Decorating with plastic panels by oneself today is most often used in the bathroom space, however, it is possible to apply the material in the conditions of any room, including those that have high humidity conditions.
The scheme of installation of PVC panels.
Walls are trimmed by means of panels after the carcass system has been installed, but for the mounting of moldings, galvanized nails are used, which can be replaced with self-tapping screws, they should be fastened, having retreated from the edge of the element about 5 mm or more. Buy the components you need for the color of the panels. If necessary, it is permissible to cut the elements with a construction cutter.
Before purchasing a profile, it is recommended to calculate its required amount. For example, you can consider a wall whose height is 245 cm and the length is 400 cm. As an optimal step between the mounted profiles, 30-50 cm appears. It should be noted that the laths of the lathing system are fixed perpendicular to the lining. Once you determine the position of the cladding elements, it is permissible to calculate the required number of profiles. In order to find out how many racks are needed for vertical fastening of the crate, it is necessary to divide the length of the surface by one step between the posts and add the outer profile: 400/50 + 1 = 9. This indicates the need to buy 9 racks, the length of each of which is 2.45 m. It should be noted that the crate is attached around the perimeter, which is why you need to add 2 guides with a length corresponding to the length of the surface to be trimmed. This will determine the final length of the profiles. To this indicator it is recommended to add about 5-10%, which will go into the drawbacks when cutting.
If it is supposed to fix the system of the battens horizontally, the calculations should be carried out, taking into account the height of the ceilings. It is necessary to pay attention to openings, the area of which is to be subtracted from the received figure.
The walls in the bathroom are finished using panels using the fasteners represented by the dowel-nails.
Tools for installing PVC panels.
The calculation should be made based on the length of the surface to be trimmed. At 50 cm will leave 1 fastener, to which you need to add a few percent. When using clamps for 1 m2 will leave 20 pieces.
To carry out the work it is necessary to prepare:
- wooden bars or steel profiles;
- insulating material;
- self-tapping screws;
- a hammer;
- a stapler.
Before fixing the plastic panels, you need to allow them to acclimate in the room, in the meantime, the surface of the walls should be marked to fix the system of the crate. If the installation is carried out on profiles or slats made of wood, then it is not necessary to clean the wall, but it is necessary to get rid of damages, mold and fungus. When using a wooden frame its elements have to be treated with antiseptics.
Varieties of plastic panels.
The installation of the crate is carried out when there is a need to level the surface of uneven walls. In this case, it is permissible to lay insulation between the wall and the products. In order to equip the wooden frame, you should use 4x4 or 4x2.5 cm blocks. Elements to the wall are fixed with screws or dowels.
If you intend to install the guides in an upright position, work should begin with the right and left elements. Afterwards, you need to mount horizontal cross-bars between them, observing a certain step between them.
In order to provide more impressive rigidity, you can install additional vertical racks. The correctness of the location of each bar is checked through the level.
If they decided to trim the walls with panels with their own hands, a more durable, but expensive crate would be a metal version of it. The starting elements will be a U-shaped profile, mounted under the ceiling, after the same is attached to the floor. They are fixed perforated guides, which will become attached to the finish.
The guides should be fastened to the wall with dowels or screws, removing at a distance of 90 cm, but no more. In order to save money, it is permissible to combine aluminum and wooden profiles, in this case the perimeter will be steel, and the posts will be made of wood.
The walls can be decorated after installing a plastic crate, which is somewhat more expensive than a wooden one and more demanding on the evenness of the wall. However, the advantage of this design will be that the system does not rot and does not form mold on its surface. Elements have a special way of installation, which allows you to complete the work in a short time.
These guides have special fasteners that allow you to hold the panel. If necessary, the panels can be dismantled and re-made, as they are not strengthened by staples or screws.
Sequence of installation of plastic panels.
Wall finishing starts from the corner where the corner element is fastened, into which the panel must enter, after which it is necessary to screw the product by means of screws, fixation can be made by a stapler to wooden elements or by means of clamps to the steel surface. After connecting the groove and the comb, it is necessary to pair the next product and continue until you reach the end of the wall or corner.
With the completion of installation or with the transition through the corner to another wall, it is necessary to mount special components so that the decoration of the walls looks as harmonious as possible.
When the walls are finished, the last panel does not need to be fastened to the crate, as it snaps into the final element. If the bathroom has switches in its space, the panel must be cut by mounting over the box.
At the final stage, the bathroom is ennobled by the installation of accessories by the type of skirting and plugs, corner components that are mounted on the surface of the panels. After finishing with plastic by hand, you can process the grooves between products sealant.
Installing the panels on the wall
Parts for mounting plastic panels.
Finishing of the bathroom can be made without preliminary installation of the roofing system, this is permissible if the wall has an even surface. Installation in this case should be given special attention, since the fix after fixing will not be possible, because the technology assumes the use of liquid nails. PVC does not tolerate the effects of solvents, so the adhesive should not contain such ingredients.
Before finishing the walls with plastic panels, this method should be used to prepare the surface, which involves cleaning the substrate from the lining, whether it's a wallpaper or a layer of paint. Then it is necessary to cover the walls with putty with antibacterial composition, you can use the mixture for priming, the composition should contain ingredients from mold.
Before finishing the walls with plastic panels, it must be dried. The adhesive should be prepared by applying it to the wall with a roller or other convenient tool, the choice of which depends on the structure of the adhesive. In the role of glue, tile glue or liquid nails can be used. In the process of facing it is inadmissible to apply the composition to a large area, since the glue will dry before the installation is made. It will be enough to apply it to a site equal to two products. Plastic panels during the installation must begin to mount from the corner.
Carrying out such work is not too difficult task for any home master.