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Eliminate the hassle of tile grout joints once and for all. These 100% waterproof laminated wall panels not only come in high-fashion styles like transitional, contemporary, modern farmhouse and shabby chic designs – but are simple enough for a DIY homeowner or contractor to install who has never worked with the material before.

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‘Mix and match’ wall panels for a contemporary shower, bathtub, bathroom walls or kitchen backsplash. You’ll get a product guarantee which stands the test of time at an affordable price. Don’t put up with ugly, cheap and boring wall panels (or a moldy tile shower, tub or kitchen backsplash) ever again. The “No Tile, Tile Shower” is here.

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Benefits

Benefits of Laminated DIY Bathroom Wall Panels

The “No Tile, Tile Wall” – If you love tile, but hate grout, you’re not alone. With laminated wall panels you’ll get the benefit of the look of a tile wall without worrying about dirty grout joints. The wall panels and the visible ‘joint’ are both laminate – so you won’t be scrubbing joints any more.

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So simple to clean you can throw out your scrub brush – These panels can be cleaned with warm water and a clean cloth – or use a non-abrasive detergent. Throw away your tile scrub brush - FOREVER.

Large ‘tile’ designs for a contemporary look – If you have old 4” x 4” tiles in your shower, tub alcove or bathroom walls you know how dated they are. Using laminated panels you can go for modern large-format faux tile designs in 24” x 12”, 24” x 18”, 24” x 24” and 12” x 16” sizes.

Fibo systems large format tiles

Design styles which fit today’s bathrooms and kitchens – Don’t settle for wall panels which look fake, behind the times and are made of a cheap plastic materials. With 21 different colors and patterns you can create a modern minimalist, shabby chic, modern farmhouse, contemporary high-gloss, traditional or transitional look. High style and grout free wall panels are not mutually exclusive.

Fibo systems decorative accent panel, vertical black

Multiple ‘looks’ to fit your individual uniqueness – Choose from ‘tile’ patterns (also known as ‘The No Tile, Tile Wall), contemporary high-gloss panels or even wood or cracked cement looks. Your shower and tub walls will not look generic anymore!

Fibo systems high gloss panel

Prepackaged shower and tub wall surround kits – There’s no need to run around town the find the right adhesives to make sure your shower, tub or kitchen backsplash is waterproof. Everything you need – including trim profiles, adhesives, wipes and screws will be included in your kit.

Save money and effort on installation – These panels save money during installation – and over the lifetime you own your home or business.  First, you don’t need a separate wall backer board (they are installed directly to wood strips attached to your studs). Second, you’ll eliminate the time, hassle and costs of grout repair company fixing dirty, moldy or grout joints which are falling out.

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Hygenic for your family – With no mold build-up you don't need to be concerned about your family’s health.

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DIY friendly – Getting a contractor to install a tile wall or wall panels can be like finding a needle in a haystack. These DIY friendly 100% waterproof panels click together like a wood flooring system. They are simple to install whether you’re a first-time DIY homeowner or a contractor. Since they come in 2’ wide sizes they are simple for one person to install (no bulky wall panels to nick up your walls and staircase as you try to get them into your second floor bathroom).

Free shipping – with our nationwide supply network you’ll get your bathroom, shower and tub wall kit delivered directly to your home without extra transportation fees.

Get free design help from our wall panel experts - Since Innovate Building Solutions is not only an experienced nationwide wholesaler of wall panels and shower bases– but also an authorized installer - we can help you through any design, installation or construction questions. We can help you choose the best shower pan and accessories for your wall panels as well.

Products

Product Lines

Laminated wall panels are easier and more cost effective to use and install than tile. They provide the highest quality shower, tub and bathroom wall surround panels available on the market. Here are important facts you need to know about this product:

  • It has a durable high pressure laminated top surface. For the ‘decorative tile’ walls the ‘faux grout joint’ is milled out for a 1/16” or 1/8” spacing. They have the look of tile without the maintenance hassle.
  • The high-pressure laminate surface is applied on a 7-layer marine grade birch plywood backing for a durable 3/8” total thickness.
  • On the back of the laminated panels is a vapor barrier backing.
  • The wall panels are approximately 2’ x 8’ in size (actual size is 23.6” x 94.4”)
  • The panels are 100% waterproof and joined together with a patented Aqualock click system and sealant so there is no need for waterproof membranes behind the panels and nearly-invisible seams between panels.
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POPULAR USES

These panels can be used anywhere you want a low maintenance surface which needs to be waterproof. The following uses are most popular:

Shower Wall Panels

Kitchen Backsplash and Laundry Room Panels



Sizes & Options

Whether you’ve got a standard sized tub, shower or bathroom (or an odd sized space) in the corner of a room, an alcove or custom size shower we can assist you with wall panel kits.

