Installing Bath/Shower Wall Panels

What You'll Need
Caulk gun
Silicone caulk
Tape measure
Utility knife
Fiberglass panels
Electric drill

Bath/shower wall panels can easily be installed with this simple guide. You will not need to hire expensive professionals help to complete what is essentially an extremely easy project. Once complete, the bathroom walls surrounding your bath or shower will be fully waterproofed and you do not have to worry about leakage.

Step 1 - Materials and Preparation

You must decide which material you'd like your bathroom tiles to be made out of. As well as popular ranges of traditional tiles, there are a number of fiberglass tiles available which are easier to cut and easier to work with. There are no real disadvantages to using fiberglass tiles and they are now recommended by most bathroom tilers. When you have your selection of tiles ready, you must prepare the bath or shower unit for tiling. Ensure that all pipe connections are secure and that there are no repairs needed on any of the surrounding walls. If there is, these must be fixed before work can begin.

Step 2 - Cutting the First Panels

Remove all valves, handles and spigots that are attached to the shower unit. This will allow you more space to work and will make it easier to assess the exact cuts you will have to make. If tiling around a bath, you need not worry as you will be with straight lines. If using fiberglass panels, you can use a utility knife or recommended cutter to shape the first panel to fit around the shower head outlet. Ensure that the cuts allow a snug fit around the shower head. 

Step 3 - Cutting Holes into the Main Panel

Using a cardboard template the same size as your panels to ensure correct alignment is a good method for those without any previous experience. Once you are certain of the positioning of the holes you need to cut, you can transfer these measurements onto the actual panel. Ensure that there is a snug fit around all valves and pipes as the panel requiring holes needs to be perfectly cut. Use your drill to cut these holes, making sure that you follow the manufacturer's guide on drilling the panels. Now, you can test your panel to ensure that the fit is perfect. The cardboard technique can be used for other panels which may need cutting to fit around cabinets or wall edges.

Step 4 - Attaching the Panels

Now you are ready to use the provided adhesive and attach the panels. Begin with the main panel and applying adhesive to the back and onto any wall surface, allowing it to set for the required time. Once complete, attach the other panels in the same manner.

Step 5 - Sealing the Deal

Finally, use the caulk gun to caulk between all the crevices of your new shower panels. Allow this to dry before re-attaching all valve handles and spigots. Now you can safely enjoy a cool shower after all your hard work.