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A cost-effective way to update your bathroom, shower splashbacks are both functional and a stylish design feature. Choosing acrylic sheeting for your bathroom ensures a waterproof surface that’s easy to maintain, more hygienic than tiles and simple to install. And the range of colours and finishes available will enable you to pick the perfect shade for your colour scheme.
Acrylic shower splashbacks are a great solution to keeping your shower clean and stylish. They’re more hygienic than tiles and grout, where mould can easily develop between the joins from constant contact with excess moisture, and make keeping splash zones around the shower and sink easier to clean. Acrylic sheeting provides a watertight finish that is perfect for a shower enclosure or around the bath. In addition to being more lightweight on the walls than tiling, acrylic is also shatterproof making it a safer alternative.
How to use acrylic in the shower
Measuring and fitting a shower splashback may seem daunting if you’ve not done it before, but it’s easy to do. To measure for the ideal fit, find the largest space you’ll need to fit first and then measure the smaller spaces. The more accurate your measurements are, the more precise the joins will be between the panels.
Remember to check for any areas that will need cutting out such as taps or pipes, and measure from the centre outwards for each of these sections for an exact fit. Around each side, allow a gap of 2-3mm (or 6-7mm for any corners that will be adjoining) so that the final seams are as secure as possible.
When it comes to fixing your acrylic sheeting to the wall, you can either choose an acrylic fixative or drill it into the wall. The former is a more common option as it is simpler to do, but if you decide to screw the splashback to the wall then be sure to drill the screw holes in before you begin and choose a drill bit that’s suitable for acrylic to avoid damaging the material.
Your splashback can be fitted directly to the wall but before you begin, check that the wall surface is as smooth as possible and is fully dry. Acrylic can also be fixed to existing tiles, as long as they are also free from any moisture and aren’t broken – you want to ensure that the surface is as stable as possible so that the splashback is secure once it’s fitted.