matte, satin, metallic or glossy – the last of which is vital in reflecting light and giving the impression of higher ceilings. In indoor pools, a reflective ceiling can also mean added aesthetic value, particularly as the light is dually reflected in the water and the ceiling. With the right lighting and the right surface, it might even be possible to provide an added environmental ‘vibe’ that stands out from other indoor pools. Companies like Laqfoil are experienced in the installation and manufacture of stretch ceilings.
Stretch ceilings are also durable in that they retain some of their malleability even after the initial installation. This means that they absorb impact and, most importantly, sound.
Sound quality is essential in indoor pools. Indoor pools tend to have higher sound levels because of the surfaces that sound can reflect on, and the amount of sound that is generated by pool-goers. Swimming itself generates sound, but with more swimmers, there is definitely higher amounts of sound present instead of simply splashing water. This means that conversations can get drowned out. Absorbing reflections of sound are important for safety, in particular, since others need to be able to hear when another swimmer is in trouble. Communication is critical in both recreational and professional swimming. As such, swimming pool ceiling designs have to consider the acoustics as well as dealing with the humid environment.
Swimming pool stretch ceilings are naturally sound-absorbent. They reduce the intensity of sound waves via the miniscule amounts of perforation preliminarily applied on the surface. Note that it is not porous, as this would provide an environment for mould and mildew. This feature of stretch ceilings makes it ideal for large, communal spaces that generate equally large amounts of sound.
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, swimming pool ceilings for your next renovation can be as easy as meeting with us and discussing prices and installation.
Visit Laqfoil for more information on your swimming pool ceiling solutions.