Will PVC Paneling Look As Good As Tile in Your Bathroom?

Posted by on Mar 07, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Marble and smooth stone tiles are often featured in modern bathrooms. But these materials tend to be expensive and time consuming to install. PVC wall cladding offers a waterproof finish that mimics tiling, at a much lower cost. Will this product really deliver the look you want for your new bathroom?

Benefits of PVC Wall Cladding

High quality wall cladding is made from uPVC, a strong, durable material that resists fading, warping and decay. The panels featured in this video are about 250mm in width and come in a thickness of 10mm. They snap together to form a solid, stable surface on your walls, resistant to water and mold to fully protect the building materials underneath.

PVC wall cladding is also reasonably priced and can be easily repaired should damage occur. Available in a wide range of colours and patterns, you’ll save a significant amount of money installing this product in place of tiles. Especially effective around the bath or to finish off a shower enclosure, these panels can be combined with other wall treatments to create a durable, easy to clean bathroom.

In some cases, PVC cladding can be installed directly over old tile. Using latex caulking to seal joints at the base and top of the panels, this material can completely transform a dated bathroom without having to rip out the tiling.

Disadvantages to PVC Panels

Some designers and contractors suggest that authentic stone is the best option for modern bathroom walls. The natural warmth and character of stone is difficult to match, although PVC cladding makes every effort to present an attractive appearance. Veining, texture and temperature are nearly impossible to duplicate exactly, making stone tiles the material of choice for purists and discerning designers.

Modern bathrooms often include luxurious, yet simple fixtures, finishes and bathroom furniture. Natural stone tiles fit into that scheme, while a synthetic product may leave your space feeling less stylish and comfortable. It’s entirely up to your sense of style, the quality of the product and skill level of the installer.

You’re wise to bring home a sample of PVC cladding, if possible, and place it in your bathroom. Have a look at how the colour and texture appear in the space, with both natural and artificial lighting. Touch the cladding and pay attention to the feel and odor. This trial will give you a good idea of how this durable, reasonably priced product will look in your new bathroom.