The ceiling in the bathroom. Article number 37

It is clear that any bathroom from a simple room features high humidity. I'm not saying that it is possible "direct hit by a jet of water in the ceiling" (this is not my idea, so the experts say). Hence, the ceilings in the bathroom should be water-resistant and ready for any "direct hit." But the question of what "type" of the ceiling to choose? And most importantly - how not to make a mistake? I called knowledgeable people. All told different things. But the main thing I hasten to inform you.
First. If the money is not dense and generally you are a conservative, you can just paint the ceiling. In DIY stores always sell special paint, which is called "paint for wet rooms." But, at least, tell me repairmen, and the usual oil paint is also nice. This "colorful" coating will last 10 years. But only if your neighbors from above - and sober people do not suffer from multiple sclerosis. In the sense that they do not forget to turn off the water when away from home. If you're unlucky and you live on marginal P. forgetful or an old granny, then be prepared. Because in case of leakage will have to repaint the ceiling. But I repeat - in the case of force majeure. And painting the ceiling is cheap and cheerful. However, you know, such a scenario - the last day: not fashionable and it will not surprise anyone. A surprise it would be desirable.
By the way, when I was assigned to this subject, I, in my opinion, for the first time in my life looked at the ceiling in his bathroom. From what I saw there made me sad and uncomfortable (ceiling could clearly see some blisters and bruises, but because the painting is something we did not so long ago - only five or six years ago). In short, I made a heroic decision - to replace its repeatedly painted ceiling with something modern. As a result of their research, I came to the conclusion that the need to choose between the suspended ceiling (tiled or rack), stretch ceilings and cladding with plastic panels. We need to say about these ceilings have been told in previous issues of the magazine. But I somehow have to choose! Question - how?
Decided to start their research with a suspended tile ceilings. Although, to be honest, I was pretty sure that's their somehow just can not hang in the bathroom. When we go on duty at the offices of different companies, I have long looked at the tiled ceiling. And you know what always got the impression? It's just a cardboard plate. Well, if not cardboard, it is, I thought, as thin chipboard. Later I learned that the tiled ceiling is usually made of mineral fiber. The word "mineral fiber" right somehow made me associate with artificial wool. "Yes, it does all razmoknet a day or two. Do not even have to wait for the flood neighbors "- I thought.
And wrong. Experts unanimously assured me that the tiled ceiling is quite suitable for the bathroom. Another thing is that such ceilings also are different: they are distinguished from each other not only material, but also the quality, purpose and, of course, price. Therefore, we must be clear on what plate stand high humidity, and what - no.
Did I mention that the plates suspended ceilings do basically mineral fiber. As it turned out, it looks like cotton wool only in appearance. In fact, this material is not afraid of water. However, minvolokno - not the only component boards. They include more recycled paper, clay and organic additives. That's only a proportion of these "ingredients" in each case are different. You understand that if, say, the majority on the side of the paper, these plates can be hung only in "dry" areas, and if on the side of the clay - they will go well for the bathroom.
So I advise the purchase deal from the sellers on what humidity is calculated their products. Doing so can cause serious "hit".
The examples do not need to go far. Take, for so-called ceiling of the "basis" - the simplest option, which offers firms that sell tile ceilings. Ordinary buyer "basis" draws primarily low price - from 4 to 5.5 $ per square meter But watch out! Alas, the sellers (of course, this does not apply to large companies and dealers), as a rule, do not explain, or simply do not know that the ceilings "basis" withstand only 70-percent humidity. And, therefore, it is not designed for bathrooms. Under constant moisture they did momentarily lose their fine appearance and ugly sag. Moreover, even just to wash ceilings "basis" should be a well-wrung cloth. And they fit in the most extreme case, only for the kitchen. So no need to chase the cheapness. Stingy is known to pay twice.
In short, after a painful search and consideration, I came to the conclusion that we should be of interest to you only functional tiled ceiling. And they, in turn, are divided into acoustic, hygiene and water-resistant.
So, for my bathroom ceiling tiles moisture - just what you need. These plates are kept 100 percent humidity, so feel fine on the ceilings and in the bathroom, and in the pool. The fact that the plates in waterproof as compared, for example, "basic", altered proportions components: increased minvolokna and clay content and reduced amount of paper and organic additives. And the technology of these plates is somewhat different: they are kept longer in the oven. In general, the process of "baking" of the tile, in this case very much resembles the production of ceramic tiles. As heating is known to harden the clay and sintered. Therefore, ceiling tiles acquire some quality ceramic tiles, in particular, is not afraid of the water. How to check it back in the shop? Knock! The sound will be about the same as that of the ceramic tiles. By the way, even the name of this type of board in one of the companies speaks for itself - "Keramagard» (Ceramaguard).
