A Guide to Tongue-and-Groove Wall Panels

A Guide to Tongue-and-Groove Wall Panels

Oct 2, '20

Tongue-and-groove panelling is a favourable renovation choice for those looking for a hard-wearing, affordable alternative to tiling and drywall interiors. As modern and sophisticated as it is robust and long-lasting, tongue-and-groove wall panels present endless decorative opportunities and can be neatly slotted into any large, or confined space. 

As our range of tongue-and-groove wall panels continues to expand and grow in popularity, we’ve put together our ultimate guide to tongue-and-groove panel fittings, to help you make the best interior decision when it comes to updating or renovating your home.

Keep reading as we walk you through everything you need to know about these versatile wall panels. Particularly useful if you’re looking at cost-effective ways to renovate an existing space, our guide covers everything from the predicted costs of a renovation, the benefits of PVC wall panels and a helpful how-to on how to install tongue-and-groove panels without the help and extra cost of hiring a specialist. 

Tongue-and-groove panelling: What is it? 

Tongue-and-groove panels at the Panel Company are each made of durable PVC planks, with a small tongue groove along one edge, and a matching groove along the other. These ‘tongue’ slots slide neatly into the groove of a neighbouring plank to connect, allowing for easy DIY installation that completely removes the need for any unnecessary costs to hire a specialist. 

As well as a simple installation process, our PVC panels are also lightweight, meaning that one person could quite comfortably handle the installation process. Whether you’re looking for an easy weekend renovation project, or you’re simply freeing up an evening to elevate a living space with a panelled feature wall, our tongue-and-groove panels offer the ease of simplicity a single person could comfortably manage alone. 

How do you install tongue and groove panelling?

First things first, it’s important to determine exactly how much panelling you will require. If you would like to know how many tongue-and-groove panels you will need for your bathroom, or home installation, simply make a note of both the length and width of your desired wall (H X L X W) and our friendly team of panelling experts here at The Panel Company will be more than happy to assist with any sizing queries. 

After you’ve measured up your exact room specifications and settled on desired tongue and groove panels, it’s time to begin cutting down your panels to exact size. 

1. Measuring your PVC tongue and groove panels

The natural versatility of The Panel Company’s tongue and groove panels mean that they’re able to be placed either vertically or horizontally, depending on your style preference. However, this will depend on your room's dimensions to determine whether or not this is possible. Our panels are typically built to run from floor to ceiling, but it’s important ensure your wall height is shorter than the length of the panels you wish to install, so you’re not facing any spacing issues. 

To do this, simply measure your wall in cm, then divide by the width of each our panels in cm and repeat the process for each wall you wish to panel, you should then be left with a rough estimate of exactly how many panels you will need.

To do this, simply measure your wall in cm, then divide by the width of each our panels in cm and repeat the process for each wall you wish to panel, you should then be left with a rough estimate of exactly how many panels you will need. 

2. Cutting the panels to size

Our robust, high-quality bathroom and living room panels are each made of waterproof PVC material that features a corrugated structure that is designed to stand the test of time. This structure is not only long-wearing, but also provides an extra layer to help with insulation, particularly beneficial for small rooms prone to moisture, such as a bathroom. 

The simplicity of our panels means they can be cut easily with basic hand tools that most households will already have in their tool box. Basic hacksaws or stanley knives are able to cut through and customise our PVC panels with ease. If you’re using a stanley knife, simply score across the width of the panel and the excess panel should break off easily, leaving a straight, clean edge in its place. 

3. Installing PVC panels on walls or ceilings

The versatility of our tongue and groove panels, mean that our panels can be installed across a number of different surfaces, removing the unnecessary need to strip existing tiles, plasterboard or any other framework. For plasterboard, or any existing wooden framework, a solvent free adhesive is the recommended method to keep panels in place, obtain a good grip and full bond. 

However, if you’re installing our tongue and groove panels over existing tiles, we would recommend using a silicone adhesive to ensure tiles beneath remain in place and don’t crack, or break off to create excess work. Upon installation, simply run a small bead of silicone inside the joining's of the panels, to ensure an extra, water tight seal when installing directly above any bath, or shower areas. Hold in place until the adhesive sets and push into your joiner, corner, or end trims. Any excess adhesive that comes through to the face of the panel should be wiped away, so that no adhesive is showing as this could potentially attract mould over time. 

4. Fitting panel trims

Fitting panel trims may seem like a complicated task on the surface of it, but it’s more straightforward than it may first appear. While we stock a number of different styles of PVC panel trims, corners and accessories in both aluminium or PVC styles, figuring out which trims you need isn’t too difficult, as each serves its own individual purpose. Below is a quick overview of the types of PVC and aluminium panel trims we stock: 

End Caps: Typically used around doorways or across featured panel walls, end panels simply slot into the end of your wall panel grooves. If you’re using end caps, this is the first part of the panelling process that will be fitted to your wall, and then the panels will slot directly into the end caps grooves with ease. 

External Corner: External corner trims fit around the corner of a wall and will be used if you’re thinking of panelling a whole space. These fittings join two different panels together where each panel meets in the corner, with a groove either side for the panels to slide into. 

Internal Corner: Internal corners are the reverse of our external corners and each internal corner piece has slots either side for wall panels. This internal trim fits into the corner of a wall and joins two panels together using the same groove process as above. 

If you’re still unsure of the type of PVC panel trims you’ll need for your renovation project, simply get in touch with one of our friendly members of staff here at The Panel Company and we’ll be more than happy to answer any queries that you may have.

Adding the finishing touches to your PVC wall cladding

Due to the robust nature of our PVC panels, customers are able to mount things without the worry of structural issues of panels falling apart. Items such as wall units, showers or shelves can be held comfortably - however, it’s strongly recommended that you do not use our panels to bear any load. 

Can I mount a TV to my PVC panels? 

If you’re wanting to place something of significant weight to our panels (such as a TV, or heavy picture or wall hanging ), you should screw through the panel and into the supporting wall behind, so that the structural wall is supporting the weight, and not just the panel alone. 

How much does an average panelled wall cost? 

Choosing to bring a new lease of life to your home by injecting sophisticated textures, colours or patterns with PVC cladding is a lot more affordable than you may think. While wall panels continue to grow in popularity, here at The Panel Company we always remain competitive with our prices, which often means you won’t find cheaper, high-quality panels elsewhere in the UK. 

Prices vary from style, colour and size, but on average - each of our panels typically range in price from around £5 to the very highest of around £75. When factoring in the lack of specialist hire, renovation work or expensive tools needed for installation, panelled walls are one of the most sophisticated, affordable renovation solutions that can be factored into any type of budget and time constraint. 

Tongue & Groove PVC panels at The Panel Company

Here at The Panel Company, we’re one of the UK’s most reputable, established PVC tongue and groove panel retailers. As our title suggests, we specialise in providing homeowners with a number of sophisticated, modern panel solutions to complement any existing space. From striking marble-inspired panels, to textured bricks, sparkled panels and more - our extensive cladding collection has hundreds of styles to complement the most obscure of interior requests. Take a look at our full range of tongue and groove panels online at The Panel Company today.