Stretch Ceiling FAQs

As a manufacturer, installer and supplier of stretch ceilings we get asked a lot of questions. And we love them! We realise stretch ceilings are still a relatively new idea for a lot of people so we happily take the time to answer any questions customers might have. Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

1. Why are they called stretch ceilings?

Essentially a stretch ceiling is an elastic canvas that is attached to all four walls of your room and then stretched into place using air heaters to create a suspended ceiling which is incredibly strong and durable.

2. What types of buildings are stretch ceilings recommended for?

Stretch ceilings can be used anywhere but due to their advantages in terms of strength, durability, low-maintenance, and hygiene, you will very commonly find them in schools and nurseries, indoor playgrounds, hospitals and other medical facilities, care homes, sports and leisure centres, swimming pools, bars and restaurants.

3. What different finishes are available?

There is a very wide choice of colours. You can opt for traditional matt, slightly gloss satin or a dramatic gloss finish. Let more light in with a translucent ceiling. Or why not create an impact with a printed ceiling of your logo, favourite artwork or motif. You can even create shaped, tiered or multi-level ceilings. See more design options.

4. Why are stretch ceilings recommended for swimming pools?

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Stretch ceilings are very hygienic, anti-static and free of condensation. The stretch ceiling membrane is very thin, so it reaches room temperature very quickly, meaning no condensation and no mould. In some of our projects where the ventilation doesn’t work properly we recommend the installation of simple vent grills to get a natural circulation of air between the room and the space above the stretch ceiling. We shouldn’t forget the design options too (see point 3). A popular choice for swimming pools is a cloudy sky print. Read more about swimming pool ceilings.

5. How do stretch ceilings work with lights and other fittings and fixtures?

Short answer? Platforms for light fixtures or other systems are attached to the original ceiling and their height is adjusted to match the stretch ceiling height. Once the ceiling is in place strengthening rings are glued to the canvas and then cut inside to make holes for light fixtures and other systems. Fixtures are connected to cables, pulled through the holes and then the springs to the fixture platforms above the canvas are engaged. Long answer? See this page.

6. How much do stretch ceilings cost?

The price for the material and installation of our stretch ceilings starts at £40 per square metre. This cost is similar to a plasterboard ceiling. However with plasterboard you will need to allow for lots more time for the install and extra costs for clearing the rooms, disposal of waste and cleaning the premises. See our comparison of stretch ceilings with other ceilings.

7. How do you maintain a stretch ceiling?

It is very easy. Unlike traditional ceilings, stretch ceilings do not crack. The canvas is waterproof and can hold up to 100 litres of water per square metre of ceiling in the case of technical failure or flooding, thereby protecting your property from damage. See the video below for a variety of strength tests. They are easy to clean to, just use a damp cloth!

8. How long does it take to install a stretch ceiling?

Less than a day. See this comparison with other ceiling systems.

9. Can you train me or my team?

We are often contacted by builders and interior decorators who want to add stretch ceilings to their portfolio of services. Or maybe you just have an appetite to DIY your stretch ceiling install? We provide training courses for beginners at our Sussex factory and can supply full product information and ongoing technical support.

10. How long do stretch ceilings last?

Well, we offer a 10 year guarantee but stretch ceilings can last much longer. It’s more than likely you’ll want to change the design (which is very simple to do) before you have to replace it due to wear and tear.

Did we answer your questions? I hope so! If not please ask us and we will try to answer as quick as we can.

Elena

Introducing the Easy Ceiling Factory

Easy Ceiling Technologies is fairly unique in that we are one of the only UK stretch ceiling suppliers to have our own factory, in Hailsham, East Sussex. This means we can control the whole process for you; from manufacture through to supply, install and aftercare.

 

 

Having our own factory gives us numerous advantages.

 

Speed

As we are the manufacturer, supplier and installer we have complete control over your stretch ceiling installation. That means we can do it quicker than anyone else.

Quality

Having total control over the process ensures we can maintain our high quality standards.

Low prices

It’s only us in our supply chain, there aren’t multiple companies who need their cut. As a result we can guarantee the lowest stretch ceiling prices on the market without compromising the high quality of our product.

