Repair is a troublesome business. In addition to decent and very tangible costs, he brings to our house a cacophony of disorder and eats up the lion's share of free time (and not free too). But, fortunately, new technologies allow manufacturers to produce such finishing materials that save both our means and our time. One of such products of modern production of building materials is decorative panels for walls. Their undoubted merits - low cost, durability, ease of installation and care, as well as a wide variety of textures and colors. It is believed that this type of wall decoration is almost ideal. But is it really so? What do manufacturers propose to us? How to understand all the variety of decorative panels and choose from them the most suitable? Let's figure it out.
Types of decorative panels
Today, decorative wall panels can be natural or artificial. Natural materials used in the production of panels - wood, stone, vegetable raw materials and leather.
Given the availability and popularity of plastic and DMP panels, let us consider in detail these types of decorative panels.
Panels from wood-plate materials
DPM - as producers call materials,received during the processing of woodworking wastes (chips, fibers, sawdust, etc.). Panels from DPM consist of plywood base, wood plates or hardboard, and on top are decorated with veneer, polymer film or paper. Of course, these are not real decorative wooden panels for walls, but conditionally they can be attributed to them. Since they represent a democratic alternative to solid wood panels, manufacturers are trying to decorate these panels with a natural tree. Such similarity (sometimes virtually indistinguishable) is achieved through special decorative coating and milling panels. With the help of milling, a single sheet is visually divided into separate "boards". However, the traditional pattern "under the tree" - not the only solution in the design of DPM panels. They are applied an abstract drawing, made out for a natural stone and use the most unexpected color solutions. Vulnerable panels of wood-panel materials - moisture resistance (the most moisture-resistant of all types of slabs are plywood slabs). And although the resins and glues in their composition increase the resistance to moisture change, they are not always harmless to human health. Therefore, when purchasing decorative DPM panels, you need to ask the seller for a Gossanepidnadzor conclusion on compliance with hygiene requirements. Otherwise, a pleasant purchase can turn into a big trouble for health.
Plastic decorative panels
This kind of finishing materials remains the mostpopular among Russian buyers. The reason for this is not only the most affordable prices, but also other important advantages. So, for example, plastic decorative panels for walls are characterized by high heat and sound insulation, durability, ease of installation, resistance to external influences and excellent decorative qualities. By their design, plastic panels are similar to PDM panels: they also have a base (only polymer) and a decorative coating. The internal cavity of these panels has a honeycomb structure and plastic stiffeners. Drawing on plastic panels is applied in two ways: according to the principle of a decal and the method of thermal printing or offset printing. The most high-quality plastic panels are polystyrene panels. Unlike polyvinyl chloride, this material is more environmentally friendly (if such a definition is generally suitable for plastic), it is easy to cut, it does not crack and does not break. Panels from polystyrene are also more interesting texture and color. For example, models that simulate metal are so close to the original that even experienced people can not always notice imitation.
The installation of wall panels is differentmethods that have their own characteristics. The connection "spike-groove" is characteristic for the type-setting panels. With this connection, the panels are fastened or directly to the wall, previously aligning its surface, or on the crate. Panels are screwed with screws, which are screwed into a wide mounting shelf (the bar of the connecting "lock"). Screws of self-tapping screws are closed with a "thorn" of the next panel. Some manufacturers produce panels with special hooks, for which the panel is attached to the crate. Thin sheet panels are glued to the wall with universal building adhesives. In this, the walls are pre-prepared: remove old coatings, clean and smooth. Begin to install decorative panels from the inner corner of the room, making between them a gap of 2-3 mm. After the final drying of the adhesive, the seams are sealed with a silicone sealant. Before starting the installation, place the shelves, rosettes, mirrors and light fixtures to know where to drill the fixing holes. Finish the installation of the installation of installed panels with moldings, corners and skirting boards, through which all the joints and edges are made out. Decorating the walls with decorative panels allows you to realize a wide variety of design intentions: panels easily replace many finishing materials. Panels are good for those who want to save on repairs and for those who dream of a luxurious and refined interior. You just need to pick up something that will fit the original idea. A variety of textures and decorative panels, along with a wide range of prices will certainly allow it.