Waterproof Ceiling for Pools
Any room with water is a room where humidity levels are higher than in the rest of the property. In your bathroom, it’s easy to see the effects of this humidity because the water is warm and steam forms very quickly. However, you may not notice the increased humidity of your indoor swimming pool area. This is because the water is not usually as warm as your shower water and the room is also larger. That said, just because you don’t notice it, it does not mean that it’s not there! It does not take long for water particles to fill the air and begin to line various surfaces.
The greater the level of humidity in a room, the greater the amount of condensation. The more water in the room, the greater the rate of evaporation which results in humidity and then condensation. When the water condenses on the ceiling, it can pass through the paint and it can reach the drywall underneath. When this occurs, a layer of water can form between the drywall and the paint. This means that the paint is no longer stuck to the drywall and you will notice bubbles in the paint.
Bubbling paint can eventually start to crack and fall from the ceiling. If the affected area is directly above your pool, you could end up with a fair bit of paint flakes in the pool too. Not to mention the dust in the air which can have negative effects if inhaled. Bubbling paint is a clear indication of very high humidity levels in a room. It can also be an indication that mildew could be growing somewhere in the room. Where there is humidity, mold and mildew thrive! It should go without saying that mold is not only unsightly but it also carries a number of health risks depending on the type of mold. For this reason, there are a number of steps that property owners should take in order to keep their indoor swimming areas safe, clean, and aesthetically pleasing.
Firstly, ventilation is essential. A properly ventilated pool area allows excess moisture to escape much like steam out the bathroom window. During the summer, you might like to keep your windows open all day. In the winter, however, it’s often best to ventilate properly in the morning by opening all windows (and doors if possible). The faster the old air filters out, the sooner fresh air can come in and, by doing so quickly, you will not cause the walls of the room to become cold. This will allow the room to heat up again much faster than if you ventilated slowly over several hours.
Cleaning is another important aspect and, while you’re at it, make sure that you keep pool furniture at a minimum. This allows better air flow around the furniture and decreases the chances of mould developing. Mould loves corners, so be sure to move any furniture when cleaning and use a suitable mould cleaner to get rid of any spores.
Last but certainly not least, it’s a good idea to invest in a ceiling that will not be affected by water or high levels of humidity. PVC stretch ceilings are just what you need to keep water away from your drywall. They are durable, waterproof, and elegant. These stretch ceilings repel water as well as odors and they do not require special care or maintenance. Unlike conventional ceilings, you will not need to paint regularly just to keep them looking good.