Wainscoting is akin to the armor of your wallboards as it provides a hard protective shell to readily shield from physical impact from a chair or table, scuff marks from footwear, and other damages. But apart from being a defensive mechanism, it’s also a decorative molding that adds an elegant aesthetic appeal to a living space similar to any trim finishes such as crown molding or door and window encasings. As a type of trim, usually made of wood or plastic, wainscoting typically covers up the bottom half of an interior wall in a living room, bathroom, or kitchen as it's used to protect the wall surface beneath it from moisture damage, it also provides for better home insulation. Each panel may be used on its own independently or tucked in between baseboards found at the bottom of chair rails seen at the top. By adding a layer of decorative depth to your wallboards Lehi homeowners get peace of mind knowing your walls have extra protection. Wainscoting has its origin in medieval times hailing from Norway as it was originally made from a specific oak tree used to line rooms at Windsor Castle. At the time, it was considered more so practical and was mostly used as insulation to block any cold air flow flowing through stone walls and keep the house warm. Over time, wainscoting became an ornament of sorts too, as decorative wall paneling became like a fine art or showpiece for guests to ogle at as wainscoting design became more embellished. Thesedays, wainscoting remains relevant and timeless as ever as it can upgrade your home to a modern and ornate contemporary setting polishing up any drab living area. Lehi homeowners are best advised to not outrightly ignore a wainscoting installation as any damaged wall surfaces and their accompanying wainscoting finishes can compromise your home’s insulation and room temperature resulting in lower energy efficiency and skyrocketing monthly utility bills.

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Mr. Handyman technician at door of Lehi homeowner to provide wainscoting installation services

What Makes Mr. Handyman A Topnotch Service Provider?

So do yourself a favour and ask a qualified, licensed, and fully insured Lehi handyman from Mr. Handyman of Lehi, Provo, and Spanish Fork for a majestic wainscoting installation. We are a local and independent franchise that has served Lehi and nearby areas of

Eagle Mountain, Heber City, and Lindon for numerous years and always strive for quality craftsmanship and superior customer satisfaction. Our experienced team members are well-adept with the knowledge, skills, and techniques for professional wainscoting installation, repair, and maintenance. Despite knowing the extraordinary outcome wainscoting will showcase if you are indecisive, we recommend you book a no-obligation consultation. If you remain hesitant to recall we offer transparent, upfront pricing backed by a one-year parts and labour guarantee so if your wainscoting installation happens to fall into disrepair, we will return to make the proper adjustments.

Our Winsome Wainscoting Installation Services

Remember, your house is not simply a pitstop for you to unwind and relax but a personal sanctuary as the more it looks organized and structurally sound, not to mention classy and eye-catching, with a Lehi wainscoting installation the more habitable it will be as luxury and comfort go hand in hand. Lately, if you’ve noticed telltale signs such as scratches, dents, small holes, or any other cosmetic imperfections on your wall surfaces you can try your best to remedy the minor damages with wood putty, caulk or add a layer of stain or paint to cover up the blemish. If, however, the damage is more severe showcasing larger cracks and fractures that stretch over a few wallboards a quick fix just won’t do. These can be either due to a shoddy wainscoting installation job or a deeper underlying issue of a shifting home foundation which has caused the panels to fissure and separate. Sometimes it’s a worthwhile investment to get a Lehi wainscoting installation over a repair if the damage to your wallboards is irreparable. Plus signing up for a wainscoting installation will ensure your walls and its wallpapers, hallways, and stairways are foolproof against bumps or brushes against them, will add a decorative touch and further protect your surfaces from dampness and moisture damage. Although you can attempt a makeshift DIY installation job for a Lehi wainscoting installation you are ill-advised as if you do it incorrectly you will have to rip it off your wall surfaces with a crowbar or hammer, including removing any adhesive, and if you are not careful you can permanently damage the wall themselves.

How Do We Proceed With A Wainscoting Installation?

There is a diverse palette of options for a Lehi wainscoting installation and regardless of if you’re a first-time homeowner or have purchased a property that is pre-owned or newly built, we can customize a solution for you based on your personal preferences for material and design and budget. So be open to exploring the possibilities before committing to a specific material as we can do a wainscoting installation from everything from rustic wood to generic plastic you need only ask:


Natural/Solid Wood: One of the most popular requests is wood given that it’s lightweight, versatile, and comes in various kinds of wood such as pine or walnut. And engaging the lower half of your wall also covers up uneven edges on your floors, readily preventing any physical damage by accumulating debris or pesky pests. Just be aware that it does require precise installation as a shoddy job will increase the likelihood that it will crack due to fluctuating temperatures as it can expand and crack the wood’s material. Plus, it doesn’t bode well in most environments so if you do not upkeep with routine cleaning whatsoever don’t be surprised to see rotting wood.

