You really start to appreciate the benefits of wall panels when it comes to installation. There is virtually no preparation required – the panels can go straight onto brick, block, plaster, battens and can even go over existing ceramic tiles.
If you are completely remodelling your bathroom we would recommend the following installation order:
Run the panels down onto the top surface of the bath or shower tray rim – do not run the panels down behind a bath or shower tray.
The easiest method of attaching the panels to the wall , and the one used by most installers, is sticking using a panel adhesive (our adhesive is available online here).
The adhesive can be applied to the rear of the panels in an “S” pattern (if the walls are flat and smooth) or applied in blobs (if the walls are less even – you then push the panel back to the wall for it to find its own level). There is no need to cover the entire rear surface of the panel as you would with a ceramic tile as each panel is held in place by the next one via the tongue and groove system so less adhesion is required. Make sure the walls are clean, dry and free of any soap residue (if fitting over existing tiles.
For our standard 250mm wide panels you would usually use 1 tube of adhesive per pack of 4 panels or 1 tube per panel for our metre wide panels (you might need more if the walls are very uneven and the adhesive is used to pack out the gaps)
The panels can also be stapled if the walls are suitable – plasterboard or plywood walls or partitions are typical situations. The staples will not be seen because the next panel in line will cover the fixing. This method is very quick and is one of the easiest methods to undo if the panels need to be removed.
Fixing The Panels Using Screws
It is also possible to fit the panels using screws although this is a much slower process than using one of the other methods above. The only real advantage of using screws is that the panels can be removed at a later date if required.
If the walls are very uneven, battens can be used to achieve a level surface and then the panels can be attached to the battens using panel adhesive or a staple gun.
It is also possible to use combinations of installation methods.
For example, ceiling panels are quite often stuck to an existing ceiling but staples are used to hold it in place while the adhesive dries. Click here for more information on installing ceiling panels.
Another common combination is used where an old bathroom is half-tiled and the tiles are bedded in cement. These are notoriously difficult to remove so they can be left in place and the top half battened out to the same level. The panels are then stuck onto the tiles and stapled to the battens.
The joints between the panels do not usually need to be sealed in most situations but a thin bead of silicone can be applied inside the joint where the panels will come into regular contact with water, such as above a bath or inside a shower cubicle – just to be on the safe side. Panels from the Ligno range should always have the joints sealed in shower areas as the joints between these panels are not as sophisticated as others in our range.