Hygienic wall cladding can be adhered to many different substrates. For new build applications, it is possible to install directly to fair faced blockwork providing it is within the required tolerances of plasterboard or plastered walls. It is advisable that the cladding is installed directly to the building substrate to allow us to provide guarantees.
Wall cladding can be thermo-formed around corners (internal and external) widow reveals, etc. This minimises the number of joints within the system, therefore providing a clean smooth washable finish.
In addition, it is possible to install over existing wall coverings, such as tiles, but only if the tiles are sound and the loose and missing tiles have been repaired, restored or replaced.
Speed of Installation
Wall Cladding has several advantages over traditional tiling, speed of installation, once fitted second fix can be started within half a day, minimal number of joins, no staining of grout lines and less traps for bacteria.
For the majority of installations it is recommended to use a two part polyurethane adhesive, this is trowel applied to the entire sheet ensuring that the sheets are fully bonded to the substrate. This is important in terms of any voids being left between the substrate and sheets to prevent infestation from insects. This cannot be achieved with the dob and dab method of installation.
Jointing and corners
There is a range of jointing methods;
- Two part trims
- Single part trims
- Welded joints
- Flexi joint
All internal and external corners are thermoformed onsite, which provides a seamless overall installation. A site survey is generally carried out to determine if the walls are within specification and advise if remedial work is required prior to installation depending upon the installation requirements.
This moisture survey comes as a standard practice when they place an order for the install of hygienic wall coverings.