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Why Switching To Wet Walls For Your Bathroom’s Shower Cubicle Is A Good Idea


When choosing the design and finishings for your bathroom, the standard and most obvious choice for shower cubicles is probably bathroom tiles. To be fair, they’ve been around for quite a while, and have become the industry standard when it comes to constructing and building a bathroom that is designed to get wet.


However, there is a new type of material that has steadily increased in popularity over recent years, and has proven to be a viable alternative to traditional bathroom tiling - and that is wetwall panels, or shower wall panels. So what are wetwall panels, and what benefits do they have over bathroom tiles? We take a closer look in the article below.


What are wetwall panels?


Wetwall panels are basically large, waterproof panels that are meant to fully waterproof the walls that surround your shower cubicle, bathtub, sink basin, or any other area where you would otherwise install bathroom tiling in. These panels come in a wide variety of sizes, and can be cut according to every specific shape and size that an individual bathroom requires, meaning it is fully customizable. The fact that it comes in one piece makes it easier and much faster to install as compared to traditional tiling, which requires repetitive cutting, grouting and securing to the walls during installation.


They come in many different designs as well, which means whatever the visual aesthetic you’d like your bathroom to have, you’re more than likely to find a wetwall panel that matches your vision. Visit www.wetwallonthego.co.uk to see the wide range of options of wetwall panels that are available today.


What are the sizes of wetwall panels?


Wetwall panels typically come in 600mm up to 1200mm sizes. However, because it is a fully customizable material, you can cut your wetwall panel to any width and height to fit the requirements of your bathroom, whether you have low ceilings or a tall bathroom.


Does my bathroom fit a wetwall panel?


Wetwall panels are fairly new when it comes to bathroom finishings - which is often why it is usually found installed in bathroom settings that have a more contemporary vibe. If your bathroom has more of a traditional look and feel or it is part of a period aesthetic home, typical wetwall panels may not fit in as well as traditional tiling.


However, in the above scenario, you may be pleasantly surprised at the results of mixing and matching designs, especially if you find a wetwall panel design that complements your bathroom perfectly. This may take a bit more research than usual, but the results will ultimately be worth it as wet wall panels are much more easier to install and cheaper to replace than traditional tiling.


For contemporary bathrooms, wetwall panels are fast becoming the obvious choice. Based on their ease of use, relative affordability and simple installation, coupled with the many available designs that complement modern bathrooms perfectly, it seems that wetwall panels fit the modern bathroom (and the modern homeowner’s wallet!) very well.


With that said however, a well maintained bathroom tiling (regularly cleaned and maintained) may ultimately last for many years to come - in some cases, even lasting longer than modern wet wall panels.


What are the benefits of wetwall panels?


Wetwall panels have a series of benefits which we will list down below:


  1. Waterproof. They are 100% waterproof and the large surface area means there is no channel for water to permeate and cause water damage in the panel
  2. No grouting. Installing wetwall panels does not require the use of grout. Grouting is a necessary step in installing bathroom tiling, and this process makes the tiling installation process much longer than wetwall panel installation process.
  3. Easy to clean. Have you ever experienced the chore of using a toothbrush to clean the grouting between the tiles just to keep them white and clean? With wetwall panels, there is no need to do any of that, as there is no grouting, and there is no risk of any mould growing in the grouting in between tiles.
  4. Highly durable. Wetwall panels are highly durable and come with up to 10-year warranty options for certain panels on the market.
  5. Can be installed over tiles. Wetwall panels can be fitted over existing tiles, as long as it is a level surface. This extra material adds another benefit to your bathroom, insulating it more and thus reducing your energy bills in the long run.
  6. Affordable. The affordability factor of wetwall panels, both in labour cost and material cost, makes it a popular choice for the modern homeowner who wants to make every dollar count.
  7. Fire retardant. Wetwall panels are built out of fire retardant materials, which greatly increases the health and safety of you and your family at home.



How do you maintain wetwall panels?


To maintain wetwall panels, all you need to do is spray on an antibacterial spray and use a microfibre towel to wipe down the surface of the wet wall, or even use an antibacterial cleaning wipe to clean the surface and make it look as good as new in no time. Compared to traditional tiling, which requires a lot more elbow grease and attention to grouting, maintenance of wetwall panels is a far easier process. \


After a few years, the grout between the bathroom tiles may start to look old and shabby, but wetwall panels, if properly maintained and wiped down regularly, will still be looking great after 5 or 10 years.


