Pros & Cons

Wall panels have many advantages over more traditional wall coverings such as ceramic tiles, painted plaster, wallpaper and wooden tongue and groove. Here we list the pros and cons of all of them

Waterproof Wall Panelling

Pros

The advantages of wall panels include:

  • Wipe clean surface
  • No grout to discolour
  • Warm to the touch
  • Inhibits condensation
  • Insulates the walls thermally
  • Insulates the walls acoustically
  • Little/no preparation of the walls required
  • Will not rot
  • Clean & easy to install

Cons

The only real disadvantage of wall panelling is the fact that there is a slightly limited choice of colours compared to some other forms of wall covering

Ceramic Bathroom Tiles

Pros

  • Bathroom tiles have a very large choice of colours & patterns )
  • Waterproof (if grouted properly with waterproof grout)

 

 

Cons

  • Grout can turn mouldy
  • Difficult to clean
  • Cold to the touch
  • Promotes condensation
  • Extensive preparation required
  • Messy to install

Wooden Tongue and Groove

Pros

  • Warm to the touch

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Needs constant maintenance
  • Will rot in contact with water

Wallpaper

 Pros

  • Cheap
  • Large Range of colours & finishes

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Not really suitable for bathrooms long term

Paint

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Large Range of colours

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Not suitable for shower areas
  • Can blister under moist conditions
  • Does not inhibit mould growth