If you are looking to redecorate your bathroom or shower room and cannot face the mess, hassle and cost of hacking off your old tiles and re-plastering then there is an alternative approach – cover your tiles with waterproof wall panels. We have a huge range of colours, styles and finishes and prices to suit all budgets – to see the full range
Is It Easy To Install Panels Over Existing Tiles?
Yes…but there are some factors that you need to take into consideration – so make sure you read on!
What Factors Do I Need To Consider?
The first issue will be the current state of the tiles. If the tiles are loose then it could indicate a more serious problem. See our guide on tiling and grout problems for more information. Loose tiles should be removed – ideally the whole wall. The surface does not need to be completely smooth and flat for panels to be fitted so no re-plastering is required.
Secondly, if you are keeping your existing bathroom suite, you need to consider the thickness of the the panels (usually 8mm or 10mm). There needs to be enough clearance behind bath and basin taps to cope with the extra thickness . Pipework supplying mixer vales, electric showers etc need to be able to be adapted to cope with this thickness. It is possible to cover tiles and cut the panels around basins, electric showers etc but this is very tricky and would not be our recommended approach.
If you are installing a new suite, do not fit the panels behind a bath or shower tray – fit these first.
So What Are The Advantages Of Panels Over Tiles?
- 100% waterproof – perfect for use as shower lining panels
- easy to install – fit straight over your existing tiles
- no maintenance – just a smooth, wipe-over surface
- no mould – there is no grout so nowhere for mould to take root
So if you want to achieve the best result in your bathroom the solution is easy – fit shower panelling instead of tiles.
More and more people are coming around to the idea of bathroom wall panels as an alternative to tiling as there is no grout. So no scrubbing, no bleach, no raking out & re-grouting.
Is There A Lot Of Preparation Needed?
Tiles will need to be cleaned before the panels are fitted to ensure they are free of any soap residue but the panels are very forgiving when it comes to installation. Just use our recommended adhesive to fit the panels straight over your tiles. The panels are tongue and grooved so they just slot together to give you a waterproof surface.
Tile Effect Panels – The Perfect Combination
If you want to retain the look of tiles but want all of the advantages of a modern wall panelling system then our tile effect are the effect choice for you. They have a smooth surface with a printed tile design. Made from PVC, they are essentially plastic wall tiles that do away with the need for grout. The smooth surface makes cleaning simplicity itself as they just wipe over. No grout, no mould, no problems.
Bathroom Makeovers – Made Easy For You
If your bathroom decor is looking a little out of date then it might be time for a makeover. Tiles are one the most common forms of wall covering but can look dated after a while and grout has a nasty habit of turning grubby with time and can even start to harbour mould.
In this situation the options are:
- remove the existing tiles and re-tile
- tile over the existing tiles
- paint the existing tiles
- remove the tiles and panel the walls
- panel over the existing tiles
Removing the existing bathroom tiles can be quite a task – especially if there are plasterboard walls as the tile removal tends to pull large chunks of plasterboard away.
It is possible to tile over existing tiles but then you are relying on the initial layer of tiles being very sturdy (the adhesive on this layer of tiles will have to support the weight of two layers of tiles). It is essential that the right adhesive is used for this type of operation and it might require that the initial tiles are primed prior to the new tiles being fitted.
There are a number of tile paints on the market that can be used to over-coat the tiles but the finish achieved using these products will usually fall short of the smooth, high gloss, glazed finish of the tiles it is over-coating. Any moisture in the grout behind the paint can also adversely affect the finish and lead to blistering.
So an alternative is needed. Luckily there is a product that fits the bill perfectly – bathroom wall panels.
Can You Cover Tiles In A Shower?
That is what they are designed for. If anything we would say that they are more suited to use in a shower than tiles are! Tiles themselves are not the problem – grout is. It has a terrible tendency to develop cracks, either from tiny amounts of movement of the shower tray or from repeated expansion and contraction. Plastic shower panels suffer no such issues and once fitted will last for years.
If you are looking for a shower lining to cover the sides of each wall of your shower with one large sheet then we even have panels that will achieve this. Neptune panels are 1 metre wide so will cover the wall of most cubicles without the need for a join. For very large showers the panels can be slotted together, as they are tongue and grooved. No joining strip is necessary.
Shower panelling over tiles is the perfect long term solution. They are easy to fit, do not leak and require zero maintenance.
Are These Panels A New Idea?
Panels are a tried and tested method of covering bathroom and shower walls. We have been selling them for nearly twenty years and they have been used on The Continent for over three decades.
We started selling them as we knew from experience that tiles were costly to fit and did not always last that long before the grout started causing problems. The Bathroom Marquee specialises in problem solving products so panelling was an obvious choice to add to our inventory.
We would point out that there are a lot of very cheap (and nasty) panels entering the UK market. There is a big difference between cheap and good value. We take quality very seriously so we only sell products that we would be happy using ourselves.
Even our cheapest panels are superb quality and we would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone.