Tile Gallery 5

Bathroom Cladding Installed In A Cubicle Instead Place Of Tiles

Very often we have customers who have just given up on tiles and want a modern alternative. Showers are an area where the demands of the application can be very frustrating when tiles start to let you down with mouldy grout and eventually damage to the underlying sub-surface. Our bathroom cladding comes into its own when it comes to shower cubicles as it is very quick and easy to fix and can be used in even the tightest of spots. Some larger, sheet panels are solid and heavy and can prove to be very tricky to manoeuvre in enclosed spaces. PVC panels are smaller lighter and can also be flexed slightly if required to help the installer get them into position.

The shower cubicle shown above would be a tricky proposition for large laminate sheet panels but PVC cladding fits in with no problems. The cubicle has been stripped of its tiles in the first photo ready for the re-fit. The finished job, using Spaceline Silver Grey panels, was a complete success.

What Backing Board Should Be Used?

Tiles will only work successfully when installed on the correct type of backing board. Plaster board is the most common substrate with cement based boards also popular – especially as they are waterproof.

If tiles fail and water gets into plasterboard it starts to swell up and acts like a sponge, absorbing any water that comes into contact with it. It also draws moisture in exacerbating the situation.

Plywood and MDF are not suitable for tiling over as they expand and contract at different rates to tiles. Using wooden based backing will result in tiles falling off unless specialist adhesive and grout is used.

Our bathroom cladding can be fitted over any of these boards, including the wooden ones. They can also be fitted straight to brick or block work eliminating the need for any boarding at all.