Forget boring and hard to design ceilings! Stretch fabric ceilings make creativity and installation so much easier. In case you’re unaware of exactly what a stretch ceiling isContinue reading
Forget boring and hard to design ceilings! Stretch fabric ceilings make creativity and installation so much easier. In case you’re unaware of exactly what a stretch ceiling isContinue reading
Changing the unsightly appearance of your ceiling or wanting to make a trendy shift from the ordinary can be laborious to even think about. Whether it be pipes that affect the aesthetic of your house or just grim designs, factors like this can ruin how welcoming your home feels to you and your guests. Some of us don’t even know where to start, which is why we’ve put together a shortlist of ways to cover unfinished pipes or unaesthetic ceilings.
Pipe boxing is very literal, building boxing around the pipes. It is an effective way to hide the ill-favored look of pipes that plumbers might have had to retrofit onto walls. This type of coverage is more common in kitchens or bathrooms where the pipes come straight out of the ceilings or floor. If you’re pretty handy, you can do this yourself and adjust it to your own boxing design.
Drywall can be used in any scenario. You can still use drywall if you do the pipe boxing method by applying the drywall on top of your pipe encasement to better suit your wall design and diminish the look of the boxing. If you choose not to do the pipe boxing method, you can apply drywall around the pipes to make them less visible, though this won’t completely hide them. One of your options with drywall could also include dropping your ceiling and applying layers of drywall to cover it. Keep in mind that if you were to need access to these pipes, the removal of this now dropped ceiling would need to be done.
We mentioned dropped ceilings and drywall in our previous tip, but many types of ceiling tiles and cover-ups serve as an economical solution:
- surface-mount ceiling tiles
- Tin ceilings
- Styrofoam ceiling tiles
- PVC ceiling tiles
If space allows you don’t have to have a dropped ceiling to apply these methods. Ceiling tiles and coverings as such can also be an easier way to express your artistic desires for your ceiling.
Nuwalls Stretch Fabric
For a more breathable yet still viable solution, there is Nuwalls stretch fabric. Stretch fabric can be customizable to your liking and design. It is durable and mold and mildew resistant. Also, unlike some other solutions, it will absorb noise pollution. This may require a dropped ceiling but can ultimately be placed on top of other types of encasements to make installation easier. For more information on our Nuwalls stretch fabric and the best solution for you contact us today!
Before we discovered the dangers of asbestos, the deadly material was commonly used in both residential and commercial popcorn ceilings. Asbestos lurks in various building materials and does not necessarily pose a risk until it is disturbed, but it is always a good idea to find out if it contains asbestos anyways.
Dangers of Asbestos
Asbestos was present in the material used to build most homes before the 1990’s. These ceilings can contain anywhere from 1 to 10 percent asbestos. Asbestos doesn’t cause serious health concerns if left completely intact, but because popcorn ceilings are made from very crumbly material, the slightest disturbance can easily release those dangerous toxins.
Even minimal amounts of asbestos exposure is not considered safe. Breathing in this substance can cause serious concerns including, asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer, all of which we should try to avoid.
How to Identify Asbestos in my Ceiling?
Unfortunately, you can’t visually identify asbestos unless you have microscopic aid, but if your house was built before the 1990’s there is a strong possibility that you have asbestos in your ceiling. We recommend that you test for asbestos if your house was built before that time period, if your ceiling is fraying, or if you’re in the process of remodeling.
Though you can mail in a sample yourself, you should get your ceiling professionally tested and have them collect the sample as well. Collecting the sample yourself can cause you harm as you may expose yourself to asbestos during the sample collecting process. If your asbestos test comes back positive, your next step would be finding the right time to remove your popcorn ceiling.
What to do if my ceiling has Asbestos in it?
If asbestos is found in your home, there’s three main solutions: removal, encasement, or encapsulation. Popcorn ceiling removal involves scraping off the popcorn ceiling, literally. Encasement and encapsulation are different variations of containing or painting over the asbestos infected area. Whichever method you choose, each should be performed by a professional as choosing to do any on your own, puts you at risk for asbestos exposure.
Statewide Hawaii offers you a more innovative solution to asbestos removal. Nuwall’s Stretch fabric and wallcoverings not only provide asbestos protection, but they are stylish and designed to your exact need and liking.
They are mold and mildew resistant, so you won’t have to worry about harmful effects from those either! Apart from being durable, our stretch fabric is safe and breathable. Take the step towards safe and innovative remodeling or popcorn ceiling removal and contact us to get started today.
