The type of bathroom wall lining (or cladding) you use and its proper installation are important considerations during the renovation process.
Below are some tips to help you along the way.
Bathroom Wall Lining: What to Look Out For
Depending on your bathroom, your wall linings will usually come under two categories:
- Drywall linings – plaster board sheeting or cement sheeting.
- Hardwall plaster – cement render over brickwork, or solid brick walls.
You would have determined what your bathroom is constructed from back in the preliminary stages of the project. So by now you should be fully aware of your wall construction – especially after the demolition and removal of any wall tiles.
1. Timber Frame Walls
If you have timber frame walls you’ll most likely be looking at option 1 above and installing new sheeting.
It’s recommended when installing this sheeting that you use a product that is designed for a wet area such as villaboard which is a fibros cement sheet. There are also other wet area boards such as “Aqua check” or green board.
But it’s best to consult with a manufactures technical department for the right board for your application.
2. Brick Walls
If you have brick walls you will more than likely be going with option 2 – a hardwall plaster.
This means using a cement render to re skim the walls straight and flush to be ready for tiles. I highly recommend using an acrylic render with faster drying times for this type of finish.
Standard sand and cement normally have longer drying times to fully cure. This can effectively delay the installation of your waterproofing membrane if it’s not completely dry, or worse cause your membrane to fail.
3. Photos of all Your Services
Take plenty of photos of all your services (plumbing and electrical) in the wall, and your room in general before you sheet your walls.
These photos may come in handy for future reference down the track.
With either option this is generally a pretty messy stage of your bathroom renovation. So kindly ask your contractors to stay on top of any mess they make and clean up after themselves.
Once all your bathroom wall linings have been done the next step is to move onto Stage 4: Construction – Waterproofing.
To recap, the 5 Stage Renovation Process will guide you through the exact steps I use as a professional builder when working on home improvement projects.
If you have any questions let me know – I’m always happy to help!
Enjoy your renovation.
All the best,
CHECK OUT THIS BLOG POST FOR MORE: How to Renovate a Bathroom: The 5 Stage Process