April 11, 2021

How to Install a Shower Panel Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide

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Most of the homeowners want to upgrade their bathroom to turn them into an enormous one. A shower panel could give you an easy control system where you would find all-in-one control and also an outstanding look with modern technology. You could also experience the spa feeling in your bathroom by installing a quality shower panel.

Here is the guide about how to install a shower panel.

Getting yourself ready to install shower panels

It’s not a big deal to install a shower panel. You don’t even need a plumber to do this. The modern shower panel could upgrade your bathroom without doing any harm to the wall because the construction system is different. Some shower panels come along with a temperature display and anti-scalding thermostatic valve to avoid scalding.

The system of shower panels come with

  • Shower head
  • Panel frame
  • Hand shower
  • Adjustable jets
  • Shelf
  • Tub spout
  • Mixer, thermostatic and diverter
  • Shower head hose
  • Connection base of the hose
  • Mounting bar
  • Anti scalding device
  • Hoses that are connected with different functions
  • Cold water hose
  • Hot water hose

Installing shower panels

Once the new shower panels arrive at your home, lay them on a flat surface. Don’t let them rest against the bathroom walls or among supporting structures. Different brands of shower panels have different installation instructions. Thus, it is better to read the manual instruction before installing the new one. You are going to need some tools and materials like –

  • Safety goggles
  • Sharp blade
  • Caulking gun
  • Fine or electric tooth saw
  • Tape measure

The steps of how to install a shower panel is given below:

  1. First of all, you have to measure the shower panel and the wall where you are going to fix the panel. You should measure both vertically and horizontally using a measuring tape. Shower panels could be installed over various surfaces such as plasterboard and tiles.
  2. Take the new shower panel and place it on a flat surface facing the front up. Mark the cutting lines on your shower panel. To protect the boundaries, you could use masking tape stripes when you would cut down the panels to its required size.
  3. Remove the additional shower wall panel carefully by using an electric saw. Give a clean and nice finish to the edges with chrome trim and remove the groove join and tongue from each side of the shower panel. Some trims might have to be attached in using a power drill or screwdriver. Always use your safety goggles while dealing with these tools.
  4. To remove debris and give the edges a smooth and clean finish, use a sanding pad to run over the cut edges. After that, flip the shower panel over, rough the surface up with a sanding pad. By doing this, the sealant would form a strong bond.
  5. You could use corner trim pieces to fix the shower panels together. Place the piece in position in the wall after adding a small amount of sealant. You should not forget to place the tile spacers under the desired location of the panel. Now you are ready for applying the sealant to the end side of your wall.
  6. You have to lay three parallel foam tape strips with the whole length of board. First smear the sealant either side in a thin line and then for greater coverage, zig-zag the bottom and top. Ensure that the sealant is evenly spread.
  7. It is the time to fix the rear trim piece to the board. Add sealant to the edges of the panel and inside the trim and place the trim in its position. You have to remove the backup layer after adding the sealant to the trim piece.
  8. You would need to lift the shower panel in position and carefully slide in the corner part at an angle. This would prevent the tape sticking to walls till your panel is in the right position.
  9. Ensure that the panel is rightly placed before you would smooth down firmly. You could use groove joins and the tongue if you don’t want a much visible join. In the time of spreading the sealant, you could give a neat and nice finish by using masking tape.
  10. Slide the panel into place, take out the tape and run the silicone finishing instrument with the groove to finish the join.
  11. Sealing the shower panel to the floor requires the same technique as well. By applying a bit sealant, you are done.

To conclude, these easy-to-follow steps would help you to save money that you would need to give to the plumber. But now, there is no need for that because you could easily install the panel yourself.

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