Shower Wall Panels are generally sheets of UPVC which are attached to the wall of a bathroom or shower. Shower wall panels are much easier to apply than conventional ceramic bathroom tiles. Each panel is usually slotted together by the use of a tongue and groove system, the tongue on one panel slides into the groove of the next panel and so on, thus covering the wall and ensuring a very quick and easy installation.
Sometimes these wall panels may need to be sealed with a thin bead of silicone sealant inside and along the joint, especially if a high pressure power shower is to be used.
Shower wall panels are available in a huge range of styles and colours, and these can include ;
Â Wood grain: Marble Effect: Mosaic Effect, or just plain colours.
These wall panels can usually be complimented with waterproof ceiling panels to give that extra finished touch.
Installing UPVC panels in a bathroom can bring some advantages that ordinary ceramic bathroom tiles do not have and some of these can include;
Â They are easy and quick to install
Â They have a wipe over surface
Â UPVC panels have a very long life and will look good for many years
Â They have no grout to go mouldy
UPVC shower panels are available in a range of various sizes, and panels of extra length are usually available when panelled ceilings are required.
Some common standard sizes can include;
Â 250mm x 2.7m
Â 250mm x 2.6m
Â 333mm x 2.7m
Â 100mm x 2.6m
Â 250mm x 3.0m
Â 250 x 2.6m
Installation methods are generally very simple, and while batons and stud work can be used for preparation requirements, the panels can be fixed immediately onto plaster, block, brick, and can even be fixed over existing ceramic tiles. Most installers prefer sticking the panels directly to the wall with some form of panel adhesive, and as this adhesive is quite thick it can be used to pack out uneven areas of the wall.
The panels may also be stapled providing the walls are suitable, and the staples cannot be seen as each successive panel covers the stapled fixing. This is a very quick and easy method of fixing the panels to the wall, and also allows the panels to be removed quickly and easily.
Where very uneven walls are encountered, batons may fixed to the wall and the shower panels, then fixed to the batons either with a staple gun or the appropriate adhesive.
Shower wall panels are quickly gaining ground and popularity in the DIY industry, for there hygienic, durable and ease of use qualities, and are an asset to any bathroom.
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