Winter renovations: Bathroom Cladding Upgrades

black sparkle chrome panel

black sparkle chrome panel

If you’d like to renovate your bathroom this winter, cladding is a great way to make your walls look brand new. Easy to fit, you can install cladding in your shower enclosure or across your whole bathroom to create a sleek, unique look. There are many options when it comes to redesigning your bathroom, as we’ll explore:

What is cladding?

Cladding is the application of one material over another and is often used for aesthetic purposes. Bathroom cladding refers to bathroom wall panels fitted over your walls to improve the overall look of your bathroom. With cladding, you can create interesting contrasts and beautiful finishes.

How to fit cladding

If you intend to use your wall panels in a shower, you should use a silicone sealant between each joint. This ensures no water will get between the panels, preventing your walls from becoming damp.

  • If the panels you have ordered do not fit, you may need to cut them to size. This can be done with a standard hacksaw or Stanley knife as they are generally quite thin.
  • The panels feature a tongue and groove system that is similar to laminate flooring, with each panel interlocking for a snug finish.
  • You can then fit the panels in place with a high power adhesive. Aim to use around 1 tube of glue per 2 panels.
  • Apply the glue in an S-shape to maximise the surface contact and increase the adhesive properties.
    • Alternatively, you can use a staple gun or screws to fit the panels
  • You will need to tidy up edges and exposed panels with trims. To do this, you will need to buy extra fittings such as coving, end caps, corners, angle trims, H-trims and bath seals.

 

How to care for cladding

Once you’ve installed your new cladding, you should keep it in good condition.

  • Cleaning cladding is easy and should be done with a damp cloth. Do not use chemical cleaners or bleach as they can discolour or damage the cladding.
  • You should dust down the panels but don’t use any dusting sprays, as they can cause streaky marks.
  • Prolonged exposure to sunlight can sometimes discolour panels that aren’t UV rated. Cut them indoors or in a covered location such as a garage if possible.
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