Expertise

As we provide a full stretch ceiling service we have a full understanding of the product. This gives us much more expertise in helping you select the right ceiling for your property. The factory also gives us opportunity to ensure our team of installers receive expert training.

Innovation

As a manufacturer we are constantly looking for new ways to innovate, be it new colours, textiles or dimensions. Recently we were the first company to introduce 5 metre wide printed stretch ceiling canvases to the UK. We love working with architects and designers to explore new ways stretch ceilings can be utilised. Our factory gives us the freedom to try out new options and experiment, like see if our ceilings can take our weight!

 

 

Design options

As we are producing your ceiling we can give you more options in terms of style, fabric, measurements and colours.

 

Stretch Ceiling Colours

 

Though we will happily take care of every step of the process for you for you we can also offer you flexibility. Here are four examples of different ways we can work with you.

 

1. Manufacture, Supply and Install

Once we have decided the ceiling fabric and design you need we will manufacture it, then supply and install at your location. This is advisable for property owners or business who are looking for a one time installation.

2. Manufacture & Supply

This is advisable for trained installers. We can just produce and supply stretch ceiling canvases and components required for you to do the install yourself. If you don’t have trained installers in your team but want to become a regular installer of stretch ceilings we suggest option 3.

3. Installation training

Our team of expert installers will train your team. A smart way to do this is hands-on with your first stretch ceiling install, we can guide you through the process. We’re always on hand if you get stuck or need help with future projects.

 

 

4. Set up your own factory!

So you are regular installer of stretch ceilings and you want to grow your business further? To maximise efficiency, especially if you are operating in a new country, we suggest you set up your own local production of the product, establishing contracts with local suppliers of components (profiles, protecting rings, platforms, etc). We can help you with the start-up of this business, as we have recently done in Algeria.

 

If you would like to learn more about Easy Ceiling Technologies please get in touch, or why not come and visit our factory?

New case studies – Gatwick Express, Spain and Devon

I’m very proud to tell you about three new projects we have recently completed; lighting panels for the new Gatwick Express lounge, a basement gym and spa in Spain and a luxury leisure suite in Devon.

Gatwick Express Lighting Panels

As regular users of Gatwick Airport ourselves we were very honoured to be asked by Gatwick Express contractors MGMC Ltd to provide circular stretch ceilings canvases for the lighting panels above their new lounge area for customers at Gatwick Airport.

Read more about this project.

 

Spa and Gym Ceiling Spain

Moving on from Gatwick Airport, let’s fly over to Spain, to the exclusive PGA Catalunya resort. We installed a stretch ceiling in the basement gym and spa of an award-winning architect designed, high spec, high tech villa. As you can see from the picture above, the only natural light comes through the glass wall of the outdoor swimming pool. We used a super mirrored stretch ceiling to reflect the light into the area but also to make the basement feel higher and more spacious.

Read more about this project.

 

Leisure Suite Ceiling Devon

Back to the UK, to Devon in particular. This project was a joy for our installation team as the sea views from the house are spectacular. We provided the ceiling for the leisure suite, complete with indoor pool, sauna, seating area, bar and pool table. As with the Spanish project we used a super mirrored white ceiling to reflect more light into the space. The owner, a keen backstroke swimmer, was delighted he could use the ceiing to note when he had to turn!

Read more about this project.

 

I hope you found these projects interesting? Read more case studies here. Got a project in mind? Then please get in touch.

Elena

Restaurant ceilings the Easy way

Firstly a disclaimer.

Easy Ceiling Technologies is a leading manufacturer, supplier and installer of stretch ceilings. Though other options are available (please check them out), we strongly believe that stretch ceilings are the perfect choice for restaurant ceilings. In this blog we’ll outline why.

So what are stretch ceilings?

A stretch ceiling is an incredibly tough elastic canvas which is attached to your room via a metal track then stretched taut to make a ceiling. They are incredibly quick and easy to install and because they are elastic canvases there are unlimited design choices. They are also very easy to maintain and replace.

