Everyone who thinks about renovating their home will sooner or later face the question of what material to make ceilings in a particular room. Today, their choice is quite large, but in this article we would like to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of mirrored ceilings.
Plastic Mirror Panels
Mirror suspended ceilings are made from different materials. The simplest and cheapest material is considered to be plastic panels covered with a reflective film. Such material can be made both in the form of square flexible plates and in the form of laths with a glossy coating. They are fixed to the ceiling with glue or cement. In rare cases, screws are used.
Such mirrored ceilings require careful pre-surface preparation. If this is not done, the reflection may be distorted. Manufacturers of plastic panels do not recommend mounting them in rooms where the possibility of a fire hazard is high. In addition, pointlamps - they are flammable materials. According to experts, the most wear-resistant and durable is a mirror ceiling made of acrylic. The level of reflection of this design reaches 98%, it is not afraid of temperature changes, it is lightweight. The material is produced in rolls, so the result is a seamless and perfectly even surface.
Mirror tiles on the ceiling, along with the advantages, have some disadvantages:
- The surface does not hide spots, especially if the lighting is full. After water gets in and it dries completely, clearly visible traces will remain on the ceiling. You can get rid of them only with the help of special means.
- Installation of glass panels requires care, as it is a rather fragile material.
- The need for preliminary surface preparation.
Often, mirrored ceilings are made from slats. For this, a special material is used, on which a special layer is applied, giving the surface a reflection effect. This mirror ceiling is lightweight and highly durable.
Mirror stretch ceiling
This finishing method is universal - a glossy surface will decorate any design project. Mirrored stretch ceiling has a number of undeniable advantages:
- visually increases the height;
- does not require complicated care;
- almost does not reduce the height of the room;
- not afraid of moisture.
To install the profile when mounting a mirrored ceiling, it is enough to retreat 40-50 mm from the height of the room. The ceiling surface does not require special preparation.
Mirror ceilings in the bathroom
This type of ceiling covering is now quite common. In the bathroom, such ceilings are used to visually increase the space, increase the level of illumination in a small room.
It should be noted that in this room you can mount ceilings of any type - slatted, tiled, stretch. However, judging by the reviews of the owners, stretch ceilings with a mirror surface are not very practical in this particular room due to high humidity.
A mirrored ceiling is simply necessary in a small room (such as, say, a bathroom in Khrushchev). Such a design will make the room visually wider, higher. You will no longer feel the pressure of walls and ceilings in it.
Mirror ceilings in the bathroom are suitable for any interior. For example, for high-tech style, you can pick up mirrors of various sizes, very unusually located.
Mirror ceiling can have different shades - malachite, steel, turquoise, pink. In addition, ceilings that combine several colors look very interesting.
You can also install mirrors with a pattern or facet. The pattern is applied to mirrors with a beveled edge. In this case, the light beam is refracted and a rainbow effect appears. Full drawingdepends on the wishes of the customer.
Colored and curvilinear are mirrors with facet.
There are several ways to install mirrored ceilings.
Panels are attached to special ceilings, which are mounted to the ceiling. Previously, the ceiling is plastered, puttied. The panels are fastened with screws, which are decorated with special caps.
Aluminum (or steel) battens attached to the concrete ceiling. Such a system consists of aluminum suspension beams to which slats are attached.
Stretch ceilings are installed on the frame.
To make the most of the properties of PVC mirror film, you need to pay attention to the following factors:
- reflective properties increase as colors darken (reflection is more contrast on darker surfaces);
- to visually expand the space, it is better to use light colors;
- mirror ceiling allows you to zone the space (for example, highlighting the dining area).
When choosing a ceiling covering, study the websites of companies offering this material, evaluate their portfolio and customer reviews.
Most of the world's well-known manufacturers guarantee the operation of their ceilings for 10 years. Owner reviews confirm this. Moreover, many claim that with proper care, the mirror ceiling, the photo of which you see in this article, can last up to 15 years.
The products of this brand are well known in the Russian market. The mirror ceiling of the Armstrong company is one of the most demanded in our country. Its basis is slabs created using a simple technology - perlite, starch, mineral fiber, sometimes paper and water. This mass is sent to the conveyor, where the plates themselves are obtained by pressing. The next step in manufacturing is drying and cleaning. A pattern or foil coating is applied to the finished plates. This ceiling is not the most expensive. Many found in it the perfect combination of "price + quality".
Which is the best ceiling?
It is definitely impossible to answer this question. There are many reasons for this - the preferences and financial capabilities of the customer, the room in which the ceiling will be mounted (its area, height, illumination). If you believe the statistics, then mirror self-adhesive panels, which are made on the basis of polystyrene, are in the lead in the world ranking. Such material is produced not only in the form of panels, but also in rolls. The last option needs to “rest” before use (like linoleum). Sticking canvases can be easier and faster than panels.
Rack ceiling is very popular in Russia. It is good in both public buildings and residential areas - rooms, kitchens, bathrooms.
Mirror ceilings - a new, rapidly developing trend in modern design. Today it cannot be called ideal. But now we can say with confidence that such a design elementwill become a highlight of the house, subject to proper installation and operation.