In truth, it is highly unlikely
that traditional tiled walls will suddenly disappear in favour
of waterproof panels, but there are very good reasons why they
might. When you consider things such as cost, the time consuming
process of installation and the inevitable need for maintenance
at some point in the future when grout becomes old and shabby it
all begins to favour the simplicity and durability of waterproof
Let's not forget
leaks. Even the best tiling job will eventually begin to let
water slip by into the fabric of the building. The problem is
you won't know until it's too late. Once a damp patch appears
you can be sure water has been leaking for quite some time. With
damp comes the smell. Warm damp environments are perfect for
bacteria to multiply.
Waterproof wall panels negate
most of the problems associated with tiling. A minimal number of joints
between panels and a clever system of connection means there's
nowhere for water to ingress.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles
require expert knowledge and specialist equipment to cut and
hang. Waterproof panels need nothing more than an eye for
measuring, a saw and a tube of adhesive.
Tiling takes days. Once hung,
the tile adhesive needs to cure before grout can be applied.
Waterproof panels take only a matter of hours from start to
Traditional tiles are
extremely heavy. As such, a substrate capable of
supporting many kilos per square metre is a essential.
Waterproof panels are incredibly light and spread their
modest weight across a large area. So, even if your
walls aren't that good waterproof panelling will
transform their function and appearance at a stroke.
Where time is money you don't need to debate the matter
Manufacturers have differing ideas on how panels should
be constructed. There are also different thicknesses and
widths available. Where one manufacturer laminates the
face of a marine plywood backing, others laminate the
face of a cellular honeycomb made entirely from plastic.
Whichever you consider to be the most durable and
water-resistant, cutting is easily achieved with a wood
saw and/or jigsaw.
A superb range of
waterproof panels and finishes are available to give you
freedom to produce a beautiful creation simply and
easily. Suitable for, but not exclusive to, wet areas or
where there is a high level airborne moisture - showers,
kitchens, bathrooms, utility areas etc. Panelling can be
utilised simply for its finish. Foyers, offices,
reception areas, hairdressers, restaurants, trade stands
and work areas can now be transformed with a
light-weight covering that makes such a visual
can be used in place of tiles more or less anywhere.
could tiles become a thing of the past?