Plywood: Plywood is a wood-based material that is not purely made of natural wood and so it’s a great substitute as it’s less costly, does slightly better in moisture-prone areas such as a laundry or mud room, and is easy to install. But of course, remember that it’s not 100% waterproof so it is still susceptible to wood rot so regular maintenance such as staining and cleaning off debris is mandatory.

Plaster: Although less common plastic is still doable for a Lehi wainscoting installation and is great for bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, and playrooms, it’s easy to clean. But note that it doesn’t bode well in areas with higher humidity levels, can get damaged, and is susceptible to moisture damage.

MDF (medium-density fiberboard): MDF is slightly more durable than natural wood and it’s an excellent choice for a wainscoting installation as it doesn’t easily crack dent or warp. The only downside is that because it is engineered wood rather than pure, solid wood it is more likely to damage and doesn't bode as well in fluctuating temperatures, especially extreme heat, or is unable to withstand heavy weight. We don’t recommend using MDF in your bathroom, for example, as it’s a moist environment that can scruff up your wall surfaces.

PVC (polyvinyl chloride): Mostly durable and affordable vinyl or plastic is resistant to water damage, doesn't scratch as easily as solid wood or plywood and bodes well in fluctuating temperatures including hotter temperatures and moist areas, and can withstand heavy pressure and so can handle foot traffic easily. Plus, it’s easy to clean and doesn’t corrode from chemical cleaners and can fight off any pest invasions. The only downside is that if it's damaged from hairline cracks, dents, or holes it is difficult to fix. Plus, you don’t win points for your eco-footprint as it's not an environmentally friendly material and works better for interior wainscoting rather than the exterior.


Regardless of if the types of wainscoting finishes are jutting in or pressing out all wainscoting material designs come with the basic traditional baseboard and chair rail.

Raised Panel: This design has the panel being placed directly in front of the stiles and rails so upon completion of the Lehi wainscoting installation it will look as if the panels are slightly raised off the wall. The panels themselves have beveled edges which creates a floating-like effect.

Flat Panel Or Beadboard: Also known as a recessed panel this design has panels that are placed behind the stiles and rails and you guessed it–showcases a flattered or concave appearance. Fun fact–this is a popular style for arts and crafts style rooms. Buyers beware though as if installed in the wrong location it can look tacky as flat panels don’t look the best in bedrooms as it looks too formal for a Lehi wainscoting installation.

Overlay: This is a combination of raised panels and flat panels for wainscoting. Flats panels are laid down first and followed up with additional panels being overlain on top which can be lined with molding for an added flair. So basically overlaid panels look just like raised panels aesthetically speaking but allow for more style and elaborate designs being layered on top.

Board and Batten: Although generic wainscoting is typically installed on the lower half of your wall, the board and batten paneling potentially extends the entire length of the wallboard and can be installed to its full height. That is, boards are the vertically installed panels and narrow battens are placed horizontally across to fasten the gaps between boards. Although it's more of a classic vibe it does add dramatic flair to a room and can blend plywood boards and molding to create more of a textured surface.

Why We Are The Wondrous Choice For Wainscoting Installation!

Your home sweet home deserves the luxury treatment with a regal wainscoting installation. Our trustworthy technicians can tackle everything from tweaking minor quick fixes to attempting a total overhaul with a home remodeling project for both interior and exterior design. We know you will be pleased with a high-quality Lehi wainscoting installation after discovering how charming it makes your living space look and you’ll be the envy of all your neighbors and friends who will ask you for a referral to Mr. Handyman of Lehi, Provo, and Spanish Fork.

Frequently Asked Questions About Wainscoting


Some areas of your home should be preferably off limits of wainscoting as it showcases a formal appearance, for example, your bedroom is a safe space to relax and laze about so a wainscoting installation wouldn’t do it justice. Instead, your bedroom’s look can be refreshed by simply swapping out the wallpaper or by painting the accent wall a different color.


Yes–the top and bottom of the wainscoting are usually held together by a topmost cap rail and bottommost baseboard railed which is directly nailed into the studs.


Surprisingly, you don’t need to tear down your wainscoting panels to correct any gaps or seams. Covering up any eyesore seams can be done by applying a thick coat of premade joint compound over them and then sanding over top to create a smooth surface. Finish it off by adding a fresh coat of paint.

Add Eloquence To Your Humble Abode With A Wainscoting Installation

A Lehi wainscoting installation is a win-win solution as not only does it boost your home’s fanciful decor but serves as a protective mechanism from accidental physical damage from moving around heavy pieces of furniture or brawling and hyperactive children that may bump into your walls. Don’t delay and call one of our courteous customer service representatives who are on standby and ready to schedule your consultation or service appointment for commercial or residential wainscoting installation.

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