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.
– 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.
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– 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.
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– 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.
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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.
- Ease of fitting - Waterproof cladding panels can be fitted as a DIY project, but for best results, consider paying extra for a professional installation.
- 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.
- 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.