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In properly planning for the installation of
wainscoting, there are many things to consider, and they
include the following:
wainscoting panels over tongue-and-groove planks. When
convenience, variety and a quick installation all count, you may
want to choose installing pre-cut wainscoting panels rather than
tongue-and-groove planks. The reasons: Pre-cut
wainscoting panels are arguably the most convenient given their
tolerant designs and being pre-cut for relatively quicker
installations and the ability to satisfy a homeowner with the
most discriminating tastes given the wide variety of such
pre-cut panels on the market.
wainscoting material carefully: Be wary of bowed or warped
panels or planks. Like with any purchase, such a lumber
for the construction of a new house,
you'll want to inspect the
material you'll be using to improve your house, and this goes to
wainscoting panels and planks. Like construction lumber,
some wainscoting panels and planks sold at stores, here and
there, are the "bad pick of the crop," and they include
specifically those that are warped or bowed. Simply avoid
purchasing warped or bowed panels or planks by hand-selecting
each panel and plank, looking for the straightest kinds
available at the store. If you neglect to do this and end
up with either a warped or bowed panel or plank installed, such
will stick out like a "sore thumb," ruining what could have been
a great improvement upon your home.
wainscoting material is necessary. Avoid getting your
wainscoting panels or planks from getting wet; if wet, allow
them to completely dry for the sake of a successful wainscoting
installation. A good idea is to allow your panels or
planks to be store in the room of the intended wainscoting
installation (or anywhere near there) for about two weeks so
that such panels or planks can become accustomed/adapt to this
unique indoor environment before actual installation.
You've got to
have a solid backing for wainscoting. You cannot even begin to
think about, let alone attempt to install, wainscoting panels or
planks if such panels or planks will have no solid backing, such
as wallboards/drywall. Attempting to install wainscoting
panels or planks directly to wall studs may very well result in
warping, bowing or even ultimate dislocation of such panels or
wainscoting conditions for your kitchen, basement and bathroom.
If you plan on installing wainscoting planks in either your
kitchen, basement or bathroom, all of which are "wet" zones, be
sure to purchase and install wainscoting planks that have been
completely primed--meaning side to side and all edges
primed--for such an installation; otherwise, untreated planks
may eventually deteriorate over time due to the moisture found
in such rooms.
Wallpaper may be
a better fit than wainscoting paneling. Comparing wallpaper to
wainscoting, wallpaper arguably is cheaper to buy and install,
easier and faster to install, and is available in a variety of
different types that will satisfy a homeowner with the most
discriminating tastes, too.
These are some things you should consider in
planning for the installation of wainscoting.
Handyman Zone Team
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