Some wall panels, such as solar panels, are used as a power source.
Wall panel systems are common structural items that serve a multitude of architectural, energetic, utilitarian and aesthetic purposes. Wall panels are used to enhance, organize, protect and hide various wires, connections, parts or components of building systems. In addition, wall panels can also provide an alternative energy source for a building. From homes and offices to department stores and commercial buildings, wall panel systems come in different styles, each serving a specific purpose.
It can be difficult to distinguish between faux and real wood panels.
The most common shapes are those used in homes to hide electrical or network cables and wires. These types of wall panels usually come in standard sizes for use in utility areas of homes and are made from metal, wood, or plaster to keep components secure behind a panel or door. Wall panels can also be used in residential or office areas to hide wires and cables from sound systems, computers and phone lines.
Wall panel systems are also commonly found in offices where multiple phone and computer lines, electrical wires and cables must go into offices, along ceilings and floors, in elevator shafts and in central processing areas. Wall panels keep all of these items hidden from view, provide easy access for maintenance crews when repairs or adjustments need to be made, and provide safety against exposure to hazardous lines.
In commercial or residential establishments, wall panels hold devices in place for convenient use or to separate certain areas of a building from the rest of the establishment. Wall panels can be made from cardboard, wood, fabric, plastic, glass, metal or flexible materials like vinyl, plexi-glass or fiberglass. They can be industrial looking, plain or decorated in any desired finish to complement the environment in which they are used. These wall panels can be mobile or stable, they can slide on rails or be stored for occasional use. Wall panel systems make it easy to cover an area of a building or room for a special purpose, while also providing privacy.
For residential buildings, commercial buildings and warehouses, wall panel systems are most often used to protect or hide building equipment and components to keep the environment safe and tidy or to improve the structure and performance of the building in terms of energy usage. In a commercial building, a series of wall panels can be used to create specific areas where work takes place, such as a production area versus an office area. Some wall panels are even used to create an energy source, such as those made from green building materials or solar panels.