A simple guide to choosing & fitting bathroom wall panels
Bathroom wall panels are a fantastic, modern solution to traditional tiling. If you’ve been tasked with fitting them for a job, it’s essential you know how to fit them. But firstly, you need to know how to choose the right panels for the job. So to help you in both aspects, we at Kents Building Plastics have created this short blog.
How to choose the best bathroom wall panels
When choosing the best bathroom wall panels, you need to look out for the following features:
- Low-maintenance: moisture accumulates in bathrooms in much larger quantities than most other rooms in the home. For tiles, this will lead to the inevitable build-up of grout. Therefore, any wall panels should feature a grout-free surface and be easy to clean.
- Easy-to-install: you can save more time and effort if panels are easier to install. This also means more money is saved on installation costs, especially when compared to tiles. Showerwall bathroom panels from Kents can be cut to size and easily fixed to the wall or over existing tiling.
- Stylish: homeowners tend to take pride in the appearance of their home, therefore visual appeal is very important. Utilising Proclick technology, Showerwall wall panels feature virtually invisible joints. This ensures for a smooth finish that looks incredibly appealing.
- High-insulating: Bathroom cladding that has strong insulation properties leads to a quieter bathroom and keeps in more heat. This means it offers the end user higher potential to save on energy costs. Showerwall panels from Kents are manufactured from medium density fibreboard (MDF), which insulates exceptionally well.
Showerwall bathroom cladding features all the aforementioned characteristics and is available in a variety of finishes and either tongue & groove or square edge panels to suit most project requirements.
How to fit bathroom wall panels
Provided you follow this installation guide for the Showerwall wall panel system correctly, the panels are guaranteed for 15 years in a domestic environment.
- Step 1: Prepare the area where panels are to be fitted, ensuring they are free from dirt and dust.
- Step 2: Using a spirit level, check if the walls are flat. If they are not flat, you must use treated battens to fix the panels to. Check if the shower tray is flat too.
- Step 3: Measure the length of the shower tray to work out the length of the Sureseal strips that you require
- Step 4: Insert the Sureseal strips into the mitre boxes and cut a 45-degree internal corner angle with a hacksaw, notching the ends. Next, check if the mitre cuts and notched ends match up with one another.
- Step 5: If they match up, mark the edge of the Sureseal strips with a pencil.
- Step 6: Apply a generous amount of sealant into the underside channel of the Sureseal strips, making sure the cavity is completely filled.
- Step 7: Lay a straight line of sealant onto the shower or bath tray inside the pencil lines you marked earlier. Afterwards, place the Sureseal strips into position and using the sealant, fix the mitred joint together.
- Step 8: Secure the strips to the wall using countersunk screws or nails.
- Step 9: Using adhesive, fix the internal corner trim to the wall, ensuring it is straight and level.
- Step 10: Measure the height and width of the required panel before removing the protective film. Once the film is removed, check if there are any issues/imperfections, etc. with the panel before double-checking your measurements. If you’re happy with the measurements, cut the panel to the required height and width.
- Step 11: Make any holes for pipes or showerheads in the panel but make sure to incorporate a 3mm expansion gap.
- Step 12: Place the panel in position to check it is the correct size and to confirm if a 3mm gap is present at the top edge of the panel and around any cut outs.
- Step 13: Apply a generous amount of sealant into the end trim and fit to the left-hand edge of the panel. Make sure that the sealant spreads around the panel edge and wipe off any excess sealant.
- Step 14: Fill the internal corner trim with sealant before running a continuous bead of sealant into the Sureseal strip, ensuring to fill it to the height of the channel. Next, apply plenty of adhesive to the wall or the panel in lines or zig zags.
- Step 15: Fit the panel into the Sureseal strip and ensure it drops completely into the base channel and slide it into the internal corner trim profile.
- Step 16: Remove any excess sealant from the top edge of the Sureseal strip before repeating steps 10-16 for the next panel.
- Step 17: Securely fit the front capping into the Sureseal strip. There should be multiple clicks as the capping fits into place. The capping should be flush with the panel and the shower tray and no gaps should be present.
- Step 18: Fix the end caps onto the Sureseal strip before filling any holes you’ve made for pipes and showerheads with sealant. Finally, leave for 24 hours until the panels are ready to use.
Kents Building Plastics provide a fantastic selection of home-improvement solutions to installers and homeowners. For more information on our products & services give us a call on 0800 316 1217 or contact us online.