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Laying the paneling: the 5 mistakes to avoid

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MDF paneling covered with light oak, L.260 x W.19 cm, thickness 8 mm, 9.90 euros / m2

Leroy Merlin

Laying panelingyou have already thought about it but do not necessarily know how to do it? If it sounds simple, however, there is some rules to follow so that the installation is clean and that the paneling lasts in time! 5 essential points to take into account : since the purchase of the paneling until its fixing on the wall, while passing by the humidity rate of the latter.

That's it, you've decided: you're going put paneling to cover this awful plaster, this old wallpaper or this old decayed painting. To help you put it right, here is some tips to remember.

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1. Do not install paneling immediately upon delivery to the site

Wood is a natural material that moves with the humidity and the temperature of the air; it must be taken into account. Store packages flat, leave them at room temperature and wait at least 48 hours before installation.

PVC paneling brown L.260 x W.37.5 cm x W.8 mm, 27.32 euros / m2, Leroy Merlin.

Leroy Merlin

2. Do not put the paneling directly on the wall

First of all fix a framework of cleats perpendicular to the paneling, with a spacing of 40 cm between the rows. Leave a gap of 2 cm between the lengths of cleats to pass the possible electrical ducts as well as to provide a space for air circulation behind the paneling.

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3. Do not forget to mill the holes drilled in the cleats when fixing them to the wall

Dig the wood slightly around the drilled hole with a milling machine so that the screw heads do not protrude and the frame is perfectly flat without any bumps.

4. Do not put paneling on a damp wall

If it is a freshly constructed wall, let the concrete or plaster dry for a month before the paneling is installed. When renovating on a porous wall, apply a bitumen film between the cleats to prevent rising damp.

MDF paneling covered with light oak, L.260 x W.19 cm, thickness 8 mm, 9.90 euros / m2

Leroy Merlin

5. Do not lay the first paneling board without checking its horizontality or verticality with a spirit level

From this first blade depends the perfect pose of all of your paneling. If your wall is not plumb, fix shims behind the cleats to recover a correct plumb.

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