Bathrooms are hot and humid places and any material needs to adjust to the area it is to be installed in to minimise movement after installation. Sooner or later, every bathroom needs a tuneup, and the tub's shower enclosure is often the best place to start. To make sure your cuts for these items are as accurate as possible, create a template for them out of the cardboard box your surround arrived in. From my experience it is critical to use the adhesive recommended by the wall panel manufacturing company. We hope this guide has answered all the most important questions you have about shower wall panels.
And most importantly works for your budget. Cladseal shower and bath waterproof trim The prices used here are for the most expensive chrome trims and absolutely top quality adhesive and sealant. Direct to Stud Consider using a direct-to-stud acrylic surround installation for surrounds with no wallboard, or wallboard in poor condition. If fixtures are already installed in your bathroom, turn off the water at the cutoff valve before getting started. Remember though this is a relatively new market. A shower surround is a facade or cover that makes an old shower look new.
When it comes to alternatives, you can choose from new tile, plastic tub surround kits and professionally installed solid-surface panels. Three-piece units cost a little less, but they work well only when tub walls are framed square and plumb. Finish by installing the tub spout and faucet trim. When breaking tiles, be sure to wear a face mask and protective clothing. However, if the edges are rough, clean up with very fine sandpaper but only on the edge itself or the back of the plastic wall panel. In both of these situations, use a hacksaw instead.
We opted for a five-piece, pressed-fiberglass kit at the high end of the price range. As you do, try to keep the adhesive inside the lines. At the tub, measure from the reference line to the center of the spout pipe. Now you can safely enjoy a cool shower after all your hard work. With that in mind there is a decent amount of choice available. Step 2 — Remove the Finish Tile is smooth, and, as such, needs to be roughed up a little bit for the shower surround to properly fit.
If your answer is yes — you may need to check yourself into the hospital! Bad tiling can cost a lot of money Main Advantage of Shower Panels Over Tiles We think the image below says everything! With shower panels all you need do is wipe over with a cloth! These kits, based on the experience of thousands of showers, are for two or three wall showers and include everything required to finish the job. These usually have a tongue and groove fitting to ensure they are completely waterproof. To do any job properly, you need the right tools and tiling is no exception. These panels sometimes have the option of a tongue and groove fixing or a square edge. Use a hacksaw to cut them to length, then peel the paper backing from the foam tape on each piece and stick the pieces to the wall.
Three and five pieces are standard. On average it is at least 50% cheaper to install panels than it is traditional tiles. Now, prime and paint the walls, and caulk in the gap where the drywall meets the flange. Five-piece units are usually a better choice because they are more forgiving of crooked walls and out-of-square corners. The instructions on the tube of Liquid Nails recommend this for faster drying.
More often these are purchased in a showroom rather than online, that is unless you have a direct trade account with a manufacturer. Aquabord, Mermaid, Aquapanel, Wetwall, Minerelle, Aquamura, and so on. Step 2 - Cutting the First Panels Remove all valves, handles and spigots that are attached to the shower unit. Allow this to dry before re-attaching all valve handles and spigots. Choosing Shower Panels instead of tiles makes installing a waterproof surface easier and faster.
The come in 7 colors and they add as much drama to your bathroom as your 15-year-old daughter! After applying the sheet and peeling it away, notice how the glue spreads out and spreads thinly. Cut with the finished side up and if you use a hack saw, make sure the blade is of a very fine grading. Now, dry fit the enclosure. Because all these kits do a good job of repelling water, ease-of-installation, appearance and maintenance issues are the deciding factors. When you have lined the bath, it is as well to lay a dust sheet in the bottom as well.