Bathroom Ceiling Options. Part II
In the previous part of the article we were talking about some major criteria, based on which a bathroom ceiling can be evaluated. We also discussed the most popular finishing materials for ceilings – whitewash and paint. Both options are time-consuming. They require careful surface processing and professional skills to get done correctly. Are there any alternate options which are easier to implement? Absolutely. Let’s get into the details.
Plastic paneled ceilings
Plastic paneling is a very common option too. This option is always in demand but also requires professional services. A special aluminum frame has to be installed to become a base for plastic panels and hold them tight. This option is better implemented in rooms with high ceilings as aluminum frames also take space.
Advantages of plastic paneling:
- Working surfaces don’t require special preparation and material prices are very affordable;
- Plastic ceilings look very aesthetic;
- The construction in general is durable and long-lasting. Single panels can be easily replaced if needed.
There are some disadvantages. As it was mentioned previously, aluminum frames reduce the ceilings’ height. Dirt accumulates in the joints between the panels from time to time, thus making you responsible for extra cleaning.
This method is somewhat similar to the one described above. The base is a metal construction which the panels get later attached to. The panels can be made of aluminum, plastic or thin steel plates. A special anti-corrosion treatment makes these metal panels waterproof.
Pros of using batten ceilings:
- A wide range of varieties: battens can imitate precious metals, patterned and having decorative elements;
- No surface alignment is needed before the installation;
- Backlight can be built in the construction;
- Metal is quite easy to clean.
And, of course, there are some cons. Metal battens are much more expensive than regular plastic panels. Often cleaning will also be required as dirt accumulates between the battens as well.
Cassette or modular ceilings are also framed constructions, just like the two previously described options. The difference between them is that the elements inserted in the hanging metal frame can be made of many different materials, such as galvanized steel, acrylic and plexiglass. Rectangular shape of the elements makes you think that the ceiling is tiled like walls and floors.
Advantages of using this option:
- Communication system elements and backlight can be hidden under panels;
- Single elements can be easily replaced if damaged;
- Ceilings installed this particular way look very modern and stylish and can perfectly match high-tech bathrooms;
- If you’d like to access some hidden communication system elements, you’ll just need to lift one of the modules a little.
Disadvantages include high prices and space consumption. This variant is definitely not for rooms with low ceilings. Are there any other options of refinishing bathroom ceilings? We’ll discuss them in our final next part of the article.