14 Oct 2022

10 Reasons to Choose Wall Panels for Your Next Bathroom Project

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Wall panels have been present in homes for years, having first been introduced to the bathroom industry as an alternative to tiles. In recent years, however, wall panels have become a prominent part of the bathroom market beyond simply being an alternative.

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Multipanel’s Director of Key Accounts, Michael Dobson, says: “Modern innovation has led to state-of-the-art bathroom panels that serve, not just as an alternative product, but as the optimal choice for bathroom design, with huge benefits to both homebuilders and homeowners.”

Here, Michael takes us through the top 10 reasons to opt for bathroom panels for your bathroom project:

1. No grout

One of the biggest benefits of using wall panels in a bathroom is that there is no need for grouting. Grout is infamously messy, time consuming and prone to contribute to installer error – with a relatively short shelf life.

Due to bathrooms being the most humid room in the home, grouting can also be a hot spot for mould and mildew. Using panels for a bathroom is a great choice because you don’t have to worry about the mess, mould or hassle of grout.

If the look of tiles is what you are after, you can still get the best of both worlds with bathroom panels. At Multipanel, we have recently launched our Tile Collection, with grout lines that have been precision etched by state-of-the-art machinery, which gives you all the aesthetics of tile, with none of the inconvenience of grouting.

2. Save time on installation

A real bonus of opting for bathroom panels instead of tiles is that they are quick to install and can be ready to use in just 24 hours. There’s no hanging around for grout to be applied and then dried before you can hop into the shower – which is particularly important if you only have one bathroom.

In fact, using bathroom panels instead of tiles saves, on average, 21 installation hours per bathroom, meaning they can be installed five times faster than tiles, accelerating home completion timescales.

3. Reduce snagging

Snagging issues can be both costly and time consuming to fix. You can reduce some of the most common snags in bathroom projects by opting for bathroom panels.

By choosing waterproof wall panels instead of traditional tiles, you can eliminate the problem of water leakage due to improper tile installation and grouting in wet bathroom areas.

4. Multiple style options

Don’t be mistaken in thinking that the look you can achieve with bathroom wall panels is limited. Panels have come a long way, and, as a market leader, Multipanel leads the charge in offering homeowners an array of design options to suit all homes. For example, bathroom panels from Multipanel’s Neutral, Tile, Linda Barker and Classic Collections are both beautiful and versatile.

5. Easy maintenance

As well as being easy to install, bathroom panels are easy to maintain. There is no need for harsh bleach or chemicals when it comes to cleaning panels – all you need is warm water, normal soap and a soft sponge.

6. Long Lifespan

Bathrooms with tiled walls should be re-sealed yearly, and grouting loses its colour after a few years. The grouting used for tiles also needs to be replaced every eight to 15 years. Wall panels have the advantage of lasting much longer.

Using bathroom panels gives your bathroom more life, so you can be sure that the walls will perform as long as you need them to.

7. Upskill easily

If bathroom panels are an unfamiliar part of your experience, you need not worry. They are designed to be easy to install. We have created Multipanel-U, a learning portal for homebuilders to learn how to install panels professionally.

Opting for bathroom panels for your next project means you can add to your skill set.

8. Sustainability

Making sustainable choices when it comes to your bathroom project doesn’t have to be a challenge when you opt for bathroom panels. For instance, Multipanel’s bathroom panels use sustainable timber and are both Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) and Made in Britain certified.

The long lifespan of panels means that you are creating less waste. Additionally, our bathroom panels are recyclable, giving them a new lease of life when they are replaced.

9. Cover over existing tiles

Another great benefit of wall panels is that you don’t need to spend time and resources preparing the wall surface. Panels can be installed directly over old tiles, adding to the list of reasons why panels are easy to install.

10. Waterproof

Using panels for your next bathroom/design project not only means that you can avoid the hassle of grout, but it also means you can avoid the worry of water leakage.

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