Ceiling panels are the perfect covering for bathrooms and kitchens. Most traditional ceilings struggle to cope with the moist and humid conditions found in these situations.
These ceiling panels will make life easier for you because you can fit them and forget about them. No painting, no flaking, no mould, and no maintenance. They are totally waterproof and can even be used inside shower cubicles.
Why Choose Ceiling Panels?
There are a whole host of reasons that you should choose panels over some of the more traditional ceiling coverings. Here are just a few:
- No Maintenance – you can forget about them once they are up
- No Scrubbing – they have an easy-to-clean, wipe-over surface
- Easy to Fit – they can be installed over most surfaces including some problematic ones
- They Look Amazing – whether you want to make a feature of the ceiling or want it to fade into the background
- Use Them Anywhere – bathrooms, showers, kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, hallways
- 100% Recyclable – ceiling panels can be recycled easily if you ever want to remove or swap them over then
- Cost-Effective – ceiling panels are cheap, especially when you consider they are quick to fit and require no preparation
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The Benefits For You
Fit and forget. That’s the great advantage of ceiling panels. They do not warp, split or rot. And they will not allow mould to grow in them.
Cleaning is simplicity itself – just wipe over with a damp cloth. They are ideal for use in more challenging areas, such as kitchens. You can clean them with any non-abrasive cleaning solution. This will help break down any greasy deposits.
Some very eye-catching designs are available. There are also styles that just blend into the background, without making a fuss. For example, matt white panels just look like painted plaster. But without any of the drawbacks.
Bathrooms, shower rooms and kitchens benefit the most from panels. Although you do not have to limit their use to just these rooms. They can be all around the home and are also used regularly in commercial environments such as offices.
The panels are totally recyclable if you decide to swap or remove them at some point in the future. They can even be re-used elsewhere.
The panels can be removed whole if they were installed using screws or staples. Even if the panels are stuck in place, they will usually come off in one piece if you are careful.
Price-wise, panels work out a lot cheaper than many other options, especially when you factor in the longevity of the product.
Ceiling panels can be bought in a variety of designs.
The most popular (and the most common) are plain white finishes.
People usually expect the ceiling to be some sort of plain white. So by fitting panels in this finish, you are not drawing attention to the ceiling. White finishes are available in matt or gloss. Longer lengths are available for larger rooms. This means you can span the whole ceiling without any end-on-end joins.
Other white panels are designed to make a feature of your ceiling. Wood-grain effect panels add a little bit of design into the mix. But they are still quite restrained. Panels with a chrome strip will certainly be noticed and will catch the eye.
It is all down to personal taste and what design you think suits the room best. So you can make a feature of your ceiling. Or you might just want it to fade into the background.
Either way, we have plenty of options for you on our designs page
Ceiling Panel Installation
Quick, clean with little or no preparation needed. Any competent DIYer or tradesman can install ceiling panels.
Simply measure, cut and fix. It is possible to install them over existing finishes. Fit them over texturing compound or wooden cladding. They are ideal for freshening up a tired old ceiling. And remember that once they are installed, there will be no maintenance, no painting and no mould.
There are different methods used for ceiling panel installation. But all are quick and easy. Usually, they can be stapled or screwed in place. Or you could also stick them with an adhesive. Many fitters use a combination of adhesive and staples.
See the following page to find out more about how they are fitted.
Panels Can Be Used All Around The Home
Ceiling panels do not have to be restricted to use in the bathroom. They are ideal for use all around the home.
Kitchens are the next most obvious area to fit panels. They are waterproof and easy to clean with a wipe-over surface. Ideally suited to the steamy conditions found in most kitchens.
There are several matt finish panels which lend themselves to use in living areas. Matt white panels are a perfect substitute for a painted plaster ceiling. But without the need to re-paint every couple of years.
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Ceiling Panels And Lighting
Many of the images that you will see on our website will show the panels being used in conjunction with recessed lighting. These do look extremely attractive and are economical to run.
There are a few details that you need to be aware of when fitting this type of lighting. We recommend visiting the following page for more information:
Ceiling Panels Above A Shower
This is the area of a bathroom that is the most vulnerable to problems.
As well as general humidity and steam, the ceiling above a shower also has to contend with deflected spray. This means it gets a lot wetter than other areas of the room and can be especially bad if you have a power shower. These boost the pressure of the water so that splashes travel further and the taller the users the higher the splashes will reach.
PVC ceiling panels are totally impervious to water. In fact, they could actually be used inside the shower cubicle on the walls. We have more information on this here
A Quick Word About Quality
We would always recommend that you obtain samples. This way you can check the quality of ceiling panels before you buy them.
You will get to see the quality of the product in your hand. The thickness of the PVC used in the panels can vary. As can the make-up of the plastic.
When we are talking about the thickness of the PVC we a referring to the gauge of the plastic itself. Not the overall thickness of the panels.
Thicker gauges will be more robust in nature and will feel heavier when handled. There are large, very heavy duty panels available that are designed to be used in showers. These are not really designed for use on ceilings. They are hard to work with overhead and would require a lot of adhesive.
Thinner gauges will be lighter and easier to work with but will be less robust. You might also be able to see the ribbing more readily. In general, though this is not a problem once the panels are installed.
Panel manufacturers use different grades of PVC in their products. Plasticiser is added to the mix to make the product softer and more flexible. Panels with lower levels of plasticiser will be stiffer and feel more solid. But they will also be more brittle.
The gauge and flexibility of panels is less of an issue when they are used on ceilings. Once they are up and fitted they tend to be out of harm’s way.
Most PVC ceiling panels have a Class 1 Fire Rating. This means they should self-extinguish and not spread any flames. But check with individual manufacturers to ensure they have been certified.