Cladding Around A Shower Bath

There is a one question that crops up time and time again when people look to revamp their bathroom:

“Should I install a bath or a shower as part of of my bathroom makeover?”

The easy answer is to install both but this will only be an option if you have enough room (and enough money in the budget). Because many British bathrooms are relatively small, fitting both a bath and a shower cubicle is not possible in most cases which has resulted in the rise in popularity of the shower-bath.

As shower bath is similar to a standard bath but one end has a larger showering area (standard baths can be a little narrow for showering). Most of the major retailers have a range of these bath – for example see these examples on Better Bathrooms. Obviously once the bath has been fitted you need to cover the walls with a waterproof material. Our cladding is the perfect product for this task.

Bathroom Cladding For The Walls

Tiles are the first port of call for people in this situation but there is an alternative to tiles that is just as good – bathroom cladding.

You will see from the photos how easy this customer has transformed their bathroom using one of our products – in this case Vicenza Blue. In the shot taken before the installation you will see that the walls have been plastered. Although this is a nice flat surface to work with, bathroom cladding does not require a perfect substrate and can go up over walls that have had little or no preparation. Saying that, if they are perfectly flat and level then installation is simplicity itself.

It is vital when installing a bath or shower that this is performed before the cladding s fitted. This type of panelling is decorative – it is not structural – so the bath in this case should be fixed to the wall ad then the panels run down onto the bath surface and sealed.

Any holes drilled should also be carefully sealed – in these photos you can see that the shower mixer, slider rail and bath shower screen will all be fitted on top of the cladding so holes will have been drilled through into the wall behind.