All About Shower Wall Panels & Why Install Them In 2023

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Shower wall panels are one of the easiest forms of cladding to install. More forgiving than tiles, they can even be placed over uneven surfaces without issue.

Tiles come in large sheets that make installation quicker than ever, further cutting costs by employing tradespeople for less time and reducing expenses further.

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Easy to install

Shower wall panels are much easier to install than tile, as tile installation typically entails multiple steps such as mudding and tiling; grouting requires curing, sealing, and resealing; it may be hard to keep the tiles clean as mould and mildew growth are commonplace on tile surfaces; cleaning tile surfaces is also challenging; and mould spores often form around tiles themselves. By contrast, installing shower walls takes only one day; Ulok’s error-proof system even speeds up this process by helping align them accurately before locking them into place!

Panels can be much less costly than tile when it comes to labour and material costs, not to mention they’re more durable and resistant to mould, mildew, and corrosion issues.

Shower wall panels offer another advantage in that they come in an abundance of colours and styles, from niche systems with fun patterns and colours to lightweight, mobile-friendly PVC composite panels, so there is sure to be one to fit both your taste and budget!

Installing shower wall panels should start by running a bead of adhesive along the back wall of your shower enclosure or bathtub alcove, then positioning and pressing your panel firmly against it before pulling it slightly back away to allow solvents in the adhesive to escape; this will improve adhesion.


Shower wall panels provide an easier and faster solution for waterproofing than tiling while also creating a modern aesthetic. Available in various styles, finishes, and colours to match any bathroom decor theme—giving an instant makeover! Installed easily over existing tiles or wallpaper and sealed at their edges to prevent water ingress while decreasing mould and mildew risk, they’re easily cleaned using just water for wiping down, keeping your wall panels looking new!

Some shower panel models can be painted, though this should only be done to change their appearance. You should avoid painting fibreglass and solid surface panels as this will compromise their coating; acrylic panels, however, may be suitable. It is also wise to choose waterproof paint, as this makes a better match with shower walls.

Most shower panels are constructed from solid core materials such as MDF or plywood with an exterior laminate coating, offering budget-minded shoppers an economical solution that remains sturdy enough. Unfortunately, they don’t fare as well when exposed to moisture as their alternatives and can easily become damaged with bumps and knocks.


Shower wall panels come in many styles and finishes. Made from materials like PVC, acrylic, or laminate, each offers different benefits and price points; PVC, for instance, offers fireproof and waterproof protection while remaining less expensive than alternatives; however, it has the disadvantage of yellowing over time and being more difficult to work with than others.

Acrylic shower walls are an economical and attractive option. Boasting a glossy surface and relatively easy care requirements, acrylic makes an attractive yet budget-conscious remodelling choice. Plus, unlike FRP material, it won’t yellow over time. While not as durable as some materials, such as tile or stone veneer, acrylic offers plenty of benefits when looking at shower remodelling projects.

KKR offers an assortment of solid-surface shower panels designed to meet the specific needs of its clients. These products can be highly customised to accommodate existing plumbing fixtures and windows. In addition, these nonporous panels resist mildew and mould growth.

While a smooth plastered wall is the optimal surface for shower wall panels, they can easily be installed on other surfaces as well. Commercial properties may use batons or directly attach the panels to stud walls for easy mounting. Installation procedures vary slightly depending on material choice but generally follow similar guidelines, although for larger jobs like this, it’s wiser to consult a tradesperson first.


Shower wall panels offer an effective way to renovate your bathroom for far less than the cost of tiling, plus they’re much simpler and faster to maintain than tiles, not to mention easier to keep hygienic and beautiful for longer. When selecting the ideal panels for your space, however, certain considerations must be made first.

Before beginning the search for a shower panel, consider what style suits your bathroom’s aesthetic best. There are many colours and textures to choose from when shopping for panels; modernists may prefer more contemporary pieces, while traditionalists might opt for wooden panels for an earthier vibe. Furthermore, be aware of your budget before proceeding.

PVC shower walls may be an economical solution if you’re on a tight budget. Crafted from plastic for easy cutting and installation without needing grouting, PVC walls offer fast installation times without needing grout.

Custom-sized panels may also be an option if you have an awkward space; just beware that these are very heavy panels! Eat your Weetabix and find someone willing to assist; an average 60″ wide by 96″ high panel weighs over 100 lbs!