Plastic ceiling: pros and cons

A few years ago, plastic ceilings were perceived by many as an exclusively “office interior” or “Country option”. Today, plastic ceilings are found in the interiors more and more.

Plastic panels and lining represented by modern producers in building supermarkets, externally indistinguishable from natural materials and do not have a characteristic “plastic shine” and a specific smell.


You can say with confidence that the modern plastic ceiling will decorate the interior of both the city apartment and the country house. Before installing the plastic ceiling, it is necessary to clean the surface from contaminants, eliminate cracks, and then perform the processing of the base with special antiseptics, since fungus may appear under the plastic surface.

Determine the places where lighting devices will be installed, select their kind of best to purchase them in advance. If you have chosen to finish the PVC panel, the wiring must be installed in advance.

So, your ceiling can be performed using PVC panels, plastic lining or plastic film (tension plastic ceiling). At the same time, it is quite possible for the installation of panels and lining, but the subtleties with the stretch ceiling is better to trust the specialists.

Let’s focus a little more on the main options for finishing the PVC materials ceilings.

PVC panel ceiling

PVC panels are most often presented in the market in the form of plates or sheets. Plates in the overwhelming majority square, with a side from 30 to 100 centimeters. For mounting plates throughout the perimeter of the room you will have to install special mounting shelves.

PVC sheets are of different lengths (up to 4 meters) and various widths (up to 2 meters). The order of work is always about the same and consists of the following steps:

  • Strengthen the corners on which the PVC panels will be held using selflessness.
  • If necessary, cut the plastic panels, you can use a conventional hacksaw.
  • If there are “burrs” on the edges of the panels, read their sandpaper.

  • Make marking for future lighting devices and cut holes for them.
  • Start pinching panels, having their profile across.
  • It is not scary if some panels will not be located perfectly smoothly, the alignment will be given a neat view, which is recommended before installing the last panel, this is done by loosening or tightening the screws.

Ceiling of plastic lining or “Rack ceiling”

This finish is the cheapest, while it is quite functional and diverse. Consider the main stages of the ceiling installation of plastic lining:

  • Before starting work, make marking on which you will install the ceiling. First – it is necessary to find the lowest point of the ceiling. From this point to retreat down about 10 centimeters. This will be the level of the new ceiling.

    Using a water level, we make marking in all corners of the ceiling space (there may be several marks if the ceiling is not rectangular, but has a broken shape). On these markups and further installation of the frame.

    • The frame can be made of wood, but the metallic will be more reliable and stronger. For a metal frame, you will need a screws with a press washer and conventional self-tapping screws, a construction stapler, nails, clips, rope, P-shaped attachments and fastening-crabs, as well as metal CD profile (for frame base) and UD profile (for perimeter frame).

    • We apply a pencil line around the perimeter of the walls and fix the UD profile on it using a dowel; 2 control CD profiles fix at different parts of the room is not too close to the wall (10-15 cm); With the help of P-mounts, mount a profile for a stretched fishing line or a rope (step up to 50 cm).

    • Fix-crab fixing jumpers.

    • We prepare wiring and communications, leaving the loop where the wires will be output.

    • Install the wall pane.

    Stretch ceiling of vinyl (PVC films)

    It is a smooth and neat cloth, which is attached to a metal or plastic profile at a different distance from the main ceiling.

    PVC materials are hard enough, but Immediately before installing the canvas, heating with a special gas gun, Due to which it becomes elastic. When the canvas cools, it will stretch on the profile and the ceiling will become perfect smooth.

    Pros and cons

    Pluses in plastic finishing material set. Perhaps they are able to overlap the available few minuses.

    Let’s talk about the main positive moments:

    • Plastic panels are much cheaper than any other materials used in the ceiling decoration.
    • Defects of the ceiling (irregularities, seams, cracks) will remain hidden under the trim. Also if you need to hide pipes or wiring, plastic panels are managed with this.
    • Installation of plastic panel ceiling is available even to novice masters and will not take much time.
    • Special tools for mounting plastic panels do not need.

