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Bath Panels: Everything You Need To Know
Bath panel exist to hide unsightly pipework, which may result from a bath installation, but will also work to protect pipework by sectioning them off from the rest of the bathroom. If correctly installed, they will also provide easy access to your plumbing.
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First and foremost, decide if you only require a bath side panel, or if you need an end panel too. This all boils down to if the end of your bath is exposed, which is a result of where your bath is fitted: those within a recess, for instance, will only require a side panel, but those situated within a corner will require an end one too.
Choosing a Material:
Once the particulars have been outlined, you can then move onto the aesthetics and choosing the material, with the two most common types being Acrylic and MDF. While acrylic is the cheaper option, MDF will give you a more durable finish, so it all depends on what your requirements are.
Acrylic and white bath panels will add a sense of modern style to a bathroom, with a clean and crisp look. Wood finish panels, on the other hand, will lend themselves to the traditional look with a unique finish that will complement any existing wooden furniture you may have.
Although both materials are of course waterproof, they are still different. While wooden bath panels are resistant to water, they will require some care and attention with regards to maintenance. Acrylic panels, on the other hand, are completely waterproof, thanks to their material.
Fitting Your Bath Panel:
There is no homogenous approach to fitting, but that doesn’t mean it should be a hassle.
We’d recommend building a 50mm X 25mm timber frame to begin with which will be the base for you to secure your panel to. This additional security will prevent movements that can occur if something, or someone, accidentally falls against the bath panel at a later date. Here, you need to ensure you fit the frame at the correct distance from the bath edge to allow for the depth of the bath panel itself.
It is worth noting that a frame is not always essential to stop any movements; it’s possible to install some bath panels by simply fixing a piece of timber along the floor and securing the top under the recess of the bath lip.
Securing Your Bath Panel:
Once you have everything in place, you then need to see how much, if any, of your bath panel needs to be cut down. Where an end panel is being fitted together with a side panel, keep in mind the thickness of the panels before cutting!
Remember the motto: “measure twice…cut once”. This is to ensure you cut the panel to the desired dimensions without disturbing its construction. Regardless of the material chosen, use either a fine blade jigsaw or handsaw to ensure you get a smooth cut. Once you are happy, apply some PVA glue to the cut edge of any wooden panels to eliminate moisture ingress.
You can now secure your panel with either screws or suitable glue. If choosing the screw option, mirror screws are ideal as they will enable you to remove it with ease. This is important because you may need to remove your bath panel at a later date when it comes to changing things like taps.
Bath panels are an important investment as they will protect important pipework, whilst providing a finished look to your bath at the same time.