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Bathroom Walls

Your bathroom walls can look like new with something as
simple as a fresh layer of paint. Painting is an affordable option, and your
choices of color are limitless. With paint, you can also get creative with
style and texture. It is available in mildew-resistant formulas, but even with
this precaution, paint can peel or mold when exposed to moisture.

Another popular option for bathroom walls is ceramic tile.
This material has timeless appeal for its variety and versatility. Ceramic tile
comes in affordable prices, is waterproof, and adds a custom look. However,
ceramic tile needs to be grouted, and grout can get moldy. Tile is also cold to
the touch and can promote condensation.

Solid surface walls are seamless, smooth, and built to last
a lifetime. They are also waterproof and easy to clean. These precut pieces may
need professional
installation
for bathrooms with curved walls or tricky corners.

There are also bathroom wall
panels
made from UPVC cladding, a hard plastic with a vinyl face that
imitates traditional materials such as wood and marble. The panels can be
installed over existing tiles using a tongue and groove installation system.
They are waterproof and easy to clean.

Finally, wallpaper is always an affordable option for giving
plain walls a lift. The disadvantage with this material is that it’s not
waterproof and will probably need to be replaced within 7 years if placed in
the bathroom.

When it comes to transforming the look of your bathroom, the walls are an excellent place to start. Whether you want a fresh coat of paint or new wall panels to cover up old blemishes, we have all the information you need to get started.

Costs

The cost of revamping your bathroom walls depends on the material you choose to go with. Paint and wallpaper, for instance, can come to a minimal cost—$50 to a few hundred—while ceramic tile usually costs between $1 and $20 per square foot. Get a few price quotes for better estimates and fast installation.

Pros

Painting your bathroom walls is highly affordable, and your choices of color are limitless.

Ceramic tile is waterproof and easily adds a custom look to any bathroom.

Solid surface walls are seamless, smooth, and built to last a lifetime.

Cons

Paint can peel or attract mold when exposed to moisture.

Ceramic tile needs to be grouted, and grout can get moldy.

Solid surface walls can be tricky to install in bathrooms with curved walls or in corners.

Durability

The durability of your bathroom walls depends on which material you choose. For instance, while ceramic tile, solid surface walls, and wall panels are all waterproof. Paint and wallpaper, on the other hand, will need to be retouched or replaced after a few years of exposure to moisture.

Maintenance

Much like durability, the maintenance required of your bathroom walls depends on what material you choose as well. The grout around ceramic tile will occasionally need to be scrubbed to get rid of mold, paint should be retouched, solid surface walls and wall panels will sometimes need to be wiped down, and wallpaper must be replaced every seven years or so.

Common Questions and Answers

What do bathroom wall panels look like?

Bathroom wall panels are made from UPVC cladding—hard plastic with a vinyl face that imitates traditional materials such as wood and marble. The panels can be installed over existing tiles using a tongue and groove installation system.

Is there a specific paint that can be purchased to avoid damage from moisture?

Paint is available in mildew-resistant formulas, but even with this precaution, paint can still peel or mold over time when exposed to moisture.



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