Cloister vaults, also known as dome vaults, are a close cousin to the groin vault. Where the groin vault arches towards the center from the corners of the walls, the cloister vault arches toward the center from a constant spring point along the wall. This slight difference makes a huge impact on the overall design. Plus, if you’re looking to add height to a room on an exterior wall, the cloister vault can arch up into your attic, curving underneath your roof rafters.Check out Cloister Vaults Featured Project
How to Measure A Cloister Vault Ceiling
- Measure the long side of your cloister vault to the nearest 1/8”.
- Measure the short side of your dome vault to the nearest 1/8”.
- Choose a rise for your dome vault kit to the nearest 1/8”.
- Enter the location (place) where the dome vault will be installed in your project (for example: Dining Rm, Gallery Hall, Entry, #1 Dome Vault).
How to Install A Dome Vault
Installing a dome vault is comprised of setting the centering support beams to the total height, fastening the cloister hips into place and then attaching each strut to the wall and to the cloister hip as specified by the installation instructions.
How to Drywall a Cloister Vault Ceiling
Drywalling a cloister vault ceiling is comprised of measuring the curvature for each of the 4 triangle sections, cutting the drywall to the curvature and length, forming, and fastening in place.
- Wetting the back of the drywall will make the drywall easier to bend.
- For tighter radius dome vaults, consider using a double layer of either ¼” or ¼” flex drywall.
How to Finish a Cloister Vault Ceiling
Drywall, plaster, tongue and groove, bead board, brick veneer, trim, mural, faux…the list is seemingly endless. Whether you want your cloister vault to have a simple or an ornate finish, the choice is yours. All of our dome vault kits can be designed to handle any finish you can imagine. Plus, they readily accept chandeliers.
Cloister Vault Specifications
|Material||Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)(High Grade Moisture Resistant) & Plywood|
|Cloister Hips (in.)||The 4 cloister hips will be CNC routed to ensure a perfect fit.|
|Thickness (in.)||1 ½” thick struts|
|Depth (in.)||3 ½” deep struts|
Choosing a Cloister Vault Rise
Choosing a rise for your dome vault is mostly personal taste along with the overall design/theme of the home. As long as you keep in mind that the highest point of a cloister vault is at the center and that it is from here that it drops down along your wall in a straight line, then you’ll be fine. If you have any concerns about placement of your cloister vault, feel free to call us and we’d be happy to walk you through the process.
How Does My Cloister Vault Ceiling Ship?
Depending upon the size of your cloister vault and/or the size of your total order, it will either ship in boxes via UPS Ground or on a pallet via LTL common carrier. If you’d like to know how it will ship before placing your order, simply call us and we’ll let you know.
“Having a specialty product company like Archways & Ceilings in your playbook makes building custom houses much easier. Using custom prefab’d arches and ceilings definitely streamlines the building process giving us the perfection & consistency we are looking for in our homes. We recently tackled a cloister vault which normally would be difficult and time consuming, but with Archways & Ceilings they make it easy. The install was painless and the finished product looked fantastic. It is great to have company to call on that specializes in this field of construction.”
Rendition Luxury Homes, North Richland Hills, TX