Bathroom Wall Paneling Types

There are several types of bathroom wall paneling you can buy such as timber, tiles, faux stone and these days it is even possible to get plastic ones. However, by far the most common are timber and tiled bathroom wall panels, as these are the two materials that produce the most aesthetically pleasing look in a bathroom. Both timber and tile bathroom wall panels, can be obtained in any type of timber or tile design that you may desire.

Bathroom Tile Panels

Most people, at least behind a sink or around a bath or shower unit, will want to have tiling on the bathroom wall - as it is naturally water resistant and easier to clean. However, fixing individual tiles is a time consuming job requiring you to constantly be checking that the tiles being added are level and plumb. To get around this problem you can buy wall panel sheets of tiles, typically around 8 foot by 3 foot, that are decorative laminates giving the appearance of tiles and are often bonded onto plywood sheets.

The better quality bathroom tile wall panels have a water resistant plywood (WPB) or a similar device to reduce the risk of moisture seeping through to the back of the panel. Bathroom tile wall panels can be fitted on top of existing bathroom tiles and, indeed, on most bathroom wall surfaces; using a suitable adhesive or caulk. The individual panels can then be joined using concealed ‘click and seal’ systems or they can simply be buffered together with a caulk being used to seal the joint.

Tongue and Groove Panels

Tongue and groove paneling, whether in the bathroom or any room, is the classical way to fit timber panels. The term tong and groove refers to the fact that each panel is a single length of timber, usually no more than 4 inch wide and about ½ thick. Along the lengthwise edges - one side has a groove cut into it and the other a protrusion like a small tong is left; the tong fits into the groove to make a joint between two lengths of paneling.

Timber paneling can be installed as vertical lengths of the timber paneling, horizontal lengths and even arranged diagonally across a bathroom wall. Tong and groove timber bathroom wall paneling has to be fixed to a timber lath-work substructure.

Timber Wall Panels

Fitting individual tongue and groove panels can be every bit as time consuming as tiling with individual tiles. A quicker way of adding timber bathroom wall panels is to use sheets of wallboards, which are simply plywood, or engineered wood, with a real timber veneer, or they could be plastic faced panels in various colors with embossed effects such as bricks and stones. Depending on the weight of the product you buy it may require fixing to a lath-work substructure.

Urethane Bathroom Paneling

Whilst using timber wall paneling might appeal to you the thought of having to first install a lath-work to fix it to might not. If that is the case why not consider a urethane bathroom wall panel.

Made from a lightweight plastic, these panels are molded from rigid urethane foam and will typically incorporate a tile, faux stone or floral design. Being very light in weight they are easily handled and can be fixed to the bathroom wall with a contact adhesive. Being made from urethane they also form an entirely water-proof barrier to the bathroom wall underneath them.