Technical Data & Documentation
The 100 % waterproof wall panels are produced from PEFC-certified wood at our energy efficient factory in Norway. The panels come with their own EPDs, which document their carbon footprint, and are used in a growing number of public and private buildings worldwide. To download more information about our products please see below.
Fibo Wall Panels provide instant waterproof, hygienic walls with a choice from an attractive range of colours and finishes.
Norwegian Sintef Technical Approval 2022.10.01 valid to 1st oct 2022
Certificate of conformity of the factory production control 1071-CPR-7015
ISO9001 – Management System Certificate valid to 28th june 2023
PEFC Certificate valid to october 2023
Fibo is an interior panel for use in wet and dry rooms in both domestic and public areas.
The panel is designed to be used in bathrooms, wet rooms, showers and other areas with excessive water exposure.
Panels can be fitted directly onto a concrete wall or plasterboard, over tiles or onto a timber framework. Refer to the manufacturers fitting instructions enclosed with panels.
It is critical that any exposed plywood on the panels must be sealed thoroughly in order to make them fully waterproof. Use corrosion-free screws and/or high tensile strength glue to fix panels to the wall. Use a polymer sealant (not silicone) for all joints between panels and profiles and around the bath and shower trays and seal into any screw holes and around any fittings – eg rails etc. Fibo have a range of sealants and adhesive for this purpose. Check with Fibo Sales Office for more details. Please note that the Fibo 25 year warranty may be invalidated if manufacturers instructions are not followed or if Fibo recommended products are not used when fitting.
Panels are available in different finishes depending on the colour chosen: Silk (S), High Gloss (HG), Extra Matt (EM), Saw Cut (SC), Cement (C), Rustic (RU), Stone (STN), Slate (SL)
Three Standard Sizes:
(1) 2400mm x 620mm (*600mm) with Aqualock jointing on the two long sides
(2) 2400mm x 920mm (*900mm) with Aqualock jointing on the two long sides
(3) 2400mm x 1200mm – square edged – no Aqualock jointing
All panels are 10.2mm thickness
(*net width i.e. decorative surface only excluding Aqualock tongue & groove system)
(1) 2400mm x 600mm – 2 panels per pack (12kg per panel/8kg per square metre)
(2) 2400mm x 900mm – 2 panels per pack (18kg per panel/8kg per square metre)
(3) 2400mm x 1200mm – 2 panels per box (24kg per panel/8kg per square metre)
Panels should be stored flat, under cover in dry conditions. The decorative surfaces should be facing each other to prevent accidental damage. Do not prop up panels on their sides. The panel moisture content should be <15% before fitting. Important to acclimatise panels in ambient conditions for 3 days before fitting.
Wipe down with soft cloth & water or non-abrasive cleaner. Household solvents, disinfectants and detergents do not affect the durable surface. Do not use limescale removers, bleach, paint stripper, white spirit or toilet cleaners on the surface.
Do not use steam cleaning devices.
Type | Finish
Internal corner | White PVC or Brushed Aluminium
Hidden internal corner | Brushed Aluminium
External corner | White PVC or Brushed Aluminium
L-Shaped (Finishing) | White PVC or Brushed Aluminium
J-shaped (Finishing) | Brushed Aluminium
Stacking | White PVC or Brushed Aluminium
Base | Brushed Aluminium
Fibo panels consist of a wooden core material covered with a decorative high-pressure laminate (HPL) on the front face and a backing laminate (HPL) on the reverse side. This core is specially developed 7-layer 9mm WBP (exterior grade) plywood. All panels and kitchen splashbacks are 70% PEFC Certified. The plywood core is excellent for wetrooms, showers and other areas with extremely high humidity. The long edges of the panels (in the 600mm and 900mm widths) have our Aqualock “click lock” tongue & groove system for concealed fixing. The 1200mm panels are straight edged without Aqualock.
Paper forms the basis of high-pressure laminates (HPL). The paper is impregnated with phenolic and melamine resins, dried and finally compressed to form an extremely hard and stable material – High Pressure Laminate HPL.
HPL is a surface material that can be bonded to different kinds of substrates. HPL’s have a very good wear resistance as well as resistance to most chemicals.
The laminate meets the requirements of EN 438 Part 1 & 2 (ISO 4586)
Impact Resistance | Good
Wear Resistance (IP) | Good
Scratch Resistance (Abrasion) | >150
Heat Resistance* | Max 80°C/176°F*
Water Absorption | Good
Swelling (thickness after 24hrs water immersion) | < 3%
Dimensional Stability | < 3%
Lengthwise | < 3%
Crosswise | < 3%
*In areas where the temperature is above 80 degrees C/176 degrees F eg. behind a hob, we recommend using a heat resistant sheet to protect the panel and avoid heat possibly dulling the panel surface. We do not recommend using Fibo panels behind a gas hob.
Laminate Shading Tolerances
Colour code NCS will remain the same but gloss levels may vary between batches. Changes in gloss level will be perceived as change in colour. High Gloss >95-105, Extra Matt >4.0-7.0, Silk >11.0-15.0
Brilliance Test Method according to ISO 2813
Reference Point: 60 degrees
– High Gloss (HG) 105-110
– Gloss (G) 70-80
– Silk (S) 10-18
Light Reflective Values
LRV Values for Fibo panels are available on request. Please contact the Sales Office.