Builders in the past put all of their faith in popcorn ceilings and they remained all of the rage in both commercial and industrial properties until pretty recently. Little did they know then that homeowners today would be dealing with the consequences of exposure to the asbestos content in the ceiling.
Dangers of Asbestos in Popcorn Ceilings
Any popcorn ceiling installed before the 1980s may contain asbestos. Before trying to remove your popcorn textured ceiling, we highly recommend you contact your health department for sample testing. Even if the removal of this type of texture is for aesthetic purposes, if not removed correctly, asbestos fibers can spread throughout your home or building environment and cause serious health concerns.
Drawbacks to Popcorn Ceilings
Even if asbestos is not your primary concern, there are a couple of disadvantages to these stucco ceilings and much of it revolves around the work required to keep ceilings clean. It is time consuming to repair the holes or cracks you may encounter when cleaning or just the ones that happen over time. Pressing or scraping too hard throughout this cleansing process, can cause more aesthetic damage than good.
Popcorn Ceiling Solutions:
Also known as stucco removal, scraping of the ceiling is usually done by a specialist and the cost is around $1 to $2 per square foot. Keep in mind that if the stucco has been painted over, the process could bring more complications. In many cases, the ceiling will require some smoothing over and patching to get a crisp final product.
To encase a popcorn ceiling means you are covering the ceiling so it can not produce dust. The term is also known as abatement, which is done with new ceiling panels, a type of vinyl paint, or drywall. It is efficient in containing any asbestos infected debris in a specific or the whole area.
To encapsulate a popcorn ceiling is to enclose it with a fire-rated architectural membrane without disturbing the surface of the ceiling containing asbestos. Encapsulation is considered a safer option because you are not directly disturbing the asbestos, therefore minimizing health risks. Though, if you ever decide to remodel or otherwise disrupt the ceiling at a later date, the asbestos will still need to be addressed.
Nuwalls Stretch Fabric
Asbestos removal methods can be dangerous, time consuming, and costly, so we personally recommend Nuwalls Stretch fabric ceilings to provide a safe, cost-effective, and modern solution. Our stretch fabric has a cross weave material that allows it to breathe which blocks any unwanted particles while letting air and moisture pass through.
Stretch fabric is also mold and mildew resistant and is easily maintained and cleaned. Not only can you create your own durable design, but we offer a backlighting option with which you are able to set the tone for your space. One of our best features is that the lightweight acoustic material absorbs all noise pollution.
Nuwalls is dedicated to building dreams with efficiency and integrity. If you find yourself in need of popcorn ceiling removal and remodeling, contact us for a consultation!
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One of the first questions you may ask yourself after having a stretch fabric ceiling or wall installed is, “How do I clean and maintain my stretch fabric?”
You’ll be happy to hear that stretch ceilings are fairly easy to clean. You can be successful at removing some fingerprints and general dust and dirt but some stains can be more stubborn. Greasy, oily dirt can penetrate deep into the texture of the fabric and it may take extra effort to remove.
Stretch fabric ceilings are installed as a finished product and require no additional touches. This means once the ceiling fabric is installed, it should be treated as a FINISHED surface.
Stretch fabric ceiling manufacturers give us clear guidelines on how to take care of the ceilings. Their recommendation is simple: spot clean with a clean rag, soap, and water as needed.
Followed by the caution: never use anything abrasive to clean stretch ceilings, especially if your ceiling has a printed design. Ink is durable and will not come off with normal spot cleaning, it’s important to not scrub the fabric.
In case of water leaks from above, PVC ceiling membranes can stretch and hold water. Fabric ceilings can also hold some water, but they will not stretch like PVC. So the water will continue to flow and find the lowest point until the water leak has stopped.
In many cases, simple water stains have been cleaned and no signs of water damage were visible. In case there was a lot of debris and rusty water, it may stain the material, and the material would have to be replaced.
Fortunately, stretch ceilings systems are interchangeable—old material can be gently pulled out from the track. The track can stay in place and be reused. Only the damaged ceiling material may have to be replaced, which would take no longer than a few hours and the ceiling looks brand new again.
Majority of the time, there’s very little maintenance associated with stretch fabric ceilings, and even when things do get dusty or spotted, cleaning your stretch fabric ceiling is generally no more of a hassle than any other kind of ceiling. If you ever have questions on how to care for your stretch ceiling, Nuwalls Hawaii is always here to offer a solution.
