PVC panels are widely utilised as cladding materials for both walls and ceilings. They are adaptable and can be used in place of mineral fibre components like gypsum or POP. They may be used to replace bathroom wall tiles and as ornamental wall cladding instead of materials like MDF or wallpaper. So, if you’re seeking for an alternative to these traditional materials, see whether PVC wall and ceiling panels are the way to go.
What is PVC
PVC is an abbreviation for Polyvinyl Chloride. It is a commonly used plastic substance, and most plumbing and irrigation pipes are constructed of it.
PVC wall panels are hollow-core products that are used for interior wall claddings and ceilings. They are lighter in weight due to their hollow section. They have tongue and groove joints for quick and easy installation. PVC wall panels, like wallpaper, are used as a decorative element for house interiors.
For your bathroom walls, PVC panels are a less expensive alternative to ceramic tiles.
What are the advantages of having a PVC
Installing PVC in your home has more advantages than you can imagine.
Here are some of the advantages of having PVC :
- It has a lighter weight and it is easy to install and operate
- Quick and simple installation
- They can easily be cut to the exact size that you need for your wall
- If your wall is wet, you must dry it before applying wallpapers or paint. PVC wall panels are the perfect accessible choice in these situations
- PVC panels do not quickly burn. PVC has a heating value of more than 400 degrees Celsius.
- PVC panels are easy to transport and are cost-effective.
- PVC wall panels come with a lifetime guarantee of about 20 years.
- Because of their flat surfaces, they are very easy to clean.
- Reinstalling or removing is very easy to do.
- They are available in a big variety of designs and colors to choose from.
What not to do if you have a PVC
Here is a list of what to not do if you have a PVC wall installed in your home
- Do not scratch the PVC wall panel with a sharp object as it may have obvious dents.
- Do not hang any photos or objects or put any screws as these will affect the quality of the PVC.
- Do not make a hole in the PVC panel as you can not fill it and bring it back to its original form.
Is PVC wall panels hazardous for my health
In short no, in natural conditions, the PVC wall panel does not emit any hazardous gases or toxins. However, when PVC materials are burned, they emit toxic vapours comprising dioxins, chlorine, carbon monoxide, and other toxins.
When PVC wall panels are washed or cleaned with water, no chemicals are released.
Therefore, it is important to avoid burning the material as it can create many gases that are very dangerous to breathe in.
How much does it cost to install a PVC wall
It depends on if you are installing it for a small or a big bathroom, or if you are using on more rooms in your house.
Typically you are looking at £20 per m2, while the labour cost may range between £100 – £200 per day.
Again, the PVC is very cheap and easy to install, so if the labour will request 3 to 4 days of installation, this may raise the costs and will end up being expensive.
If you are looking to install it by yourself it would be a much cheaper alternative.