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Achieving great ceiling design in wet areas

Wet and humid environments like indoor pools, gyms and saunas require special consideration when selecting internal linings as extensive exposure to moisture increases the likelihood for movement in the ceiling. Many products are not able to withstand these sorts of damp environments, so it is important to select the right one – however, if you want something that offers a more exciting aesthetic than just basic compressed sheeting or if you need some effective acoustic control, then keep reading. The team at Atkar Group are here to provide some ideas and inspiration for your next ‘Pool Room’.

Want more than compressed sheet?

The most popular choice is fibre cement as it is the ideal product to withstand the hostile mix of humidity and chlorine over an extended period of time. It is also unaffected by steam, moisture, sunlight or vermin for that matter, and has excellent water-resistant properties, making it ideal in harsh environments. However, basic fibre cement sheeting may not suit your design vision – so what other FC options are there?

Atkar offer many fibre cement products in our Architectural Linings range that are not just fit for purpose, but are also stylish, modern and cost effective.

Atkar Au.diLux (perforated fibre cement) and Au.diVent (slotted fibre cement) are both easily incorporated into a wide variety of wall and ceiling systems, and are suitable for curved surfaces and a square or recessed edge. They can be fully customised to suit special width sheets and have a variety of jointing options to make installation easy.

In addition, Atkar are also distributors of Cembrit Through Colour Fibre Cement made by one of Europe’s leading manufacturers – this product offers a unique coloured fibre cement façade that is not only beautiful but easy to install.

If only Timber didn’t rot…

Timber and long-term moisture and heat are not compatible. But if you want the warmth and look of timber in your wet area, then another option to consider is a timber-look Aluminium Batten & Cladding System such as our DesignerWood Aluminium range. Although not as durable as fibre cement, it is a lightweight, non-combustible and virtually maintenance free option that could be suitable in some damp areas. Our DesignerWood Aluminium offers 18 photo-realistic timber finish options, most of which include a unique textured feel to enhance realism, which could complement or add contrast to other timber surfaces you might have in your project.

Is that an Echo?

Maintaining effective acoustic control in wet areas is also an important component to most projects. Au.diLux & Au.diVent ceiling panels combined with our patented Sonus Acoustic Backing can be used to substantially cut down reverberation.

For more advice on what options are available for your specific project requirements, then please speak to our experienced Architectural Consultants on 03 9796 3333.