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How To Waterproof A Shower Using Wall Cladding

Showers need to be 100% waterproof. Sounds obvious, doesn’t it, but it’s amazing how many people end up with a leaky shower. Water always finds a way through. Even the tiniest of cracks in a tile can lead to water seeping into the wall beneath and the end result won’t be very pretty—especially if you have just spent a fortune decorating the adjacent room or the one below. Thankfully, although tiles are the most common method of waterproofing a shower, there are other alternatives.

Waterproofing Wall Cladding Techniques

A shower will only be waterproof if you use the right materials to clad the walls and seal every join. Ceramic tiles, stone and marble all look attractive, but they are not always efficient at preventing leaks. Tiles crack and some types of stone and marble can be porous, which is disastrous in the long term. Another way to waterproof a shower is to use a special wall cladding material designed specifically for showers and wet rooms.
Aquabord – If you are looking for a tough, waterproof wall cladding material, Aquabord is a good choice. Aquabord formica panels are available in several different finishes. They are perfect if you need heavy-duty wall panels that are lightweight and totally waterproof.
Click here to see our Aquabord panels.
Aquaclad – Aquaclad PVC panels come in a tongue and groove design that is completely waterproof and therefore perfect for showers and wet rooms—although they are versatile enough to be used anywhere in the home.
Aquaclad panels come in lots of different finishes and are very easy to install.
Click here to see our Aquaclad panels.
Proclad – If you want a colourful shower, Proclad uPVC panels are the perfect choice. Like Aquabord and Aquaclad panels, Proclad cladding is completely waterproof and perfect for showers and wet rooms. They also come in a range of pastel and bold colours.
Click here to see our Proclad range.

The Benefits of Using Wall Cladding Panels

Wall cladding panels such as Aquabord, Aquaclad and Proclad are a modern alternative to tiles. They are available in many different finishes, from marble effect to bold colours such as lime green and dark cherry. You can even choose a tile effect finish if you prefer a more traditional look in your shower. There are many benefits to using wall-cladding panels to waterproof a shower.
These include:
  1. Ease of fitting – Waterproof cladding panels can be fitted as a DIY project, but for best results, consider paying extra for a professional installation.
  2. Ease of cleaning – Tiles are not always easy to clean. Grout attracts dirt and grime and the tiles themselves can crack or become chipped over time. Wall cladding panels offer a smooth, sealed surface that is easy to wipe down and disinfect.
  3. Value for money – Wall cladding is tough, durable and great value for money, plus it comes with a ten-year guarantee.

Showers need to be waterproof, so don’t try and do a dodgy DIY job on yours. Slapping some cheap ceramic tiles on the wall and going mad with a tube of acrylic sealant might do the job for a while, but in the long term you are storing up all kinds of problems. So do the job properly and install some top quality wall cladding panels instead. They will look better and be 100% waterproof.

See How We Completed Another Hygienic Cladding Project

From conception to completion: how a commercial cladding enquiry is transformed into a completed job

As the UK’s largest supplier of custom wall and ceiling cladding, we receive hundreds of enquiries every week. Many of these enquires will never make it beyond an initial email or telephone conversation, but a few will be taken to the next level and become a viable project. So how does the process work and how soon will your project reach completion?

Initial Enquiry

For most clients, the initial enquiry is a way of testing the water to see what kinds of products and service we offer. There is plenty of information on our website, but for bespoke jobs or projects in challenging environments, more information will inevitably be needed. Upon receipt of an enquiry, our team will happy to answer questions and provide further information, as required.

Design Consultation

Project design is a very important stage in the process. IPSL offer a number of different products, so it is essential that the right product is chosen. Cost will also be an issue, particularly for projects in the public sector, so as part of the design process a budget will need to be agreed upon. There may also be unique design elements to contend with, plus various fixtures and fittings to decide upon, which will take time. This stage is arguably the most important part of the process for decisions taken here will affect the work programme further down the line, so it is essential that all parties are happy.

Work Schedule

Once the client is happy with the design, the project is ready to move forward towards completion and a start date will be agreed with both the client and the contractors. Normally work would begin as soon as possible, but if we are required to work within special constraints (for example if we are installing hygienic wall cladding in a large commercial kitchen premises), we will have to work around the client’s work schedule. However, this is not a problem since we are always happy to accommodate our client’s needs and operate within their timescale. Sometimes a client’s situation changes and work has to be rescheduled at short notice, but don’t worry because our team is flexible enough to work around your needs.

Flexibility and Reliability

Once a project has been completed, we would expect the client to be 100% happy with the work. We always try and work quickly and efficiently, with as little disruption to the client’s premises as possible. Installation of our products is normally fast and completed with very little hassle, although a time frame will be agreed before work begins so the client can plan accordingly. And since our wall and ceiling cladding comes with a ten-year guarantee, hopefully this will be the last you see of us for quite some time.
IPSL has worked with a number of high profile clients over the years, all of who were very satisfied with the final result. So if you have a general query or you aren’t sure whether our products are suitable for your project, don’t delay—give is a call today to see how we can help you.

Learn About Waterproof Flooring for Care Homes

Care homes are the domain of the elderly and those who are no longer able to care for themselves in their own home. People who live in care homes usually have mobility problems and require lots of extra care, hence the name. Because of this, a care home needs to be safe for residents so that accidents are minimised. So why is Aquafloor waterproof bathroom and kitchen flooring such a top choice?

1. It’s Non-Slip

The most important advantage of using Aquafloor in a care home is that it is a non-slip flooring material. Ceramic tiles and traditional types of laminate and wooden floor are slippery when wet, which is extremely dangerous when vulnerable people with mobility problems are walking around. Carpet is non-slip, but it isn’t suitable for bathrooms and kitchens. Therefore Aquafloor should be top of your list when new kitchen or bathroom flooring is required in your care home.

2. It’s Waterproof

Kitchen and bathrooms require specialist flooring. These are areas of high humidity and both are subject to frequent water spillage, especially in a bathroom and shower area. If you own a care home, the last thing you need is for the flooring to be damaged by water. Replacement of flooring can be a costly business and you probably can’t afford to have a bathroom or kitchen out of action for any length of time. Aquafloor is 100% waterproof and can cope with all manner of water spillage, which is idea for bathrooms where residents need to be hoisted in and out of showers and baths.

3. It Looks Great

Aquafloor is an attractive flooring choice for all environments, but it is especially useful in care homes. A care home needs to have hard wearing floors that retain their ‘new’ look for as long as possible. After all, attracting new business is essential if the business is to be successful and potential new clients are hardly likely to be impressed by worn out décor and shabby floors.

4. It Lasts For Years

Unlike cheap and cheerful laminate, Aquafloor is fully guaranteed for a minimum of 10 years, which is perfect for busy care homes where the flooring is subject to a huge amount of wear and tear. A guarantee protects you if the flooring fails to live up to expectation, so if something goes wrong, you will be able to have the flooring replaced with the minimum of fuss.

5. It’s Easy to Install

Aquafloor waterproof laminate flooring is very easy to install. This is ideal if you are good at DIY and you prefer to save money by doing the job yourself. Alternatively, if time is of the essence and you have a history of dodgy DIY projects, you can always pay a bit extra and have the flooring professionally fitted by a qualified tradesman.
Care homes are tricky environments that require extra special care in order to keep residents safe at all times. Your residents safety should always be your top priority, so don’t be tempted to install cheap, slippery, low quality flooring in bathrooms and kitchens, as it is an accident waiting to happen.


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