And what’s the Easy way?

Easy Ceiling Technologies is relatively unique in that we provide a complete stretch ceiling service. We manufacture, supply and install your ceiling. We happily offer an aftercare service too. Because we have total control of the process we can promise a rapid, quality install together with a lowest price guarantee.

Tell me more

Here’s just a few of the benefits that make stretch ceilings such a perfect choice for restaurants.

Athens restaurant installation

We rapidly installed the Athens restaurant ceiling with no disruption to their business

Quick and easy install
A stretch ceiling can be installed in under a day, sometimes just a few hours. You hardly need to remove anything from the restaurant before starting, and there won’t be any mess to clean up afterwards. If your restaurant already has a ”close day” you won’t have to miss out on any business at all!

Great value
Where you really save money with stretch ceilings is on the install. As we’ve said it takes less than a day, whereas other options take up to a week. And we’d struggle to find many restaurants who’d want to be closed for that long. Check out our prices and installation comparisons with other ceiling options here.

Unlimited design options
One of the most exciting benefits of a stretch ceiling is you can print anything on your ceiling you want. A beautiful cloudy sky, the stars at night, or your restaurant logo. The choice is yours. There are also a multitude of colours and finishes to pick from. Shaped and multi-level ceilings are an option to consider too. For this London restaurant below we used a stars at night canvas surrounded by a back lit translucent ceiling that rotates through a number of different colours.

restaurant-ceiling-design-london

Easy to maintain and replace
Stretch ceilings are made from incredibly tough elastic so they are very durable. So durable in fact we offer a 10 year guarantee on all our ceilings. They don’t suffer from damp or corrosion. Leaks can be dealt with very easily. We realise it’s important for restaurants to regularly update their interior design. With stretch ceilings you simply remove the existing one from the metal track and install a new one.

You might be interested to read this case study of a restaurant ceiling we recently installed.

If you have a project in mind please get in touch for a quote.

What a year!

Now that the summer’s over we have been taking stock of the last twelve months.

And what a year it’s been!

Here’s a few of the highlights.

 

Swimming pools, swimming pools, swimming pools

 

Stretch Ceiling Swimming Pool

 

As we’re relatively new to the UK market we didn’t realise how many indoor swimming pools there are in the UK requiring a stretch ceiling. Or in the case of a job we did in Surrey, indoor swimming pools that were originally outdoor! Yes this August was very hot but we can understand why an indoor pool is a more practical option for most of the year in the UK.

 

New UK website brings lots of enquiries

 

We worked with digital marketing agency ADMAN to create and then promote this new UK website in March 2016. Since then the enquiries have been growing by the month.

 

5 metre printed ceiling canvas – an UK Exclusive

 

5 metre sky printed ceiling

 

Stretch ceiling canvases are normally offered in 2 or 3.5 metre widths. This can cause issues with printed ceilings where the join of the canvas can be more visible. We solved this issue with the UK’s first 5 metre width stretch ceiling canvas.

 

Growing our installer network

 

We happily will travel across the UK to install a ceiling but we’ve been building our supplier network so we can complete projects across the country even quicker. We now have expert stretch ceiling installers available in Birmingham, London and Sussex.

 

Gatwick Express

 

Gatwick Express Stretch Ceiling

 

As our factory is based in Sussex it’s always an honour for us to work with local companies. We were delighted when the Gatwick Express chose us to install a new circular stretch ceilings at Gatwick Airport.

 

What’s next?

 

More of the same we hope! We will continue to build our installer network and hope to take on larger commercial projects. Innovation is part of our DNA so we hope to create a few more firsts in the world of stretch ceilings too.

Thanks to all of you who have helped us in the last year. We wouldn’t be in this position without you!

Elena

Let us supply your ceiling

Looking for a stretch ceiling supplier? Then consider Easy Ceiling. We’re one of the only stretch ceiling manufacturers in the UK so we can promise a quality stretch ceiling with rapid delivery and at a great price. Let us tell you more…

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Why Stretch Ceilings again?

