January 28, 2020 0 Comments

The Easy Guide on Choosing Bathroom Wall Panels

Bathroom wall panels, also known as shower panels, wet wall cladding or shower PVC boards are a cost effective, waterproof alternative to tiles. They are easier to clean, easier to install and, there is now a huge range of different designs, thicknesses and sizes to choose from. Yet still, many people are unsure of how bathroom panels work and how they can be fitted, especially over a bathroom that is already tiled? This guide will help you understand the ‘how, what and where’ of bathroom panels and how they can transform your bathroom, kitchen or even living space.

What are Shower Wall Panels made of?

Claddtech shower wall panels are made from extruded PVC with a ‘honeycomb like’ cell structure. The cells that build up the core of the panel are packed tightly together to give Claddtech wall panels higher compression strength, a better insulation and superior finish.

Where can Shower Wall Cladding be fitted?

Wet Wall Cladding can be fitted in shower enclosures offering a waterproof solution to tiles! Often the large shower boards are used in this case. Their dimensions are perfect for those who want a simple, easy and stunning installation.

Bathroom wall panels can also be used as décor for full bathrooms, wet rooms, utilities and offices. Customers from all over the country have had great success fitting them in gyms, dog groomers and inside caravans/campervans.

Wall cladding can also be fitted in kitchen to create a hygienic, clean finish. Please note that if you wish to place panels behind a cooker/gas hob you will need to put a heat resistant glass panel in front of the panels as they are not designed to go above 50 degrees.

PVC Panels can also be fitted on ceilings to make the appearance of your room larger. Put down the paint rollers and say goodbye to neck ache, installing ceiling panels is a game changer. As a recommendation, we recommend you purchase 12mm countersunk screws for ceiling panels for that extra reassurance. These can be installed into the tongue section of the panel while the glue is setting and covered with the next aligning panel.

How to Install Bathroom Wall Panels

  • Which Surfaces can they be fitted to?

Shower wall panels can be fitted onto most surfaces including tiled bathrooms, plasterboard, wooden battons, plastered or skimmed walls and also over existing panels. Please always be mindful that the panels will rely on the strength of the surface they are stuck too.

Fitting onto an already tiled bathroom can sound tricky but it is suprisingly easy once you know how. Start by cleaning the surface of the tiled wall. Remove all dirt and debris from the surface so the adhesive sticks properly and bonds your new paneling to the surface.

Different designs of wall panels

  • Gloss

  • Matt

  • Tile Effect

 

  • Texture

Long gone are the days of just ‘sparkle panels’, there are so many more designs to choose from. Tile effect cladding has become a trending product because of panels tile effect appearance without the high maintenance involved.

Can I put Fixtures on Wall Panels?

The simple answer is yes. However the fixtures need to rely on the strength of the wall behind the panels, not the actual panels. Before you fit your panels into place, measure out the area you need to cut for your fixture and transfer this to you panel.

If you are unsure on how to do this, especially with ceiling lights click here to watch a video on how to do this.

Do I need to Purchase anything else with the Shower Panels?

Here at Claddtech we always say that it is completely up to you whether you want to purchase panel edging such as trims. There are various trims which are all designed for one or more purpose. Below we explain where to use these trims in your room;

End Cap: For the run of panels or to rest against skirting boards. These are also brilliant for the gap between your doorway and where your panel

Coving Trim: For intersections between the walls and the ceilings. Can be used for along shower trays and baths.

Internal corner: to be used on an internal corner

External corner: to be used on an external corner.

Rigid Angle: for framing windows and door frames. Can be used on external corners.

Joining Trim: to join two panels together (top to bottom).

You will need to purchase some silicone to stick them onto walls. The silicone/adhesive that you use needs to be suitable for PVC products.


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