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How to Solve Your Biggest Paneling Installation Problems

Jul 6th 2018

Paneling is a quick and easy way to update your home, office or business. This affordable yet durable material comes in so many designs, colors, textures and styles, it’s no wonder it’s growing in popularity. What’s even better is that you don’t have to pay a contractor thousands of dollars when you can install it yourself, even if you’ve never installed paneling before. However, this doesn’t mean that you won’t encounter some challenges. Instead of getting frustrated, read on for some of the most common installation problems with paneling.

Your Paneling Is Beginning to Bow

The first tip to remember is that your paneling should always be stored on a flat surface prior to installation. Failure to store on a flat surface will result in bowing. If this tip is coming too late, don’t worry—you haven’t ruined your paneling. Simply lay it on a flat surface and wait. The paneling will self-correct, and there will be no more bowing.

Worried Your Paneling Won’t Stick? Here’s What to Do

Your paneling is designed to be installed using adhesive and screws. However, you may worry that your paneling isn’t going to be as secure as it should be. While installation simple enough for a beginner, there are some steps you should take prior to installation that will ensure your paneling sticks as it should.

First, make sure that you are applying your paneling to a clean, dust-free surface. Make sure that all contaminants are removed. You can do this by wiping your surface with a damp cloth. For extra-stubborn spots, you can use a mild soap to fully clean the area. Let completely dry before installation.

Next, you want to make sure that you use a high-quality adhesive. PL Premium is a product we recommend for installation. Liquid Nail or similar adhesives are not recommended for proper installation. It’s important that you hold the panel in place until the adhesive cures to ensure bonding. Prepping and using the correct adhesive are two easy ways to make sure your paneling is installed securely.

Will There Be Gaps in My Paneling?

There shouldn’t be gaps in your paneling if it is installed properly. You want to make sure that it is installed as tightly as possible before securing it to your surface. Make sure that you read and follow all instructions carefully to ensure proper installation. Cutting corners could result in a longer installation process.

I’ve Installed My Paneling, But Screw Holes Are Visible?

Because your paneling is secured to a surface with screws, it’s not uncommon for them to show. However, if you find them to be truly unsightly, the problem can be easily remedied. You can use a variety of inexpensive (and easy-to-use) products to conceal screw holes. Wood filler, chalk, and stain are among your options for concealing screw holes and giving your paneling a more professional look.

Choosing to update your space with paneling is a great choice, and once you get started, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to install. While there may be a few minor bumps in the road, taking your time, following the instructions, and ensuring you have everything you need to install your paneling will result in a successful remodeling project!