LA Good Question: Covering Up a Cracked Ceiling?

LA Good Question: Covering Up a Cracked Ceiling?

Gregory Han
Jul 18, 2008

"Dear ATLA,
The sky is falling. Well, more like our ceiling, which has had a few visible cracks which we've patched up a few times before, but eventually always crumbles and cracks off again. We've got a very limited budget, so we've tried to fix the ceiling ourselves with supplies from the local hardware store and our own blood, sweat and tears. But now we think we might need to bite the bullet and pay for some professional help. Are there any alternative solutions for a ceiling repair that doesn't require a lot of mess (and money)? Thanks, Ain'tAllCrackedUp2Be"

Cracked: We feel your pain. we remember many years ago helping our own father patch up a water damaged ceiling, and despite all the hard work that went into replacing a large 3'x3' section, the ceiling was never quite the same because of discoloration and fit and finish. And there was a lot of cleanup for days after with all the ceiling material dust unleashed by our DIY handiwork. It wasn't one of our favourite DIY projects, so it might be worth it to call in a professional if this is an ongoing issue.

One solution we recently ran into doesn't involve any destructive tear down, and only requires a few hours for the installation of a whole new false ceiling using a 10mm PVC sheet that is stretched out across the ceiling, held in place by a thin profile clamp, and then tightened using an industrial heat source. The only visible piece left in the process is a 5mm finish strip. The Stretch Ceiling System. The flexibility of the material allows for unique ceiling shapes, and is strong enough to hold up to 25 gallons of water, with satin or matte finishes (and even translucent options for ambient lighting designs overhead).

Here's a US/Los Angeles dealer of the French manufactured system to contact for further details and price quotes.

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