As with everything in life, there comes a time when you must think about making some changes to your bathroom. It’s one of the most commonly used rooms in your home, after all.
While an all-out makeover might be out of your budget, that doesn’t mean you can’t make some really amazing changes to your bathroom that won’t break your budget. One way is with bathroom wall panels. That simple update can really make your bathroom pop.
But before you buy, here are 5 things you should know about wet wall panels.
1. There are Definite Benefits to Installing Shower Wall Panels
While ceramic tiles were the go-to choice in the past, bathroom wall panels are quickly becoming the better choice.
The reasons why are clear:
- Easier to install
- Maintenance free
- Cost up-front for ceramic tiles is cheaper, but price will be about the same in the long run due to maintenance issues with tiles
- Mould and mildew free
- Best of all, while bathroom wall panels do work best with concealed showers, they also easily fit into almost any other type of shower
Unfortunately, many people have been lead to believe that their current shower will make it difficult or impossible for installation. Here are a few other misconceptions we’re clearing up.
2. Not Everything You Hear About Shower Wall Panels is True
We like providing our customers with the truth about our products. It makes for a happier customer and a positive experience for us both. Like the common belief that only certain types of showers can easily accommodate wall panels.
So we’d like to clear up a few additional false facts for you.
Shower Wall Panels Require Professional Installation
This rumour is only partially true. Yes, it’s probably a smarter idea to have your bathroom wall panels installed by a professional.
- Less work for you
- Materials are subject to change due to expansion and contraction
- Installation adhesive is difficult to work with
You’ll Need Special Tools for Installation
If you’re planning on doing the installation yourself, in most cases you’ll need no special tools than you’d need for a basic woodworking project.
The tools most commonly needed for a DIY installation are:
- Jig saw
- Table saw
Only One-Piece Systems are Worth Buying
The one-piece bath panels are not actually one piece. They also aren’t always the smartest choice in shower wall panels.
- More than one piece to install
- Most bathrooms are not dimensionally square, causing inconsistency around the caulk joints
- May not be waterproof
It’s important to ensure your shower wall panels will fit properly into your shower according to your exact size. Sound waterproofing methods should also be performed for a tight fit and seal.
Thickness doesn’t really matter in the end. What we’ve found is that the focus should be on how well the panels have adhered to the bathroom wall.
3. You Need to Do Research First
It’s important to do some research before you start choosing which panels you want for your bathroom.
You want them to function well and last a long time. But you also want them to look great in your shower.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Pictures are Worth a Thousand Words
If you were going shopping for clothes and saw a mannequin in the window wearing ugly clothing, would you shop there? No. Stick to sites where you love the options they’re showing you.
Better yet, do some research online to see how others panelled their bathrooms.
4. Ask Questions About the Company
Ask and ye shall receive the right type of wall panels for your bathroom. So here are some great questions to ask before you buy:
How Does Your Company Sell Its Products?
There are many ways companies sell their products:
- Direct to homeowners
- Through an authorised dealer
- Through a distributor who buys quantities in bulk
But here’s what type of company you want to look for:
- Can buy directly from them
- Their company focuses on your type of home project
Do You Offer Installation?
No matter how great the wall panels are, if they’re improperly installed, they’re a bad product.
So before you buy, if they don’t do the installation themselves, make sure you can find:
- An authorised installer nearby
- A contractor with no experience in bathroom wall panel installation perform the job
- DIY friendly wall panels
Will This Be Difficult to Install if I Choose to Do this Project Myself?
Certain types of wall panels are DIY friendly. If you have the tools, time, and ability, go right ahead!
Don’t forget to ask for videos and/or instruction sheets showing the installation process. Plus see our complete guide to bathroom wall panels here.
5. Plan and Budget Before You Buy
There are definite ways to save on a bathroom wall panelling project, but it’s also never a good idea to budget yourself into a corner. There’s no point in doing an upgrade if the quality or fit of the panels are so poor that it looks worse than before you started.
So here are some tips you should know before you buy:
- Home centres tend to only sell standard-sized, mass-produced panels which may not fit properly into your bathroom
- Price effective, yet still great options include: PVC composite panels, solid surface, and cultured marble
- Costs can range from £70 to £10,000
- Panels can be used in your kitchen and for bathroom ceilings
It’s also vitally important to match form with function. In other words, while it’s great that your wall panels are free from mould and mildew, but do they look great in your space?
Here are a few other items you may also want to replace in your bathroom:
There are many things to consider before giving your bathroom a makeover. It’s important to make sure you stay within budget, the bathroom functions well for everyone’s needs, and of course, it has to look great.
Our blog contains helpful tips to ensure the perfect bathroom makeover for any budget or style.