Wet Wall Works is one of the leading manufactures and importers of PVC, Ply and MDF Shower Panels in the UK. All our Panels are 100% Waterproof and perfect for a Bathroom, Shower Enclosure or as a kitchen splashback. We stock the full range from Fibo, Multipanel, Vox Kerradeco & QuickSlat along with our own label.
So, why Buy Shower Panels instead of Tiles?
There are several advantages why panels might be chosen instead of tiles in a bathroom:
Cost: Shower panels are less expensive than tiles, especially if you factor in the cost of labour for installation.
Ease of installation: Shower panels are typically easier to install than tiles, which require a lot of cutting and fitting.
Durability: Shower panels are generally more durable than tiles and are less prone to cracking or chipping.
Water resistance: Shower panels are made of a water-resistant material, which can help to prevent water from getting behind the walls and causing damage.
Low maintenance: Shower panels are easy to clean and maintain, which can save you time and effort in the long run.
Overall, panels can be a good alternative to tiles for people who want a durable, water-resistant, and low-maintenance solution for their bathroom.
What’s the difference between PVC Panels & Ply, MDF Panels?
PVC panels, ply and mdf shower panels are commonly used to make shower wall panels all do the same job but differ in material, quality and lifespan.
PVC shower panels are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which is why the cost a lot less. They are durable, water-resistant, and easy to clean, making them a popular choice for shower and bathroom walls. PVC panels are also lightweight and easy to cut, making them easy to install. They are available in a range of colours, lengths, widths, heights and styles. PVC shower panels don't have any texture but you will find a range of 3d prints which helps to give them depth.
MDF panels are a type of wall covering that is made of medium-density fibreboard (MDF). MDF is a type of engineered wood product that is made by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibres, combining them with wax and a resin binder, and pressing them into sheets. MDF is a popular choice for shower panels because it is strong, durable, and easy to work with. MDF shower panels are finished with a laminate that is 100% waterproof which is the face that showcases the design. However, MDF shower panels may not be as water-resistant as other types of shower panels, such as acrylic, PVC, Ply and may require more maintenance to keep them in good condition. It is important to properly seal and waterproof the joints between MDF shower panels to prevent water from leaking behind the walls as the T&G is not as tight as Ply shower panels.
Ply shower panels, on the other hand, are made of plywood, which is a type of wood panel made from thin sheets of wood veneer that are layered and glued together. Plywood is a strong and durable material, but may require more maintenance and may not be as easy to clean as PVC shower panels. They are also more expensive than PVC shower panels but the effects especially the tile style range are breath-taking.
Are Shower Panels Waterproof?
All of our wall panels are waterproof as they are designed for the shower. Made of a variety of materials, including acrylic, PVC, MDF and plywood they all need fitting properly and sealing with the use of sealants.
Acrylic wall panels are generally considered to be the most water-resistant and are often used in high-moisture areas. They are made of a type of plastic that is known for its durability and resistance to water.
PVC shower panels are completely waterproof but will need a sealant between the tongue and grooves and where trims are used to prevent water getting to the back.
Ply shower panels, on the other hand, are made of plywood with a laminate to the face, which is a type of wood panel made from thin sheets of wood veneer that are layered and glued together. Plywood is a strong and durable material, but it is not as water-resistant as acrylic or PVC but if fitted correctly will last for years as they have a 35 year warranty. Ply shower panels may require more but it is important to note that shower panels still need to properly seal and waterproof the joints between panels to ensure that water does not leak behind the walls.
Helping this, most of our shower panels come with a tight tongue and groove which helps to keep water away from the walls and gives a near seamless join. We stock a variety of widths and thickness of PVC and Ply panels and our inner construction gives our Shower Panels unbeatable strength with limited weight so are perfect for walls & ceilings.
Tell me about your Wet Wall Panels
At Wet Wall Works we produce and sell a range of materials used for shower panels. There are two types of PVC Panels, both ideal as a Bathroom Panel / Shower Panel. The standard PVC Panel produced and imported from China has a film glued to the panel whereas our Premium PVC Wall Panels are digitally printed directly to the PVC Sheet in the UK. The Premium PVC Panel gives a near seamless join as the graphic flows directly from one panel on to the next and we can create a clever 3D effect. Samples of our shower Panels are available to help you pick the correct colour for your project as we appreciate our range is overwhelming. The Wall Panel Samples give you a better idea on the true colour of our products compared to viewing on your monitor/mobile and you will see the quality.
We have our own in-house Ply brand which sits alongside Multipanel, Fibo, Rearo and the Nu-Style Perform shower Panel Ranges. Ply Shower Panels are perfect for Bathrooms /Shower enclosure as the face is 100% waterproof. Our panels range in widths starting at 600mm going up to 1.2 metres wide, 2.4 metres high and 11mm thick. Ply panels are constructed from seven layers of premium water-resistant tropical hardwood with each layer affixed using waterproof grade to prevent de-lamination. On top of the Ply there is a laminate which shows off the design. The laminates can be either Matt or Gloss, Smooth or textured but all have a tight waterproof locking tongue & groove system. Apart from keeping water out, the Tongue & Groove give a near seamless join which depending on design is visually needed. Our Tile Style Wall Panel Range is an example where you don’t want to see joins and our panels look and feel like real tiles but with all the benefits you get from panel.
Finally, we have a game changer in the Panel industry with the Vox Kerradeco Panels. These are made from composite PVC with a solid inner core. Vox Kerradeco Panels are 9mm thick, 100% waterproof and as these wall panels have Tongue & Groove on all four edges mean they can be stacked to any height and width. There is no need to use a joining strip which is why it’s been so popular with hotels in their bathroom but also in receptions. These Wall Panels are impact resistant, help to insulate a room with the insulative Properties plus help to reduce noise.
We have our fingers on the pulse and work closely with other manufacturers which is why we are one of the leaders in the wall panel industry.
By selecting Shower panels, you forego any difficult or labor-intensive upkeep. Shower Panels give you the option to cover the whole bathroom wall space, giving you a watertight finish without the inconvenience of grout. Bathrooms may be completely finished in a matter of hours rather than days thanks to the incredibly simple installation of bathroom wall panels. Shower panels come in a wide variety of designs and make the ideal backdrop for any bathroom, whether it is contemporary or classic. Just wash it down with a damp cleaning sponge or towel, then dry it to avoid leaving water stains. Avoid using any sharp cleaning tools or anything on your wall panels' surface since doing so might scratch or damage the material.