Tile Fix Direct Blog

July 2012

Weighing in on Wet Room Planning & Preparation

An ever increasing number of homeowners across the UK are opting for a wet room to be installed during a home renovation. Wet rooms can be designed and customised to meet the needs and wants of the homeowners. Plus, with the demand for open-planned living spaces on the rise, wet rooms are a great way to create the illusion of more space in a bathroom and shower area.

Wet room installation isn’t complete within a day; therefore, it’s important to carefully plan and prepare for the installation of a wet room. Here’s a little checklist to keep handy when preparing to create a homeowners’ dream wet room.

  1. Surface area. Check to ensure that the surface area is stable and not flexible. Wet rooms can be fitted over timber or screened floors.

  2. Note: A timber floor must be fixed and rigid. Check all floorboards to make sure that they aren’t loose. If they seem loose, screw them down.

  3. Make note of all power points and water points. Once waterproofed or tanked, the surface area should not be punctured.

  4. Measure the area. The minimum size of a wet room is 800 x 800mm. It is imperative that the space is big enough for the wet room to be installed.

  5. Determine which waterproofing method would best suit your particular wet room installation project.

  6. Consider the following questions: Will you need tile backer and insulation boards for the walls? Is the entire room going to be waterproofed or only the “wet” areas? What method of waterproofing is needed for the floor?

  7. Underfloor Heating. Is the homeowner interested in underfloor heating for his or her wet room? If so, determine which system is best suited to the homeowner’s needs.

  8. Check the ventilation of the room. Ensure that there is enough ventilation in the wet room area.

  9. Install isn’t done in a day. Check to make sure that the homeowners have another bathroom that can be used during the installation process as the wet room area will be out of use during the duration of the install.

  10. Check the manufacturers’ guide. Before starting the installation process, make sure that you’ve acquainted yourself with the manufacturers’ instructions. (…and make sure that you follow them throughout the entire wet room installation process.)

After planning and preparation, you’re well on your way to creating the perfect wet room.

Product Launch: DEVIreg™ Touch

What is it?

The DEVIreg™ Touch is an easy-to-use underfloor heating thermostat and controller.

What makes it different?

  • Programming flexibility
  • Variety of control options: shortcut button for frost protection, disable timer, away and off modes, different settings and temperature levels can be set for different days
  • Compatible with existing underfloor heating systems
  • Capable of being integrated into underfloor heating systems from other manufacturers
  • Design that can fit into any regular socket

What are some installation features?

  • Easy-to-use programming interface
  • Web-based automated warranty replacement feature
  • Set up is according to room and floor type
  • Long distance web support available
  • Optional setup via code for multiple installation

What are features that will benefit the end-user?

  • 2” touch display in a modern design
  • Helps to stop energy waste by: Low stand-by power consumption, open window detection, consumption meter, and third generation forecast function with optimum start up and shutdown
  • Flexible and easy-to-use

Is there a warranty?

Yes! The DEVIreg™ comes with a 5-Year No Quibble Warranty.

What else does the DEVIreg™ Touch do?

You can see the DEVIreg™ Touch in action (and see for yourself how it works), by clicking here.

Or, check out more information provided in the DEVIreg™ Touch Product Information Sheet.

You can even have a try yourself and test out the controls by clicking here.- Requires Adobe Flash Player.

Is the DEVIreg™ Touch available now?

Yes! The DEVIreg™ Touch is available to purchase now. You can get it online at Tile Fix Direct.

Connecting with Tile Fix Direct: Join our Social Media Network

It’s great to be able to connect with our customers and to see what they’ve been up to in regards to work and more. Through Facebook and Twitter, we are able to interact quickly with everyone in the tiling, wet room, and bathroom industry. Plus, we love to see our tilers’ work displayed on their Facebook sites or through their Twitter updates.

If you haven’t connected with Tile Fix Direct yet, you can follow us on Twitter or Facebook by clicking the links. We’d love to hear from you!

Product Feature: Ardex WPC Waterproof Pro Tanking Kit

Here at Tile Fix Direct, we’re always stressing the importance of waterproofing a wet room or shower area in a bathroom. By waterproofing the area, you’re increasing the longevity of both the tiles and the entire waterproofed area.

The Ardex WPC Waterproof PRO Tanking Kit is a great kit that can be used to tank the required area. Let’s take a further look into the product.

