No, it doesn’t have to be. Traditionally, tiles are used in wet areas of a bathroom (around the bath and within the shower enclosure) as a means to waterproof walls but there are now alternative materials to add a decorative, waterproofing to bathroom walls.
Traditional ceramic tiles (or more specifically the grouting between the tiles) can, over time, discolour and crack providing the perfect environment for mould to work its way into the wonderful space you have worked so hard to create.
Advances made in the design and build quality of waterproof wall panels in recent years has helped make them a stylish and modern alternative to tiles for many savvy home decorators. In addition to being hard wearing and durable, waterproof bathroom wall panels from the brand leader, Multipanel, offer the following advantages over tiles:
Whilst good looks might be your primary consideration, you should also check out the integrity of the waterproof panel prior to making a final choice. Watch out: not all shower panels are created equally.
Shower panels must combine beauty, waterproofing and durability. With Multipanel, the most advanced design and manufacturing techniques are utilised to meet these quality criteria. Panels in the Linda Barker, Heritage and Classic Collections use hard-wearing bonded high-pressure laminate with a 9mm FSC certified hardwood plywood core. This provides structural integrity, providing a completely waterproof finish that's backed by a 15-year guarantee. Plywood panels have many benefits over MDF, which is prone to water ingress and PVC which are not as durable.
All panels in the Linda Barker, Classic and Heritage Collections come with the option of the unique Hydrolock® panel joining system which gives your bathroom design a virtually seamless beautiful watertight finish.