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YOU ARE A CLIENT

Check with your provincial authorities to find out about current recommendations for renovation projects. In some parts of Canada, contractors are allowed to present quotes and carry out renovation projects starting in the upcoming days and weeks.

For example, in Quebec, all renovation projects will be allowed to start on May 11th 2020. In Ontario and Alberta, there is no set date for construction and home renovations to be relaunched. As such, strict guidelines are still in order. Please consult your provincial government website for specific information.

In the meantime, RenoQuotes is here to put you in touch with our network of contractors. We encourage clients and contractors to follow the rules and guidelines enforced by provincial authorities.

Consult our article for tips on how to organize your project remotely: How to Receive Quotes Remotely

Be sure to check out the following article for general information about renovations during this extraordinary situation: Renovation projects in the time of COVID-19

YOU ARE A CONTRACTOR

Guidelines vary from one province to another. As the information is changing daily, we encourage you to consult your local government website for specific information.

In any case, you will have to adapt your practices when presenting quotes and carrying out the work. In some areas, only remote communications are permitted. For advice on how to present a quote remotely, check out this article: 3 tips to present quotes remotely

If you meet with a client in person and start working on a project, strict hygiene and social distancing measures must be adopted. Here's another article that could interest you: What you need to know about construction sites reopening

Do you need financial help for your renovation company? Check out this article: Guide to financial assistance programs for Canadian businesses

 
 
 
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Wall Covering Materials: Decorative Panels

Last modified: 2019-03-13 | Approximate reading time 4 mins

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Decorative panels are great in that they serve both practical and decorative purposes. These characteristics surely play a part in their sudden surge in popularity. Here are a few things you should know about this type of wall covering:

If you're looking to add style to your interior home design, decorative panels can be a great option. Usually, they work as statement pieces, only covering one or two walls in a room. 

Rarely will you find a room where every wall is covered up using this type of material. Many different styles of decorative panels are available. From 3D effect to thermoplastic or even transparent resin, you’re likely to find at least one type of panel that suits your taste.

One major perk is the fact that they can be customized, so you can adapt them to your interior design. Some panels look more like a design accessory than a wall covering. 3D decorative panels are most easy to customize. 

They can be painted or covered with decorative adhesives which match your interior design. You can also choose to highlight them by selecting a vibrant colour to contrast with the rest of the room. It’s all up to you!

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Pros and cons of decorative panels for walls

Decorative panels are considered to be a type of interior wall covering that is versatile, in addition to being generally easy to install and simple in terms of maintenance. That being said, the specific characteristics of said panels depend on the type of material from which they are made. Indeed, a decorative panel that is made of wood will not necessarily have the same pros and cons as a panel that is made of aluminum.

When purchasing materials, it is important to learn about and compare the different options to see which type is best for the room and the aesthetic preferences of the home's occupants.

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The different materials that are used for decorative panels

Decorative panels are available in a plethora of different materials plastic, wood, aluminum, copper, steel and bamboo. Before you choose which type of panel you want, be sure that the material you choose is well suited for the room where it will be installed. 

For example, don’t put a giant decorative wood panel in your bathroom: chances are that the humidity will ruin it. Thankfully, most decorative panels are very resistant and durable. 

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The cost of decorative panels

Installation tends to be simple and on a day-to-day basis, they are easy to clean. One of the main drawbacks of decorative panels is that they tend to be more expensive than other types of wall coverings, costing anywhere between $20 and $100 per panel. Before the panels are installed, the surface underneath has to be well prepared, especially if the panel is made of wood.

Here are a few examples of prices for decorative panels (source: Rona 2018):

  • Prefinished panel (8 ft x 4 ft. 1/8 inch) - approximately $33 (sold by unit)
  • Imitation concrete wall panel (48" x 96") - approximately $51 (sold by unit)
  • Brick effect wall panel (48" x 96") - approximately $54 (sold by unit)
  • PVC wall panel (20,89 sq.ft.) - approximately $90 (sold by unit)

Preparation steps will depend on the type of material you choose. When buying your decorative panels, be sure to inquire about the steps you will need to follow for the installation process. Also, know that certain types of panels might not be adapted to your home.  

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Installing decorative panels in the bathroom: yes or no?

The idea of installing decorative panels in your bathroom is something you would like? Before purchasing the materials and completing the installation, you must make sure that your room is well-suited to accommodate these materials. 

Indeed, to be certain that the conditions are ideal for the installation of decorative panels, please make sure that the bathroom is well ventilated. Also, note that the panels should be installed away from the bath and shower.

Here are other articles about wall coverings, to give you ideas and help you better know the different materials available on the market:

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