As an additional design element, false ceilings not only add an exquisite look to the room but also make the overall space energy-efficient. With growing demand, different types of false ceiling materials are available for property owners, who have restricted budget and limited requirements. While plaster of Paris (POP) and gypsum false ceilings require proper handling, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) false ceilings are comparatively easier to install and maintain. Here’s everything you need to know about PVC false ceilings.
What is a PVC false ceiling?
PVC panels are often used as a cladding material, in the ceilings of residential and commercial buildings. PVC is strong, yet lightweight and since it is factory-manufactured, the finish is seamless and can be built in various designs, colours, sizes and lengths. Each PVC panel has a hollow core with a shiny surface. Like gypsum false ceilings, PVC false ceilings are waterproof and are more effective and durable in high moisture areas, such as balconies, bathrooms and basements.
Pros and cons of PVC false ceiling
|PVC ceilings are sturdy and durable. They can last for years, without major wear and tear.||PVC ceiling panels lend a plastic look to the space.|
|PVC ceilings are not brittle and are less likely to get damaged while handling.||The joints between the panels are visible.|
|Such ceilings are more affordable than other conventional materials.||Since PVC is plastic, it gets damaged when subjected to heat. Only energy-efficient lights can be installed in PVC ceilings, as heat-emitting lights have to be avoided.|
|The installation is easy and does not create a dusty environment during installation.||PVC ceilings release toxic chlorine gas over a period of time. Also, this material is very harmful when burnt.|
|PVC ceilings are water-proof, termite-proof and do not allow the growth of mildew and mould.|
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PVC vs POP false ceiling: Which is better?
|PVC false ceiling||POP false ceiling|
|Limited availability of designs.||Very versatile and visually appealing.|
|Extremely sturdy and durable.||Completely fire-resistant and can be used in kitchens.|
|More affordable than any other type of false ceiling.||POP ceilings are a great option for insulation against heat.|
|Easier to install and maintain.||Installation requires skilled experts.|
|Completely water-resistant and can be used in bathrooms and balconies.||Lightweight and durable. Cracks are not easily visible to the naked eye.|
PVC false ceiling: Pricing
|Type of PVC||Price per sq ft|
|Coated||Rs 45 onwards|
|Colour-coated||Rs 38 onwards|
|Film-coated||Rs 32 onwards|
|Galvanised||Rs 60 onwards|
PVC false ceiling: Design ideas
See also: 7 elegant ceiling design ideas
Is PVC false ceiling good?
PVC ceilings are sturdy and durable but the designs could be very limited.
Which is better PVC or POP ceiling?
Depending upon where you live and how much the average temperature is, you could decide between either of them.