Does your home-sweet-home require a touch of modern architecture? Are you bored of staring into the old stuccos of your popcorn ceiling at night? Do the cobwebs at the corner make their way into your nightmares? All of these are signs that you need to replace your ceiling.
No matter how many new floor lights you place around the house or what wallpapers you choose to “light up” your home, the dated popcorn ceilings can undo all your efforts. We have seen splendidly decorated homes with accent lights and statement furniture fall flat while creating their first impression due to their stucco ceilings.
Can popcorn ceilings be your real estate market bane?
Very recently, a homeowner from suburban New York had put up her home for sale. Every time, potential buyers came to check out the property, the deal fell through. When she began asking around, she finally figured that it was her old popcorn ceiling that was driving the buyers away. Some of them were put off by the unsightly ruggedness and dirt on the ceiling, while others were concerned about the potential presence of asbestos. She found an easy and cost-effective solution – stretch fabric ceilings.
Stretch ceilings made from fabric can efficiently cover up the old concrete and popcorn ceilings, complete with the old wiring and pipelines. They leave no room for the onlookers to suspect that there might be unsightly zigzagging of electrical wires recessed LED light bases, marks from outdated lighting systems and discolorations from any previous plumbing mishaps. It can help you transform your nondescript apartment into your forever abode. Whether you live in a 19th-century house or a 20th-century apartment, fabric stretch ceilings are the smartest way to spruce up your living space.
Most importantly, it can add to the real estate value of your property, just like it did for the woman from NY. After installing stretch fabric ceiling, she sold her home within the next two months, and she even recuperated the installation money from the sale!
What influences the cost of stretch ceilings?
Now, you must be wondering how a stretch ceiling can help you in your particular situation. Evaluating the cost of installation always helps in predicting if a person should be able to enjoy some returns on the investment, just in case, he or she decides to sell the property in the near future. Just like any other installation or renovation work, stretch ceiling costs depend upon multiple factors.
Here, we will focus on the four primary factors that influence the cost –
The size and number of rooms
While painting or wallpapering your rooms, you must have noticed that different rooms require different effort. Your bedroom is not the same size as your bathroom. Therefore the wallpaper requirement of the former is much more than the latter.
Similarly, the cost of the stretch ceiling fabric will depend on the ceiling area. A spacious room with a large ceiling will require more material and more effort than a smaller ceiling.
At the same time, if you have quite a few rooms around the house that require stretch ceilings, you will have to pay more money than the owner of a one-room apartment! These are simple calculations you need to keep in mind before you dive into renovation mode completely. Speak with the expert of stretch ceilings for discounts on wholesale purchase and installation of many ceilings at the same time.
The membrane shape
If you believe that stretch ceiling can only hide the imperfections on old ceilings, you are wrong. Even new homes demand stretch fabric ceilings when they want something more than the ready-to-use light fixtures and standard white ceilings.
The fabric stretch ceilings can come in various shapes, sizes, and colors. Some of them have the exclusive property of noise mitigation. Other options include backlit stretch fabrics that are nothing short of art on the ceiling.
However, you must not forget that the price depends upon the complexity of the installation, material quality and complications of the shape. If your roof is flat and rectangular (or square) in form, you will get the best deals from almost all stretch ceiling manufacturers.
After homeowners decide on the type of ceiling, they often believe that they can DIY their lighting options. While that saves money, it is not an easy task. Apart from having enough knowledge about laying down electrical wiring and installing the different types of lights, you will have to coordinate with the ceiling installation professionals to understand how low these lights can hang and where the bundles of wires must go.
To minimize the headache, you should leave the work to the professionals. Experts, who install stretch fabric systems not only set up fancy ceilings but they also fix LED lights, pendant lights and recessed lights under the new roof. They have done so for years, and all you need to do is pick out the type of lights you want (fiber optics, LED tapes, recessed lights, chandeliers, or LED slim lights) before they begin their work.
Height of the room
Most homeowners worry that the stretch ceiling will reduce the available height of their room. However, it only takes up about one inch of the height, and that creates no discomfort for the occupants.
Interestingly, if the ceiling of your room is too high, the stretch ceiling installation might cost more than usual. High ceilings, as is common in the older homes across the US, make installation of the frames and the fabric tricky. They demand proper scaffolding and security equipment for installing professionals. While square or rectangular shaped ceilings are usually the cheapest, you should factor in the height of your ceilings before calculating the cost.
Ultimately, stretch ceilings are of uncountable styles, shapes, colors, and prints. You should take account of the print of your choice, texture, and material along with the four factors we have mentioned here for estimating the cost of your ceiling renovation.
No matter how much you dish out for the ceiling overhaul, it is a small price to pay for the safety of your family and a smart investment towards the real estate property value.