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Light, waterproof and solid, ready-to-tile panels enable clean, fast and varied projects. They are primarily intended for wet rooms, but can also be used in dry rooms.

Install panels ready to tile in a pond.

Available individually or as complete systems, the tiling panels are suitable for both renovation and new construction.

A specific composition

The panels consist of a rigid foam core of extruded or expanded polystyrenecoated on both sides with a protective layer. This is usually a special mortar armed with a fiberglass lattice, sometimes with a intissé with reinforcement film without cement. These waterproof textures promote the adhesion of the glue of the coating to be applied: earthenware, porcelain stoneware, mosaic, pebbles, natural stone...

Composition of a panel ready to tile.

Structure of a panel ready to tile
1. Polymerized cement mortar (honeycomb finish)
2. Fiberglass reinforcement mesh
3. Extruded polystyrene panel
4. Fiberglass reinforcement mesh
5. Polymerized cement mortar (honeycomb finish)

Various dimensions

The layout (or construction) panels are marketed in standard heights 250 or 260 cm for large and 120, 125 or 130 cm for small (or half). Most exist in one current width 60 cm, sometimes 62.5 cm. A second width of 90 cm can be proposed. The thickness available varies from 4 to 100 mm, depending on the brand. At the same time we find special precut elements for special purposes, such as pipe formwork and curved L-shaped or U-shaped ducts.
And the scope of the panels is going well beyond the work of partitioning or doubling walls and floors. The productions are enriched by a plethora of accessories dedicated to the world of the kitchen, the bathroom and the spaces of well-being. They make it possible to create bathtubs, racks, shower trays, worktops, vanity tops, shelves and storage niches, etc. The most important ranges allow to completely design different models of showers or steam rooms, with a large choice of decorative equipment or comfort: columns, pillars, moldings, benches and benches...

Build a bathroom with panels ready to tile.

Vanity top, shower tray, bench, bathtub surround, walls, floors, partitions... panels to tile offer many possibilities of development in the bathroom.

An implementation à la carte

Weighing from 60 g to 7 kg, according to the format and the thickness, the panels to be tiled have a Unparalleled lightness in their field of use, unlike a BA13 plasterboard 60 cm wide and 250 cm high, which approaches 15 kg.
The panels can land on any wooden or masonry support, raw or already coated, including tiling.
The work to be carried out determines the minimum thickness to be used, as well as the method to be followed: spot gluing (studs, cords of putty), dry mounting on wood or metal frame, mechanical fixing by dowels to hit or auto screw -perforantes and special washers, etc. The nature and state of the support may require a specific preparation, such as the application of a suitable primer.
Finally, indispensable in a humid environment, sealing devices (bands or reinforcing profiles, two-component glue...) are provided to reinforce the junctions, the visible edges, the incoming or outgoing angles.

Bendable panel.

The bendable panels are deeply grooved upside down to give them the flexibility they need. The orientation of the slots, in the width or the height, determines the possibilities of realization and curvature. When they are coated with non-mortar, they are easily cut with the cutter.

Data to decrypt

Define the best compressive strength can meet the challenge. This being expressed in kilopascal (kPa) or in Newton per square millimeter (N / mm2) according to the manufacturers. The simplest is to compare the values ​​announced. The higher they are, the stronger the panel. Even if all display honorable values.

The panels have a thermal conductivity (or lambda λ) expressed in W / mK to also ensure the insulation of the room from the inside. The lower the displayed value, the more insulating the panel.

The closed cell structure of the extruded polystyrene (XPS) gives it the best compressive strength, but the material is flammable and flame spreader.
Open and containing air, the cells of the expanded polystyrene (PSE) make it lighter, more insulating, but overall more fragile. On the other hand, the PES behaves better at fire (weakly combustible).
The products are generally classified according to the European standard "Euroclasses", from A to F, from incombustible materials to the most flammable.

Prefabricated or custom panel?

Several brands offer different models of shower cabins and steam rooms in ready-to-assemble kits, with the possibility to add accessories and equipment. You can also create a custom installation yourself from modular elements, manufacturers' fact sheets or tutorial videos.
Another option is to have your custom fittings. All dimensions and shapes can be obtained after a feasibility study of the project. If the order is validated by the manufacturer or his representative, it is executed and delivered to the address indicated.

Diagram of a kit shower with panels ready to tile.

Shower kit
1. Flat roof
2. Walls H. 239 x ep. 5 cm
3. Stainless steel frame
4. Security Glass Door
5. Door knob
6. Bench
7. Floor with floor siphon

Tiled shower tray for walk-in shower.

