The ceiling linings are finishes that facilitate the electrical installation and the lighting of the environments, besides providing thermal and acoustic comfort to the rooms. So it is important to plan the type of liner most suitable for your home during a renovation or construction. In this article you will know how to put PVC liner :
Pros and Cons of PVC Lining
The PVC liner is ideal for damp environments, but can be installed in every room of the house. It is easy to install, it is resistant both in hot and dry climates and in more humid and cold places. In addition, it is a material that does not deform easily, is immune to attack by pests like termites, does not need finishing with paint or varnish and the cost-effectiveness is excellent.
You will find available in the market PVC liners with smooth or beaded finishes, wide or narrow blades, rigid or flexible products that can be purchased with 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 when there are gaps and other parts that support and finish.
If you do not 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 quietly allows the installation of recessed luminaires.
The disadvantages of PVC lining are few, but they need to be considered according to the purpose of each room. PVC is a material that does not insulate heat and noise properly. If you need sound insulation or reduce the heat in one room, it is better to invest in another type of material.
How to put PVC lining: Materials needed for installation
Installing a PVC liner is not the most complicated task. You will need the following materials:
- Metalon structure (can be made of wood as well);
- PVC blades in color and texture you find the best;
- Finishing rulers to be used as a frame and to support the blades;
- Angles used to attach the finishing rulers to the corners of the wall;
- Steel cables;
- Steel cable clamps;
Tools used to place 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 put 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, and in the original packaging. Make sure the roof is in good condition, with no infiltrations or structural problems. Make sure you are using equipment that will adequately protect against accidents.
1. Set 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 2.80m from the ground. Make the measurement and mark on the walls where the liner will stay after installed.
2. Drill the holes
Now it's time to mark the drilling points so that you place the metal frame that will hold the liner. The drill points should be 50cm apart from one another and all should be aligned with the holes in the opposite wall. Use the saw saw to drill holes.
3. Assemble the metalon structure
To mount the metalon frame, measure the bars and fit them into the holes in the walls. They are fitted from wall to wall, from one side to another, forming a chess on the ceiling. To make the structure stronger, you can tie the metalon to the roof with steel cables.
4. Attach the finishing rulers
The trim rulers are fixed to the wall, with screws, just below the metalon frame. To join with one another in the corners of the walls, use the angles and always be aware of the alignment and leveling of the pieces. In order not to damage the wall, you can install the rulers with silicone. Thread a generous layer of silicone into the base and secure it to the wall, above the level marking. Make sure it needs to be aligned and go moving until it tilts.
5. Assemble the blades
Start by fitting the first PVC blade from the finish. From it you will fit the next, always with the male side on the female side. No need to screw or glue, just fit one into the other. And to make better use of space and material, place the blades parallel to the largest wall in the room.
Attach the PVC blades to the metalon frame with bolts as you slide into each other. If necessary, place splices. If the support structure is made of wood and not metalon, use nails to attach the blades.
Attaching the last blade requires a few tricks to make the finish look perfect. Put one end of the trimmer on the finishing strip first and push it all the way down. With a spatula, fit the other end onto the front blade.
Caring for your PVC liner
The PVC lining is very versatile, does not create mold, does not look like worn paint and its cleaning and conservation is very simple, just use water and neutral detergent. In addition, this product has long durability, it can stay for up to 50 years if it is well installed and maintained.
To clean, dilute ½ cup neutral detergent into 1 liter of water, mix until foam forms and apply to the PVC with a damp sponge or soft cloth.
The dirt comes out easily, just rub gently and then wipe dry with a lint-free cloth. Avoid applying too much force or jerking to avoid damaging your lining, remember that it is a sensitive surface and the material is very flexible.
Avoid acidic chemicals, bleach or abrasives, even in the kitchen where it is easier to accumulate grease in PVC. Because it is a plastic coating, it is very easy to remove traces of fat, simply caprichar in the sponge with detergent solution diluted in water.
Over time PVC liners tend to turn yellowish, this is normal, but should only happen after many years. So with the right care, your lining will stay beautiful for quite some time.
The PVC lining is a practical finish and has an excellent cost-benefit, reducing the expenses with the work. It is not one of the most beautiful finishes, but if it is well installed and designed, it guarantees a pleasant look for any environment.
Also perform periodic maintenance on your roof by arranging broken tiles or other damages as the presence of gutters can collect rainwater damaging your liner.
Now that you already know how to install PVC liner and how to keep it, look for good quality materials and always use safety equipment. If you consider this type of task something very complicated, there is always the possibility of hiring a good professional to finish your lining.