Can a DIYer install the FIBO System?
Many of our clients have successfully completed DIY installations of Fibo. Doing the installation does provide the DIYer with a great sense of pride. The Fibo system is relatively easy to install, particularly if compared to laying ceramic wall tiles.
If you are thinking of doing your own installation, then ask yourself:
Do you have the tools required and do you have experience in using these tools? See FAQ ‘What tools are needed to install the Fibo WPS?’.
Are you confident in taking and checking measurements, establishing levels and plumbness? These skills are important.
Do you understand the Fibo Installation Manual?
Not wishing to dampen enthusiasm, but we wouldn’t recommend that an inexperienced DIYer attempt to install the Fibo WPS, particularly if walls, floors and ceilings are not square.
Printed installation instructions are included with the panels or can be downloaded from the website. There are many short instructional installation videos that we recommend that all Fibo installers review.
What tools are needed to install the Fibo WPS?
Minimum tool set (Manual)
1m spirit level
Stanley knife or similar
Pencil or fine pen
Fine tooth wood saw
Fine tooth hack saw or tin snips
Mitre box & steel file
Sealant dispenser (cartridge)
Broom & brush
Desirable Tools (Including Powered)
2m spirit level and long straight edge
Circular saw with cross cut fine timber blade, ideally with guide track
Jigsaw or router
Drop saw with aluminium cutting blade
Electric drill/impact driver
Powered sealant dispenser
Glass suction cups (available from Sourcecorp)
Can installation be undertaken by my builder?
Yes, in many cases a builder or trades person is employed directly by an owner or developer to undertake a broad scope of works, which would include wall finishes. Sourcecorp can supply product either to the principle or via a builder or sub-contractor. Sourcecorp will also provide any technical assistance and support as may be required by the builder or sub-contractor. Regardless who is installing the Fibo System, we are committed to do whatever is required to give the client the best possible result.
Do you provide an installation service?
Yes we can help you with installation. In most cases Sourcecorp will use a third party contractor to undertake installation work on behalf of our clients. Or we simply allow our client and the installation contractor to make their arrangements directly. Any installer introduced by Sourcecorp will be experienced in using the Fibo WPS.
Sourcecorp primarily concentrates on product supply, compliance, logistics management and installation training.
Alternatively, Sourcecorp can arrange a supply & install quotation for you and if required, manage the installation process.
What is an accredited Fibo installer?
An important element in establishing Fibo in Australia is to develop a network of competent installers. Sourcecorp has worked with many builders and trades people who have installed Fibo. These installers have direct experience and proven to be competent installers of the Fibo WPS. We are always adding trades to our list of installers as we win new work. While our network is small is it constantly growing.
To support installers Sourcecorp is developing a process to ensure Fibo installers have excellent product knowledge, initially receive supervised hands-on experience and who work to a standard acceptable to Sourcecorp and Fibo AS. Only tradespeople who successfully complete this process and become accredited installers will be referred or offered installation work by Sourcecorp.
Accreditation will involve product introduction, in field training and supervision (particularly during initial installations) and follow up inspections of work.
Who can be become an accredited Fibo installer?
Anyone with carpentry trade skills, the right attitude and who may be looking for a new opportunity.
To be an accredited installer requires a candidate to achieve Sourcecorp’s required level of proficiency, have a positive attitude and display pride in their work.
While it is desirable to have carpentry experience this is not essential as Sourcecorp may be able to assist would-be installers by teaming them with an experienced hand while they develop their skills.
Contact Sourcecorp if you wish to discuss becoming an installer; we are always looking for more good people to join us.
What preparations are required to install the FIBO system?
Preparation works may include demolition, framing, roughing in plumbing and electrical services, fixing windows and completing the floor and ceiling.
Vertical surfaces or stud-work should be flat, plumb and dry. Although the panels are waterproof it is suggested that the floor/wall junction and at least 150 mm above the floor level be sealed with a waterproofing membrane.
Fibo panels should be allowed to acclimatise for three days in the area that they are to be installed. Fibo products need to be inspected prior to installation to ensure there are no visible faults or defects. Report any product defect to Sourcecorp as soon as possible. Do not install defective products.
What is the best way to install the FIBO System?
Fibo is designed to be fixed directly onto framework (wooden or steel); this is the cheapest and quickest method. However, it can be just as easily fitted over existing wall sheets, such as Gyprock ®, Villaboard® or other types of wall sheeting.
