New Area Proves Roaring Success

Since its opening 3 months ago the new extra product choice addition to our showroom in Bridgnorth has been a massive hit with our customers.

Our new area covers hundreds of ranges and thousands of product options from our quality assured manufacturers in Italy and Spain. In addition, hundreds of full size tiles are on display to give a taste of products the area has to offer – from 10x10mm glass mosaics to 1200×1200 giant porcelain slabs.

The extra choice products include 3D tiles, glitzy mosaics, swimming pool ceramics, industrial floor tiles, thin porcelain slabs, swimming pool construction systems, in short wall and floor tiles to suit any budget or requirement, whether domestic, commercial, bespoke or industrial.commercial bouncers wholesale

Full size samples are available in addition to 100×100 colour chip samples which are perfect for reference or for designer story boards.

There’s even a private meeting room for you to use with your designer or client complete with a 1200×1200 tile slab table and product reference library.

Photo Tiles

Digital technology is used to produce specialist ceramic wall and swimming pool tiles. It combines ceramic colours and inkjet printing techniques to produce digital images which can be applied and then fired at very high temperatures onto glazed tiles.

The process does not have the normal limitations of specialist decoration (ie very high set-up costs) so is perfect for small production runs, bespoke tiles or murals such as personalised tiles or panels for kitchens, bathrooms, showers, swimming pools or schools.tian xiao cheng

Our skilled artwork techniques allow us to create numerous paint effects to turn photographs into paintings of many styles. Additionally we can convert childrens designs or paintings into tiles or feature panels.

The finished products are fully fade and scratch resistant and can even be used on external walls, in swimming pools or on power shower walls.

This gives the perfect opportunity to personalise your home or project.

Is it porcelain or is it ceramic

Slaty Multicolour

Slaty Multicolour

This is a question we get asked quite regularly. Porcelain is a type of material used for some wall and most floor tiles, it is the hardest and most durable of all tile materials and is formed by firing pressed clay or clay dust at very high temperatures to “fuse” the body into a solid mass. Ceramic is a generic description of anything produced from clay or clay derivative products – for example tableware, tiles, insulators, sanitaryware – these can all be described as Ceramic but not all are Porcelain.

Four examples of different ceramics are earthenware, stoneware, porcelain and bone china. They can all be described as Ceramic but only those with a very low water absorption (the means of porcelain classification) can be called Porcelain.

So the answer to the question is it porcelain or ceramic is – if it’s a wall or floor tile it certainly is ceramic but if it’s a tile with a low water absorption it will be both Ceramic AND Porcelain.

 

Light Reflectance

Burgundy Stone

Burgundy Stone

LIGHT REFLECTANCE VALUES (LRV)

The Equality Act (formerly DDA) guidelines on light reflectance have been specifically created to assist designers and specifiers in the design of public buildings to ensure that the building and layout does not discriminate against people with physical or visual impairments. Part of the Equality Act covers Light Reflectance (the amount of light reflected from a surface). This is measured on a scale of 0 to 100 where 0 is perfect black and 100 is perfect white. Typically the darkest black tones achieve 5 to 7 and the whitest white tones achieve 85 to 90.

WHY IS LRV IMPORTANT?

People with visual impairments may have difficulty navigating within a space or locating important elements within that space (doors, stairs, switches, safety handles etc). LRV values enable specifiers to select products that offer a good contrast to the important elements within that room resulting in a space that does not discriminate against the visually impaired.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT?

For smaller contrast areas (doors:walls, handrails:walls, switches:walls, sanitaryware:walls /floors etc) the accepted LRV difference should be a minimum of 30 points, for larger contrast areas (walls:floors, walls:ceilings etc) a minimum of 20 is sometimes accepted.