When it comes to a room like the bathroom, any style change also requires another dimension of consideration. You have to think about the practicality of any changes. After all, it’s a room where heat and moisture are both common, which can lead to problems like mould, damp, and rot in materials that aren’t suitable. As such, what are the wall options that you should take a closer look at, and which best suit your needs?
Perhaps the cheapest option of all, you can wallpaper your bathroom just like you would any other room of the home. Well, perhaps not exactly the same. You have to choose specific vinyl-coated wallpaper. To some people, it still looks a little budget, even though there are plenty of gorgeous and textured options out there, as well as those that aim to present the look and texture of other wall materials.
As with wallpaper, you can’t choose any old paint for the bathroom. You have to make sure that whatever materials or wall options you choose, they are able to hold back moisture. To that end, bathroom paint is typically not too different from regular interior paint and doesn’t require a lot more work to put on, it just has properties that make it better at holding back moisture. Glossy options tend to be better as they are better at preventing pores that can trap water.
One of the traditionally most popular options in the bathroom. Ceramic tiles tend to be the most common option, but glass tiles exist, too. Tiles adhere to the wall and are excellent at keeping out moisture, so long as you are careful in avoiding top tiling mistakes. They also have a touch more dimension to them, while being a more budget-friendly option than some of the more elaborate panels and cladding.
Cladding is effectively a whole exterior wall that is adhered to and applied on top of the bathroom wall beneath. There are many different types of cladding, some of which emulate the feel of materials like wood and stone, as well as PVC vinyl options. They can be very effective at keeping out moisture, but they are not as easily repaired or cleaned as tiles if there are any gaps in between the panels and, what’s more, they can be expensive.
Tileboard might look like regular tiles, but in reality, it’s somewhere between bathroom panels and tiles. They come in large panels that are designed to look and emulate the feel of tiles. They can be a little cheaper but, if their boundary is breached and water gets behind them, they are practically ruined. As such, care must be taken to maintain the edges with caulking. Otherwise, they can warp and, once they do, they have to be replaced. There’s no repairing them.
When thinking about the above options, keep factors such as cost and ease of maintenance in your mind, to help you decide which is going to be the best choice for your bathroom.
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