The ceiling coverings are surfaces that facilitate the electrical installation and lighting of the rooms and provide the rooms with thermal and acoustic comfort. Hence, it is important to plan the type of liner that will best suit your home during a renovation or construction. In this article you will know how to put PVC liners
Advantages and disadvantages of PVC lining
The PVC liner is ideal for humid environments, but can be installed in any room in the house. It is easy to install, resistant both in hot and dry climates and in damp and cold places. In addition, it is a material that does not deform easily, is immune to pests such as termites, does not require post-treatment with paint or varnish, and is excellent in economy.
You can find PVC liners available in the market with smooth or beaded surfaces, wide or narrow blades, rigid or flexible products that can be purchased in the exact size and quantity for installation on your property.
In addition to the blades themselves, you will need to purchase some accessories such as angles that support the blades, splices that should be used if there are gaps, and other parts that support and finish the blades.
Unless you give up the wood finish on the lining, be aware that there are PVC blades with colors and patterns that mimic both light wood and dark wood. And with regard to lighting, the PVC liner is so versatile that it allows recessed lights to be installed in peace.
The disadvantages of PVC lining are few, but they must be considered according to the purpose of each room. PVC is a material that does not properly insulate heat and noise. If you need soundproofing or reduce the heat in a room, it is better to invest in a different type of material.
How to put PVC lining: materials needed for installation
Installing a PVC liner isn’t the most complicated task. You will need the following materials:
- Metalon structure (can also be made of wood);
- PVC blades in color and texture you will find the best;
- Finishing rulers for use as frames and in support of blades;
- Brackets for attaching the finishing rulers to the corners of the wall;
- Steel cable;
- Steel cable clamps;
Tools for setting PVC lining
You will also need some tools:
- Plumb and / or level;
- Saw and saw bow;
- Drilling machine;
- Sawing glass;
- Safety materials such as gloves, goggles, etc.
How to insert the PVC liner: Step by step for installation
Before you begin, make sure the blades are in good condition and have been stored in a dry, covered place in their original packaging. Make sure the roof is in good condition with no infiltration or structural problems. Make sure you use equipment that provides adequate protection against accidents.
1. Adjust the height of the liner
The first step is to define the height of your PVC liner. Ideally, it should be at least 1 meter from the roof and 2.80 m from the floor. Measure and mark the walls that the liner will remain on after installation.
2. Drill the holes
Now it’s time to mark the drilling points so that you’ll place the metal frame that will hold the liner in place. The drilling points should be 50 cm apart and they should all line up with the holes in the opposite wall. Use the saw to drill holes.
3. Assemble the metallon structure
To assemble the metal frame, measure the rods and insert them into the holes in the walls. They are wall-to-wall, side-to-side mounted, forming a chessboard on the ceiling. To strengthen the structure, you can tie the metallon to the roof with steel cables.
4. Attach the finishing rulers
The decorative strips are attached to the wall with screws directly under the metal frame. To attach to each other in the corners of the walls, use the angles, always paying attention to the alignment and leveling of the pieces. In order not to damage the wall, you can mount the rulers with silicone. Thread a generous layer of silicone into the base and attach it to the wall above the mark. Make sure it needs to be leveled and move around until it tips.
5. Assemble the blades
Start by assembling the first PVC blade from the finish. From this you will match the next one, always with the male side on the female side. No need to screw or glue, just fit together. To make better use of space and materials, place the wings parallel to the largest wall in the room.
Secure the PVC blades to the metal frame with the bolts as they slide into each other. Place splices if necessary. If the support structure is made of wood rather than metal, use nails to secure the leaves in place.
Attaching the final blade takes a few tricks to make the finish look perfect. Place one end of the trimmer on the end strip first and slide it all the way down. Using a spatula, place the other end on the front blade.
Care for your PVC liner
The PVC lining is very versatile, does not produce mold, does not look like worn paint and its cleaning and preservation is very easy, just use water and a neutral detergent. In addition, this product has a long lifespan, it can last up to 50 years if properly installed and maintained.
To clean, dilute ½ cup of neutral detergent in 1 liter of water, mix until foam forms, and apply the PVC with a damp sponge or soft cloth.
The dirt comes out easily, just massage in lightly and then wipe dry with a lint-free cloth. Avoid too much force or too much jerking so as not to damage the feed. Remember that it is a delicate surface and the material is very flexible.
Avoid acidic chemicals, bleach, or abrasives, even in the kitchen, where grease is easier to collect in PVC. Since it is a plastic coating, it is very easy to remove traces of grease, simply dilute Caprichar in the sponge with a solution of detergent in water.
Over time, PVC liners tend to turn yellow, this is normal but should only happen after many years. With the right care, your feed will stay beautiful for a long time.
The PVC lining is a practical finish and has an excellent cost-benefit ratio, reducing the expense of labor. It’s not one of the prettiest finishes, but when properly installed and designed, it guarantees a comfortable look for any setting.
Also, perform periodic maintenance on your roof by arranging broken tiles or other damage, as the presence of gutters can collect rainwater that will damage your liner.
Now that you already know how to install the PVC liner and how to hold it, look for quality materials and always use safety equipment. If you think of this type of task as something very complicated, there is always the option to hire a good professional to finish your chuck.