By popular demand, here's your Ultimate Guide to Installing Surround by Laminex Wall Panels!
Have you seen Plyco's Complete Guide To Surround by Laminex and decided all that's left is advice on installation? Then look no further. These pre-primed MDF panels are not only stylish but also easy to install on timber, steel, brick, or block walls. In this blog post, we'll take you through the step-by-step process of installing Surround by Laminex panels on different types of walls. So, grab your tools and let's get started on transforming your space!
1. How to Install Laminex Surround Panels on a Plaster Wall
To kickstart your installation project, measure the height and width of your wall and calculate the number of sheets you'll need. Prepare the studs by keeping them at a maximum spacing of 600mm and using a spirit level to ensure they are straight. Apply construction adhesive generously to each stud and noggin, then position the panels on the wall, ensuring a 10mm expansion gap at the top and bottom. Fix the panels to the frame with nails or screws spaced 200-300mm apart, using a centre-out pattern. Remember to fill in nail or screw holes with putty before sanding and painting.
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2. How to Install a Partial Wall on a Timber or Steel Frame
If you're looking to create a partial wall using Surround by Laminex panels, start by measuring the height and width of the wall and calculating the number of sheets needed. Prepare the stud wall by spacing the studs at a maximum of 600mm apart and ensuring they are straight using a spirit level.
For joins between studs, place a noggin at 700mm to provide support. Apply construction adhesive on each noggin and stud, then position the panels, leaving a 10mm expansion gap at the top and bottom. Secure the panels to the frame with nails or screws, spacing them 200-300mm apart. Remember to fill in any nail or screw holes with putty before sanding and painting. In no time your Laminex Surround will look as if it's taken right from The Block!
3. How to Install Laminex Surround Panels on Timber or Steel
To install Surround by Laminex panels on a timber or steel frame wall, measure the height and width of the wall and calculate the number of sheets required. Ensure that the studs are spaced at a maximum of 600mm apart and use a spirit level to check the frame's alignment. Apply construction adhesive on each stud, then place the panels on the wall, leaving a 10mm expansion gap at the top and bottom.
Double-check the panel's position with a spirit level before securing it to the frame with nails or screws, spaced 200-300mm apart. Follow a centre-out pattern for fixing the panel or start from one side and work your way across. Repeat these steps to install additional panels and trim the final panel to fit. Once the panels are fixed, remove the spaces and fill in any nail or screw holes with putty. Allow the putty to dry before sanding and painting the walls. Finally, complete the look by installing skirting boards, cornices, and dado rails as necessary. Your wall is now ready to be painted in your preferred colour, transforming your space with Surround by Laminex.
4. How to Install Panels on Brick or Block Walls
If you have brick or block walls, Surround by Laminex panels can still be easily installed with the right preparation. Begin by measuring the height and width of the wall and calculating the number of sheets needed. However, keep in mind that direct fixing to brick or blockwork is not recommended. Instead, employ batons or corrosion-resistant firing channels horizontally, spaced approximately 450mm apart, to promote airflow behind the panels. Ensure the batons or firing channels are straight and level using a spirit level.
Apply construction adhesive on each baton or firing channel, then position the panels on the wall, leaving a 10mm expansion gap at the top and bottom. Secure the panels to the batons or firing channels with nails or screws, spaced 500mm apart. Use a centre-out pattern for fixing, and avoid forcefully hitting the panels together to join them using the tongue and groove system. Trim the final panel to fit and remove the spaces once all the panels are installed.
Fill in any nail or screw holes with putty and allow it to dry. After sanding and painting the walls, complete the installation by adding skirting boards, cornices, and dado rails as desired. Your brick or block wall is now ready to showcase the modern elegance of Surround by Laminex.
Installing Surround by Laminex wall panels is a simple and effective way to add a touch of style to your space. Whether you're working with plaster walls, timber or steel frames, or even brick or block walls, these panels can transform your space into a modern, elegant haven. With the right tools, materials, and step-by-step guidance, you can easily achieve a seamless installation. Contact us to get started on your Surround by Laminex project, and enjoy the beauty and durability of these pre-primed MDF panels.