Aquapanel – Tile and Stone Show, ExCeL, London,29 June-1 July – Stand G46

With costs rising all round, there’s good reason to invest in quality building products and systems that provide long-lasting solutions. Aquapanel from Knauf Drywall is the UK’s leading tile backer board, and it’s built to last. Its growing popularity among tilers and other contractors reflects the fact that tiles just don’t fall off Aquapanel – even in frequently used showers. Aquapanel is a reinforced cement board, specially developed to support tiling up to 50kg/m2 in wet areas such as showers, bathrooms, changing rooms and swimming pool surrounds.

Aquapanel is in the spotlight again at this year’s Tile and Stone Show, which opens at London’s ExCeL on 29 June. Knauf Drywall staff will be on hand with information about the system.

Aquapanel is a strong 12.5mm reinforced cement board that interfaces seamlessly with other Knauf Drywall systems. It has all the advantages of drywall and requires no additional installation skills. Even the worst leaks won’t damage it – and it has a 10 year guarantee as well.

The strength and rigidity of Aquapanel make it the ideal substrate for all types of tiling – and especially the heavier tile or stone finishes specified for luxury accommodation, typically in executive homes and ‘expensive’ hotels.

Emma Olsen, Aquapanel Product Manager at Knauf Drywall, says because the bonds between tile, adhesive and backer board are not affected by moisture, tiles stay firmly on Aquapanel – even if the board is fully immersed in water. “This excellent performance virtually eliminates failures and avoids the cost and inconvenience of call-backs to fix tiles that have fallen off shower or bathroom walls – which can be a problem on other types of board if moisture permeates the grouting between tiles and damages the bond. So Aquapanel really is the smart choice for specifiers, builders, drylining contractors and bathroom installers, who are looking for a lasting solution,” she says.

Aquapanel is available from builders merchants in two sizes: 900 x 2,400mm and 900 x 1,200mm. It is cut to size with a simple score and snap process. It can be mounted on steel or timber studs, using ceramic coated Aquapanel Screws, and is jointed with alkaline resistant Aquapanel Joint Tape.

Knauf Drywall manufactures a full range of plasters, plasterboards, insulating laminates, dry flooring, drywall accessories, and metal sections for domestic, commercial and public sector applications. Knauf Drywall pioneered carbon neutral plasterboard in the UK with Knauf Futurepanel. Knauf Drywall also actively promotes recycling from building sites and has a zero waste policy in its energy efficient factories at Sittingbourne in Kent and Immingham on Humberside.

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