Tile Fix Direct Blog

November 2013

Wet Rooms: A Stylish Alternative To The Traditional Bathroom

A trendy addition to any home, a wet room is a stylish, practical alternative to the traditional bathroom. While they are a popular amenity in spas and luxurious high end households, wetrooms are successfully finding their way into mainstream homes as well.

What is a wetroom, and why should you consider having it installed in your home? Let’s look into some of the technical details and the benefits a wetroom can offer.

What Are Wetrooms And Why Should You Have One In Your Home?

Essentially, a wetroom is part of the bathroom or the whole bathroom which has been waterproofed, and is used as a showering area. It provides easy access to your shower,and its design contributes to its contemporary appearance, which is stylish and minimalist.

The benefits of owning a wetroom are most visible in smaller bathrooms, as the wet room can help you create the illusion of a bigger space. It also looks stylish, and provides you with an attractive space for showering. Plus, it doesn’t confine the space you can shower in, as you can use the entire room if desired. Wetrooms can be installed into bathrooms of any size, as the components of wetrooms can be easily customised. They are also easy to maintain and allow you to enjoy a spa-like showering experience in your own home.

What’s In A Wetroom? The Essentials From Tile Fix Direct

If you want to remodel your bathroom, you can do so with the wetroom essentials provided by Tile Fix Direct. The most important thing to bear in mind when having a wetroom installed is waterproofing. A wet room that is properly tanked will ensure longevity, durability and freedom of space, so make sure you get high quality tile backer and insulation boards to waterproof the entire room. Here at Tile Fix you will also find waterproof tape and sealing compounds, all of which are important requirements for the job.

The next step is your shower area, which requires a well-made wetroom shower tray installed underneath the floor tiles. These are also available in a variety of sizes from Tile Fix Direct. Your wetroom design allows for a lot of creativity and the shower trays for wetrooms sold by Tile Fix are manufactured to have tileslaid over them. This gives you the freedom to coordinate the colours, patterns or any other ideas you might have for your wetroom. For the drainage, you can choose from the standard horizontal or the modern linear drain. You can also choose the placement of your drainage system,withoffset, centre and corner drainage options.

Find Your Wetroom Essentials At Tile Fix Direct

Wetrooms are a great investment, especially if you have a smaller bathroom. However, if you are simply looking to renovate your bathroom, a wet room can be installed in any house or apartment. If you want to add a touch ofluxury to your home with a wetroom, Tile Fix can help.

For more information, contact us by calling 0333 320 04 24.

5 Benefits Of Marmox Board

Marmox Board

Marmox Board

Marmox Multiboard is a waterproof, insulating tile backer board that comes in a variety of thicknesses and lengths. It is comprised of extruded polystyrene that prevents water and water vapour from passing through it, meaning it is fully waterproof and not just water resistant. Each side of the tile backer board is coated with a layer of fibreglass reinforced polymer concrete that enables a strong bond to form with both tile adhesive and plaster.

Tile Fix Direct stocks Marmox Board in thicknesses ranging from 4mm-50mm with long boards available in some sizes; the thicker the board, the greater the insulating properties. For difficult or unusually shaped areas we also stock curved and angled Marmox Tile Backer Board. In this blog post we look at five benefits of Marmox Board.

1. Waterproof

Being completely waterproof, as opposed to merely water resistant, means that no water at all can be absorbed into the core of the Multiboard. This means that it will not distort in the way that plasterboard would. Marmox Board can be used as a waterproofing tile backer board in a variety of situations such as in wet rooms, bathrooms and swimming pools.

2. Highly Insulating

Marmox Board is highly insulating, making it great for dry lining buildings, placing below electric underfloor heating, and for adding insulation to wet rooms. The Energy Saving Trust recommends using Marmox Board as an effective internal wall insulation board in buildings that do not have cavity walls and where insulation on the outside of the building is impractical.

Placed below electric underfloor heating, the board will ensure that heat is projected upwards so that it does not dissipate through the floor. A significant amount of heat from underfloor heating can be lost if a layer of insulation is not laid below it.

3. Strong

Marmox Multiboards are strong and can withstand loads of 40 tonnes/m² on floors and will hold up to 62kg/m² on walls – more than enough to hold tiles, adhesive and fixtures/fittings. Their ability to hold such heavy loads makes Marmox Boards ideal for use with large tiles and stones and they are just as suitable for fixing to stud work as they are to solid walls.

