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What is the typical access panel size?

Access panels come in various sizes to suit different needs, with popular dimensions including 8×8, 12×12, 14×14, 16×16, 18×18, and 24×24 inches or 150x150mm, 200x200mm, 300x300mm, 450x450mm, 550x550mm, 600x600mm, 900x600mm.

At Trade Counter Direct, we offer a comprehensive range of sizes, ensuring you find the perfect fit for your specific requirements. We also offer custom-made panels of any size, just fill in this form and we'll get you a quote in 24 hours: 

What is the difference between an access hatch and an access panel?

The main difference lies in their placement and purpose. Access panels are typically installed in walls and ceilings for easy access to utilities, while access hatches are designed for floor or roof installations, providing larger entry points for areas like attics or basements. For more details on this check out this more detailed TCD Blog: 

How do I choose an access panel?

Selecting the right access panel involves considering material and functionality. Aluminum panels are excellent for corrosion resistance, ideal for outdoor or moisture-prone areas. Consider specific features like fire resistance or soundproofing based on your requirements. Trade Counter Direct can help guide you to the best choice for your project. To view the entire range of panels available at Trade Counter Direct please visit our microsite: 

What are the different types of access panels?

Various access panels cater to different needs, including flush access panels that integrate seamlessly into walls or ceilings. Whether you need an electrical access panel, ceiling access panel, or another type, Trade Counter Direct offers a diverse selection to meet your specific needs. To view the entire range of panels available at Trade Counter Direct please visit our micro site: 

What is the purpose of an access panel?

Access panels provide convenient and discreet access to utilities such as water, electricity, gas, and telecommunications. They are essential for routine maintenance and repairs, ensuring smooth operation of these systems in both residential and commercial settings.

What is the difference between an access panel and a hatch?

Access panels are primarily used for accessing plumbing, electrical outlets, and circuit boxes, while loft hatches are larger and designed for accessing attic spaces. Understanding this distinction helps in choosing the right solution for your property. For more details on this check out this more detailed TCD Blog: 

How are access panels installed?

These videos will guide you through the installation process for various types of access panels, demonstrating how to securely fit them into your chosen space.

Do I need an access panel?

Access panels are invaluable in converting spaces like basements, attics, or garages into functional areas, providing easy access to shut-off valves and drain cleanouts. They are not limited to plumbing; their versatility makes them a practical addition to any space requiring utility access. To view the entire range of panels available at Trade Counter Direct please visit our microsite: 

Can you put an access panel in a shower?

Yes, access panels can be installed in showers, behind bathtubs, or in closets, offering essential access for plumbing maintenance. The type of panel selected depends on the specific application and area requirements. For our range of Tile access panels: 

Where do you need access panels?

Access panels are particularly useful in areas with plumbing systems, like attics and basements. They are easily installed in walls and ceilings made of drywall, with options in plastic, metal, or other materials available at Trade Counter Direct.

Do I need a plumbing access panel?

A plumbing access panel is vital for maintaining a healthy plumbing system, not just for repairs or shut-offs. It facilitates regular maintenance, clean-outs, and inspections, ensuring your system's longevity and efficiency.

For a wide selection of access panels and expert advice, visit Trade Counter Direct – your premier destination for all your access panel needs.