A great benefit of our panel systems is the ease with which they can be cut. Cutting wall panels is simplicity itself but there some things that need to be taken into consideration.
Always follow the old carpentry rule: measure twice cut once. If slightly too large the panels can be easily trimmed either with a saw or even a stanley knife. Err on the side of caution when cutting as it is very easy to cut a little bit more off but impossible to add a bit more back on!
Make sure you cut on a stable, flat surface. Make sure the section being cut off is supported not for it to bend during the cutting process. Get someone to help you if you are cutting long sections to ensure they do not crease.
Bring the panels indoors and store them horizontally on a flat surface. The colder the panels are the more brittle the PVC becomes so keep them warm.
What Tools Are Needed?
The panels are easily cut with any fine toothed saw. You can use a tenon saw, handsaw or jigsaw.
Tenon Saw – A tenon saw will give an accurate cut and a neat finish. The panels cut very easily cut so a cheap tenon saw will do the job perfectly – there is no need to buy an expensive saw if you do not have one already in your tool box.
Handsaw – a handsaw can also be used for cutting wall panels providing the teeth are reasonably fine – coarse saw blades will tend to give a rougher finish and can chip the panels during the cut.
Jigsaw – jigsaws can be used but it is not easy to cut straight lines with these. Cover the metal plate with some masking tape to ensure it does not scratch the surface of the panels. Choose a fine toothed blade and turn the pendulum motion off (if you have the option). Jigsaw are ideal for cutting curved or detailed areas. . The panels are more liable to chip using a jigsaw so for most cuts we would recommend a tenon saw,
Circular Saw – circular saws and chop saws are not ideal as the blades tend to be too coarse and result in chipped, rough edges.
Hole Saw – hole saws attached to a drill can be used for cutting circular apertures for light fittings, pipes etc.
Make sure you have a large enough work area available when cutting panels preferably with a workbench or flat surface to ensure accurate cutting. Our large shower panels are very bulky and can be cumbersome to manoeuvre inside so take this into account when setting aside a work area.