If you’re reading this, it’s most likely because you are tired of staring up at your popcorn ceilings and you’re debating the best way to go about getting it removed. Unfortunately, popcorn ceiling removal is a time consuming and messy process when not taken care of by a professional.
The Costs of Popcorn Ceiling Removal
Typically, the removal of a 500 sq. ft. popcorn ceiling takes at least 20 hours. If you have a larger space to remove than that, you can expect it to take more than 20 hours, which will more than likely need to spread out over days or weeks.
If you try to DIY the project, you should be prepared for a learning curve. You’ll also have to buy all of the necessary materials, tools, supplies, remove the debris, and do the cleanup all by yourself.
The amount of time it takes to remove a popcorn ceiling doesn’t stop at the scraping either. Retexturing and repainting the ceiling is an entirely new project of it’s own. While the bulk of this project would be the popcorn ceiling removal process, there will still be a lot of work left to do before you will have finished ceilings.
There’s A Faster Solution
What if we told you that there was a better and faster solution to popcorn ceiling removal?
While scraping is the traditional method for removing popcorn ceilings, a stretch ceiling system can quickly and easily cover your existing popcorn ceiling. An experienced stretch fabric installation crew like NuWalls Hawaii can set up a stretch fabric ceiling in a fraction of the time it would take to scrape it all off.
If your popcorn ceiling does contain asbestos or other hazardous materials, a stretch ceiling system can safely encapsulate your current ceilings, so it’ll be like the popcorn ceiling was never there. Because your old ceiling won’t have to come down, you won’t have to worry about any prep work like covering or moving furniture, or about the messy cleanup afterwards.
Is it time to remove your popcorn ceiling? Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Soundproof Your Ceilings
Are you not the biggest fan of the acoustics throughout your home?
Stretch fabric ceilings have become increasingly popular in today’s residential market; however, one specific type has stood out among the others as a fan favorite, acoustic stretch ceilings.
Continuous background noise in our everyday lives can cause not only an annoyance but also potentially ear strain or worse and stretch fabric can be a simple acoustical solution.
What are Acoustic Stretch Ceilings?
Acoustic stretch ceilings are practically the same as the traditional stretch fabrics we’re used to seeing, but the materials are slightly different. Acoustic ceilings are different in that they are perforated throughout to allow for the perfect absorption of sound vibrations.
The perforations in acoustic stretch ceilings not only prevent sound waves from passing through them but also stop them in the tracks and keep them from spreading further.
Pros of Acoustic Stretch Ceilings in Homes
With acoustic stretch ceilings, you can take your room acoustics to the next level. The pros of acoustic stretch ceilings include their:
- Modern appearance
Stretch fabrics can be digitally printed with any design you desire to match your home’s aesthetic.
- Simplicity and quickness of installation
Stretch fabric can be professionally and seamlessly installed for you within the same day.
- Ease of care
Stretch fabric ceilings are simple to clean. Simply take a rag and spot clean with soap and water as needed.
Things to Consider
The extent of your room’s acoustic stretch ceiling will depend on:
- The thickness and type of fabric being used
- The thickness and the material of the soundproofing or sound-absorbing fabric
- The diameter of the holes in the perforated membrane
- The distance between the perforations
- The distance between the ceiling and the stretch fabric
Perhaps the most important aspect when considering an acoustic stretch ceiling is your acoustic objective. These ceilings can be useful in resisting both the penetration of external noise into the room (soundproofing) as well as reducing the acoustic pressure created by the sound waves inside the room (reducing indoor noise).
It is important to do your research before selecting an acoustic stretch ceiling. Visit our website to learn more about our services and how we can help you find the perfect stretch ceiling solution.
Undergoing a home renovation project can be a thrilling and creative experience (who doesn’t love a little refresh?), but it can also be time-consuming and stressful. Often, renovations require tough decision-making, significant financial investments, and complicated coordination to keep things going smoothly. Doing your research is one of the best ways to relieve the stress of the process. With a little bit of digging and determination, you can find the best solutions for your home renovation that are high quality, cost-effective, and low hassle.
If you decide that a stretch fabric ceiling or walls are the best options for your home renovation, you’ll probably want to know some logistics. We’ve created a simple guide to show you the step-by-step process of how we install stretch fabric so you will have all the information you need to remain worry-free throughout your home renovation project.
1. Choose Your Fabric
Nuwalls Hawaii offers endless possibilities for your stretch fabric needs. We are proud to be Hawaii’s exclusive provider of both CLIPSO and Novawall stretch fabric options. Once you decide which brand of stretch fabric will suit you best, you can customize the material in various ways to achieve your desired results.
