Can Bathroom Cladding Be Recycled?


Not only that it – can actually be-re-used.

There has been a lot of conversation around our use of plastic as a society recently – and with good reason.

Many plastic products are finding their way into eco-systems and damaging wildlife so action needs to be taken. Single us plastics, such as carrier bags, have been targeted as a major problem but other plastics needs to be taken into consideration as well. The fact that they do not deteriorate with time is a major issue as it makes the problem persist for years and years.

But this longevity is actually a plus-point when plastics are used in the building industry. It means things like window frames will last for decades without the need to be painted repeatedly (paint itself can contain plastics), rotting (many wood treatments contain very strong chemicals) or replaced (taking up more natural resources and transport resources).

Our bathroom cladding has a very long life-span – we have customers who had the product fitted 20 years ago and it looks the same as the day it was finished.

But if you do want to replace it the cladding can be totally recycled which is not something that is possible with its main competitor – tiles.

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Is Bathroom Cladding Re-Useable?


Providing you fix it mechanically.

If you fit your panels with staples or screws it will enable the cladding to be removed whole. They can then be used in another room or sold on to someone else who might be able to make use of them.

It is always advisable to use screws when fitting panels in certain situations in any case. If you are covering up buried pipework for example using screws to attack the panels will ensure they can be removed to inspect for leaks.


What If I Stick My Panels On?

Panel adhesive gets a strong grip on the panels and the panels tend to break when they are removed. But bathroom cladding does not need a huge amount of adhesion to keep it in place so you can limit the damage by using small amounts of adhesive. Solvent free adhesives (which are better for the environment in any case) tend to have a lower “grab”. This is a better choice if you are thinking of re-using the cladding in the future. Or you could use silicone sealant to stick them which peels off slightly easier. But again use it sparingly or the panels will break on removal.

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