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Types Of Wall Panel

Updated on June 16, 2017

Using paneling is good, long lasting way to renew a wall surface. A variety of paneling types is available, from expensive solid wood boards to veneer panels and simulated patterns on particle board. They go up quickly, nail easily, and change a room dramatically.
They can be nailed directly over plaster or wallboard into the studs beneath. Use panel adhesive on the back surface for an even super grip. Use threaded nails they don't pop back out.

Paneling is good for laminating the lower 3-4 feet of damaged wall surface. It is also useful for boxing around pipes and heating ducts.

The different types of paneling vary in price. Generally, photographic prints on hardboard are the least expensive but must be used over drywall, plaster, then another rigid backing. Wood veneer over 3/8-inch plywood a good quality paneling does not need rigid backing. Paneling is a cost effective solution to overhauling a room.

Unfortunately, normal paneling has a drawback: Unlike plaster it is flammable. Consequently, many building codes forbid its use in multifamily dwellings. It is never acceptable as a fire separation, which is often required between duplexes and townhouses.

For these applications, fire rated gypsum walls must be in place between dwelling units. However, paneling usually may be laminated over a fire-rated wall in single-family construction, although holes in the drywall or plaster first must be patched. A more expensive fire-rated panel is another alternative which is not cost effective compared to drywall.

Code officials in most localities accept nonfire-rated paneling in single family homes. However, it is prudent to avoid its use near kitchen stoves, wood stoves, and other areas with a high fire risk.


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