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So, summer is here and you’ve decided your bathroom needs an overhaul. You’ve chosen your new sink, toilet and even your units, but when it comes to the walls, what is the right choice?
You may be considering fitting your bathroom with ceramic tiles, but this can be a difficult, time- consuming and expensive job. Luckily, there is an alternative which can give you the style you’re looking for at a fraction of the time and cost.

What are shower panels?

Simple to install and easy to maintain, shower wall panels are made from PVC material. They are attached to your walls using adhesive and screws. These plastic panels come in a range of different styles and finishes, including tile effect, making them the perfect alternative to conventional tiles.

What are the advantages of shower wall panels?

When comparing cladding panels to tiles, there are many different advantages, from a time, cost and maintenance perspective:

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Easy to install

PVC is durable and lightweight whilst providing a high-quality finish. Not only do they look fantastic on your walls, they’re also very simple to install using some screws and adhesive.
Unlike tiles, where you have to lay individual squares, ensure they’re all straight and apply the correct amount of grout, plastic wall panels are simply laid in sheets of up to 1000mm in size. This reduces the amount of installation you actually undertake, and product you have to buy.
Alongside this, cladding can be fitted over existing tiles or even damaged walls. There’s no need to remove your current tiling or skim your walls, you simply begin your remodelling!

Waterproof your bathroom

Wet wall shower panels are the perfect fit for your new bathroom as they’re completely waterproof! For areas that are constantly getting soaked, such as around your bath tub or in your shower, cladding is perfect as it protects your walls from condensation.
These panels also prevent the growth of dark fungus in your bathroom. Although tiles are also waterproof, the grout around them is a hotbed for mould and even if you clean them regularly, there always seems to be more! As these panels don’t require grout, there is little chance of them becoming mouldy.

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So many styles to choose from

One of the best things about plastic shower panels is their huge range of designs! If your heart is set on having a tiled bathroom, you can still achieve this look using cladding. If you have a particular dimly lit bathroom and need to create the effect of brightness, you could consider marble-effect cladding which will reflect light around the room.

What are the drawbacks of ceramic tiles?

As well as the expense of tiles and the skill needed to lay them, they are also quite difficult to maintain. They require cleaning up to twice a week, especially if your bathroom is prone to condensation, which promotes the growth of mould.
With a busy lifestyle plus a family, this makes tiles a time-consuming design for your bathroom.
Tiles are also far more fragile than plastic cladding. With the average tile from a local home improvement store priced around £2.70, breaking any tile can be a costly thing. Plus, you will have to refit the tile if it’s broken on the wall.
So, if you’re stuck between choosing conventional tiles and plastic wall panels, we hope we’ve given you some idea of which product is right for you. Our experts are always on hand to help, so if you need support on which cladding is the best choice for your bathroom, contact us for advice.