So what should I choose? Wetwall panels or tiling?


With all that we’ve covered above, ultimately at this point it becomes a matter of preference for you. Longevity wise, a well-maintained tile will always last longer than a wetwall panel, but the only issue with tiling is the hard-to-maintain grouting in between each individual tile.


Both options measure up pretty equally when it comes to pros and cons - which means that the choice boils down to taste. If your modern bathroom has a contemporary and sleek aesthetic, wetwall panels are a good choice. For more traditional bathroom look, tiling would probably be a better option for the long-term.





How To Tile Without Grout?

For many of us ceramic wall tiles and bathrooms go hand-in-hand, but these days when it comes to planning your ideal bathroom, don’t feel you have to adopt old-school thinking.

Thankfully there’s an alternative to traditional ceramic tiling that not only cuts down on the time and cost of installation, but being totally grout free, has the on-going benefit of being much easier to clean and maintain than traditional tiles. If you haven’t heard of waterproof bathroom wall panels, where have you been? And if you have, and you think they are the ugly stuff your Granny had in her bathroom, think again.

In terms of design aesthetics and enduring good looks,  wetwall panels really have come of age and are the way to go when reworking your bathroom décor.

Wetwall panels offer a quicker, grout-free installation that means your bathroom renovation can be achieved in a third of the time required were you to go down the ceramic tile route.

No Need To Knock Lumps Out Of Your Bathroom Walls By Chipping Away Tiles

You don’t know what lies beneath those old bathroom tiles you have. Will half of your wall come away if you decide to remove them? Why risk it? The good news is that waterproof wetwall panels can be fitted directly on top of existing tiles, stud walls, wood or even concrete, and can be ready for use in just 24 hours.

You Can Achieve Stunning Waterproof Walls Without The Hassle Of Grout

With wetwall panels, Classic Collections you have enormous scope for creating beautiful luxurious watertight spaces.

Our wetwall panels work wonders for both small and large spaces, and whether you opt for the convenience of a shower over the indulgence of a bath, the sheer versatility in our panel range, makes them a great practical solution for fitting in shower cubicles, wet rooms, and over baths. And, if what you want, is a top-to-bottom co-ordinate look, you might also consider fitting panels as a bath panel – it’s so easy!

In addition to there being no grout to worry about, Our unique Hydro lock tongue and groove watertight panel connection means that you can have the luxury of a virtually seamless finish to your design.

When There’s So Much Choice, Why Opt For The Heavy Maintenance And Cleaning Route?

Free yourself from the hassle of installing, then scrubbing tiles. Bring on the authentic look and feel of fossilised timber, real marble, stone or steel instead! Our wetwall panels convincingly replicate the look and feel of these materials – there are 35 designs and textures to choose from including gloss, matt and brick styles.

Grout less WetWall Panels Are Kinder To The Planet

If you are looking to adopt an environmentally sustainable approach in your choice of bathroom décor, Our panels wins hands down:

So, if you are a homeowner who believes that bathroom renovation without tiling is simply unthinkable, think again. Wetwall panels are the modern alternative to tiling without grout.

PVC  Panels VS Ceramic Tiles

PVC panels VS Ceramic tiles? Many people would in fact choose ceramic tiles without even giving thought to any viable alternatives. For those working on a budget, PVC panels offer a robust alternative which is easier to install and leaves less to clean up.

Are you searching for a cost-effective alternative to tiles? Ceramic tiles are becoming increasingly dated as we move into the modern world of interior design. Wetwall panels are paving the way forward with multiple benefits for end users. For those of you that have not encountered waterproof wall paneling before, here are a few things to consider and why you should be converting your interior tastes from ceramic tiles to multi-panel.

Reasons To Choose PVC Panels Over Ceramic

PVC panels (or cladding as it is sometimes called) usually come in 10 mm thick, 5 mm thick, 6 mm thick sheets approx. 2.7 m x 25 cm. These sheets are available in a wide range of styles, colours and designs. The following are reasons why you should consider PVC panels for your bathroom.

You should now see the benefits of using PVC over Ceramic tiles. If you are contemplating a remodeling project or have a blank canvas new build, PVC cladding is the best choice. You can save some cash to splurge on other areas of your home. Plus, you can improve your DIY skills by installing the Wetwall panels yourself.


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