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Bathroom Cladding Pros and Cons

There are many different materials used for covering the walls of bathrooms, some traditional and some new. Tiles, painted plaster, wallpaper and even timber have been used over the years to provide a decorative surface for walls in bathrooms but many of these products have serious downsides when used in rooms where there is a lot of moisture.

the pros and cons of bathroom cladding

Modern bathroom cladding has few downsides as it is waterproof, rot proof, does not warp or discolour and is easy to install. It even has several properties that make it ideal in the fight against condensation problems. The most popular form of bathroom cladding is made from a hollow section PVC plastic and the following table shows some of the pros and cons of this type of panelling.



wipe clean surface
no grout to discolour
inhibits condensation
insulates the walls
little or no preparation of walls req.
will not rot or deteriorate
no maintenance required

choice of colours and styles is slightly limited when compared to tiles

As can be seen, there are a lot more pros than cons. It really is is the ideal material for decorating bathrooms and as long as there is a design that suits your tastes it is the perfect choice. Even its one downside (a lack of choice compared to tiles) is improving as cladding manufacturers increase the size of their ranges.

Bathroom cladding installation is probably where it scores best as it can be fitted over a number of different substrates and is a lot more tolerant of uneven surfaces than other wall coverings.

The most popular choice for most bathroom is still tiles but cladding is rapidly catching up. Our Bathroom Cladding v Tiles section will show you why.