How to Install Shower Wall Cladding

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What You'll Need
Cladding and related fasteners
Power drill
Silicone sealant
Tape measure
A-frame ladder

In addition to decorating a shower wall, it is also necessary to ensure that it is fit for purpose. In some cases, tile is not the best choice. That is when cladding should be considered. Understanding the process and following a few steps will enable you to install the fittings, which will give you a functional bathroom that looks great and is easy to maintain.

Step 1 - Design

Start by choosing the color and style of the bathroom cladding you want to install. As different types require different methods, make sure you also have the right tools and equipment. Determine whether you need to fit any services behind the cladding, as the fittings will dictate the type of cladding you need. Determine the extent to which you intend to cover the walls with cladding and whether the ceiling will be incorporated.

Step 2 - Measure

The next step is to measure the entire shower wall to determine the amount of cladding that you will need. The type of cladding chosen will determine how it will be secured, but also need get sufficient fasteners for the task.

Step 3 - Prepare

Before fitting any cladding to the shower wall, complete all necessary repairs to the wall. Fill any holes and leave the surface clean, dry, and even. Fit the pipes and wires that will be positioned behind the cladding. Be aware of the manner in which the cladding. Gather the necessary equipment and materials to help you complete the task.

Step 4 - Install

If services are fitted behind the cladding, the cladding must be installed with the help of battens. Fix the planks of wood to the wall using a power drill. Ensure that the distance between each is equal and correct in accordance with the cladding panels. Attach the first panel using pins, staples, or a bonding agent. Insulation can be fitted within the gap as you go. Interlock the pieces until the entire wall is spanned.

Step 5 - Finish

Make the installation watertight by applying silicone caulk. For interlocking cladding, the caulk must only be applied to the free edges.