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Rotproof, economical, easy to install, available in a wide range of colors and styles ... The PVC paneling has not finished seducing us! It adapts to all surfaces and all styles of decoration and is a very interesting alternative to the ceramic tiles traditionally present in bathrooms. Wall or ceiling paneling, clipped, glued or nailed installation, find out everything about this wall covering with unsuspected qualities!
- PVC paneling in the bathroom: focus on an all-terrain material
- PVC paneling: from walls to ceiling!
- How to install PVC paneling?
- PVC paneling: our decoration advice
1. PVC paneling in the bathroom: focus on an all-terrain material
Available in wood or PVC, the paneling makes it possible to renovate a room easily and inexpensively while contributing to its decoration thanks to its wide range of coatings. PVC paneling is no exception to the rule and can even take on the appearance of wood, stone or even metal. Thanks to its ease of installation and its rot-proof nature, PVC paneling can be placed on any support and adapt to any room in your home, including damp rooms such as the bathroom. Although it is always advisable to call in a professional, it is also possible to install the paneling yourself. With prices ranging from € 5 to € 100 per square meter, it also adapts to all budgets and all projects, from the simplest to the most ambitious. It is traditionally in the form of blades whose length traditionally varies between 2.50 and 2.70 meters and a width of 10 or 37.5 cm. But it can also be found in strips 4 meters long or in the form of slabs, where it will imitate in particular the appearance of tiling or stone. Very resistant and easy to maintain, PVC paneling represents a good choice in the long term.
2. PVC paneling: from walls to ceiling!
Extremely versatile, PVC paneling is displayed on almost all surfaces, passing of course through the walls but also, surprisingly, through the shower screens! However, because of its thinness, it will not lend itself to laying on the ground. Its great watertightness, due to its clever assembly system, in fact endows it with the qualities necessary for a shower screen, subject to daily coexistence with large quantities of water. This wall paneling will more commonly be found in the form of tiles, with a tiled imitation appearance, around € 25 per square meter. For more security, and because of the particular use which will be made of it, I advise you to have this paneling installed by a professional, who will in particular be able to make perfectly waterproof joints at ground level and at the corners of your shower. Usually present on the partitions of a room, especially in the basement, PVC paneling can also be placed on a ceiling. This often neglected surface of our homes will very well accommodate a touch of fantasy. Is your bathroom ceiling sloping? Choose a PVC imitation wood paneling which will give it a very trendy "country barn" atmosphere! In this case, be careful not to choose a too dark color which could visually lower your ceiling. No need to turn to a special PVC paneling for installation on the ceiling, a normal wall paneling will do the job just as well, the installation techniques being the same.
3. How to install PVC paneling
Several installation techniques exist: nailed, glued or clipped installation. You will choose your installation technique according to the characteristics of your support and your PVC paneling. You will first have to prepare your support well, regardless of the type of installation you choose. Dust and then wash the surface to be covered. Is your wall degraded or has an irregular surface? Opt for a nailed or clipped installation. You will thus be able to compensate for changes in the level of the wall by means of small wooden wedges which you will slide under your cleats and fix to the wall at the same time as these. Place your paneling in your room, flat on the floor, at least 48 hours before installation so that it adapts to the ambient humidity, especially when laying in a damp room. The most common is nailed or clipped installation. It is also suitable for non-flat ceilings. You will first have to put wooden joists on your support to be covered. Space them up to 30 cm and place them perpendicular to the direction of your paneling boards. Arrange them in staggered rows to allow air to circulate freely behind the blades. Start by installing a profile at each corner of the wall, including at the junction between the wall and the ceiling. Remove the adhesive strips from the profile then start installing the planks or paneling tiles from the top of your wall. Nail the clips to the joists as you go along. In the case of nailed or stapled installation, you will simply fix each blade using a nail or a staple instead of a clip. The glued installation can only be carried out on a perfectly flat, clean and dry support and only if your planks are less than 7 mm thick. This installation method is the fastest and simplest and also requires the use of profiles. Once these have been placed all around the wall, we cover the back of the first board or panel with glue paneling, in a zig-zag pattern so as to completely cover the entire surface, before applying it to the wall. . We continue like this, by fitting the blades into each other, to the bottom of our wall. In both cases, we finish by removing the last adhesive strip from the profile and folding it over the blades.
4. PVC paneling: our decoration advice
One of the main advantages of PVC paneling is that it comes in a multitude of patterns and colors and that it is perfect for renovating a bathroom since it can be easily laid on an existing tiled surface. . Do you dream of a bathroom with natural stone walls but have neither the desire nor the means to embark on long and expensive works? PVC paneling will therefore be the best option for you. Choose it in the form of slabs with the appearance imitating slate, marble or any other type of stone. Do you want to add a touch of fantasy to your bathroom? Opt for a PVC paneling with geometric patterns. The choice is almost endless! In any case, avoid covering all your walls with paneling, at the risk of creating a feeling of confinement. Instead, play on the laying effects to visually enlarge your room. Is your bathroom with a low ceiling? Then place your paneling boards vertically. On the contrary, to push back the walls, you will preferably choose a horizontal pose. Finally, in order to break angles that are too pronounced or a piece that is too linear, embark on an oblique or herringbone pose. More difficult to achieve from a technical point of view, the latter will have a particularly interesting decorative effect! However, be careful not to associate it with a paneling that already has a very marked appearance. Finally, you can choose to install paneling only in a certain area of your room, in order to delimit the space by playing, in particular, on a contrast of colors. Have you decided to get started? Don't hesitate to share your next decorative project with us!