For most showers, tubs and bathrooms the following standard kits are all you need to transform your ugly fiberglass or tile walls into a maintenance free area you’ll love.

All ‘panel system kits’ include these ‘standard installation kit” supplies:

  • 2 Large “L” Profiles or 2 Small “L” Profiles (the large profiles are used if you’re going over existing materials (like tile). The small profiles are used to cover the panel only.
  • 1 Tube – Wall Panel Sealant
  • 1 Box – Wall Panel Wipes
  • 1 Can –Cleaning Solution
  • Sealant Finishing Tool


Two-Wall Small Corner Shower & Tub Kit

This kit is popular in small corner, right angle or NEO angle showers in small bathrooms.

Model #: IBS-2W-SMC

Popular sizes include: 32 x 32, 34 x 34, 36 x 36

Kit Includes:

  • 3 wall panels approximately 24” x 96” (actual size is 23.6” x 94.4”)
  • 1 internal hidden corner profile with screws
  • 1 box of shorter screws – 40 pieces
  • 1 box of longer screws – 200 pieces
  • 1 standard installation kit (see above)

Two-Wall Mid-Sized Corner Shower & Tub Kit

This kit is popular in small corner, right angle or NEO angle showers in mid-sized bathrooms.

Model #: IBS-2W-MIC

Popular sizes include: 38 x 38, 40 x 40, 42 x 42, 48 x 36, 48 x 48

Kit Includes:

  • 4 wall panels approximately 24” x 96” (actual size is 23.6” x 94.4”)
  • 1 internal hidden corner profile
  • 2 pre-drilled aluminum base profile (94.4” long)
  • 1 box of shorter screws – 40 pieces
  • 1 box of longer screws – 200 pieces
  • 1 standard installation kit (see above)

Two-Wall Large Corner Shower & Tub Kit

This kit is used most around soaking tubs or showers located in the corner of a bathroom. These showers are also called corner, right angle or NEO angle showers or tubs.

Model #: IBS-2W-LAC

Popular sizes include: 54 x 54, 60 x 60

Kit Includes:

  • 5 wall panels approximately 24” x 96” (actual size is 23.6” x 94.4”)
  • 1 internal hidden corner profile
  • 2 pre-drilled aluminum base profile (94.4” long)
  • 2 box of shorter screws – 40 pieces
  • 1 box of longer screws – 200 pieces
  • 1 standard installation kit (see above)

Three-Wall Small Alcove Shower & Tub Kit

This kit is used most to cover 3 walls around a small tub or shower space set off in an alcove. These showers are often called stand up showers because they are small in size.

Model #: IBS-3W-SMA

Popular sizes include: 32 x 32, 36 x 32, 36 x 42, 42 x 32, 42 x 36, 48 x 30, 48 x 32, 48 x 34, 48 x 36

Kit Includes:

  • 5 wall panels approximately 24” x 96” (actual size is 23.6” x 94.4”)
  • 2 internal hidden corner profile
  • 2 pre-drilled aluminum base profile (94.4” long)
  • 2 box of shorter screws – 40 pieces
  • 1 box of longer screws – 200 pieces
  • 1 standard installation kit (see above)

Three-Wall Mid-Sized Alcove Shower & Tub Kit

This kit is used most to cover 3 walls around a standard sized tub or shower space set into an alcove.

Model #: IBS-3W-MIDA

Popular sizes include: 48 x 48, 54 x 30, 54 x 32, 54 x 36, 60 x 30, 60 x 32, 60 x 34, 60 x 36, 72 x 36

Kit Includes:

  • 6 wall panels approximately 24” x 96” (actual size is 23.6” x 94.4”)
  • 2 internal hidden corner profile
  • 2 pre-drilled aluminum base profile (94.4” long)
  • 2 box of shorter screws – 40 pieces
  • 1 box of longer screws – 200 pieces
  • 1 standard installation kit (see above)

Three-Wall Large Alcove Shower & Tub Kit

This kit is used most to cover 3 walls around a standard sized tub or shower space set into an alcove.