4. Easy To Manoeuvre

Marmox Tile Backer Boards are lightweight and easy to handle by one person. The 4mm standard board weighs 2.3kg and the 12.5mm long boards weigh 5.6kg, with the other sizes stocked on Tile Fix Direct falling between these weights. Multiboards are also easy to cut to size if required, with a saw or a knife, and can be fixed in both vertical and horizontal positions on walls and floors.

5. Ready To Tile Or Plaster

Marmox Board is specifically designed so that it is ready for tiling or plastering on immediately. Be sure to first tape all joints between boards with Marmox Reinforcing Tape, or tape all corners and joints with waterproof tape if the area needs to be waterproof. You can then tile directly onto the board. If plastering, coat the Marmox Board with one part PVA and five parts water then plaster whilst primer is still tacky.

Buy Marmox Board Online

You can buy Marmox Board online from Tile Fix Direct at competitive prices. For help installing the tile backer insulation board, please refer to the handy guides below.

Marmox Fixing Instructions for Solid Walls – Adhesive

Marmox Fixing Instructions for Solid Walls – Fixing Dowels

Marmox Fixing Instructions for Solid Walls – Screws & Washers

Marmox Fixing Instructions for Stud Walls

Marmox Fixing Instructions for Floors – Adhesive

Marmox Fixing Instructions for Floors – Screws & Washers

Reliable Marmox Wet Room Insulation From Tile Fix Direct

Wet rooms have become increasingly popular with homeowners who are looking to redecorate their bathroom. We think it’s a great alternative to an ordinary bathroom and can potentially add value to your property.

A wet room is a waterproof area for showering. In order to waterproof it properly and avoid possible leaks, we advise that you use Marmox Board. This provides an even surface and support for the tiles, and can be used elsewhere around the house for insulation.

The Uses Of Marmox Board

Marmox Board, which is also called Marmox Multiboard, is an ideal solution for insulating and waterproofing your wet room, as well as for underfloor heating. A suitable material for any framework, it can be fixed to wood, metal or brick.

Marmox Board is lightweight and easily cut with a knife or saw. It is manufactured from extruded polystyrene and covered with closely woven fibreglass mesh, embedded in a cement polymer mortar.

Marmox Board is an ideal material for waterproofing your wetroom as it is extremely versatile. Curved Marmox boards, as well as pipe boxing boards, will help you to achieve the design you are working towards. The range of thicknesses available makes it a very useful material for underfloor heating as it helps to prevent heat loss and will therefore reduce your heating bills.

This means that its usage isn’t limited to the bathroom or wet room. Choose the thickest variety for the most effective underfloor heating insulation – simply lay it on the subfloor before adding electric underfloor heating and tiles.

Other applications of the Multiboard include using it as:

• A base for tiles.

• Insulation for underfloor heating.

• Dry lining insulation.

• Waterproofing material.

A reliable solution that can be used in your bathroom, wet room, and your home, Marmox Board helps you achieve your desired design and is a cost-effective material for heating insulation.

Use Marmox Board In Your Wetroom

Marmox Multiboard comes in a range of sizes and thicknesses. The sturdy design, ease of cutting, and its excellent insulation properties make this board ideal for creating the perfect wetroom.

Tile Fix Direct stocks a range of other Marmox products which include: high quality Marmox shower lay trays, drains, bath panels, and Marmox ancillaries. So, if you’re looking to have a wet room installed in your home, use high-quality Marmox products in order to get the best results.

For more information call us on: 0333 320 04 24
Or visit us at: www.tilefixdirect.com

5 Benefits Of Wet Room Shower Screens

Wet Room Shower Screen

When installing a wet room in your home, you have a multitude of choices to make. You can opt simply for a walk in shower, or instead waterproof the entire room; you can choose a neutral decor, or inject some striking colour; and when choosing tiles you must decide upon your preferred colour(s), design and material. Initially, however, you may not give much thought to whether or not to include a wet room shower screen. If you do not consider this option in the planning stages though, you may end up without a shower screen and feeling slightly disappointed with the final result. Whilst not essential in a fully waterproofed wet room, they are a popular addition and in this blog post we take a look at five benefits of wet room shower screens.

1. Stop Water Splashing Into The Room

Walk In Shower

Installing a wet room shower screen in your walk in shower prevents water in the shower area from splashing onto the floor and other fixtures and fittings. If your wet room area is small, then containing the water is particularly beneficial so you do not end up with soggy towels and loo roll.

If only the shower area has been waterproofed, then it is important to add a screen to contain the water within the shower area, in order to prevent leaks. If, on the other hand, the entire room has been fully waterproofed, leaks are not a concern. Either way, water on the floor poses a safety hazard and having a wet room shower screen as a physical barrier to contain the water will minimise any risk of slipping.

