At DL Ceilings, our tucking work involves the process of securing wide-span ceiling fabric into the track, with harpoon-type installation usually used for mounting PVC membrane into the track.
For each of these methods, our teams use a special hand tool, specifically a rounded spatula to push the material into the track, but the main difference is clear and important: fabric stretch ceilings are installed at room temperature, while PVC membrane can only be installed with heat canons that heat up the air and the membrane, making it stretchy and pliable.
In most DL Ceilings’ projects of this kind, propane tanks and cannons are used for PVC installations due to the fact that electric ones are not effective enough. One of the only downsides to this method is that the oxygen is burned in the room and the PVC starts off-gassing toxins, while the installers are mounting the ceiling membrane into the track. PVC ceilings continue to off-gas throughout its life, long after installation.

PVC Stretch Ceiling – When Is It Used?

One of the most common reasons why PVC ceiling is commonly used is that, despite its off-gassing, it offers the option of a large choice of colors and provides a stunning high gloss finish. Some ceilings that our DL team work on look like a mirror, reflecting the entire room. In the hands of a good interior designer and experienced installer, such as those recommended by DL Ceilings, high gloss ceilings can look truly spectacular. Textiles, however, are able to only provide a mostly matte finish, comparable to painted drywall surfaces. Textile stock colors are very limited and usually include white, beige and black. Printing custom colors on demand easily compensates this shortcoming. 3D shapes are easier and better achieved with the PVC membrane rather than with the textiles.