search.noResults

search.searching

saml.title
dataCollection.invalidEmail
note.createNoteMessage

search.noResults

search.searching

orderForm.title

orderForm.productCode
orderForm.description
orderForm.quantity
orderForm.itemPrice
orderForm.price
orderForm.totalPrice
orderForm.deliveryDetails.billingAddress
orderForm.deliveryDetails.deliveryAddress
orderForm.noItems
Bathroom Refurbishment Feature


Waterproof wall panels: the modern option


In these turbulent times, waterproof wall panels may offer social housing providers and local authorities a more effective bathroom walling solution, explains Nicola Lewis of Fibo.


and common tasks, such as repairs, maintenance and renovations, are now much more difficult to conduct. As such, those entrusted with these responsibilities must begin to find new ways to operate, which conform with the new normal. Within the bathroom sector, waterproof wall panel solutions offer a suitable


T


option. These systems provide a genuine alternative to traditional bathroom tiles and are more suited to the current climate.


FASTER THAN EVER Given the current challenges that social housing providers and local authorities face, access to properties is more difficult and time-sensitive than ever before. Therefore, there’s now a significant incentive for those in the sector to adopt solutions that allow for faster and easier installation, such as waterproof wall panels. In short, whereas standard tiles may take around five days to install, from


wall preparation through to grouting, waterproof wall panels can be fitted in a matter of hours. This enhanced speed can make a major difference during this unprecedented moment, enabling those fitting the solutions to get on and off sites more quickly – and allow more installations to be completed in one day. Better still, leading waterproof panel suppliers are able to manufacture


solutions which are large enough to cover rooms, from floor to ceiling. As such, installers are able to complete large swathes of wall space in a single session. Additionally, unlike standard tiles, waterproof wall panels can be affixed to


any secure wall surface, meaning walls do not need to be prepared before application. The panels need not be mounted by individuals with specific tiling expertise either, as they can instead be handled by anyone with basic carpentry skills.


STRONG PERFORMANCE While installation speed is an important factor when specifying bathroom solutions for properties, it’s also essential to consider performance levels. In fact, it’s important to try and mitigate the need for repairs and maintenance by ensuring high-performing solutions are installed from the outset.


his past year has been an unusual one for social housing providers and local authorities. Individuals across the sector have had their ability to work as before hampered by lockdowns and social distancing measures,


Maintenance & Refurbishment


Waterproof wall panel solutions are able to excel within this area and provide


performance levels that are equal to traditional tiling solutions, both in regard to watertightness and durability. Additionally, when looking to find solutions that go above and beyond


what has come before, social housing providers and local authorities should incorporate new multi-layered solutions, which come with extensive warranty agreements. It’s also important to ensure that any chosen product has been PEFC certified


as a minimum, as well as being certified under the ‘Class 2 Spread of Flame’ test, in accordance with BS 476-7: 1987.


STYLE WITH SUBSTANCE The performance of a system is a major factor, but for some tenants the way a bathroom actually looks is more important to them. As such, social housing providers and local authorities must continue to deliver contemporary styling across their properties. In doing so, this will help to engender happier tenants, which in turn can lead to longer tenancy periods and may even help to grow referral business. Thankfully, waterproof wall panel solutions make this easy to achieve and are


available in a wide range of design options. Design versatility is especially helpful for local authorities who often operate an extensive portfolio of different social housing properties, which can greatly vary in style. What’s more, thanks to new innovations in manufacturing capabilities,


leading suppliers can now produce waterproof wall panels which feature a routed-in grout line, as opposed to it merely being printed on, offering a far more realistic tile look and feel.


THE RIGHT OPTION Tiles are often seen as the only choice for bathroom installations, despite issues around the speed of installation, availability of skills, and maintenance. Waterproof wall panels however are a high performing, reliable alternative,


which social housing providers and local authorities should begin to adopt to ensure properties can be renovated quickly, with little disruption to tenants.


Nicola Lewis is marketing manager at Fibo www.housingmmonline.co.uk | HMM April/May 2021 | 37


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52