Model #: IBS-3W-LAA

Popular sizes include: 60 x 42, 60 x 48

Kit Includes:

  • 7 wall panels approximately 24” x 96” (actual size is 23.6” x 94.4”)
  • 2 internal hidden corner profile
  • 2 pre-drilled aluminum base profile (94.4” long)
  • 2 box of shorter screws – 40 pieces
  • 1 box of longer screws – 200 pieces
  • 1 standard installation kit (see above)

Three-Wall Extra Large Alcove Shower & Tub Kit

This kit is used most to cover 3 walls around a standard sized tub or shower space set into an alcove.

Model #: IBS-3W-EXLA

Popular sizes include: 60 x 60, 72 x 60

Kit Includes:

  • 8 wall panels approximately 24” x 96” (actual size is 23.6” x 94.4”)
  • 2 internal hidden corner profile
  • 3 pre-drilled aluminum base profile (94.4” long)
  • 2 box of shorter screws – 40 pieces
  • 1 box of longer screws – 200 pieces
  • 1 standard installation kit (see above)

Patterns

Patterns

If you want style and unique selections for your bathroom you’ll find them in the laminated wall panels below. Whether you love the traditional look of tile, the depth of a slate finish, a contemporary high-gloss aesthetic, a modern minimalist look or the warmth of a modern farmhouse or shabby chic there is a choice for you.

What’s even more exciting is you can mix and match these panels (and create a fun feature wall) to fit a unique design or personality. The options are endless!

Transitionalist Collection

Whether your have a traditional or transitional design style these patterns will be the perfect compliment for your bathroom.

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Name/DescriptionModel #
High gloss white – 12” x 16” grey faux grout joint (1/8”) Trans-WH-1216
High gloss white – 24” x 12” grey faux grout joint (1/16”) Trans-WH-2412
Grey Sahara 24 x 18 – 1/16” grout joint Trans-GR-2418
Frost – no faux tile grout Trans-FR-0000
Travertine - no faux tile grout Trans-TR-0000


3D Textured Slate Collection

There is nothing quite as classic and elegant as a slate roof or bathroom wall tile, but what can be even more elegant is a slate wall – with NO maintenance hassles. Check out these selections.

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Name/DescriptionModel #
Black Slate 24 x 12 Text-BS-2412
Greige Slate 24 x 12 Text-GS-2412
Sandstone Slate 24 x 18 – 1/16” grout joint Text-SS-2412


Modern Farmhouse & Shabby Chic Collection

You want a relaxing bathroom away from the stress of the day. Combine modern farmhouse and shabby chic walls with some candles and a freestanding bathtub and take your worries away.

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Name/DescriptionModel #
Modern Farmhouse Abbey Shale – 24 x 18 – grey joints Mofa-AS-2418
Farmhouse Sahara 24 x 12 – 1/16” faux grout joints Mofa-SA-2412
Modern Farmhouse Rough Wood – 24 x 24 – 1/16” grey joints Mofa-RW-2424
Shabby Chic – Antique Grey - 24 x 12 – 1/16” grey joints ShCh-AG-2412
Shabby Chic – Concrete Grey - 24 x 12 – 1/16” grey joints ShCh-CG-2412


Contemporary High Gloss Collection

Sleek and contemporary doesn’t be expensive or limited to downtown loft apartments. Create an easy to clean, fresh look (without spending a ton of money) with these popular high gloss shower, tub and bathroom wall collections.

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Name/DescriptionModel #
Contemporary High Gloss White – no grout joints CoHg-WH-0000
Contemporary High Gloss Sky Blue – no grout joints CoHg-SB-0000
Contemporary High Gloss Glass Green – no grout joints CoHg-GG-0000


Modern Minimalist Collection

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Name/DescriptionModel #
Modern Minimalist – Cracked Cement - no grout joints MoMi-CC-0000
Modern Minimalist – Cracked Cement – 24 x 12 MoMi-CC-2412


Decorative Accent Panels for the Black, White & Wood Looks

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Name/DescriptionModel #
Decorative Accent – Vertical White – Vertical joints Deco-VW-8888
Decorative Accent – Vertical Black – Vertical joints Deco-VB-8888
Decorative Accent – Marina Oak – no joints Deco-MO-0000
Installation

5 Steps to Install Laminated DIY Shower & Tub Wall Panels with a Shower Base (or Tub) which has a Flange (and wood studs behind them)

A big reason to choose laminated wall panels is their ease of installation. They are simple enough for a DIY homeowner or first-time contractor to put up (without having to bring in multiple people to help). The following videos and images will lead you through the process.

