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How to Install Bathroom Wall Panels

Do you ever look at your bathroom and think it needs a bit of an updating? The wall tiles are startin
g to look a bit out-dated? Or did you moved in a while ago, the bathroom tiles didn’t match but you didn’t have the funds at the time to replace them?

Before you go online and look for a handyman or tiler to help spruce up your bathroom, why not save on the costs and have a go yourself? Now, you’re probably thinking it will be complicated, but we have an easy solution - plastic wall panels.

geo-panel2011_photo1_1Why Choose Plastic Wall Panels?

Plastic wall panelling is very quick and easy to install, and more cost effective in comparison to traditional tiling.

Plastic wall panels are moisture resistant, and the finish is more hygienic and easy to clean due to no grout lines that become stained over time, which means they are lower maintenance and again more cost effective.

The boards must have a sealant added to each joint to make them water tight and due the fact there are so little joints compared to tiling the risk of leaking over time is reduced.

How to Install Plastic Wall Panels?

Once you have picked your panels, the next thing to do is to install it and you will be surprised at how easy it is to do so.

First things first is to measure where you want the wall panel and to cut it down to size. All you will need is a measuring tape to measure and a pen or pencil to mark where you need to cut, then using a hacksaw, hand saw or stanley knife, carefully cut the panel down to size. If the edges are a bit rough just use a bit of sandpaper to file is smooth.

There are a number of different methods of fitting ceiling panels. These include:

  1. Glue - this is the simplest method. If you use this method, make sure to use a high power adhesive and buy one tube of glue for every two panels. All you have to do with this method is glue the back of the panel in an s-shape from top to bottom and slot it into place. Hold it in place for a few seconds to ensure it has stuck.
  2. Nail or staple gun - Much like glue, this is also a simple method. Simply alt your panel into place and secure along the lip of the panel with the gun. Ensure your panel is in the right place before nailing down. The nails won’t be visible due to the tongue and grove system.
  3. Screws - the method with screws is the same as staples, just a bit more fiddly as you will be to screw panels in place.

Many people will use a glue and one of the other methods together for maximum security, or for easier installations, i.e. using glue to fix it in place before nailing or screwing in.

Lastly, if you are installing in a wet environment, i.e. above the bath or in a shower cubicle, then we strongly recommend using a silicone sealant between joints for a watertight finish and to ensure no water will get behind the panels, causing damp or damage.

If you are interested in buying panelling for your wall you can check out our range here or give us a ring on 08448 586 670