Last Updated Dec 21, 2012 · Written by Craig Gibson
Are you looking for an alternative option for the ceiling in your bathroom? Why not consider PVC ceiling panels? Read on to find out more.
PVC ceiling panels are completely waterproof, making them perfect for a bathroom that suffers from condensation, mould, or flaking plaster. Because cladding is warmer to the touch than tiles, not as much condensation will form. However, the only way to completely eliminate condensation and the associated problems with your bathroom is by using an exhaust fan to draw the moist air out of the house.
PVC ceiling panels can be installed over the existing ceiling surface and, once installed, is almost maintenance free. For one thing, they will never need painting. The PVC panels come in a white, high gloss finish, making them adaptable to any bathroom décor, whether it’s traditional or modern. Because they come in a tongue and groove design, the panels simply slot together. The join is flush, just about invisible, and will not promote the growth of mould. To attach them to your ceiling simply use glue. For extra strength and support, use secret nailing or stapling through the back lugs. This will be especially valuable as the glue dries.
It is easy to cut the ceiling panels to size and it can be done with a fine-toothed saw. You will need to create holes for things such as the exhaust fan, light fittings, or any other ductwork in the ceiling, and this can be done through the use of a utility knife or hole saw. Be aware, however, that the lights in your bathroom cannot be any higher than 60 watts.
The PVC panels are around five millimetres thick and come in varying lengths to suit your particular bathroom. PVC cornices are also available.