What is an Access Panel?

4th May 2022

Access panels are pre-fabricated doors and frames used to gain access to hidden services in walls and ceilings that need regular access or maintenance. They’re great for covering stop taps, isolation switches, air conditioning units and other internal features. Most access panels are suitable for drywall areas. Access panels generally fall into four types; metal faced, plasterboard faced, tile faced and plastic faced.


Types of access panel

Metal Faced:

Metal faced access panels consist of a metal door with a powedercoat white finish, a Picture frame is most common with the metal door as these are usually being installed into a wall/ceiling after its been plastered and will hide any imperfections in the cut, however, a beaded frame option is also available (designed to be plastered over for a discreet finish. Regardless of whether you choose the picture or beaded frame, Exitile metal faced access panels carry a multitude of special attributes ranging below


Fire Ratings – 0hr to 4hr

Acoustic Ratings – 0dB to 48dB

Smoke Tested available – Yes

Airtight Tested - Yes


Plasterboard Faced:

Plasterboard Access panels come with plasterboard infill into the door tray accompanied with a beaded frame surround, this option requires plastering once installed for a discreet sleek finish. Lock options for this panel type is varied from low security to high security options, if security isn’t an issue and it’s a discreet finish you are looking for, our touch catch lock option is what you are looking for. This option removes the need for a lock hole to the door face of the door as its mechanism is activated by a push motion! Our plasterboard panel can be requested with a 120 minutes fire resistance to match the buildings attributes.


Tile Faced:

Tile faced access panels come with a moisture board infill into the door tray ready to take ceramic tiles to the door face, which will match the surrounding area for maximum discreetness. Tile faced access panels come with a beaded frame, which is hidden upon installation. For locking purposes, a touch catch and budget lock are used. These access panels are available with a 120 minutes fire resistance, and only suitable for wall applications.


Plastic Faced:

Plastic faced access panels have a plastic door and frame surrounding and a friction lock.  the friction lock is push to close, and is usually opened with a flat head screwdriver. This type of access panel come in set sizes:

  • 152 x 102 mm
  • 228 x 152 mm
  • 203 x 203 mm
  • 305 x 305 mm
  • 457 x 457 mm


Unfortunately, these access panels are unable to be modified or made to bespoke designs.



What are access panels used for?

Access panels are used to gain access to hidden services in the wall/ceiling voids that need regular maintenance, lets be honest this ?? isn’t the solution to gain access to your wall cavity!