    • If the ceiling need to be cleaned, then you will easily do it yourself.
    • Finishing materials from plastic for ceilings do not fade in the sun and resistant to temperature differences.
    • Most different textures and shades of plastic panels make it possible to choose them to any interior.
    • When using plastic lining the load on the ceiling frame is very small.

    • No need to be afraid of special smells – modern plastic panels almost do not smell, and a couple of days after unpacking, even the most sensitive nose will not feel the unwanted smell.
    • This is a particularly moisture-resistant material that will not change its appearance even after direct contact with water.
    • Plastic panels are durable and will serve you as long as it will be necessary, and the harm of plastic for human health is an obvious exaggeration, because modern technologies allow you to make these finishing materials absolutely safe.
    • Plastic good sound insulation qualities.
    • If it is difficult to carry out the standard wiring to the room, the installation of point LEDs in plastic panels will not be difficult and perfectly cope with the tasks of the main and additional lighting.

    There are plastic finishes and their cons that we owe you to tell:

    • Plastic panels are resistant to pretty high temperatures (up to 400 degrees), but if the fire still happened, the material will highlight the gas, harmful to human health. A similar process can begin at the depreciation.
    • Beautiful appearance of plastic finish can be disturbed due to random scratches or finishing shocks. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to fix the damage, and part of the ceiling will have to replace.

    • Despite the promises of the manufacturers of the panels that the sun rays will not damage the finish, it should be borne in mind that white panels or white parts on color panels can yellow.
    • The last minus is associated, rather, with aesthetic perception than with objective characteristics. The fact is that many perceive the plastic ceiling as “artificial”, “office”. It is worth noting an important point – modern PVC ceilings may look like you, including successfully imitate a tree or a stone, so the refusal of plastic finishes for reasons of aesthetics is only a delusion.

    Dimensions and forms

    Plastic ceiling finish is unusually varied in size, shape, colors and textures. Basic groups – tiles, lining and leafy products, as well as stretch ceilings. Each of the groups is different not only with dimensions, but also rigidity, weighing, and, of course, price.

    When choosing a finishing material, pay attention to the thickness of plastic panels. To finish the ceiling, you need to use significantly thinner plastic than for walls (no more than 5 mm).

    The size of the individual elements of the plastic finish (they are called “lamellas”) depends on the group: narrow and long – lining, the largest – leafy products.

    Plastic lining looks harmoniously in the ceiling decoration at the cottage, on verandas, balconies and balconies, as well as in kitchen facilities. Panels and sheet finishes are suitable for decoration of residential rooms and hols, and a tensioning PVC ceiling will look good in any room.

    Special view of the ceilings – curly. Such a ceiling is usually a combination of a ceiling of PVC materials or drywall with stretch structures. This is a complex ceiling, often – multi-level using complex shapes of a variety of shape and colors (rounded elements, spirals, waves, plants).

    Volumetric stretch ceilings Also fall into this group.

    Despite the complex structures of figure ceilings and the complexity of the work, they have enough advantages. The main thing is attractiveness and originality. Also correct painting and the spectacular location of the ceiling elements allow you to look like the room more and above.

    It also happens that the room must be made more cozy and zonate a large space. In these cases, curly ceilings are simply indispensable.

    Under curly ceilings, you can easily hide any communications or height differences – it is necessary in a wide variety of rooms. When installing such structures, you need to take into account their great weight and remember that the ceiling overlap must be quite strong.

    The most common curly ceilings:

    • Ceiling with a rectangular “frame”. Around the main suspension design, the frame is suspended, into which point lights usually mounted. This design is used in cases where you need to share the ceiling to several rectangles (for example, if you like the traditional “Bavarian” ceiling with a white base and dark beams).

    • Ceiling with multi-level ovals, circles and semicircles. Suitable for both bedrooms and kitchen, since using the highest level, we can highlight any area indoors. In the center of the circle usually have a spectacular lamp.

    • Wavely figures They can play a role as the separator of the room on the zones and the spectacular decorative element for any section of the room.

    • Made of drywall or PVC materials Flowers, Plants, leaves or any other complex patterns are suitable for giving room of the original, unique species. However, under complex structures sometimes you have to hide communication and irregularities of the main ceiling.


