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How to Fit Reco™ Panels

All Reco wall panels can be fitted using the method illustrated below and shown within the instructional Fitting Film video. Full Fitting Instructions are available to download from the link provided. 

Fitting is fast and easy, requiring a small number of materials including adhesive, silicone, tape and backing strips. There is less waste and mess than with traditional tiles, and no need to employ skilled tilers to install it. 

With much reduced preparation time and no need to grout between tiles, Reco wall panels are 85% quicker to install – a significant saving in both time and cost.

Download Fitting and care Instructions
  1. Create an even surface
    (fit backing strip if needed)

  2. Measure distance between panels & mark wall.

  3. Apply Reco-Tape to joint area

  4. Trim panel to fit

  5. Apply adhesive to panel

  6. Position panel

  7. Remove tape from behind panel

  8. Apply sealant to panel edge

  9. Slide second panel up to first

  10. Wipe off excess sealant

  11. Seal top, bottom & corner joins

  12. Fix final finishes

Frequently Answered Questions

How do the panels join together?
Our Reco joining system is a unique, patented installation method that gives the panels a seamless waterproof join. First apply our high tack adhesive ‘Reco Seal Tape’ to the wall and then apply HG adhesive to the back of the panel and place the panel onto the wall and over half the tape. Thereafter, you apply a 3mm bead of silicone down the side of the panel and onto the tape. Proceed to butt the joining panel up to it, leaving a small gap of about 2mm. Then using a wet finger or silicone tool, clean the join leaving a small amount of silicone sitting at the bottom of the join. You can read full installation instructions here.
How does the panel join with my shower tray or bath?
We have tested a host of joining systems in the past but our engineers unanimously agree that none of them do a better job than standard silicone. For our panels you can either fit them to the wall before you install the shower tray or bath, or you can fill the gap between the tray/bath and the wall with silicone before bedding the bottom edge of the panel down into it. Once you have fitted all of the panels, silicone the front of the join between the panel and the bath/tray and then weight the shower tray down using a heavy tool box and or fill the bath with water to weight it down. This means that the silicone will set at the maximum stretch point and reduce the potential of splitting and leaks. You can read more and watch installation video here.
How easy are they to cut?
The panels are easy to cut. The Reco Tile acrylic panels can be cut using a Stanley knife or fine toothed saw and a metal straight edge. For Reco Design, Reco Protect, Reco Glass, Reco Gloss, and Reco Tile PVC we recommend you cut them face up using a fine toothed Jigsaw with a down-cutting blade. Holes for pipework can also be easily cut using a standard hole cutter. Track saws can also be used for cutting long lengths.
What about edge trims?
The panels come with a rounded edge which means most of the time you do not need an edge trim. If you purchase a ‘Reco backing Strip’ (2495 x 50mm), then you can fold it into a right angle and fit it onto the edge of the external corner (making sure its plumb level). Then you can butt the rounded edges of the panel up to each other to give the perfect finish without the need for a trim. You can then put the cut edge of the panel into the internal corner. The only time you might need an edge trim is when you are boxing in pipework or if you are cladding the internal sides of a window. The exposed cut edge can then be covered with one of our ‘Reco Edge Trims’ or you can use traditional tile trims (of no more than 5mm internal height).
What is a backing strip?
You do not have to use ‘Reco Backing Strips’ but we do recommend them. A backing strip is a PVC strip of plastic (2495 x 50mm) that you fold into a right angle and then fit into the corner of the room with the HG Adhesive on the back. Then use your spirit level to ensure that it’s plumb. Once the backing strip has set you can then fit the panels over the top of it. The backing strip means that you do not have to trim the panels to fit the wall and once the first panel is on the wall plumb then it’s easy to panel around the rest of the room. The backing strip is also an extra protection in the corners to ensure there are no leaks.
How much wastage should I allow?
As the panels can be joined at any tile divide there is little wastage. We recommend you allow around 10% to be safe.
Do you offer a fitting service?
For commercial or large trade projects we do have a network of fitters that we can put you in touch with. For more information please contact us here.

Why Choose Reco?

RecoTM is the leading eco friendly seamless, easy-fit and maintenance-free alternative to tiles.

Here’s 4 Great Reasons