Step 1 – Preparing your walls for the laminate panels

Add horizontal wood furring strips (not provided) every 24” over your existing studs. Note – you can also add sheets of plywood over your studs as well.

Preparing your walls for the laminate panels


Step 2 – Cutting your panels

If your wall panels are going to extend beyond the shower pan – then cut the laminated wall panels to the shape of the base (note – if the panels are simply going over the pan only you will not need to do this). These panels can be cut with a table saw, router or circular saw.

Note – you will start by installing the wall panels from the corners of your shower outward.

Cutting your panels


Step 3 – Preparing your panels to go over a shower pan with a flange

Install your shower pan (or tub) against the studs.

Place the ‘wood horizontal shower base furring strip’ over the flange of your shower pan. Attach this wood strip with screws to your studs.

Add sealant behind the L shaped metal base profile piece. Place this profile in front of the ‘wood horizontal furring strip. Screw the metal base profile into place through the wood furring strip and studs.

Preparing your panels to go over a shower pan with a flange


Step 4 - Installing the hidden metal corner profile and attaching the wall panels in the corners

Apply sealant on the clean-cut edge of the wall panel(s) which will go into the corner and then screw the ‘hidden metal corner profile’ to the wall panel(s) which will go into the corner. (Please note – this takes the place of the ‘visible metal profile shown in the video).

Fit the profile on the back edge of the panel with the accompanying screws. Use the pre-drilled holes to screw the hidden profile to the wood on the walls.

Put sealant on the bottom of the panel.

Starting from the left hand side place the wall panel into the corner.

Screw the hidden profile into the wall through the pre-drilled holes.

Apply sealant on the edge of the adjoining panel for this corner and push it into the hidden profile.

Attach the wall panel to the horizontal wood

Seal the corner with the sealant. Use the rubber cleaning tool to rub off excess sealant and clean the walls.

Installing the hidden metal corner profile


Step 5 – Installing your laminated wall panels beyond the corners.

Add sealant to the bottom of the wall panel.

Put screws through the bottom base profile. Put screws through the the lip of the wall panels (not through the face of the panel) and continue to add screws 24” spaced apart until you get the top of the panel.

Installing your laminated wall panels beyond the corners


Apply sealant in the Aqualock click system (always on the left side of the panel) and ‘click’ the next panel together. Make sure to use enough sealant so that it oozes out of the panels when they are clicked together.

Sealant on the edge of the laminate wall panels


Clean off the excess sealant by first spaying on the cleaning solvent, using the rubber cleaning tool to get rid of the excess and lastly the wipes for the final cleaning.

Step 6 – Sealing your wall panels to the pan and edges.

Apply sealant between the wall panels and the shower pan and the outside edges.

Use the cleaning tool to clean off all excess sealant.

Spray on the “Cleaning” solution, use the rubber tool to clean off the edges and clean with the “Wipes.”

Sealing your wall panels to the pan and edges


Sealing the inside corners



How to Install Laminated DIY Shower & Tub Wall Panels onto Existing Tile or Concrete Using the Hidden Metal Corner Profile

If you’re installing laminated wall panels over existing tile or wood you’ll need to add a glue appropriate to the wall surface you’ll go over to the back of the laminate panel. This panel will be slotted into the hidden metal corner profile. Follow steps 4 and 5 from above.

Installing over existing tile or concrete



How to Install the Laminated DIY Bathroom Walls Panels to the Bottom of a Bathroom Floor

Step 1 – Install the base profile

Put sealant behind the base profile and screw it in with the holes in the profile approximate .4” from the bathroom floor.

Step 2 – Add sealant between the base profile and the wall panel

Use the cleaning solution and rubber finishing tool to clean off excess sealant.

Step 3 – Apply sealant between the floor and the base profile

Use the cleaning solution and rubber finishing tool to clean off excess sealant.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Laminated DIY Shower and Tub Kits

Which patterns are most popular?