2. Create A More Traditional Shower Enclosure

A walk in shower provides a modern alternative to traditional shower-over-bath sets ups or white plastic shower trays. However, for many people the sense of openness that comes with not having a wet room shower screen can be a step too far and leave them feeling exposed. By adding a screen to the walk in shower, it creates a more familiar shower enclosure and provides a sense of being enveloped by the shower area, creating a warm cosy feeling. The familiar feel of the shower enclosure may also have more appeal to prospective buyers if selling your home, and may be viewed positively as a modern twist on a classic set up.

3. Can Provide Additional Storage

Installing a wet room shower screen provides an opportunity for adding extra storage. For example, a double robe hook clips over the top of the shower screen so that you can easily hang your towel and robe just outside the shower, meaning you can reach them without having to drip water across the floor. You could also add hanging racks to organise haircare products that similarly clip over the screen, adding convenience and saving space.

4. Will Not Create A Visual Barrier

Clear and frameless, wet room shower screens are minimalist and will not obstruct the ability to see the entire room, thus adding to the illusion of space. The simplicity of the design complements the modern walk in shower, whilst providing a welcome physical barrier to the shower spray.

5. Easy To Clean

A considerable benefit of wet room shower screens is that they are easy to clean and maintain in a hygienic condition. As they are frameless, you do not have to worry about mould growing in nooks and crannies, and basic regular cleaning will help keep their clean look.

Tile Fix Direct sells wet room shower screens from Orbry in a variety of sizes. Our handy shower screen advice page also has fantastic information about Orbry shower screens and accessories which can help you create your individual shower look.

Please Note: shower screens are special order items and cannot be refunded, so be sure that you choose the correct shower screen for your needs when purchasing.

Brand Focus – DEVI



Part of the International Danfoss Group since 2003, DEVI has over 40 years of experience with electrical heating cables. Now the leading electric underfloor heating company in Europe, DEVI is one of the most popular brands sold on Tile Fix Direct. In this blog post we take a closer look at this reputable underfloor heating brand.

DEVI In Focus

  • Established in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1942.
  • DEVI became part of Danfoss in 2003, bringing with it over 40 years of dedicated expertise in electric floor heating.
  • The name DEVI is an abbreviation of Dansk El-Varme Industri.
  • The company aims to be the global leader in floor heating and the preferred choice in this area.
  • They strive to be a ‘healthy company’ that people want to work with and work for.
  • DEVI offers fantastic warranties on all of its products sold on Tile Fix Direct.
  • DEVI’s factories are ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified.

DEVI Products On Tile Fix Direct

Tile Fix Direct stocks a great range of DEVI underfloor heating products including DEVImat, DEVIflex loose lay cable and the DEVIlink heating control system. We have low, online-only prices and free daytime delivery to mainland UK on orders over £50.

DEVImat Underfloor Heating

Underfloor Heating

DEVImat self-adhesive underfloor heating mats come in a range of wattages to ensure that you can find the perfect mat for your project. They are each suited to different types of substrates and designed to be tiled over once laid. The DTIR-100 range is ideal for laying on timber substrates and DTIR-150 is designed for laying on concrete subfloors. The DTIF-200 range is suited to high heat loss areas, such as conservatories, and is DEVI’s most powerful electric underfloor heating mat.

DEVIflex Loose Lay Underfloor Heating Cable

DEVIflex DTIR-10 loose lay underfloor heating cable is an ideal option for small or awkward areas where a full underfloor heating mat would not fit. Suited to use on both timber and concrete subfloors, DEVIflex cable can be tiled over as well as used under carpet, wood and vinyl.

DEVIreg Thermostats

DEVIreg thermostats are the ideal accompaniment to DEVI electric underfloor heating systems. The DEVIreg Touch is an easy to use, programmable touch screen thermostat that is ideal for controlling the temperature in a single room. Similarly, the DEVIreg 535 thermostat is programmable and suited for controlling the temperature in a room.

DEVIlink Heating System

If you are looking to control the temperature in multiple rooms in your house, then the DEVIlink system is ideal. A complete system that wirelessly controls the underfloor heating systems in multiple rooms, the main unit is centrally placed in your home and controls connected sensors, thermostats and relays throughout the home. From this central touchscreen unit you can program different modes for times of the day, and create options such as ‘holiday’ mode. DEVIlink is the most advanced control system for electric underfloor heating in the UK.


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