Is Wetwall really waterproof?
Yes. It’s a combination of factors which ensure Wetwall is completely waterproof and watertight. The core material is MR MDF, which unlike ordinary MDF, is water-resistant. Bonded to the MDF is a high pressure decorative laminate which is impervious. The tongued-and-grooved joints mean the panels to fit tightly together. When fixing the panels either with extrusions or with tongue and groove joints, a quality sealant should be used. This guarantees that the Wetwall system is completely leak proof.
What does the ten year guarantee cover?
Wetwall has a high-performance laminate surface which is guaranteed to remain waterproof. We also guarantee that the panels will not crack or delaminate during the ten-year period. As long as fitting guidelines are followed correctly, and sealant is maintained appropriately, you should have complete peace of mind. Full details of the warranty are available on request.
I live in a hard water area – will watermarks show on Wetwall?
Wetwall is available in a variety of attractive textures and effects. With the soft shadow-effect panels, the visibility of any watermarks will be minimal. If you choose panels with a gloss finish, watermarks will show no more than you would expect with tiles, e.g. marks will be easier to wipe away. On panels with a strong design, any watermarks are less likely to be visible.
I sometimes get condensation in my bathroom. Will fitting Wetwall make any difference?
The primary cure for condensation within the bathroom will always be by adequate ventilation. However, the construction of Wetwall gives specific thermal properties so that they feel warm to the touch. As condensation forms when moist air touches a cold surface, such as ceramic tiling, you may find that the condensation will be reduced when Wetwall is fitted. If some condensation does still occur, at least there is no grouting where mould growth can penetrate and cause unpleasant discoloration.
When do I need to use adhesive, and which type should I use?
The primary fixing for Wetwall should always be mechanical by using the profile system and concealed fixings (screws or nails). As a secondary attachment, Wetwall adhesive can be used. This solvent free gap-filling adhesive is supplied with kit orders.
When would you use an edging profile?
Edging profiles are used to finish off the end edge of a panel, i.e. a three-sided shower enclosure with a curtain across, Additional mechanical fixings may also be required. Also, if the panelling along a bathroom wall ended half way along, the end edge would need finishing off with an edging profile. This profile is designed to fit over either the fixing lip detail or on to square cut board.
Why can’t Wetwall panels be used as a continuous wall lining?
Unlike the 600mm bathroom panels, which are specially designed for the purpose, standard Wetwall panels do not have tongued-and-grooved edges.
Should Wetwall be fitted after my bathroom sanitary ware is fitted, or can the Wetwall be installed before anything else?
It is important that the bath or shower tray is already securely in place and sealed appropriately before the panels are installed. Under no circumstances should the bath or shower tray be installed on top of the panels. All pipework should be pre-installed, leaving stub pipes at the positions where the equipment will be fitted. Other furniture and sanitary ware such as sinks and toilets should be installed after the panels have been fitted.
When fitting Wetwall around the full bathroom, does it matter where you fit the first panel?
Due to the design of the internal corners, it is possible to start on any wall within the room and cut the panels so that they finish in the internal corners. For the best result, care should be taken to space the panel joints to avoid small difficult panel cuts near the corners or around doors and windows.
What about the join between the panels and the floor?
Wetwall can be used with any type of floor suitable for a bathroom. Just make sure that the panels would not be sitting in water. With a tiled floor, a skirting tile (approximately 100mm high) should be used to prevent the panels sitting in water. Then, simply seal the join between this tile and the bottom of the panels with a quality sealant. If using vinyl, this can be run up the wall behind the panel with the panel stopping short of the floor by 100-150mm. For wet room construction, an aluminium bottom profile is available. You can use regular skirting when using Wetwall.
The back of my shower enclosure is 1700mm wide. Which panels should I use?
For walls which are greater than 1200mm wide, you would need to use tongued-and-grooved bathroom panels. These are 600mm wide (585mm nett face size). So, for a 1700mm wide shower enclosure, the usual solution would be to have a standard 600mm panel (585mm nett face size) in the centre, and the two end panels either side would cut down to 565mm wide each and be fitted into profiles. Standard Wetwall panels (900mm wide and 1200mm wide) do not have tongued-and-grooved edges, so these should be joined and sealed using H Joints.
Does it matter which way up the Wetwall panels are used?
The edge details are the same on both the top and the bottom of the panel, so this means that the panels can be fitted either way up. This ensures that both panels have a square edge fitted into the corner, and the edge with the groove and fixing lip at the outside. The patterns used on Wetwall designs are generally random. So, although on certain designs there may be a slight difference in appearance if the panel is used upside down, any difference will be barely noticeable. This can generally only be detected if the panels are closely studied.
Can I fit the Wetwall panels myself?
Yes, if you have reasonable DIY skills, it is possible to fit Wetwall yourself. However, you need to be completely confident with what you are doing and the product before you start your project. You only need normal woodworking tools and your Wetwall order will be delivered with comprehensive Fixing Guidelines. Alternatively, your Wetwall distributor may be able to recommend an experienced installer.
The Panels are bowed, what should I do?
It is imperative that panels are conditioned prior to fitting by laying flat in the room they are to be fitted for 2-3 days. Most panels exhibiting a small degree of bow or twist can be used and are not faulty. The mechanical method of fixing required should pull the panels flat against the wall.
Can panels be fitted to the ceiling?
Wetwall have been used on horizontal and sloping ceilings in the past. However we cannot recommend a fixing method in this instance due to the different conditions that may be encountered. It is the responsibility of the installer to ensure adequate fixings are used. Wetwall will not accept and liability for damage or injury caused by panels falling off in these situations.
Can the panels be fitted directly to the floor?
No, The panels must not be fitted in an area where water is likely to puddle. A minimum gap of 100mm should be created to prevent any chance of water being sucked into the bottom of the panel. With a tiled floor a skirting tile should be used with the panels fitted down to the top of this. The exception to this rule is where fitting down to a shower tray where the slope of the tray will prevent water puddling at the base of the panel.