For a walk-in shower
Recessed in the ground or slightly raised, the rtiler characterizes the walk-in shower. It is found in different sizes and shapes (square, rectangular and rounded). While it generally has good rigidity, its puncture resistance depends on the density of the synthetic foam. To avoid problems with unevenness, the support must not exceed 5 mm of deformation under a rule of 2 m in length.
The tiles must be at least 5 x 5 cm and at most 60 x 60 cm. From 20 x 20 cm, double sizing is required (underside of tile + floor area).
Attention also to thesealing of fittings and to use the flow system recommended by the manufacturer: siphon with horizontal or vertical outlet, gutter...

Eight panels ready to tile

How to choose ready-to-tile panels for the bathroom: polystyrene


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Panel ready to tile.

Mark: Cermix
Range: Cermiplak
Price (from...): 22 € / m²
Formats (H x W): 130 or 260 x 60 cm
Thicknesses: from 4 to 80 mm
Soul: extruded polystyrene
Density of the foam: 35 kg / m³
Compressive strength: 0.30 N / mm² (300 kPa)
Coating: fiberglass and mortar
Thermal conductivity: 0.027 W / mK
Fire classification: E

Panel ready to tile.

Mark : Euro Mat'Services
Range: Dressing Panels
Price (from...): 14 € / m²
Formats (H x W): 125 or 250 x 60 cm
Thicknesses: from 4 to 100 mm
Soul: extruded polystyrene
Density of the foam: 32 kg / m³
Compressive strength: 250 kPa
Coating: fiberglass and mortar
Thermal conductivity: 0.035 W / mK
Fire classification: E

Panel ready to tile.

Mark : Jackon-Insulation
Range: Jackoboard Plano
Price (from...): 13 € / m²
Formats (H x W): 130 or 260 x 60 or 90 cm
Thicknesses: from 4 to 80 mm
Soul: extruded polystyrene
Density of the foam:> 30 kg / m3
Compressive strength:> 0.25 N / mm² (250 kPa)
Coating: fiberglass and mortar
Thermal conductivity: 0.034 W / mK
Fire classification: E

Panel ready to tile.

Mark: Lazer
Range: Panodur
Price (from...): 27 € / m²
Formats (H x W): 130 or 260 x 60 cm
Thicknesses: from 4 to 80 mm
Soul: extruded polystyrene
Density of the foam: 36 kg / m3
Resistance to compression: 294 kPa
Coating: fiberglass and mortar
Thermal conductivity: 0.027 W / mK
Fire classification: B1
The strong point: fire behavior through specific treatment

Panel ready to tile.

Mark : Lux Elements
Range: Element-EL
Price (from...): 21 € / m²
Formats (H x W): 125 or 250 x 60 cm
Thicknesses: from 4 to 100 mm
Soul: expanded polystyrene
Density of the foam:> 32,4 kg / m³
Compressive strength: 197 kPa
Coating: fiberglass and mortar
Thermal conductivity: 0.033 W / mK
Fire classification: B1
The strong point: fire behavior

Panel ready to tile.

Mark : Q-Board
Range: Basiq
Price (from...): 13 € / m²
Formats (H x W): 120 or 260 x 60 cm
Thicknesses: from 4 to 80 mm
Soul: extruded polystyrene
Density of the foam:> 30 kg / m³
Compressive strength:> 0.25 N / mm² (250 kPa)
Coating: reinforced woven
Thermal conductivity: 0.036 W / mK
Fire classification: E
The strong point : can be tiled or coated...

Panel ready to tile.

Mark: Schliter Systems
Range : Kerdi-Board
Price (from...): 28 € / m²
Formats (H x W): 125 or 260 x 62.5 cm
Thicknesses: from 5 to 50 mm
Soul: extruded polystyrene
Density of the foam: 33 kg / m3
Compressive strength: unspecified
Coating: reinforced non-woven
Thermal conductivity: 0.035 W / mK
Fire classification: E
The strong point: 6 thicknesses of bendable panels (from 9 to 50 mm)

Panel ready to tile.

Mark: Wedi
Range : Building boards
Price (from...): 22 € / m²
Formats (H x W): 125 or 250 x 60 or 90 cm
Thicknesses: from 4 to 80 mm
Soul: extruded polystyrene
Density of the foam: 32 kg / m3
Compressive strength:> 0.25 N / mm2 (250 kPa)
Coating: fiberglass and mortar
Thermal conductivity: 0.036 W / mK
Fire classification: E
The strong point: exists in 90 cm width


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