Bathroom Wall Paneling Advantages and Tips

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

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 mold. 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.

2. Waterproofing

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When purchasing your panels, be sure to choose waterproof ones 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.

3. Durability

You can 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.

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, and soap dishes. You can buy panels at a nearby home supply store that have been pre-designed to fit these fixtures.

5. Attach Mirrors, Wall Cabinets, and Fixtures

When installing bathroom wall fixtures you will save time, money, and frustration because, unlike installing over 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.

6. Cleaning and Maintenance

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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.

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 setting up saw horses in a larger space outside your bathroom; preparing your walls in advance by removing protrusions such as picture hangers, shelves, and toothbrush holders; removing electrical outlets and switch plates; removing window treatments; and removing your toilet if it is against the wall.