As to the best form of installation:
For new builds then install directly onto the framework. Fibo acts as both a lining and decorative finish. The Fibo system is designed to be mechanically fixed with screws.
For renovation works, then the best type of installation will depend on the state of existing walls, the requirement to access wall cavities and how quickly the job needs to be completed. If the wall substrate is sound, then the Fibo System can be glued and screwed to the existing wall.
Sourcecorp will always be available to discuss your project and suggest the best way to install Fibo.
Can the FIBO system be installed onto Gyproc, fibre cement sheet or other wall sheeting products?
Yes, the Fibo System can be fitted directly onto existing or new wall sheeting. We always recommend mechanical fixing. Should this not be practical and if the wall is sound, then the Fibo System can be fixed with adhesive over wall sheeting.
Can the Fibo system be installed over wall tiles?
Yes, panels can be fixed to an existing tiled wall to provide a fast and cost effective update. In particular it avoids the mess and cost of demolition works. That stated, it is critical to properly prepare a tiled wall before commencing a Fibo installation.
There are three checks that need to be preformed:
First check the tile surface to determine if it is square and plumb. If not then parts of the wall may require packing.
Check for any bulging, loose or ‘drummy’ tiles. A drummy tile can be detected by gently tapping the centre of a tile with a solid object, such as a screw driver handle. A compromised tile will sound hollow (drum-like) when tapped. Loose tiles need to be removed or fixed.
Assess the wall for moisture that could be originating from behind the tiles. If moisture is present then it is important to establish the source.
If the tiled surface is sound, then preparation before installing Fibo consists of:
Removing any fixtures;
Thoroughly cleaning the tiles and removing any defective or soiled sealant;
Roughing up the tile surface to provide a key for the adhesive; and
Ensuring the tiles and substrate are completely dry.
Sourcecorp recommends Soudal High Tack adhesive for fixing Fibo over tiled walls.
Is a waterproof membrane required?
The Fibo panel is waterproof and therefore does not need any backing sheet or a waterproof membrane. It is however recommended that when the floor is being waterproofed that the membrane be extended up the wall from the floor/wall junction by 100 – 150mm.
If using a vinyl sheet on the floor then by coving the vinyl sheet up the wall by 50mm higher than the base of the panel, then no membrane is required.
What are the best adhesives & sealants to use with Fibo?
We recommend using a high tensile strength waterproof adhesive such as Soudal ‘Fix All’ with Fibo panels. This is available from Sourcecorp and can also be purchased from most Mitre 10 stores. One 290ml tube of Fix All should be enough to fix two standard panels. Fix All is not volatile, almost odourless and safe to use indoors.
The sealant is an important part of the Fibo system as it both bonds the component parts and seals all joints. Sourcecorp supplies a hybrid polymer sealant called ‘FiboSeal’. FiboSeal is manufactured by Soudal and is the same formulation as ‘Soudaseal 215LM’. FiboSeal is available in three different colours, white, light grey and dark grey.
Polymer sealants have many benefits over silicone:
They are odourless;
Contain no harmful compounds
Can be painted;
Create strong bonds to the panel; and
Have longer replacement cycles reducing maintenance costs.
TDS and MSDS for the above products can be found on our web site.
Can a niche be installed?
This is a popular request and many clients have installed niches with Fibo. In most cases the niche was created by using a preformed niche backing, available from tile retailers or hardware stores. The performed niche is then finished with Fibo panels or other product. Fibo profiles can be used to frame the niche and assist in waterproofing (as required) at the point where the niche connects to the external face of the wall panel.
Sourcecorp and Fibo are currently developing an in-house niche specifically designed for the wall panels.
How are fixtures mounted on the Fibo Panel?
When compared to other wall finishes fixing hardware items to Fibo is very easy and fast. The hold in the panel is very good and most fixtures like towel rails, robe hooks or toilet roll holders can be simply fixed using wood screws. Depending on the screw type, it may be helpful to first prepare a pilot hole.
For any weight bearing fixture such as free standing vanities, basins, wall mounted toilets or handrails then backing noggins or studs be added as support.
Remember to place a small amount of sealant around the screw or any backing plate, which is essential in a wet area.
Other than panel installation can you help with other works?
That largely depends on the nature of the work.
During discussions regarding Fibo we are occasionally asked if Sourcecorp could undertake other works. While we are able to assist with the installation of Fibo, Sourcecorp is not a registered builder. We do however know a number of good quality builders, who Sourcecorp is happy to introduce and then leave further discussions regarding the scope of works to the client and the introduced company.