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scouser75

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Guys, a bit of advice needed please as I'll be renovating my bathroom soon 😄

Would these panels be suitable for a bathroom? I've seen online that a lot of people use them but unsure as to how durable they'd be.

https://www.homebase.co.uk/easipane...VSUhBAh1ozw82EAQYAiABEgIRtvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds


They do look great

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Breezygirl

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If kids are using the bathroom, maybe not as practical. I would maybe consider using it on the walls but not on a tub surround.
 
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scouser75

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If kids are using the bathroom, maybe not as practical. I would maybe consider using it on the walls but not on a tub surround.
Hi Breezygirl thank you for your reply. I have 2 kids - a 14 and 10 year old. May I ask why not so suitable with kids?

My main concern was how the panels would be affected by water splashing all over them 😆
 
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Breezygirl

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Hi Breezygirl thank you for your reply. I have 2 kids - a 14 and 10 year old. May I ask why not so suitable with kids?

My main concern was how the panels would be affected by water splashing all over them 😆
You would want to use a really good paint to seal the panels and sealant on the edges to prevent any water damage to the MDF. MDF isn’t great around water, I’d personally use a quality tile around the bathtub and use the paneling on the walls.
 

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Hi Breezygirl thank you for your reply. I have 2 kids - a 14 and 10 year old. May I ask why not so suitable with kids?

My main concern was how the panels would be affected by water splashing all over them 😆
I guess it would depend on how you 'treat' the panels since they are MDF. I wouldn't think that splashes wouldn't be too bad as long as you wiped them down after bath time. It is recommended on the site's FAQ that they should not be installed in a shower enclosure (in the event you have a bath/shower combo).
 

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You would want to use a really good paint to seal the panels and sealant on the edges to prevent any water damage to the MDF. MDF isn’t great around water, I’d personally use a quality tile around the bathtub and use the paneling on the walls.

I guess it would depend on how you 'treat' the panels since they are MDF. I wouldn't think that splashes wouldn't be too bad as long as you wiped them down after bath time. It is recommended on the site's FAQ that they should not be installed in a shower enclosure (in the event you have a bath/shower combo).
Thanks both.

From your replies, and from some research I did just now, I think I'm going to play it safe and not panel around the bath area as there'll also be a shower there. I'll use metro tiles there and might though panel around the rest of the bathroom. I just need to visualise if this would look good or not - part metro tiles part panelling!
 

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Not sure how they would last if your bathroom gets hot and steamy from showers/baths.
Agree. It would only last if made of plastic, or ceramic perhaps. The fact is that moisture eventually penetrates wood under the paint. Also, water (moisture) will eventually damage sheetrock walls. I don't use sheetrock for the showers at home, just Cement Backer Boards.
 

scouser75

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both.

From your replies, and from some research I did just now, I think I'm going to play it safe and not panel around the bath area as there'll also be a shower there. I'll use metro tiles there and might though panel around the rest of the bathroom. I just need to visualise if this would look good or not - part metro tiles part panelling!


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scouser75

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Not sure how they would last if your bathroom gets hot and steamy from showers/baths.

Agree. It would only last if made of plastic, or ceramic perhaps. The fact is that moisture eventually penetrates wood under the paint. Also, water (moisture) will eventually damage sheetrock walls. I don't use sheetrock for the showers at home, just Cement Backer Boards.
The blurb on these sheet says it's moisture resistant. After having some sense talked into me from the wife, I wouldn't put it behind the bath. It would only go on the walls clear of the bath. Would that be OK? Or would the moisture from all the steam still cause damage?
 

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Also, water (moisture) will eventually damage sheetrock walls.
That's if you're lucky. If you're not, you'll get mold.😷

I recently replaced the vanity in future rental condo. When I took the old vanity out, I found unpainted drywall😑... mold infested😣, unpainted drywall.😬😬😬 Mold feasted on the paper in drywall. I took down all the exposed drywall, sprayed a lot of bleach on the studs, just to be safe.

What moron uses sheetrock for the bathroom?😠 Damn penny pinching developers.🤬 Now I have to spend a lot of $$$ re-walling the bathroom with moisture resistant drywall.😕
 
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scouser75

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That's if you're lucky. If you're not, you'll get mold.😷

I recently replaced the vanity in future rental condo. When I took the old vanity out, I found unpainted drywall😑... mold infested😣, unpainted drywall.😬😬😬 Mold feasted on the paper in drywall. I took down all the exposed drywall, sprayed a lot of bleach on the studs, just to be safe.

What moron uses sheetrock for the bathroom?😠 Damn penny pinching developers.🤬 Now I have to spend a lot of $$$ re-walling the bathroom with moisture resistant drywall.😕
Mouse, mould was also a nightmare for me in my ensuite. The guys who built the house had cut every single imaginable corner to save money. I won't go into all the details as to how bad it was as I'd be here for a few days typing it all out.

But in the ensuite they'd used chip board everywhere. When the builder removed the tiles it was horrific. How the tiles stayed up for some many years I do not know. Thankfully we're renovating both bathrooms now. And I've decided to use the wall panels only around the walls where the bath isn't close. Around the bath I'll be using metro tiles, like in the pix above 😄
 

AlaskaMoose

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That's if you're lucky. If you're not, you'll get mold.😷

I recently replaced the vanity in future rental condo. When I took the old vanity out, I found unpainted drywall😑... mold infested😣, unpainted drywall.😬😬😬 Mold feasted on the paper in drywall. I took down all the exposed drywall, sprayed a lot of bleach on the studs, just to be safe.

What moron uses sheetrock for the bathroom?😠 Damn penny pinching developers.🤬 Now I have to spend a lot of $$$ re-walling the bathroom with moisture resistant drywall.😕
We learn such things long after buying a home :)

What happens to the shower walls is that moisture usually reach the walls though the tile grout. Once the wall gets we, mold grows on the insulation. If the bathroom is properly designed, it would be well-ventilated. For example, since my house has to be well-insulated (I live in Alaska), I have a ventilator that brings fresh air into all the rooms in the house, and exhausts moist or stale air out of the house. The exhaust points are at each bathroom, kitchen and at another room downstairs. You can also have bathroom fans that are controlled by humidistats (these turn the fans at preset levels of humidity, and turn off when the cutout level is reached).
 
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scouser75

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We learn such things long after buying a home :)

What happens to the shower walls is that moisture usually reach the walls though the tile grout. Once the wall gets we, mold grows on the insulation. If the bathroom is properly designed, it would be well-ventilated. For example, since my house has to be well-insulated (I live in Alaska), I have a ventilator that brings fresh air into all the rooms in the house, and exhausts moist or stale air out of the house. The exhaust points are at each bathroom, kitchen and at another room downstairs. You can also have bathroom fans that are controlled by humidistats (these turn the fans at preset levels of humidity, and turn off when the cutout level is reached).
And thus is exactly what happened in my Ensuite. The house overall was atrocious. We had crumbling screeding that hurt your feet where it was real bad. Peeling paint. Uneven walls etc. The Ensuite was the worst. grouting was atrocious. Peeling paint. Leeming shower. And this all led to horrific mould everywhere.

Thankfully I have a top builder who's sorting it all out.

I'll post pix of both bathrooms once they're done
 
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