When it comes time to repair, you need to make a choice which ceiling is better. Among the various ceilings, especially in old-built houses, two options are now the most popular:

  • tension;
  • drywall.

You can order a tension one on the potolkoff.ru website, and you can make a drywall one yourself by buying a plasterboard, or by hiring specialists.


Therefore, we will try to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of these technologies and help you decide which one is best for you.

Damage resistance:

  • PVC fabric – despite the seeming unreliability, in fact it is very durable. A properly installed stretch ceiling without damage, able to withstand tens of kilograms of crumbling plaster, will hold several buckets of water. The ceiling will not be damaged by being shot at with a champagne cork, or by a hard blow with a blunt object. The stretch ceiling is not afraid of shrinkage at home, small earthquakes, vibrations and movements will not harm. It does not crack, does not deform due to the elasticity of the material.
    Of course, it can be damaged by fire, it can be burned, pierced or cut. But from experience, this happens very rarely. Such ceilings serve decades. In case of damage, it is possible to replace only the PVC film itself, preserving the tension structures. Such repairs will be inexpensive, and the hauling will take about 30 minutes. If the puncture is small, you can mask it by inserting a ventilation grill into the hole in this place.
  • Drywall – drywall itself does not cut through as easily as PVC film, and does not pierce. BUT from such influences, a layer of paint or wallpaper on it can be damaged, and then they will have to be restored. Ceiling drywall can break on impact in a place where it does not rest on the guide profile.
    Most of all, a plasterboard ceiling suffers from cracks that can appear at the joints of sheets from poor-quality installation, vibrations, and shrinkage of the building. The problem is that it is very difficult to completely eliminate these cracks even by filling these areas with fiberglass.

Vapor and air permeability:

  • PVC ceiling – does not let air through. This can be a virtue in a private house, or on the top floor of a multi-storey building – to remove drafts coming from the attic. Sometimes perforation is performed in such ceilings for air circulation.
  • Plasterboard ceiling – this ceiling “breathes” and is able to absorb excess moisture and gradually release it.

Temperature conditions:

  • PVC ceiling shows itself well in rooms with stoves, kitchens, boiler rooms, etc. BUT in an unheated room, PVC hardens and becomes vulnerable to mechanical damage. There are also special frost-resistant films, they are also called stretch films.
  • Plasterboard ceilings do not burn through and do not melt, do not float and do not soften from the heat. But with sudden changes in temperature or in frost, it can swell and crack.

Self installation:

  • Plasterboard ceiling – Easy to install yourself. If something didn’t work out very well, the finishing will save.
  • Mounting stretch ceilings requires professional skills. We need heating of the canvas, experience in dressing the canvas and its centering. In case of an error, there is a risk of spoiling expensive material.