If you’ve got a custom sized shower or tub and HATE tile you know what a pain it can be finding a long-lasting, good looking alternative \. You may struggle locating any decent looking panels which don’t know look like a cheap Home Depot special. Even if you do find a nice bathroom wall panel, then you get “the pleasure” (sarcasm intended) dealing with your stuck-in-the-mud general contractor who refuses to install anything but tile (another remodeling hurdle for you). If you decide to DIY this job you may not have the right tools or experience to cut the panels or end up breaking one and costing yourself more money (ouch!). The question is who you gonna call (Ghostbusters doesn’t do construction work) to figure this doggone project out?
Here’s a quick and painless solution for you. Read below about the 5 pains of custom bathroom walls panels. You’ll learn not only about the hassle of bathroom wall panels, but most importantly get ideas to fix these problems without pulling out your hair (or yanking out your husband’s few remaining hairs either).
If you’re like me…. a big fan of contemporary design…. you know finding a modern bathroom and kitchen wall panel system – instead of having to use tile – can be a difficult process. That’s why I was blown away to find an optical grade high gloss acrylic wall panel system a couple of years ago at the International Builders Show. This sleek, contemporary and Euro-inspired look was a magnet for my eyes. It was the type of innovative building product I felt homeowners in the United States would just love.
That’s how my journey with high gloss wall panels (which are used predominately for luxury showers, bath surrounds and modern kitchen backsplashes) began. While I knew taking on a new (and largely unknown in the U.S. market) line would be fun, I understood there was going to be a lot of explaining to do so people would know where and how to use this product. In the article below let’s dig a bit deeper into the frequently asked questions about high gloss bath, kitchen and feature wall panels to unlock the mystery for you.
If you’d like to have the look of natural stone in your shower stall or tub enclosure but thought the cost was out of reach – think again! In the video and article below learn the benefits and uses of a cost effective, low maintenance shower and tub wall panel system which is rapidly growing in popularity.
Combining advanced digital imagery with a ¼” thick PVC backed composite
Design Imaging of Orem Utah combined their knowledge of computerized imaging to replicate the look of large slabs of stone and marble. These images are then bonded to a PVC backing and sealed to create designer shower or tub wall panels.
Some of the benefits of this PVC backed composite wall system include:
Wall panels are light and easy to install even for a do it yourself consumer. They can be cut with a carpenter’s knife.
Creates the look of real stone at ½ the cost.
20 different patterns provides a large degree of design flexibility for any decorating theme.
Golden beaches shower wall panels with a glass block wall
No grout joints eliminate the maintenance associated with tile projects.
There is no need (or expense) associated with having to seal the panels.
These wall panels can be installed over old tile to reduce installation time and disposal costs (note – make sure the tile walls are not spongy to ensure there is no mold behind the backer wall).
Easy to install corner shelves, recessed niches and accent borders improve the look and functionality of the enclosure.
The primary use of this material is for tub enclosures and shower stalls, but it can also be used for kitchen backsplashes or any other area where a natural stone look is desired.
Purchasing designer wall panels or finding a contractor
On a nationwide basis this material can be purchased by a homeowner or contractor through Innovate Building Solutions. On a regional basis The Bath Doctor of Cleveland, Akron and Columbus Ohio can provide installation service.
What additional questions or comments do you have about these designer wall panels? Please comment below.
If you’re looking for more information or an estimate to install these designer shower or tub wall panels contact The Bath Doctor of Cleveland (216-531-6085) or Columbus (614-252-7294).For nationwide direct product sales call Innovate Building Solutions (877-668-5888). For complete bathroom remodeling contact Cleveland Design & Remodeling (216-658-1270).
Sentrel Tub Wall Panels & Accent Strip in Calcutta Gold Pattern
If you’re looking for natural stone, marble or granite wall panels for a bathtub or shower but think you can’t afford it – think again. With the development of a new scratch resistant composite bathroom wall surround system called Sentrel you can get the look of natural stone without the big cost or grout challenges sometimes associated with marble and granite. Outlined below are the frequently answered questions about this system.