Bathroom wall panels are water proof panels which are generally manufactured using thermoplastics, better known as UPVC, although some panels may be manufactured from Medite Exterior grade medium density fibreboard, which is more commonly known as MDF. This MDF board is then covered on the outer face with a high pressure laminate, and a balancing laminate is applied to the back to prevent distortion of the panel, this also improves the waterproof qualities of the panel.
Most UPVC bathroom wall panels are manufactured with two outer walls ( front & back ) and a honeycombed interior, which is necessary for good rigidity and keeping the panel flat. They are joined together using a tongue and groove system, depending on the style of panels, and this ensures each panel is locked together, thus making a more watertight and rigid joint. The joint between the panels can then be made more secure by applying a bead of silicone, and this is recommended particularly if a power shower or high pressure shower is installed.
Because the panels are manufactured using either UPVC or Laminated MDF, they are very easy to keep clean, and whilst they are extremely resistant to most chemical cleaners such as bleach products, it is recommended and indeed only necessary to use a wet soapy soft cloth, as this will be sufficient for most cleaning requirements.
All bathroom wall panels are totally waterproof are very hygienic and make a great alternative to the more conventional wall tiles, which are prone to certain strains of fungi particularly on the tiles grouting, which can produce a mouldy appearance.
They are available in many different styles and colours, which will suit any bathroom improvement requirements, and some of these styles can include:
- Woodgrain effect
- Marble effect
- Mosaic effect
- Plain colours
These wall panels can also be complimented with ceiling panels, and help to give that extra finished look.
UPVC and laminated wall panels are quick and easy to install. Installation can be applied in several ways, some of which are:
- Screw fixed
- Self adhesive
Installation can be carried out by the purchaser, or may be supplied and fitted by the supplier, and all installed panels can be finished with a matching trim on the top and bottom edges. For a more quality installation suppliers will usually stock the appropriate matching coving, which adds to the overall appearance and produce a very stylish bathroom. Many panel systems are available in kit form, and an accomplished DIY enthusiast should have no problem with the installation. Most bathroom panels or panel systems will usually come with a 10 to 15 year guarantee, although this depends on the quality and system purchased and may vary.