Porcelain tiles are both virtually

indestructible and stainproof, as well as being impervious to water

be a long and costly process. Initially, the client would take a visit to a marble yard (either in the UK or abroad) to select the exact slabs of marble they desire. The stone mason would then visit the site to take a template of the areas of the bathroom where the marble is to be fixed. They then return to the factory to cut, polish and trim the marble to match the

template using specialist machinery. Finally, a few weeks later a capable team would arrive to deliver the cut marble and fix it into place. Looking at the modern porcelain option, as we know, digital technology means there is no fear of picking the 'wrong' piece, which makes the initial selection process a lot more straightforward. The porcelain tiles

weigh a lot less (around a quarter of the weight of natural marble) and at around 3-5 mm thick, they are much easier to handle. This means the actual slabs chosen are delivered direct to site, where the fitter cuts, polishes, trims and installs them. The whole process is lot more efficient, quicker and therefore also cheaper. Many manufacturers also keep their most popular porcelain tiles in stock, so they are available for immediate delivery.

Chris Grainger is managing director at The Stone & Ceramic Warehouse

Relaunch of Tile Backer Board

Abacus Elements is well known as the go-to brand for waterproofing and wetroom solutions in the bathroom, creating innovative and flexible designs coupled with ultimate build quality. What sets the new Elements Backer Boards apart from the competition is the engineered quality; for “behind the tiles” security, there is simply nothing like it on the market. The key features of the board include insulating properties, exceptionally high compressive strength, and impressive environmental

credentials. The cost-effective Backer Board system is lightweight, easy to handle and cut, and ideal for application with electric underfloor heating. Polyflor launches new Colonia Collection

Polyflor is delighted to reveal an exciting new Colonia range. The updated Colonia Collection features all 18 original shades with the introduction of eight brand new on trend designs. Following extensive design, trend and performance research each shade is carefully developed to complement a variety of residential interiors and reflect the current interior design trends, identified by the company’s in-house design teams. With a 2.0mm gauge and a 0.2mm wear layer, Colonia has been constructed to withstand

the demands of busy lifestyles and engineered specifically for the residential sector including private housing, social housing, housebuilders and housing association.

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