790 kg per m2
Length +/- 1.0mm
Width +/- 0.5mm
Thickness +/- 0.4mm
Difference from level +/- 0.3mm
Stepping =/- 0.2mm
Curving Convex 1.0mm crosswise
Curving Concave 3.0mm crosswise
Joint Opening Wet room 0.5mm
Dry room 0.7mm
Moisture level > 12% during production
1071 Fibo AS, Industrivien 2, N4580 Lyngdal 18 003/F-CPR-2018, ETAG 022:Part 3 2010
All panels and kitchen splashbacks are 70% PEFC certified. Fibo UK PEFC certificate number: INT-PEFC/CoC-001405
Fibo offers customers a 25 year warrant that our Product will not delaminate, stain, fade or crack during the Warranty Period as a result of defects in materials and/or manufacture of the Product, when properly installed in accordance with Fibo’s installation instructions and cared for in accordance with Fibo’s instructions for “Cleaning and Maintenance” or Product Guide and Handbooks. The warranty does not cover items such as sealant or profiles/trims.
Fibo UK have warehouses in Halifax and Denny, Scotland. Delivery time is approximately 5 working days following receipt of order providing required items are in stock. Please check with the Sales Office before ordering.
Fibo UK Limited,
Water Meadow House,
Chesham, Bucks HP5 1LF
Tel: 01494 771242 / Fax: 01494 771292
Frequently asked questions
For installation on masonry/concrete walls above ground, use the following solution: Make sure the concrete is dried out and has a maximum moisture level of 85% when mounting. The substrate must be level and provide good attachment possibilities for nails and screws where the panels meet. Remember, where you hang up washbasins or other heavy objects, there must be extra reinforcement.
Forget about the moisture barrier, primer, fix and joints. Fibo panels have an integrated moisture barrier and you can mount the panels directly on the wall framework.
Fibo cannot easily be mounted directly on tiles. If there is an outer wall or wall against cold rooms, there must not be a double-vapor barrier according to Norwegian research institute SINTEF’s building studies results. Because Fibo panels are approved as a vapor barrier, the old vapor barrier must be removed behind the panels.
You can mount Fibo on drywall. With two layers of 0.5-inch drywall, you don’t need horizontal cross sections between the studs. Remember to use screws long enough to go through the drywall and into the studs for secure attachment.
Fibo must be stored lying on a flat surface at room temperature for three days before installation. In addition, Fibo must always be stored lying on a flat surface so that the packaging remains unbroken. The material must be acclimated to the new environment for three days.
Everything you need to know is in our installation instructions. It pays to prepare well in advance!
Fibo is both easier and faster to install than laying tiles. It’s also cheaper. You can either assemble yourself or get help from a craftsman. Proceed carefully, follow our installation instructions, take a picture showing where the joints are, overlap the membrane and use the checklist we provide to help document the installation. This way you get a great result with a 15-year warranty. If you are unsure how to assemble, contact our customer service center or use a craftsman.
If you plan to mount bathroom fittings, a washbasin, faucet, wall-mounted toilet or other bathroom furniture on the panel, you need to install, for example, a 0.5-inch thick sheet of plywood behind it. You can, of course, attach the decor to studs behind the wall.
Fibo Seal is specially developed for our panels and is ETAG 022 approved. Fibo Seal is also supplied in the same colors as the joints on the panels. Do not use silicone, only MS polymer sealant approved according to SINTEF TG 2289.
You should use about 14 screws per sheet (installed at approx. 8-inch intervals) and some 12 screws per inner corner. The rule of thumb is one package of screws for five packs of panels (one pack contains two panels). Fibo Seal lasts for approx. 20 running meters per tube. The rule of thumb is one tube of Fibo Seal for three packs of panels.
It is easy to keep Fibo clean – and you avoid all the dirt that tends to stick to tile grout. Use a clean cloth and warm water. For stubborn dirt, you can use a non-abrasive cleaner. You will find more information in our maintenance instructions.
Measure the total length of the walls, including windows and doors. Then divide the total length of the walls by 0.6. The sum is the number of panels you need. Each package contains two panels. Remember accessories!
You can use Fibo behind normal electric ovens and induction units that do not radiate more than 80 °C (176 °F) towards the back wall. If you have a gas oven or woodstove that produces higher temperatures, do not use Fibo without a flame-resistant material on the back wall.
Fibo can be used in most rooms, but there are exceptions. Like swimming pools and saunas. On the other hand, Fibo is excellent for changing rooms, showers and other spaces adjacent to saunas and swimming pools.
Yes, Fibo is approved for all wet room zones, for example, in the bathroom shower. This is due to the membrane in the sealing layer. Our panels are excellent in all wet rooms, but also where extra-durable walls are needed, like in hallways, garages or laundry rooms. Fibo Kitchen Board is built the same way and also waterproof.
Many of our panel models are delivered in 10-foot heights. If the model you choose cannot be found in the desired height, we have a list you can use to add the wanted height to Fibo.
Yes! Our panels are certified by Norwegian research institute, Sintef.
Since Fibo panels are drawn 2.4 -3 inches above the floor, the structure behind must withstand fire resistance. See SINTEF building detail 520.322.
Our warranty covers normal household use and includes water resistance, color fastness and stain resistance. The guarantee does not apply in the event of incorrect installation, accidental or incorrect use, structural movement or incorrect maintenance, like using an abrasive cleaning agent. The warranty only covers the rights described here. Indirect damage is not covered.