Here we answer some FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
Fibo panels are easier and quicker to install than ceramic tiles. They are also more affordable. You can either install them yourself or hire a contractor. Please follow our installation instructions carefully. This will ensure you get attractive results with a 15-year warranty. If you feel uncertain, contact our Customer Center, or hire a contractor.
You will find everything you need to know in our installation instructions. It’s in your best interests to allow plenty of time for your preparations.
Fibo wall panels should be acclimatized at room temperature for at least three days prior to installation. Check that the underlying surface is completely level and provides a firm screw hold. Only use Fibo-approved accessories. Do not install products with visible faults or defects. Follow the installation instructions that are included in the pack.
You will need approx. 14 screws per panel (spaced at approximately 7.87 inch intervals) and approximately 12 screws per internal corner. As a general rule, you will need one packet of screws for five packs of panels (panels come in packs of two). One tube of Fibo Seal is enough for approximately 65.61 running feet. As a general rule, one tube of Fibo Seal is enough for three packs of panels.
Fibo Seal has been specially developed for our panels and is approved by the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden. Fibo Seal is also available in the same colors as the panel’s grout lines. Do not use silicone sealant; only an MS Polymer sealant approved in accordance with SP-0409/02.
Fibo panels should always be stored horizontally on a flat surface at room temperature for three days before installation.
Fibo panels should always be stored flat in their original unbroken packaging. They should be acclimatized at room temperature for three days prior to installation.
Yes, Fibo panels can be mounted directly onto drywall. But make sure the screws are long enough to properly grip the studs behind the drywall.
Fibo panels should not be installed directly on top of ceramic tiles. Fibo panels have an integral moisture barrier; this means that they cannot be installed on ceramic tiles with an existing moisture barrier. Water could collect in the space created between the two moisture barriers.
You can forget all about moisture barriers, primers, fixatives and grout. Fibo panels have an integral moisture barrier, which means you can install them directly on stud partitioning.
Many of our styles are available in a height of 10.5 feet. If the Fibo design you’ve chosen is not available in that height, we have a joining profile that you can use to stack the panels higher.
Fibo is approved for use in all wet room zones, e.g. a shower in a bathroom, thanks to the membrane in the moisture barrier. This makes our panels an excellent choice for all wet rooms and wherever robust solutions are required, e.g. mud rooms, hobby rooms, garages or utility rooms. Fibo Kitchen Boards are built with the same technology and are also waterproof.
If you will be installing light fixtures or bathroom fixtures (like a sink or wall-mounted toilet) on the panel, you will need to reinforce it behind with e.g. a batten of 0.47 inch construction plywood. Another obvious option would be to attach the fixtures to the studs behind the Fibo panel.
While Fibo is suitable for most rooms, there are a few exceptions, such as saunas and swimming pools. However, Fibo is an excellent choice in changing rooms, showers or other spaces next to saunas or swimming pools.
You can use Fibo behind standard electric stoves and induction cooktops that do not release more than 176°F against the back wall. But if you have a gas stove/cooktop, you should not use Fibo without flame-resistant material behind the panels.
It’s easy to keep Fibo clean and you avoid all the dirt that tends to accumulate in traditional grout joints. Use a clean cloth and warm water. You can use a non-abrasive detergent to remove any stubborn dirt. More information is available in our care instructions.
Our warranty is valid for normal domestic use, and covers water resistance, color fastness and stain resistance. It will be invalid in the event of faulty installation, accidental damage or misuse, structural movement or incorrect maintenance, e.g. the use of abrasive detergents. The warranty does not confer any rights other than those specified above. Claims for indirect and consequential loss or damage are specifically excluded.