The stretch ceiling, in PVC or polyester, has many advantages. But how much does it cost to install a stretch ceiling? Here is the calculation.
When renovating a room, installing a false ceiling is a solution that is increasingly popular with individuals. Indeed, this original ceiling cover option has several advantages and is quite easy to install.
It is difficult to estimate the price of a false ceiling because so many parameters come into play in calculating the final cost. However, it is important to know that this will depend in particular on the type of false ceiling you want to install.
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The different types of false ceiling
There are two types of false ceiling on the market:
The stretch false ceiling
: it is made of a stretchable thermoplastic fabric, called a “velum”. It is mainly made of PVC and made of PVC or aluminum rails placed around the perimeter of the floor.
The suspended suspended ceiling
: it is made up of BA13 plates (plasterboard), hangers and rails.
These two types each have their advantages. In addition, the installation technique is different and specific to each ceiling.
Advantages of a stretch ceiling
It is a little more expensive than the suspended ceiling and is more complex to install, but it is more and more popular with individuals and businesses. Indeed, it has several undeniable advantages:
- Its aesthetic: it adapts perfectly to modern interiors. You can decline the canvas in an infinity of colors and choose from several finishes: satin, matt and lacquered. However, be sure to choose it well, because you will not be able to repaint it.
- Its technical performance: its fabric is treated against UV rays and is also anti-mites, antibacterial, antistatic, and even possibly fungicidal. In addition, it is quite possible to drill the canvas to be able to add accessories to your false ceiling, such as lighting.
- Its longevity: due to its resistance to blows, the stretch ceiling has a long lifespan.
- Its maintenance: it does not require any particular maintenance but, if necessary, it can be washed.
Benefits of a suspended ceiling
It is the most widely used cap on the market because it is economical and easy to set up. It has the following advantages:
- Its economic cost: the suspended ceiling is really very affordable.
- Its insulation performance: whether thermally or acoustically, the suspended ceiling is of very high quality when it comes to limiting noise, shocks and temperature losses. These qualities come from the air captured between the ceiling and the false ceiling, which allows it to act as a natural insulation.
- Its practicality: it makes it easy to reduce the ceiling height of a room. It is also easily removable if you need access to electrical cables, or in the event of a move.
The price of a false ceiling
As we have just explained, the false stretch ceiling and the suspended one are two very different techniques, which implies very different prices.
Many factors go into estimating the price of a false ceiling, such as the area to be covered, the material and the number of angles.
For a stretch ceiling, prices generally range between € 15 and € 70 per m².
For a classic suspended ceiling in BA13 plasterboard it will cost between € 6 and € 10 per m². As you can see, this option is much more affordable. However, this price may increase depending on the material you have chosen for the plates.
Indeed, in the case of a suspended ceiling, you will be able to choose the material of your exterior roof. Depending on your desires and your project, you can opt for wood, aluminum or PVC plates. The rendering and properties of each of the materials may be adapted to a specific situation.
The installation of a false ceiling
Installing a suspended ceiling is a task that may seem very simple at first, but can very quickly become overwhelming. One of the difficulties comes from the ceiling as such. Indeed, few ceilings are perfectly flat and square, with angles exactly 90 °.
You will therefore inevitably come up against difficulties implied by the inaccuracy of the main ceiling, walls or even the floor. You will also have to rework your electrical installation, especially at the level of ceiling lights and suspensions. In some cases, you will even have to install channels in the walls to develop a new electrical network.
For this reason it is strongly recommended to call a professional.
Note also that if you opt for a stretch false ceiling, you must contact a professional because you will not have the tools or the know-how to install the thermoplastic canvas.
For suspended suspended ceilings, hiring a professional will save you time. Indeed, the job will be finished much more quickly and cleanly than if you did it yourself.
Installation of a false stretch ceiling
The installation of the stretch ceiling is quite difficult to implement, due to the specificity of the canvas tent technique. It is therefore important that your stretch ceiling is made to measure by a professional. This one will carry out a very precise measurement of the dimensions and will carry out the high frequency welds in the factory before installing it at your home.
There are two installation methods for this type of ceiling:
- Hot installation: this consists of heating the canvas or the material used so as to give it a tension which will remain intact at room temperature. This technique is very complex to implement and requires specialized equipment.
- Cold laying: it necessarily requires the use of a special canvas that can be stretched without seeing its temperature increased. This technique is simpler to implement, but the canvas used is more expensive.
Having recourse to a professional will guarantee you a quick, clean and unconstrained installation. In this case, it is not necessary to empty the room of its furniture.
Installation of a suspended suspended ceiling
The installation of any type of suspended suspended ceiling requires the attachment of rails to the master ceiling. These will be intended to support the false ceiling, most often made of plasterboard. This step must be carried out carefully, because it is this step that will determine the ease of installation of the facing as well as the final rendering of the surface.
Depending on the type of facing you choose, it will be necessary to plug, sand or paint. So you will have to empty the room you are working in, as this will cause a lot of dust. You will also need to have adequate equipment in order to work at height for several hours in complete safety.
If you are not equipped and have no experience, we recommend that you hire a professional to do this delicate job. This will assure you of the good quality of the work. In addition, it will be cheaper to have the false ceiling raised by a professional rather than renting all the equipment you will need to carry out this operation.
The cost of installing a false ceiling
As you have seen, the installations of each type of ceiling are very different and require specific know-how, as well as very specific tools in the case of stretch ceilings.
For a stretch ceiling
The tariffs for laying cold and hot stretch ceilings are not very different. You will generally need to count between 20 and 50 € per m² for an installation made by a professional.
If you are well equipped, experienced and have a limited budget, you can mount your stretch ceiling yourself. For a PVC canvas, you will need to equip yourself with a heat gun. If you choose a polyester canvas, however, it is recommended to hire a professional. Although not requiring such specific tools, it will guarantee you a quick and trouble-free job.
As for the total cost of the installation, which includes the canvas and the installation by a professional, it is between 45 and 120 € depending on the surface and the options you have chosen. This price is indicative as there are architectural situations that will cause prices to go up, for example if you plan to install a ceiling in a non-rectangular room.
Of course, you can get more detailed and tailored prices by asking for quotes from artisans in your area. This will allow you to compare prices, but also to discuss with them in order to know the options that might interest you and suit your project.
For a suspended ceiling
Unlike the stretch ceiling, the suspended ceiling is simpler and will therefore be more economical. The total cost of installation will depend here on the option you have chosen:
- If you are installing a suspended ceiling alone, count a total cost of € 10 per m²;
- If a professional intervenes for the supplies and assembly, the average price for a suspended ceiling is € 40 per m².
Finally, when calculating your budget or requesting a quote, consider including any accessories you want to install on your ceiling, as they will drive up the final score.