Outside these moisture-proof plate painted with latex paint, which further strengthens their surface. In addition they are resistant to chloride vapors (water in our such muck unfortunately contains in excess).
- And how they behave when spills? - I asked the seller.
He was surprisingly knowledgeable guy.
- Do not worry, girl. Even with a serious leak moisture-proof plate will be in order. They vberut the moisture. And if this slightly swell - that height, not width. That is not warped, and size of the "wide" (60 x 60 cm) did not change. And when the plates have dried, rest assured that there will be no stains. However, these ceilings are, of course, more expensive than the same "basis" - 17 - 20 $ / sqm
"Beauty - glad it was me - so I will advise our readers to just such plates. And currently, perhaps, too buy. " But I obviously hurried. It turned out, everything is not perfect.
As I explained in another firm, traces of leakage will not remain only in the event that the neighbors have filled you with clean running water. If the water was rusty or something "tinted" - streaks remain. Plates will have to change. However, as I have explained, it is easy to do: we'll have to take out one plate of the frame and put another in its place. Well, if the "other" plate you have in stock. In another case, would have to run to the store. And not the fact that there will be what you need.
The case was complicated. Fuel to the fire poured my friend. She works in a bank, and they are covered with ceilings just like slabs. "Are you stunned? - She was surprised. - Yes, they form quite official. They were invented specifically for office space. Yes substantially white color. "
"Really, what to do?" - I was thinking. Especially in my bathroom blue tile. And I want the ceiling too blue. Walked around the shops. I hasten to tell: my girlfriend absolutely wrong! For Sale boards are delicate pastel tones. They look just very good. But the question of moisture'm still worried about ...
Again, I began to look for other options. And she found. Again tiled ceiling. Only these plates were not made from mineral fibers. A ... of steel.
In this case, particularly the Germans and the Italians have succeeded. What good steel plates? It is clear that first of all strength. They can even rub a very stiff brush - and nothing will happen. This is definitely a plus. But I am again, "lay in wait" Cons: colors of steel plates from the same German manufacturer is not rich - we offer white, chrome, "gold". In addition, metal - cool stuff, so it will condense. And the drops of water that are not completely dry out, easy to "stick" the dust. This, of course, there is nothing particularly deadly. But metal ceilings have to wash more often.
"Well, well - I thought - not cit, and once again wash my, does not fall apart." But it became the new "ambush": such ceilings "take away" from the room height of 10 cm
And to avoid this, alas, does not: a different mount the ceiling is simply impossible. And here's why. The grid is composed of slats. It was they who form a frame with a mesh 60 x 60 cm plates then tuck into the holes at an angle - for this and needs 10 centimeters. Of course, good for those who live in the "Stalinist" house with high ceilings. But not everyone is so lucky. I, for example, the ceilings are very low, about two meters and a half, at most. Hence, it is necessary to look for other options.
From the point of view of economy of space for my bathroom could very well come lath ceilings. In this sense, they are much better than the tiled version. They are "eaten" only 3 cm in height. And, if it's possible, if desired (and if need be), this distance can be extended. A good friend of mine did just that. They have in-house ceiling just high enough. But in the bathroom takes some ugly pipe that life annoyed his wife. As long as they do not buy rack ceiling. They lowered it by 20 centimeters and quietly closed the terrible pipe. Now everyone is happy.
It's a pity, such a luxury is not for me. Glad else: in rooms with high humidity (bathrooms, toilets, kitchens, baths, basins), experts advised me to hang it very plank ceilings. And no wonder. After all rail made of aluminum. And it does not rust and does not get wet by definition.
I cheered. Well these ceilings by the fact that sold as strips of different lengths (3 and 4 m) and width (30, 75, 85, 134, 150 mm). So you can find quite a good fit for any size bathroom.
"So, I wonder how much to buy?" - I was thinking. "Did you draw the plan of your bathroom - prompted me to sellers - specify all dimensions (length, width) and bring to the store. We make the "cuts" that is, we will cut the right length rails. However, for this service will have to pay separately. "
"How much?" - Clearly, I asked. It turns out that in each case different. For example, at the "Eskpostroy" where I was asking and sellers, the master told me that his work will cost from 80 to 100 rubles. Elsewhere, may take more expensive.
It remains to choose the color. The color scheme of suspended ceilings is diverse, the most popular shades - the same white, chrome and "gold." Then someone like that. Personally, I would have bought the same blue (the color of your tiles). And that's what really advised to note: Reiki is smooth and perforated ("in the hole"). If you choose 'in the hole', then, as I explained in the bathroom is not so heavily and stuffy (think it's some kind of additional ventilation). And more. I was told that on smooth rails, as well as on the steel tile ceilings will be collected condensate, which is especially noticeable on the chrome surface. So this ceiling again need to be washed frequently. "Well, this is not a problem - again, I thought. - More important to know how much this will cost the ceiling. "
Here, as always, it all depends on the quality. For the most expensive rack ceiling I give from 35 to 57 $ / sqm, depending on the thickness of the slats, and its coverage of the manufacturer. The ceilings will be able to buy cheaper dollars for 20-25. And the cheapest "rack" will cost me 11 $ / sq.m.