What is included?

Ardex WPC Waterproof Pro Tanking Kit consists of two components.

  1. Solvent free acrylic dispersion
  2. Reactive cement-based powered

When the two components are mixed together, they can be modified to provide a non-flowing consistency or a brushable consistency.

What is its use?

We briefly mentioned above that the kit is used to waterproof any area that is needed. This particular tanking kit can be used to waterproof backgrounds such as cement and gypsum plaster, plasterboard, or wood-based materials.

It is great for use in domestic or commercial kitchens, showers, bathrooms, and wet rooms.

The Ardex WPC Tanking Kit can also be used to seal internal corners between walls, joints and gaps around pipes, and baths and showers prior to fixing ceramic tiles.

What is the preparation before waterproofing the area?

In order to correctly apply the mixture, the surfaces must be dry, rigid, sound, and free of oil, dust, dirt or other barriers to adhesion.

What should be known about mixing the two components?

If a non-flowing consistency is required:

Mix the quantity needed by combining the components in the ratio of 0.7 parts Ardex WPC liquid to 1 part Ardex WPC powder by weight (Mix No. 1).

If a brushable consistency is required:

Mix the quantity needed by combining the components in the ratio of 1 part Ardex WPC liquid to 1 part Ardex WPC power by weight (Mix No. 2).

Once mixed, Ardex WPC has a pot life of about 45 minutes at 20 degrees C. Be sure to discard any mixture that begins to set and thicken before application – don’t add more liquid Ardex WPC.

What’s the best way to apply Ardex WPC?

Mix No. 1:

Use this mix for application with a spatula/pallet knife/trowel for sealing joints in corners, filling holes and gaps around fixtures, and prior to applying the two coats of Mix No. 2.

If needed, use Mix. No. 1 to level uneven areas with a trowel and apply at 3mm thick.

Mix No. 2:

Use this mix to give a complete coating on the surface. Apply it evenly with a paintbrush or roller. To completely waterproof the desired area, it is necessary to apply a second coat. The total thickness should be at least 0.8mm.

Application of the second coat of Mix No. 2 can be applied 30 minutes after the first coat. Once the second coat dries for about an hour, it will be ready to accept ceramic tiles, mosaics, etc.

Note: Do not apply Ardex WPC at temperatures below 5 degrees C.

Are there any precautions?

Although Ardex WPC is considered non-hazardous with normal use, the presence of cement in the Ardex WPC powder does produce an alkaline mortar that may cause some irritation if there is prolonged contact with the skin.

Avoid inhalation or ingestion of dust and prevent contact with eye.

Underfloor Heating: Look at the Benefits

Given the current state of the economy, it seems like every industry is taking a hit. Even though times are rough, the Underfloor Heating Market Report UK 2012-2016 Analysis by AMA Research says, “The market value [for underfloor heating systems] is expected to increase approximately 13% within the next four years.”

It’s no wonder that underfloor heating systems are gaining popularity (even considering the down economy) in the UK, considering some of these benefits.

Energy Efficiency. Underfloor heating uses less energy than radiator heating (when fitted in an equivalent building). But, keep in mind the energy source, insulation, and the temperature of the room. Overheating the room will decrease the amount of energy that is being saved.

Heat distribution. Unlike radiators, underfloor heating systems heat a larger surface area from the floor upwards creating a more consistent temperature. Radiant heat is released and, therefore, very little heat will escape through ceilings and walls.

Air quality. Underfloor heating established temperature conditions that are less favourable in supporting mould, bacteria, viruses, and dust mites.

No radiators. Because the heating system is under the flooring, there is no need for unsightly radiators. This makes it easier to design the look of the room. As well, it’s safer for children – no need to worry about running into the radiator.

Drying time. If there is water on the floor (especially in a bathroom or wet room), the floor will dry much quicker when underfloor heating is installed. No more worrying about slipping on a wet surface.

Comfort. Tiles are inherently cold. But, with the installation of underfloor heating – this problem is solved. Finally, warm tiles!

In order for the underfloor heating system to have the desired effect, it’s necessary to make sure that the system being installed works with the type of floor construction in the house. Tile Fix Direct’s Underfloor Heating Selector provides you with suggestions for the most beneficial heating system for your specific project.

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