Firstly let’s have a recap on the the benefits of stretch ceilings:

  • Rapid installation – installed in a few days or less
  • Safe – complying with fire classification B-s2-d0
  • Hygienic – easy to clean and virtually damp proof
  • Water-resistant – absorb leaks without ceiling damage
  • Low maintenance and reliable – 10 year guarantee
  • Low cost – to install, service and replace
  • Huge range of finishes and designs – including shaped and printed ceilings

Working with Easy Ceiling Technologies

If you are a building contractor we’re sure you only want to work with suppliers and supplies that you can rely on. This is certainly the case with Easy Ceiling’s stretch ceilings.

Here’s few a recent testimonials from our clients:

“I would just like to thank you for your help and service with our project. We are really happy with the ceilings and it has given the area a real wow factor. Your fitters were great , and will not hesitate to recommend and use your company again on future project”

Neil Shillingford Heathbrook Leisure Ltd

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your help and understanding with the difficult position we found ourselves in. We have no reservations in recommending your company – the final finished result is breath-taking. We are very pleased and have had many astonished comments from family and friends at how unique and beautiful the ceiling is.”

Simon Bradley, Nottingham

5 metre sky printed ceiling

Our new 5 metre sky canvas hot off the press

We have our own factory in Hailsham, East Sussex. We use ultra-advanced equipment and hard engineering to optimise the production of our stretch ceilings. As we are a manufacturer we have total control and accountability for your ceiling. It also means we have the flexibility to alter the design or material to suit your specific needs. For example we are the first UK manufacturer to offer a 5 metre wide printed stretch ceiling canvas. This flexibility extends to our service, we work 7 days a week to ensure rapid production and delivery of your stretch ceiling.

Join our installer network now

We do have our own installation team but are more than happy to just manufacture and supply the stretch ceiling canvas to you if you want to do the install yourself. We also offer free training if you are interested in joining our approved network of installers across the UK. Contact us now to discuss further.

Extend your summer with printed ceilings

Finally a good spell of weather in the UK!

Isn’t it funny how your mood improves when there’s a blue sky above your head?

Even living on the South Coast of England we realise it’s not always going to be sunny. So how can you brighten up your life when the days are a bit dreary? We think we might have the solution, create a room in your house or office that’s always bright and sunny!

 

Beau-tiful - Sky design ceiling

 

Our cloudy sky prints are by the far the most popular printed ceiling choice amongst our clients. This type of stretch ceiling design is often used for ‘sun rooms’ such as conservatories, orangeries or indoor pool rooms. Stretch ceilings in these rooms always work well with enhanced lighting systems, such as back lights or even better, natural daylight which can be filtered into a room using translucent ceiling membranes. This latter effect brings a more natural feel to a room. Use your imagination and you can pretend your are sitting under a glorious blue sky dotted with the odd billowy white cloud.

We have a wide number of sky designs that can be adapted for your ceiling. Please view our gallery for some examples. We can also work to customised briefs too, pretty much any design is possible with printed ceilings. Just tell us what you want. This video might inspire you.

 

 

Lastly we have some exciting news about our printed ceiling range. We are the first UK stretch ceiling supplier to offer printed ceilings using a 5 metre wide canvas. Stretch ceiling canvases typically come in either 2 or 3.2 metre widths. This works for a lot of ceilings but larger printed ceilings require a join that, depending on the ceiling height and lighting, can sometimes be visible. To eradicate this issue we have teamed up with global printing group Prismaflex to produce a 5 metre wide printed ceiling canvas. See below for our first one! We hope to be installing this in a month or two so please check back in the Autumn to read the case study.

 

5 metre sky printed ceiling

 

If you are interested in finding out more about our printed ceilings please get in touch.

Until next time,

Elena

Welcome to our new website

As our UK stretch ceiling business has developed we’ve quickly learnt what information you need when researching stretch ceiling suppliers. So we’ve decided to give our website a refresh! To celebrate we’re offering an Easter special of 5% off stretch ceilings of over 50 sqm and 10% off ceilings over 100 sqm. Available for orders before the end of April 2016.

So what’s new? Read more