Working with Aqua Panel and Thermal Aqua Panel
So Often when walls are built for shower cubicles finding the most suitable board that will not absorb moisture and breakdown is difficult. Aqua Panel is available at all major hardware stores and provides the answer to this. Aquapanel is a cement based board with glass mesh reinforcement on each side, thus menaing it will not deteriorate even if fully immersed in water, yet it is easy to cut and work with. When using Aquapanel it is important that you use ceramic coated screws to avoid rust and corrosion of the screw.
Before we delve into its uses let me highlight a few of the key features of most Aquaboard:
• Fire Resistant to Class 0 and is non combustible.
• Very strong even when wet.
• Designed for tiling purposes.
• Ideal for use in stud and partition walling.
• Is normally mechanically fixed.
• Unaffected by normal domestic temperature extremes and changes.
• Can be cut by knife or with a fine toothed saw.
The most common use for Aquapanel is to board showers or wet rooms prior to tiling. The use of Aquapanel and associated sealants is vital in ensure the structural integrity of your wet room or shower area.
When installing in a shower area, you must:
1. Cut the board to size using the above mentioned tools.
2. Baton the wall.
3. Attach the Aquapanel to the wall via the batons.
4. Coat in a 3-1 PVA bond, this will stop the moisture being sucked from the tile adhesive.
5. Spread the tile adhesive and tile as per usual.
When installing in a wet room, you must:
1. Lay the panels onto the adhesive with staggered joints similar to that of brickwork.
2. Lightly Butt the panels together ensuring that they are level and there is 3mm gap around the perimeter.
3. On suspended timber floors secure the panels and fixings at a rate of 5 per m2. Making sure they are a minimum of 30mm from the edge of the panel.
4. Tighten the fixing screws and use a rubber mallet to drive the washer flush with the panel and re-tighten the screw . Make sure the floor is still level and leave the adhesive to settle.
5. Fill Joints with adhesive and bed aqua joint tape into it, whilst it is still wet, allow to set and then follow instruction to lay tiles.