The Buyers Guide to Tiles & Wall Panels

This week we’ll be taking a look into the world of tiles and wall panels. This is probably one of the toughest choices you’ll need to make for your new bathroom and you need to get it right first time. Essentially, you’ll need to choose between tiles or wall panels and although this sounds like a simple task, you really need to look at the pros and cons of each material in order to make the right decision for you and your family. We’ll discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each to help you make an informed decision you’ll feel good about. Ready? Let’s do this…

Wall Panels

Ok, we’ll start with wall panels because they’re the most simple. Wall panels are made from acrylic and are used in the same way tiles are; to cover your bathroom walls to protect them from mould and mildew. They are connected together with special joints made for wall panels and are quick and easy to install. Wall panels don’t use grout, so this is an obvious plus for most people as you won’t have any maintenance. The joints come in a range of different shapes to fit every shape of bathroom perfectly, these are usually available in silver and white to compliment your wall boards. Depending on the size of your bathroom, wall panels can be fitted in just a few short days rather than potential weeks with tiles. They’re also super easy to clean, only needing a quick wipe down. These clever panels are completely waterproof so are ideal for use in showers or around your bath. Another obvious benefit is that they won’t chip or crack like tiles can. We stock an excellent range to appease every design aspiration, available to view here. You can also purchase ceiling panels, which work in exactly the same way and protect your bathroom ceiling from steam and condensation, view them here. So to recap…

  1. They’re quick to install
  2. Easy to clean
  3. No maintenance
  4. Wide range of colour choices available
  5. Completely waterproof
  6. Will fit any bathroom size and shape
  7. Won’t chip or crack

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Next up we’ve got tiles, but we’ll need to split this into two sections, porcelain tiles and ceramic tiles.

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles are a very popular choice, they’re available in a vast range of colours and sizes to choose from to create the perfect new setting for your dream bathroom. Ceramic tiles are the ideal choice for bathroom walls because they provide a waterproof barrier that’s ideal for showers or around your bath or basin. Once ceramic tiles have been added to your bathroom, they’re pretty much a permanent feature and will stand the test of time if you need them to last. All tiles require grout which adds a decorative look, grout can be purchased in many different colours to allow you to really customise your new bathroom design. Grout does require maintenance, especially where it’s been in contact with water, but this can be easily brightened using bleach or specialist grout whitener. If your tiles have been up for years then you may need to scrape out the existing grout and replace it with nice fresh stuff, it’s quite a big job but you don’t need to do it very often. Tiles take a lot of precision and patience to install, but they will look absolutely stunning if done well. Tiles are fixed to the wall using adhesive and are then grouted, so there’s no chance of ceiling damage from the bathroom above, which is really comforting to most homeowners. Ceramic tiles are popular because they’re relatively cheap but are long lasting and durable, offering a waterproof solution. Ceramic tiles are not recommended for use on floors because they could be damaged with footfall. View our full range here. Let’s recap…

  1. Massive range of colours and sizes
  2. Completely Waterproof
  3. Won’t distort with steam or condensation
  4. Durable & Long Lasting
  5. Budget friendly

Ceramic Tiles 

That’s where porcelain comes in…

Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles are harder wearing than ceramic, because they are made with a porcelain composition then fired in a kiln (the same as ceramic, minus the porcelain) which makes them stronger and more suitable for floors. All the benefits of porcelain are pretty much the same as ceramic. Porcelain tiles are often chosen by customers who need a long lasting solution but still want the room to look good in ten years plus. Obviously, they’re not indestructible but they are stronger and will last longer that the cheaper ceramic version. Porcelain tiles can be quite expensive, especially when tiling a large bathroom so you really need to choose wisely to make sure you don’t regret your decision. Porcelain tiles don’t need to be kept for use in the bathroom, they can be used anywhere in the home and a popular choice is a hallway or entrance. View our full range here. Let’s recap…

  1. Massive range of colours and sizes
  2. Completely waterproof
  3. Won’t distort with steam or condensation
  4. Durable and long lasting
  5. A reliable investment
  6. Can be used anywhere in the home, even on floors
  7. Stronger than ceramic

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I know it’s a tricky decision but you just need to weigh up the pros and cons of each solution, and try and figure out what is going to work best for you and your household. If you’d like additional advice why not pop into our Glasgow showroom located here or give us a call to chat to an expert on 0844 809 4249. If you’re still struggling it might be helpful to answer these questions to help you decide…


  1. Do you want a classic look or do you want something more modern? Classic =Tiles
  2. Do you mind doing regular maintenance or would you rather not? No maintenance=Wall Panels
  3. Do you want the same look on walls and floors? (you can’t put wall panels on the floor)
  4. Do you want something that’s a guaranteed seal against water damage? Yes=Tiles
  5. Do you want an update on a budget or something a bit more extravagant? Budget=Tiles   

Good luck and we’ll catch you next week for the next instalment!