Pattern choices are driven by the design style you like. There are options for traditional or transitional bathrooms, for a minimalist look, shabby chic, modern farmhouse and even high gloss acrylic.

Colored high-gloss
Shabby chic
Textured slate
White tile
Rustic wood

Are these panels waterproof? What are they made of? Why are they better than tile, fiberglass or acrylic wall surrounds?

Yes – these panels are waterproof and can be used in ‘wet areas’ (like showers, tubs, bathroom walls and kitchen backsplashes). They have a high-pressure laminate top surface applied on a 7-layer marine grade, 3/8” thick plywood backing with a vapor barrier backing. They are joined together with a 100% waterproof Aqualock click system with nearly invisible seams between the panels. These panels eliminate maintenance – yet look exactly like tile (that’s why they’re called the ‘no tile, tile wall) and are more durable and life-like than acrylic or fiberglass walls (which have a tendency to crack or yellow).

What is the advantage of working with Innovate Building Solutions?

Innovate Building Solutions is much more than a nationwide shower and tub wall supplier. We offer many other bathroom remodeling products (including shower bases and glass block shower wall systems) at wholesale direct prices. In addition, our company is a professional installer and contractor in our local markets. The materials you purchase from us are also the materials we install daily in our regional markets (we have qualified people to help with your questions!).

What is the warranty with laminated wall panels?

This material has a full 15-year warranty covering water resistance, maintaining consistent product color and stain resistance. It does not cover accidental damage or misuse through improper cleaning (i.e. don’t use abrasive chemicals to clean these wall panels).

If the wallboard products covered are found to be defective by Innovate Building Solutions (or one of our authorized representatives) we will repair or at our option replace the product with a similar panel or trim piece. Our option to repair or replace does not cover any labor or costs associated with the removal or installation. We will not be responsible for any other incidental or consequential damages attributed to a product defect or to the repair or exchange of a defective product.

What cleaning products can I use?

Use clean soft cloth with warm water or non-abrasive cleaners like Fantastic, Windex, Green Works, 409, Tilex Spray, Pine Sol and Lime Away spray. Do not use abrasive or gritty cleaners (like Comet, Scotch Brite Pads, Magic Eraser etc.).

What are the size and thickness of these wall panels?

These panels are 600 mm x 2400 mm (which is 23.6” x 94.4”) and are approximately 3/8” thick.

Can this product be used in a sauna or steam room?

No – it is not recommended to use these panels in a sauna or steam room.

Installation questions – laminated wall panels

Are laminated wall panels simple for a DIY’er or a contractor to install with no previous experience?

Since these panels literally ‘click and seal’ together (like a snap-together flooring system) they are straightforward for someone with no prior experience to install. They can be cut with standard woodworking equipment. There are no specialized blades you need to buy. They can be installed by one person. Also – since our company (Innovate Building Solutions) uses them on our own jobs we can guide you through any installation questions you may have.

Is a backing system needed behind the panels?

For most of your walls the answer is no. The panels can be installed directly to horizontal furring strips attached to your studs. Where you will want a ½” thick construction plywood backing is behind the walls with your plumbing fixtures, or where there is a wall mounted sink or wall mounted toilet.

How should these panels be stored prior to installation?

The panels should be stored flat for 3 days at room temperature prior to installation.

Can laminated panels be installed over drywall or stud partitions?

Yes – these panels can be installed over drywall or stud partitions. Make sure the screws are long enough to properly grip the studs behind the drywall.

Can I install laminated wall panels be installed over my old tile in a shower?

Since it is not recommended to have more than one moisture barrier in a shower – it is recommended in a shower to remove the old tile before installing our panels. In a kitchen backsplash – it is possible to go over the old tile.

Can your system be placed over one-piece fiberglass or acrylic surrounds?

No. Old fiberglass or acrylic walls will need to be removed and brought back to the studs before installing these 3/8” thick panels.

What sealant should I use to join the panels and to install between the panels and the base or L profile trims?

Only use the sealant provided with the installation kit between the Aqualock ‘click-together’ wall panels or between the wall panels and the profile trim pieces. They are color matched based on the panel joints and have been tested with this system.

Does an installation kit come with your tub and shower wall kit?

Yes – the standard installation kit comes with any wall panel system. It includes 2 large L profiles or 2 small L profiles, 1 tube sealant, 1 box wall panel wipes, 1 can of cleaning solution and 1 package with sealant finishing tools.

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