Easy to Install
Wood paneling comes in a variety of styles that are typically easy to install. Tongue-and-groove is a type of paneling in which one end of the board, a small piece called a tongue, sticks out, and on the other side a groove is cut into the wood. The tongue-and-groove pieces are joined together to form a strong and invisible seam. V-joint paneling is a style in which the panels are joined together to form a V-shape. Homeowners can purchase paneling in both tongue-and-groove and V-joint panels that are ready to install.
Wood panels can last a long time when cared for properly. You can use a variety of paints, varnishes and stains to seal the wood and protect it for years to come. In addition, you can change the color by painting over the existing color or by adding a different stain, both of which increase the life of the panels. With proper cleaning, routine maintenance like filling holes and painting, staining or varnishing, wood paneling can last 10 to 20 years with ease.
You can make wood panels waterproof with the application of a silicone sealant. Install waterproof panels in bathrooms in place of standard ceramic tiles. Since wood panels do not require grout to install, the surfaces can be wiped down or cleaned without using bleach or other harsh chemicals that grout requires. Use mild dishwashing detergent or chlorine-free bleach mixed with a water solution to clean the caulk.
Bamboo veneer is an environmentally friendly choice for wood panels. Bamboo can be grown to full size in approximately three years, and it can be collected and replanted at a much faster rate than trees. Bamboo is less expensive than tree-grown wood. Bamboo offers dimension and style just like ordinary wood, and can be stained or painted to suit any color palette.