The ceiling is certainly located above your head, but it is an essential element to finish off a room and give it the cachet you want. Builders have been looking for a solution so that you don't have to completely redo your ceiling when it starts to need your attention. Two solutions are then available to you: the stretch ceiling and the suspended ceiling. But one question remains unanswered: should you use one or the other?

The suspended ceiling

This type of false ceiling is hard. Its frame is made of metal. It does not depend on the supporting structure. This reinforcement is then hidden by a ceiling made of PVC, ceramic or terracotta ceiling bricks, plasterboard, wood or panelling. This ceiling is called a suspended ceiling because a hollow, an empty space is formed between the original ceiling and the new ceiling. This ceiling is ideal if you are looking for a sober and classic style. Last but not least, this false suspended ceiling can only be installed by professionals. It is still difficult to install. The materials are heavy and difficult to handle.

The stretch ceiling

The false stretch ceiling is ideal for renovating your room or masking a very damaged ceiling. A professional should be called in to take measurements of the fabric so that it fits the ceiling perfectly. This fabric is made of a thermoplastic material called velum. It is fire and UV resistant. If you have nature at heart, there are canvases made from fully recyclable materials. In this case, it is not thermoplastic, but thermo-extensible, and therefore has similar qualities. Rails are used to fix this fabric to the ceiling. Thanks to its thermoplastic or thermo-extensible quality, it only takes a little heat to make the fabric smooth. Your ceiling is finally ready! The result is aesthetic and contemporary. Unlike a suspended ceiling, this ceiling is very easy to install. The installation can be done without having to remove all the furniture from the room. What's more, it requires very little maintenance.

Advantages and disadvantages

Suspended false ceilings are the most commonly encountered. Indeed, it allows you to insulate your room more while remaining practical and affordable. The insulation made possible by this ceiling is both thermal, thanks to its thickness, and phonic. Indeed, the space between the ceiling and the false ceiling insulates you from the noises of the upper floor. This empty space also allows you to hide the electrical ducts. The thermal quality can be reinforced by the installation of insulation. Stretched ceilings are rarely used, but they are becoming more and more common. Although it is more expensive, it nevertheless provides a modern look. Moreover, velum is available in several finishes. Matt, satin, patterned, you are sure to find what suits you. The fabric can also be treated against dust mites and/or bacteria.