The choice of materials for the design of the bathroom requires a balanced approach. It is caused by the specifics of operating the room: its small size, high humidity and the presence of a large number of communications. Ceramic tile is a traditional material for bathroom walls. Its high cost and impressive installation costs force property owners to look for other finishes.
In recent years, increasingly used plastic wall panels for the bathroom. This modern material is used for finishing walls, ceilings, niches, it has an affordable price and simple installation.
Plastic panels are made of PVC, they have a length of up to 3 meters and a width of 10-20 cm. In the context of the panel has a structure similar to bee honeycombs. This makes the material more rigid, resistant to dynamic effects. The panels are made of PVC granules, painted in bulk, so that the material does not fade even when exposed to sunlight. A wide range of colors allows you to create any bathroom design. In addition to monochrome panels, manufacturers offer collections with a pattern. This is mainly an imitation of stone, wood, fabric with an abstract or classic pattern.
The main advantages of plastic panels
Why plastic bathroom panels are widely used for the repair of city apartments and respectable cottages? This material has several advantages:
- affordable price;
- simple installation;
- long service life;
- high moisture resistance;
- easy care;
- the possibility of replacing the damaged panel.
Inexpensive bathroom finish with plastic panels is available to all property owners. The price of a square meter of decorative material is noticeably lower than the cost of ceramic tiles and is several times more affordable than the clinker tile or mosaic. The cost of installing the bathroom paneling with plastic panels is also significantly more economical than tile trimming.
PVC is resistant to moisture, so it is easy to care for the panels. The main thing is not to use abrasive materials that can damage the design or smooth surface. All types of plastic panels can be washed with soapy water.
Where are the plastic panels used in the bathroom?
If necessary, or at the request of the owner of the house, finishing the bathroom with plastic panels can be made in full. This material can be revetted walls, bathroom screen and sheathed ceiling. Only on the floor are not used plastic panels due to lack of rigidity and resistance to shock loads.
For many homes, the ceiling in the bathroom of plastic panels is not alternative. This material can be used both on large areas, and for finishing a small room with a complex configuration. The ceiling in the bathroom is most often created from white panels, but you can also use other pastel colors. This will allow you to arrange the bathroom in accordance with the author's design project.
Builders and designers are happy to use plastic ceiling panels for the bathroom due to their low weight, excellent geometry and ease of processing. In such a ceiling, you can easily embed and install spotlights, a small operating temperature which does not harm the plastic.
Facing the bathroom with PVC panels is a great alternative to ceramic tiles. Working with tile requires a high qualification of the master, which makes possible a quality repair only on the terms of attracting professionals. This increases the cost of finishing works 2-2.5 times. Decorating the walls of the bathroom with plastic panels requires only the ability to handle the construction level and a simple tool, and this is available to any home craftsman.
Often, ceramic tiles are clad in bathroom screens, and you have to make small hatches and doors to access communications. If a PVC panel is installed as a screen, then it is quite possible to make comfortable sliding hatches with a wide opening. The material is easy to use and allows you to implement the most complex options for finishing the bathroom.
Features mounting plastic panels
Self-installation of plastic panels in the bathroom can be done in two ways: on the glue and on the rails. In the first case, smooth walls are a prerequisite. Specially pulling the surface to perfect geometry or installing drywall is impractical and expensive.
In the presence of smooth surfaces, the panels are glued with liquid nails, while the adhesive composition is applied with horizontal lines. Be sure to leave a small gap at the top and bottom, it will compensate for the temperature expansion of the material. The cracks formed in this case are closed with baseboards or fillets.
The advantage of mounting plastic panels on glue is the high rate of work.
Among the disadvantages is low maintainability: it is almost impossible and time consuming to remove a damaged, but securely glued panel. It is not surprising that in 95% of cases, home craftsmen and professionals choose to mount panels on rails.
The frame of the guides allows not only to make a quick installation of the panels, but also to align the walls and hide the communications. Today, in the assortment of some manufacturers there is a plastic profile, specially created to create a frame for PVC panels. Their feature is the system of movable clips, which easily fix the panel in any place.
Wall plastic panels in the interior of the bathroom
An exclusive bathroom interior is also possible when using such an affordable material as plastic panels. To do this, it is necessary to show imagination and use two or three types of panels. They can be from different collections with an excellent pattern or vary in width. In the latter case, it is worth using panels of the same thickness and one manufacturer.
Options for decorating the bathroom with plastic panels can include the formation of a complex geometric pattern by installing the slats at a certain angle to the floor.
All panels can be located at a certain slope or converge at an angle to the center of the wall. Inserts with a pattern on a continuous monochrome surface and installation of panels in a horizontal position are possible. In the latter case, it should be borne in mind that it is better to position the panels directly above the bath vertically so that water and dirt do not accumulate in the joints.
The ceiling of the panels can be both solid and multi-level. The complexity of the design depends only on the desires and fantasies of the property owner. Plastic panels today are deservedly popular, not only because of the affordable price, but also because of the unlimited design possibilities.