London builders: kitchen installation. Part two.
Flooring the kitchen floor with natural cork is getting more and more popular. Cork floors are produced with cork veneer or fine wood veneer. They are rather expensive, but at the same time efficient: cork floors are not slippery, have bactericidal properties, don't need special treatment. Such floors are much warmer, than usual parquet. Besides, they are easy to cleanup. For a kitchen walls decoration, ceramic tile is usually used.
As a finishing, different paint types are used to match other details of your interior perfectly. Pay your attention to other coatings - wood fiber, plastic panels (which are not afraid of water and are easy to mount), as well as mosaic and relief stucco (natural stone is added to it for creating a unique surface finish). But wall covering with MDF has several advantages if compared to other coating variants. It does not need a preliminary preparation of the walls (leveling, cleaning of the old coverage, and other operations). The process of panel mounting is similar to gypsum plasterboard mounting.
It seems to be very easy - firring, cutting and the wall is plane. Nevertheless, one has to rub the seams and then make finishing (with a paint or wallpaper). MDF panel is a finishing surface itself. Every producer offers lots of models of different colors and with different patterns, joined into subject collections. As a bedding for finishing, gypsum-plasterboard false ceiling is usually mounted. It covers wiring, contains lamps and ventilation. Such ceiling provides almost perfectly plane surface without any seams. Besides, using plasterboards, it is possible to create multilevel or bent surface. Aluminium-panel hanging ceilings look good. Their distinctive features are: lightness (about 3 kg/m2), long operating life, humidity-resistance, ecological purity, easy mounting (the ceiling is mounted to a special bearing frame).
Bars can be of three types: open, closed, and with inserts. Closed bars are mounted butt-to-butt, going behind one another, similar to wooden batten. Between open bars there is a small gap left. It is almost unnoticeable. Such models are usually used in the halls, where ceiling height is more than 5 m. There are also bars with inserts. Such models look like open bars, but the distance between them is covered by the narrow aluminium strips. The ceiling is plane, without cavities or hollows. It is easy to clean. Such ceiling is perfect for a kitchen.
For ceiling coating one can use medium-density fiberboard (MDF) panels, as well as polyvinylchloride (PVC) panels of calm light colors, imitating wood or marble. There also exist panels with stripes, laminated foil of different colors (silver, golden, bright-rosy etc.) Panels have a long life, are ecological and easy to cleanup. Spot lights buried in the ceiling surface match ceiling panels perfectly. Ultrastrong vinyl suspended ceilings have all the advantages of false ceilings. They are mounted quickly, look spectacular, and the basic ceiling does not need any processing. Besides, there is a wide range of textures and colors of the suspended ceilings. They do not fade in the sun, do not crack, are fireproof, do not form condensate, and do not absorb the smell. It is comfortable to use them, if you need to hide wiring, ventilation pipes, and faults of a main ceiling. Drawbacks are: ceiling height reducing for 8-10sm, impossibility to change the lights location, because holes for the lamps are made during the process of mounting according to your scheme.
This ceiling, if damaged, is impossible to repair.
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