Lighting preferences, acoustic needs, the colors and prints of the fabric, the shape of your space, and the location of installation all play a role in your fabric choices. Feel a bit overwhelmed by all of the options? Don’t worry; our Nuwalls team of experts can help you find the perfect stretch fabric for your renovation goals.
2. Prepare Your Space
Lucky for you, this step is easy. Some types of home or ceiling renovations, such as plaster or popcorn ceiling removal, will make a mess and require you to move all of your furniture out of the room to make space.
With stretch fabric ceiling installation, you’ll only have to make enough room for a ladder. There is no extra setup or clean-up necessary.
3. Install Profiles
The next step is when you get to sit back and relax. Our expert team at Nuwalls Hawaii will take care of the tricky work of installation. First, we will identify spaces we need to leave in the ceiling for lighting and ventilation. Next, we will install the profile (i.e., an aluminum track) by precisely lining it up and neatly drilling it to your ceiling or walls. The profile will be the base for your fabric.
4. Stretch the Fabric
Many stretch fabrics require heating to achieve their maximum stretch capacity before being installed into the profile. CLIPSO fabric, however, can be installed at any room temperature. Our Nuwalls Hawaii professionals will carefully stretch your fabric ceiling by tucking it into the aluminum track, starting with the corners, to achieve a perfectly smooth surface. Our team will then cut out custom holes for your fixtures, if necessary.
5. Ensure Cleanliness
Finally, to wrap up the job, the Nuwalls team will thoroughly examine the entire ceiling or wall for any blemishes or imperfections. They will delicately clean the fabric with a damp cloth and mild cleaner to ensure your stretch fabric is in tip-top shape and ready to wow anyone who comes into your home or business.
Stretch fabric is a safe, cost-effective, aesthetic, and convenient solution for your home or office renovation. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of stretch fabric in your home and the customization options available through Nuwalls Hawaii, check out our website.
Lighting can completely change the atmosphere of a room. Whether it’s a little mood lighting for a romantic dinner or a vibrant color-changing fixture for a party, lighting is what sets the tone of any home or business.
Stretch fabric is unique among ceiling solutions in that it provides the opportunity to be backlit. Stretch fabric can accommodate all of your lighting needs from elegant and simple to dramatic and eye-catching.
How It Works
With a choice between several fabric translucencies that create a varying light effect, we can create remarkably rendered sources of light throughout the room. Our certified experts simply install an aluminum track onto your ceiling and stretch your fabric of choice around the track. You can choose to either have your light sources behind the stretch fabric or, if you would like your lights to be exposed, we can create cutouts to perfectly fit the fabric around your lights.
If you want tasteful and appealing lighting in your business or residential to remodel, look no further than stretch fabric. By evenly placing LED or fluorescent lights behind your fabric ceiling, our installation team will create a perfectly smooth and clean ceiling with aesthetic lighting. Stretch fabric over light sources ensures that the light is evenly dispersed and completely glare-free for your ultimate comfort. This kind of ceiling provides a relaxing atmosphere fit for your every need.
Painting a wall is great, but with stretch fabric, you can achieve truly stunning and unique designs. You can combine any shape, any size, any texture, and any print to create a stunning original masterpiece for your home or commercial space. Nuwalls Stretch Fabric is completely customizable. If you want a modern and trendy texture or a vibrant and funky print, we can make it happen. Nuwalls Stretch Fabric uses professional, top-of-the-line screen printing to achieve any kind of pattern that you desire. Adding backlight to an interesting design can elevate the look of your home or business to a new level.
Easily Change Your Look
Let out your inner interior designer! Now is the time to make a bold move with your home remodel or office design. Since the fabric ceiling is simply fitted over a track, it allows you to keep things interesting by easily changing out your fabric whenever you feel like an update.
Changing your lighting out is a breeze as well. The tracking system has removable panels for easy access to your lights. If necessary, alternative options such as a detachable lightbox can be installed for ultimate ease of use.
If you have a home remodel or commercial remodel on the horizon, and you want to make a true statement piece, stretch fabric is the way to go. The endless possibilities enable you to fulfill your dreams for a stunning design or simply to create a warm and welcoming environment.
Nuwalls Hawaii is the sole provider of Nuwalls and Clipso stretch fabrics on the Islands. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of stretch fabric or get started on a project, contact us today!