What is Wainscoting? Using PVC in Architectural Design

If you are looking for ways to improve the interior design of your home, you may have come across the term “wainscoting” in your research. This article will explain what wainscoting is and the best materials for homeowners to choose from.

What is Wainscoting?

According to Merriam-Webster, to wainscot something is to line “an interior wall irrespective of material”. Traditionally, a wainscot is a wood panel added to the lower three or four feet of a wall. 

Historically, a wainscot was installed to help support an otherwise unstable wall. Over time, it became an architectural detail that brought elegance to a home. 

Today, wainscotting is an affordable way to make a statement in any home or business. 

What’s the Best Material For Wainscoting? 

Beadboard is typically the material used for wainscoting, however, wood beadboard is no longer the best option. PVC beadboard, made from polyvinyl chloride, is the optimal choice for any installation. 

PVC beadboard is: 

  1. Waterproof: When exposed to moisture, PVC won’t warp or rot. It’s the perfect choice for bathrooms, kitchens, mudrooms, and even outdoor applications like porch ceilings
  2. Durable: PVC is highly durable and can withstand the bumps that come in areas with lots of foot traffic. 
  3. Low-Maintenance: Once installed, this board requires no maintenance other than the occasional cleaning. 

Can PVC Beadboard Be Painted?

Yes! Many people initially don’t consider PVC beadboard because they wish to paint their wainscot a color other than the traditional white. However, it’s quite possible to paint PVC boards. 

Here’s what you need to know about painting PVC: 

  • Choose a primer and paint designed to work on PVC. 
  • Sand the beadboard lightly to help adhere the primer to the board. 
  • Allow the primer to dry completely before painting. 
  • Apply two coats of paint. 
  • Once the paint has completely dried, seal it with a clear coating. 

Contact Plastic Lumber Yard With Your Wainscoting Questions 

If you have questions about our PVC beadboard, how to install it, or you’re a contractor seeking a large order, our sales team can help. Email us at info@plasticlumberyard.com or call (610) 277-3900.