If you are installing panels into an existing shower cubicle then there are several things you need to bear in mind.
We would recommend using one our smaller panel sizes as these are easier to manoeuvre in the confined space that is available. To fit large shower panels you would need to remove the enclosure which can prove to be problematic as they tend to be heavily sealed into place and are not readily removable without bending or twisting the profiles that make up the cubicle.
Fit Over Existing Tiles
This is a great feature of our shower wall panels. As can be seen in the photos above they go right over the tiles that are already in place. No need to hack off any tiles. No need to re-plaster. The mould in the grout will die off as this requires permanent moisture to survive.
When fitting over existing tiles just ensure that the tiles are secure, clean and free from any soap residue to enable the adhesive to bond effectively. If you have the odd loose tile then just take it off and apply the adhesive a little more generously in that area. If a large area is affected then a piece of thin ply can by used to replace the tiles.
Sometimes removing tiles will highlight a bigger problem that can result in the whole wall having to be renewed. In this instance you will be staring from scratch so see our page install shower panels in a new cubicle
Leaking Shower Cubicle
Cubicles can be prone to leaking after time – if this is the case then you need to establish what is causing the leak before installing our panels. The usual causes are:
- leaking supply pipes or a leaking shower valve
- leaking waste pipes or shower trap
- movement in the shower tray causing seals to break
- porous, incorrectly specified or poorly applied grout
- sealing inside the cubicle across the horizontal part of the frame where it meets the shower tray
Our panelling will solve the issue of grout leaking but it is vital that the shower tray is rock solid before installing the panels as any sealing that takes place can be undermined by excess movement. If any of the other of the causes of leaks listed above are present these will need to be addresses before the panels are installed.
You can seal the corner joints and where the panels meet the frame with a good quality silicone sealant or you can use trims – see the following page for more information: