Metal Suspended Ceilings for Pools and Water Parks
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September 4, 2023
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Metal Suspended Ceilings for Pools and Water Parks

High performance characteristics of finishing materials are one of the main requirements for ceilings in pools, water parks, and spaces with high humidity.

Metal suspended ceilings from the Mehbud Factory possess all the properties regulated by SNiP for finishing interior surfaces of areas designated for water sports and sanitary-hygienic procedures.

Such ceilings are suitable for installation in spaces of any configuration and size, even in conditions of 100% humidity, constant temperature fluctuations, and condensation.

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Regulations and Requirements for Pool Ceilings

The construction of pools requires not only the correct selection of materials for walls and floors but also the installation of high-quality and safe ceilings. Ensuring the reliability and durability of ceilings in pools requires compliance with certain regulations and requirements.

The main regulatory documents that govern the installation of ceilings in pools include:

  • DBN V.2.2-16:2017 “Construction of Swimming Pools and Fountains.” This document contains general requirements for the design and construction of swimming pools and fountains, including requirements for ceilings.
  • DBN V.2.6-22:2010 “Reinforced Concrete, Prestressed Concrete, and Reinforced Concrete with Steel Elements. Basic Design Provisions.” This document contains requirements for the design of reinforced concrete and prestressed concrete structures, including ceiling structures.
  • DBN V.2.6-98:2013 “Metal Structures. Basic Design Provisions.” This document contains requirements for the design of metal structures, including ceiling structures.
  • Sanitary norms and rules SNiP 2.04.05-91 “Equipment for Swimming Pools. Sanitary Requirements.” This document contains sanitary requirements for swimming pool equipment, including requirements for the materials used to manufacture ceilings.

The main requirements that must be adhered to when installing ceilings in pools include:

  • Ceiling materials and construction must be waterproof and corrosion-resistant in high humidity conditions.
  • Ceiling materials must have high strength and resistance to aggressive environments commonly found in pools, including chlorinated water.
  • The ceiling should be flat and even, without any protrusions to prevent injuries during swimming or sports activities.
  • Ceiling installation must comply with fire safety regulations, including the use of fire-resistant materials and the application of automatic fire suppression systems.
  • Ventilation and air conditioning systems in the pool area must be designed to accommodate the installed ceiling, ensuring moisture removal and preventing condensation.
  • During the installation and operation of the ceiling, workplace safety requirements must be observed, including the use of personal protective equipment and the use of scaffolding or ladders in accordance with occupational safety regulations.
  • Before filling the pool with water, a proper inspection of the ceiling’s integrity and strength must be conducted.

These specified requirements and regulations should be considered during the design, installation, and maintenance of ceilings in pools to ensure the safety of individuals and the durability of the structures. It is also important to pay attention to other material property requirements for pool ceiling materials, as well as rules for their storage and transportation.

Additionally, the specifics of ceiling installation and dismantling, including safety measures for workers and the prevention of any damage to the structures, should be taken into account. Proper maintenance and regular inspections of ceilings are essential to address any potential issues that could jeopardize the safety and comfort of pool users. Therefore, adhering to these requirements and regulations is crucial when constructing pools to ensure the safety and satisfaction of users for years to come.

Specifics of Wet Areas and Ceiling Requirements

When decorating spaces with high humidity levels such as bathrooms, showers, pools, conservatories, or water park facilities, one of the challenging tasks for designers is selecting ceiling materials. The complexity arises from the microclimate in these spaces and their specific usage:

  • High Humidity: These areas have significantly higher humidity levels than average, causing traditional materials to swell and lose their properties.
  • Water Exposure: The presence of splashes, drops, or condensation on the ceiling surface exposes materials to liquid water, leading to the deterioration of many materials.
  • Temperature Fluctuations: In addition to high humidity, these spaces often experience temperature fluctuations, sometimes with elevated temperatures. Such conditions can lead to the deformation of many finishing elements.
  • Cleaning Chemicals: For bathrooms and pools, cleaning is periodic, and it involves household chemicals, which can affect the appearance and strength of materials.

Considering these factors, a list of requirements for materials used in wet areas can be formulated:

  • High Moisture Resistance: Materials that handle exposure to humidity and occasional wetting well will have a longer service life.
  • Low Coefficient of Thermal and Moisture Deformations: Materials that maintain their geometry when humidity or temperature changes occur will preserve their initial configuration and structural integrity.
  • Corrosion Resistance: Given the ideal conditions for rust formation in high humidity and temperature, all metal components in finishing should be made from corrosion-resistant alloys or effectively protected with polymer coatings or powder paints.
  • Chemical Inertness: Materials used in wet area finishing must resist not only moisture but also the effects of acids and alkalis commonly found in water disinfection or cleaning agents.

Only a few materials meet these criteria. Therefore, for wet area finishing, plastic or metal profiles, cassettes, or panels with protective coatings are typically used. Metal ceilings offer several advantages over plastic ones: they are more robust, durable, and virtually unaffected by temperature fluctuations. The corrosion resistance of such products depends on the quality of the protective-decorative layer and the application technology. From this perspective, metal ceilings from the “MehBud” factory represent a particularly advantageous solution.

