Any product used on a kitchen ceiling needs to be hard wearing and durable. It also needs to be easy to clean which is why kitchen ceiling cladding is the perfect choice.
Other, more traditional, ceilings can take up a lot of time. This is because in the the long run they can require extra work carried out to keep them looking good. This is due to the demanding nature of the environment they are in.
Why Kitchen Ceilings Need To Be Durable
Kitchen produce a lot of moisture. Boiling pans, roasting food, washing clothes, washing dishes, drying clothes. All of these processes pump out moisture. And that water has to go somewhere.
The processes listed above produce heat. And the hot air rises taking the moisture up with it. This then settles on the ceiling as condensation. This constant process can allow moisture to affect coverings like paint. It can start to flake and then it fails at its job. Mould spots can also be a problem especially in colder corners of the room.
How Can Kitchen Ceiling Cladding Help?
Firstly it is totally waterproof. This means that the high levels of condensation will have zero effect on it. It is made from PVC so it is completely waterproof which is why it is often used as a shower ceiling cladding. Water cannot penetrate its surface or structure. It is hollow in construction so it also provides a small degree of insulation. Less condensation forms on it to start with.
But this means that the condensation will go to the next coldest place. The only way to eliminate condensation is to extract it. This can be done with an extractor fan or with a dehumidifier. Check that your extractor hood actually extract moisture to the outside. Mny just recirculate the mist air after passing it through a filter.
The cooking process also leads to a lot of oily, greasy deposits. Cladding has a completely smooth, impervious surface. So cleaning is simplicity itself. A soft cloth with some soap and water is all that is needed to keep it looking pristine.
Although it is mainly used in bathrooms all ceiling cladding products can be fitted in kitchens.
Cladding is also ideal for use on the walls. When installing in kitchens it must not be installed in situations where it would be subject to temperatures above 60deg c as it will start to deform and discolour – behind an open hob or above a boiler for example (use an alternative product in these areas).