What is Raised Paneling?

Raised paneling is not at all a new look, nor is it a new style. It is, however, a renewed interest in an existing style that has been around for quite some time, well for over 200 years.

What is raised paneling and exactly why is it so special to homeowners?

Raised paneling is also known as wainscoting, and while it has been prevalent in homes for over 200 years, it has recently in the last few decades sparked a surge in interest in the style and design of this intriguing decorative design. The raised paneling look is the design that's often seen in lieu of simple paneling looks and images. The design gives the paneling more of a customized appearance look. Raised paneling has beveled edges and is mostly seen on wall panels and cabinetry designs.

The cost of purchasing and installing raised paneling largely depends on the resources and materials used in the process. Many styles and designs of paneling projects use the medium density fiberboard, also known as MDF, and for that reason the installation of paneling will cost significantly less than a natural hardwood installation. Since raised paneling is a very stylish and popular look, many homeowners opt to do the installation project themselves, saving on the costs for a sub-contractor in some cases. The average prices for most raised paneling kits range anywhere from $150-$250.

Raised paneling is normally constructed from wainscoting material, but in some cases this may not be as hard or as durable as the natural hardwood substance. Although it varies in durability, it is however sufficient for the long-lasting and durable wear that's required of raised paneling. The product also will not in normal conditions change its shape and is also a highly water resistant substance that holds up incredibly well against water-based conditions and other elements.

Raised paneling is also very easy to maintain as well by simply regularly dusting the panel as well as doing a thorough deep cleaning at least once a month. Cleaning the panel doesn't require an especially sophisticated cleaner, just simple detergent, warm water and a soft cloth will sufficiently do the job. Afterwards, be sure to thoroughly dry the paneling to ensure that water doesn't sit on the wood too long and cause it to pop up or bubble up.

Raised paneling can easily be achieved with a simple planned layout and knowing where to begin before starting the installation. Homeowner's should always make this plan beforehand, especially if they will be performing the installation themselves. This saves them a lot of time, frees them from making unnecessary errors and ensures that the finished product is as professional looking as possible.