Bathroom Wall Paneling Tips & Tricks Bathroom Wall Paneling Tips & Tricks

Bathroom wall paneling is fast becoming a favorite with homeowners as a replacement for bathroom tile. Wall paneling is generally less expensive, it's available in a variety of designs, handles moisture well, is less likely to encourage mold and is easy to install. Here are 7 tips that will help you choose and install bathroom paneling:

Tip 1 - Eliminate Mold

When installing bathroom paneling, apply adhesive completely to the side you glue to the wall. This will prevent moisture from steam, mists and splashing that will otherwise find its way behind paneling or tiles and eventually become a breeding place for molds. By installing waterproof paneling, you can avoid having to buy disinfectants and products normally used against the collection of molds, and you won't need to worry about health issues normally associated with mold spores.

Tip 2 - Waterproofing

When purchasing your panels be sure to choose those that are waterproof and are designed to be used around steam and water. When you install these panels, you can be sure that getting them wet from spraying shower water, steam or from cleaning them with a liquid cleaner will not damage, disfigure or deteriorate them.

Tip 3 – Durability

Avoid the peeling that commonly happens to wallpaper and the chipping that you often see with tiles, because bathroom paneling is more durable. Because it's so long lasting, you don't have to be concerned about having to replace it as you would with other types of wall coverings.

Tip 4 – Save Time

Reduce the time it would normally take to install other bathroom wall coverings because of the cutting and trimming it would take to fit them around fixtures such as taps, towel racks or soap dishes. Buy panels that have been pre-designed to fit these fixtures at a nearby home supply store.  

Tip 5 – Attaching Mirrors, Wall Cabinets and Fixtures

By installing bathroom wall fixtures you will save time, money and frustration because, unlike installing tiles that usually require using a special drill bit to keep from chipping or cracking the tiles, you can attach mirrors and other items by simply driving screws into the wallboard. On brick, stone or concrete walls, for example, you can attach these panels quite simply by gluing them to any dry and sturdy surface.

Tip 6 – Cleaning and Maintenance

Avoid having to use special cleaners to maintain the appearance of bathroom wall panels. Instead, use a clean, damp cloth. This will keep your panels looking new and fresh.

Tip 7 – Simplify Installation

A bathroom, because of its limited space, is not the ideal place to work. You can simplify your wallboard installation and make it less complicated by making these 5 preparations:

  • Set up saw horses in a larger space outside your bathroom
  • Prepare your walls in advance by removing protrusions such as picture hangers, shelves, toothbrush holders, etc.
  • Remove electrical outlets and switch plates
  • Remove window treatments such as shades or curtains
  • Remove the toilet if it's flat against the wall

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