    Choosing PVC materials for the ceiling finishing, consider the interior style of the room. Classic interiors require white ceilings, the Mediterranean style is perfectly combined with the “marble decor”, cupids, roses and golden finish, and Provence allows the use of gentle azure-blue, light-olive, cream and other pastel shades. All wood shades and texture “under the tree” are suitable for rustic style.

    The minimalist design, the more stricter there must be a ceiling finish. Cold shades of gray and beige perfectly combined with the Scandinavian interior design.

    Remember that PVC ceilings with a pattern are appropriate only in children’s rooms or indoors of a certain style (for example, Mediterranean chic). If you doubt the relevance of one or another coloring ceiling panels or PVC films, Give preference to white matte ceiling.

    Decorative lamellas also depends on the type of their connection. Discern them just even in appearance – these are panels with a relief surface, products with a chamfer and seamless panels.

    Seamless panels are located to each other so tightly that seams are almost invisible. The panels with a chamfer or rust are similar to seamless lamella, but in the end part, each element has a deepening (RUST), which allows you to easily connect the panels into a single cloth.

    About how to install a plastic ceiling with your own hands, look in the word video.


    Selecting products from a reliable manufacturer, we can be sure of quality. How to navigate on the market, because there are many firms? We will introduce you to some companies that have proven themselves in the production of finishing materials from PVC.

    • Belgian Venta – manufacturer with a huge experience, constantly improving production technology and expanding the range. Even digital printing is used to apply the pattern to the PVC surface.

    • Forte – Italian company engaged in the production of finishing materials for more than fifty years. Elegant classic sealing panels for ceiling and walls on modern equipment.

    • Manufacturers of PVC materials from the Republic of Belarus have proven themselves from the best side. Excellent quality, European design and low prices of Belarusian PVC materials are attracted to many customers. Products of the company are presented in construction stores and supermarkets “EUROPHIL’S” (Own production of PVC panels and profiles), large manufacturer and seller of various PVC materials U-Plast, PVC West Company (Works in the construction market for more than 20 years).

    • Krasnodar company “ANV-Plast” Respect for masters – finishing and sellers of plastic panels. The company works on domestic raw materials and for domestic technologies. The quality of products is high enough, and the price is much lower than that of foreign competitors.

    • Popular domestic manufacturer from Magnitogorsk – Ural Plast Company. Its products are manufactured on foreign equipment, it has a spectacular design and variety of color solutions.

    Selection Tips:

    • Finishing materials are best acquired in specialized stores. Check the products for quality certificates, carefully examine the composition of PVC materials. If there are questions – contact consultants or sellers. Ask a consultant to immediately choose you all the necessary fasteners and other materials.
    • Inspect the PVC stoves – they should not be cracks or other damage.

      • Slightly push to the surface of the PVC sheet. On a high-quality product there should be no trace.
      • On the surface of the slab should not be visible ribs, when flexing the product should not be cracked.
      • When choosing a PVC panels, focus on the layout and size of the room. On a small loggia or in a narrow corridor, use PVC elements of minimal length and width. Large squares will be appropriate in a large room or spacious lounge.

      Examples in the interior

      Two-level curly ceiling, allowing to visually increase the space of a small room, will become a real decoration of the modern interior.

      PVC lining “under the tree” looks almost like real, and will serve you much longer. If necessary, such a ceiling can be easily cleaned, which is important for the kitchen.

      Stretch ceiling of PVC films with holographic pattern will decorate the interior in the style of minimalism or high-tech.

      Plastic panels in the bathroom – spectacular and much cheaper replacement tile trim. Using panels with the same pattern for walls and ceiling allows you to visually enlarge a small bathroom.

      Plastic ceiling of PVC sheet on the loggia or balcony will give the room a neat and modern view. If you place point sources of light on the loggia ceiling, then you can relax here even in the evening.

      We spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so a beautiful and functional kitchen ceiling is simply necessary in a modern apartment. In addition, it can be wonderful to cope with the division of space on the dining area and the cooking area.

      The stretch ceiling in the bathroom can turn it into a completely futuristic and unusually spectacular room. Properly located lamps, chrome metal in the finish and mirror parts will create a lot of light sources and glitter.

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