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PVC Beadboard in a shower

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I have a customer that wants a beadboard shower surround. I am wondering if there is any reason not to use PVC beadbord (i.e. Kleer or Azek) for this application. Would it still have to be painted?

(post #84314, reply #1 of 7)

Does he understand that the grooves will collect crud?


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(post #84314, reply #4 of 7)

the grooves can't be any worse than an old 4x4 tile job with all those grout lines.


and I'd much rather clean a sheet of pvc beadboard than all the slate I've ever installed in a shower.


I wouldn't paint it though ... either scrubbale / pressure washable pvc or nothing.


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     Pittsburgh Pa

(post #84314, reply #5 of 7)

Well, "nothing" could be a little drafty.


Corporation: n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility. --Ambrose Bierce


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

(post #84314, reply #2 of 7)

I don't see why that wouldn't work. And the painting is entirely optional. That's one of the pluses for the PVC trims.


I believe I've seen PVC beadboard in 4' x 8' sheets, as well as 1" x 6" T&G. The sheets might be a better choice for a shower.


But I do agree that the grooves would tend to collect grime and crud.

(post #84314, reply #3 of 7)

Is this to be wainscotting above tile? Or full-length beadboard right down to the shower pan?


I don't think a full-length beadboard shower is a good idea at all, no matter what you use.


You can use oiled red cedar as wainscotting; I wouldn't bring it any lower than 48"-52", tho. Soap scum accumulates much worse on the lower half of a shower and is a [CUTE LITTLE PUPPY] to get off anything except tile, acrylic, or FG.


And don't forget to oil the cedar; teak oil is best. If you don't oil it, anyone who takes a shower in there is gonna gas himself half to death when the hot water hits the wood. (There's a reason moths stay outta cedar chests.)



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(post #84314, reply #6 of 7)

I did an outdoor shower with cellular PVC beadboard (I think the brand was Permatrim) nine years ago.  Because it's outside and gets plenty of ventilation it took about seven years for the grooves to collect enough black crud that it became objectionable.  I took the boards down, scrubbed them individually, and painted them with SW Duration gloss white exterior paint.  It took an afternoon to do, so hopefully I'm good for another seven years but . . . indoors may be a different story.  I,d do another one like it in a heartbeat.


Maybe next time I'll leave the boards up and try a pressure washer.

(post #84314, reply #7 of 7)

Just priced out some PVC beadboard sheet goods-1/2x4x8 and x10-129.00 and 160.00 respectively.


44 lbs and 56 lbs each.


Azek PVC used by this company to produce the sheets.  They sell to dealers and lumberyards only.


Millwork Unlimited - a division of PPW
455 Sullivan Avenue
South Windsor, CT 06074

Website: http://www.parksite.com


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http://www.quittintime.com/