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What are the types of wall panels?

If you want to decorate your house with minimum cost and work. Then wall panels are the best solution. Wall panels are easy to install and come in a wide selection of colors and textures. But there are many types of wall panels on the market and you may not know which one to choose. Next, we take a detailed look at the different types of wall panels. It will give you a better understanding of how to choose it.

What are the types of wall panels?

Rack layout panel

This type of wall panel is suitable for use in small areas. These panels usually come with recesses and mortises that allow you to fix them to the frame with self-tapping screws (into the recesses). For better transport and installation, these panels are usually 2400 – 3600 mm in length, 120 – 300 mm in width, and 8 to 12 mm in thickness. Material sources for typesetting panels usually use chipboard, cardboard, and PVC.

Tile panels

The tiles panels can combine to form different designs. For ease of use, tiles are usually available in sizes ranging from 30 x 30 to 90 x 90 cm. Tiles are very suitable for laying out different graphics, combining various shades and textures to create a nice-looking design. Tile panels are usually fixed by means of adhesives. This means that installation can be a bit tricky.

Panel Wall Panels

These wall panels are available in large sizes, usually from 1.22 m to 2.44 m, and 3 to 6 mm thick, which can greatly facilitate wall finishing. The surface of the panels is usually a multi-layered structure of imitation stone, wood, or tile. They are installed using glue and the joints are hidden by molds.

Slab wall panels are typically applied to concrete slabs and sandwich panels in modular houses. They take the form of ready-made walls with internal heaters and moisture barriers. Sandwich panels are mainly used in cottages and country houses.

What are the materials commonly used for wall panels?

Traditional Wood Wall Paneling

Usually made of oak, cedar, and maple. Pressure-treated wood siding is the choice of many people. This is because relatively speaking, traditional wood siding is the least expensive. Also, the wood grain of natural wood paneling is very beautiful and can decorate the house well. But when installing wood wall panels in a room with high humidity. Panels with wax coating should be chosen for water and dust resistance.


The manufacturing process of particleboard is based on the hot pressing method of chips and sawdust. It is similar to wood siding but is less strong. It is only suitable for finishing in dry areas because it can affect by temperature drops and high humidity.


Also called hardboard, fiberboard is a type of wallboard produced by heat pressing using wood and other plant fibers. Fiberboards are resistant to moisture and are environmentally friendly. However, they are not recommended for use in rooms with a high likelihood of direct water hits.

MDF panels

In addition, this is a relatively new material based on MDF panels. Which are dry pressed at high temperature and pressure. MDF panels can withstand sufficient loads to use for hanging storage and shelving. It is also resistant to moisture, heat, and sound. In addition, there is even a fire-resistant MDF type.

Vinyl Plasterboard

Vinyl gypsum board is mainly used to build walls, partitions, and even ceilings. They are also covered in drywall, and it also has a certain patterned surface. Vinyl panels are also very durable and reliable.

3D Panels

Although, 3D panels help create a unique personal style and can offer new design solutions. This material represents a new type of sculptural textured panel decoration. 3D panels can create stunning effects and turn interior spaces into spectacular spaces.

PVC Wall Panels

Composite wall panels are also a new material made of rigid polyvinyl chloride with a small amount of plasticizer. PVC panels are safe to use in almost any room, including showers. This is because composite wall panels have many advantages: they are waterproof, fireproof, hygienic, and long-lasting. In recent years, composite wall panels have been accepted by more and more homeowners. And laminate panels are gradually becoming a better alternative to other panels.

Features of composite panels

Environmentally friendly. Polyvinyl chloride is commonly used in the production of food packaging, tubing, and medical devices. According to the SES, manufacturers recommend PVC panels for schools, gymnasiums, and health facilities. This can provide better safety for students.

Fire resistance. Above all, PVC panels have been tested for fire resistance and have a firing temperature of 370 degrees Celsius. Fiberboard and particleboard panels have a firing temperature of 250 degrees Celsius. At the same time, experiments show that PVC panels produce two times less smoke when burning than particleboard and fiberboard panels. Most importantly, the toxicity of the smoke was tested. The toxicity of the products of combustion of particleboard and fiberboard is one and a half times higher than that of PVC panels. Therefore, PVC panels have good fire resistance.

Moisture resistance. Due to the flat surface, wall panels are absolutely resistant to moisture and the absence of pores causes bacteria and mold to be unable to survive on the wall surface. This is why this material is often used for kitchen and bathroom siding.

Easy to install. PVC panels are very easy to install. Even if you have no previous experience with siding installation, you can follow the installation instructions and do it yourself. In addition, damaged parts of the structure can be easily replaced.

Versatility. Similarly, as artificially manufactured wall panels, composite panels are available in a variety of colors and shapes. You can choose matching colors and surfaces according to different is interior design styles. Thus, you can make your interior decoration more beautiful.


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Galen Content Writer
Galen is a content creator and decorator with five years of experience designing home decor. In his daily life, Galen is constantly on the lookout for the latest, great examples of house design and further optimizes his solutions. Additionally, he writes articles related to outdoor design, interior design, and architectural decorating materials to help brands build more engaging relationships with their audiences.

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