One could, of course, once you select this option and settle down. But I do know that there are still options. "So - I strongly think - you need to find out what, and find out what are their advantages and disadvantages."
Suddenly it became clear that as a ceiling coverings should be fine plastic cladding panels. We have already talked about them, but not in connection with the ceilings. On the other hand, if we consider that they are absolutely not afraid of the water (made from PVC - simply put, plastic), then why not build such panels of the ceiling in the bathroom?
Began to understand, porassprashivat knowledgeable colleagues. And now that she had learned. The panels are very light, and mount them pretty simple: the workers will attach them with screws or construction stapler to the crate. (Just in case, let me remind crate - this wooden wedges, which are screwed to the wall, and in our case - to the ceiling, at a distance of 40 - 60 cm from each other.) It is clear that the plastic panel will not take a lot of space: a crate "will take "just a few centimeters. But the most important thing else - plastic can be washed at least ten times a day. And bathe in the tub as much as you want: panels made of PVC it ​​though henna.
Prices have pleased me too - an average of 8.5 to 15.5 $ / sqm Yes, and you can choose any color. But something stopped me yet. For some reason did not want to head over (even in the bathroom), "looming" is not healthy plastic. Although this is also a moot point - it is more useful and healthier. Perhaps there is a lot of evidence of my being wrong. But these details I'll find out next time.
There are, however, so to speak, the alternative - mirrored wall panels. Also it is suitable for "sanitary" ceiling. They are, strangely enough, also belong to the category of plastic. Made of acrylic and glass and water are not afraid at all. Of oblong panels of PVC, they differ in that they are selling square sheets. And usually, the size of 124 x 246 x 0.3 cm I calculated how many pieces I need and how much it will cost. It turned out that one of such a list would have to pay about $ 100. Imagined to be beautiful, and it was already on fire, but then faded: No, the pleasure I could not afford. It's a pity.
In the meantime, choose left virtually out of nothing. Actually, in my "portfolio" were only suspended ceilings. That's really what's really not afraid of water and leaks! We've already talked about them in previous issues. And I know that they are made out of PVC and can withstand up to 100 liters per 1 sq.m. This means that even if the water starts to dash down from above Niagara Falls, do not worry - the enemy will not pass. Wonder if this will stretch ceiling and become like a bubble filled with water. Q: how to get rid of it then and where to put it? More precisely, how to merge? Very simple. I explained the procedure. You must call from the company that installed the ceiling, gang masters. They quickly and easily pump out the water.
"Not bad - I was happy, but the worm of doubt sharpened. - One troublesome it turns out, these artists Zaman endlessly call - we have the upper neighbors sugar: no-no, and will flood. " It turned out all thought. If I want to install in the ceiling of the master plug that water can be drained independently. After half an hour the problem will be gone (water dries), and you can go with peace of mind to row with the neighbors. To take care of such ceilings, it turns out, is not a problem: rubbed with a damp cloth - and
I almost decided. The more that these ceilings have another "convenience". Set them pretty quickly, but it is true, can do so only by specialists. Because, as I hinted at the right company, it is unlikely of home inventory will heat gun. And without this mysterious (to me, anyway) of the tool to pull the suspended ceiling is not possible.
"What this whole procedure is going on?" - Of course, I'm interested. Explained. The scheme is simple: on the perimeter of the bath hung baguette, it strengthens the canvas. Then, using a heat gun, it is tensioned as the drum. If the home high ceilings, you can order trendy option, making the frame by some concave-curved, wavy. "Do not go! - I prigoryunilas. - We have low ceilings. "
"Do not you worry, girl - comforted me seller - for low ceilings, we also have options." Thank God. Well, then, listen to what color can choose.
Colors appeared very much. But other than that, you can still choose matte or glossy. I was dreaming again ... And I realized that, alas, will not pull back. For me, it's expensive: there are ceilings of 30 to 65 $ / sqm Installation is included. "But if you have the money, do not hesitate!" - I was told by the company and were probably right.
Because to find at least one disadvantage of these ceilings to the bathroom, I was not able to. The only thing particularly fastidious buyers can find fault with - the material from which made the ceiling. PVC film, you know, stuff is not natural (as in the case of the plastic panels). But if you look at the health certificate, you will know that this material is not harmful to health.