Key Characteristics of Metal Suspended Ceilings for Pools and Water Parks

In interiors with heightened requirements for humidity resistance, both rack and metal panel suspended ceilings can be used. They are manufactured at the “MehBud” factory from galvanized steel and aluminum, which possess the following properties:

  • Enhanced Corrosion Resistance: It is widely known that zinc corrodes 10 times slower than steel and adheres well to it. Therefore, even in high humidity environments, if the integrity of the metal sheet is compromised (for example, due to screw holes), the surface does not rust.
  • Durable Coating: Metal surfaces are coated using the technology of applying polymer powder paints. This environmentally friendly and waste-free technology ensures the reliability of the coating without limiting the designer’s creativity.
  • Ease of Installation: The straightforward installation of metal suspended ceilings allows for the quick completion of ceiling spaces in pools, ensuring that the building can be put into operation without delay.
  • Stylish Appearance: The color range of metal suspended ceilings can bring to life any original design concept for water parks or pools.

These key characteristics make metal suspended ceilings, particularly those from the “MehBud” factory, an excellent choice for environments with high humidity and specific design requirements. They combine durability, resistance to corrosion, ease of installation, and aesthetic appeal, making them a versatile and practical choice for such spaces.

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Choosing a Ceiling for Your Pool in 2023: Design and Construction

When planning the construction or renovation of a pool in 2023, it’s essential to carefully consider the materials for the ceiling. The choice of metal elements is practical and almost obvious because there are few materials that can withstand prolonged exposure to high humidity.

Ceiling Models

  • For small pools, a closed-type rack ceiling is an excellent choice. A rack construction is easy to install, and you can combine the racks in different directions to create an interesting design.
  • Larger pool areas are best covered with standard ceiling cassettes or panels of various shapes (rectangular, hexagonal, triangular, etc.). In the first case, the costs will be lower, while in the second case, the price may be higher, but it offers the opportunity to implement unique design ideas.
  • Cubic ceilings and grill ceilings can also be suitable for pools, but their usage depends on specific circumstances. If the ceiling is relatively high, a suspended structure doesn’t need to be continuous. However, in such cases, requirements for waterproofing fixtures and communications will increase.

Color Palette

The use of metal suspended ceilings in pools, water parks, and other high-humidity areas opens up significant possibilities for designers. The recent trends in 2023 include:

  • Ceilings in light shades such as white, beige, and light blue. These are versatile choices for recreational areas that are likely to remain timeless.
  • Ceilings in a “metallic” color or even mirrored ceilings. Placed directly above the water, they reflect all the shimmering lights, creating a pleasant atmosphere. The quality of the mirrored surface should be high.
  • Ceilings that mimic wooden cladding. This is an option for smaller spa complexes within pools. Rails and cassettes with PRINTECH coating blend beautifully with wooden elements and are highly resistant to moisture.

The choice of color palette should consider the overall color scheme of the room where the pool is located. Fortunately, you can paint metal ceilings in any RAL color, offering flexibility in design.

ADVANTAGES OF METAL SUSPENDED CEILINGS FOR SWIMMING POOLS AND WATER PARKS

The use of metal suspended ceilings from the “Mehbud” factory in bathrooms, showers, swimming pools, water parks, and other humid environments provides the following benefits:

  • Compliance with Sanitary and Hygienic Standards: All metal elements are easy to clean, maintain their appearance when exposed to chemical cleaning agents, and withstand high-pressure water washing.
  • Easy Access to Hidden Utilities: In spaces with complex ventilation and air handling systems, access to all components is crucial. The installation of a metal suspended ceiling on an open T-24 suspension system allows for easy removal of metal panels without dismantling the entire system.
  • Durable Aesthetic Appeal: The surface of metal rail and panel ceilings remains unaffected even at 100% humidity, temperature fluctuations, and condensation formation, ensuring long-lasting visual appeal.
  • Enhanced Lighting: Metal suspended ceiling elements have excellent light-reflecting properties. Additionally, various types of light fixtures commonly used in ceiling solutions can be installed in metal panels and rails.
  • Fire Safety: All models of metal suspended ceilings are made from fire-resistant materials and belong to low-combustibility building materials, meeting Class A1 fire resistance standards.

Metal suspended ceilings from the “Mehbud” factory seamlessly integrate into and enhance the overall interior design of swimming pools and water parks. Their characteristics, including water resistance, ease of installation, and elegant appearance, allow for the quick and easy creation of stunning ceiling spaces in water parks or swimming pools of any size or configuration.

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHOOSING AND INSTALLING CEILINGS IN HUMID ENVIRONMENTS

When selecting and installing ceilings in humid environments, consider reaching out to the specialists at the “MehBud” factory. They will assist you in:

  • Choosing the optimal ceiling type based on project requirements.
  • Selecting the color palette for the ceiling system and providing guidance on coatings.
  • Developing a visualization of the project.
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Choosing metal suspended systems (rack, cassette, and panel ceilings) from the “MehBud” factory allows for a quick solution to the interior finishing of humid spaces, whether it’s a pool, water park, shower room, or a regular apartment bathroom. Furthermore, these ceiling structures are not only aesthetically pleasing but also highly durable, thanks to the use of high-quality materials like galvanized steel and protective decorative coatings, coupled with strict adherence to anti-corrosion metal treatment technologies.

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