Decorative Wall Cladding

Decorative Wall Cladding is used to enhance the exterior or interior of a building. It can be used on existing decorated surfaces or un-decorated surfaces i.e.; plastered walls, brick walls etc.

Wall cladding usually consists of large hygienic plastic sheets, of various sizes and design. The decorative cladding sheets are joined to each other, and these are secured to the walls with screws. The fixings or screws are hidden by the cladding itself, and this makes a more visually appealing installation. These systems are available in a huge range of colours and designs, and the various styles will appeal to most customers needs and taste. Wall cladding systems can be supplied in kit form, or supplied and fitted by some suppliers. Decorative wall cladding may also be applied to ceilings, and even some types of door.

Decorative wall cladding panels are quick and easy to install and may be carried out by any competent DIY enthusiast.

Some of the components or fittings required for the installation of wall panels may include:

o Colour strips

o Internal and external corner fittings

o End cap piece

o Chrome coving fitting

o H Trim fitting

Depending on the type and condition of the wall or ceiling will determine what type of fitting is needed.

If nails are to be used then they should be applied evenly and level in the lip of the panel, taking care not to strike the panel with the hammer. This method only applies if fixing the panels to a wooden surface or wood battening.

Gluing will only work effectively when applied to a dry and even wall. The wall must be cleaned and be free of any greasy substances and dust, and only a special adhesive should be used.

When fixing the panels to wooden battening the recommended method is stapling. The battening should be flat and level and packed out where necessary on uneven walls. This is so the panelling does not develop a curvature when following uneven walls.

If the walls are damp or uneven, treated timbers should be used for battening to ensure an adequate amount of ventilation behind the panels. Battens should be spaced 40cm to 60 cm apart.

Advantages of decorative wall cladding are:

o Quick and easy to install : It can be installed on ceilings

o Does not require grouting

o Installs to a wide range of surfaces

o Rot proof and waterproof

o Warm to the touch and helps reduce condensation

Wall cladding is hygienic, cost effective and gives a good finish.