Tile Fix Direct Blog

May 2015

Marmox ShowerStone Shower Tray For Vinyl Flooring

Shower Tray For Vinyl Flooring

Tiles are the most common floor and wall covering for wet rooms, thanks to their durability and waterproofing properties. However, fitting tiles throughout your bathroom can become extremely costly and there are very few alternatives available. Whilst vinyl flooring can be used in bathrooms, it’s not often considered an option for wet rooms as most shower trays are not compatible. The Marmox ShowerStone is the perfect shower tray for vinyl, thanks to its reinforced strength and specially designed vinyl drain.

Usually vinyl cannot be used in a level access shower, as cutting a hole to fit the drain creates a way for water to get under the surface of the vinyl. With the Marmox ShowerStone shower tray for vinyl this is no longer a problem. The vinyl compatible shower tray has a built in slope, allowing water to drain away quickly and easily. The drain grate is interchangeable, allowing you to fit the circular McAlpine Vinyl Drain which makes the shower tray suitable for use with vinyl flooring.

Shower Tray For Vinyl

Advantages of using a Shower Tray for Vinyl in your Wet Room

  • Cost affective
  • Quick and easy to install
  • Comfortable underfoot
  • Waterproof
  • Range of colours and patterns available
  • Easy to clean and maintain

The Marmox ShowerStone shower tray for vinyl flooring is made from GRP (glass reinforced plastic), which not only means that it is sturdy enough to accommodate vinyl, but that it is also suitable for wheelchair access. This makes it the perfect choice for the elderly and less able, as a level access shower is easier and safer to use.

Installing the Shower Tray for Vinyl in your Wet Room

  • Mark on the floor where the shower tray for vinyl will be fitted.
  • Cut out the floor boards, making sure the tray does not hang more than 7cm over the joists.
  • Create a support under the metal plate area and make sure this is flush with the joists.
  • Cut a hole in the support shelf, using the drain hole in the tray, then screw it firmly in place.
  • Fix the drain pipes together and then fix to the main pipe, making sure the drain pipe slopes away from the drain.
  • Use an acrylic sealant on the support shelf and along the floor joists.
  • Position the shower tray for vinyl in place, and press down firmly. Fix to the perimeter joists at 300-400mm intervals using a masonry drill and 40mm stainless steel screws.
  • Add a bead of acrylic sealant around the recess in the tray, then screw the drain collar in to the gully. Use the plastic key supplied to tighten it as much as possible.
  • Drill through the collar and metal plate into the support shelf using a 3mm metal drill, then fix with four 20mm stainless steel screws.
  • Use acrylic sealant and waterproof tape around all edges of the shower tray for vinyl and up the corner.
  • Fit vinyl flooring using suitable adhesive and clap down.
  • Screw in the metal drain ring, then place in the hair trap.
  • Complete the shower tray for vinyl installation by pushing in the drain grill.

Order your shower tray for vinyl and compatible wet room drain for vinyl at online at Tile Fix Direct today.

New Norcros 4 Into 1 Silicone Sealant


Norcros Adhesives are a well known UK-based brand who manufacture and supply adhesives, grouts and other tile care products. Their 4 Into 1 Grout range is extremely popular, and they have now launched a matching range of silicone sealants.

Norcros 4 Into 1 Silicone Sealant is a high quality, UV resistant, neutral cure sealant, suitable for use both inside and out. It is ideal for use with all tiles, including natural stone, and has been designed to suit use around baths, sinks and showers, as once in place and sealed it has antibacterial properties.


This silicone sealant has a matt finish and is available in 9 colours, to match the best selling varieties of Norcros 4 Into 1 Tile Grout (read more about this here). The colours now available on our website are: White, Jasmine, Creme, Grey, Brown, Dark Grey and Anthracite.

Key Features of Norcros 4 Into 1 Silicone Sealant

  • Suitable for use with all tiles; ceramic, natural stone, and porcelain
  • Flexible
  • Antibacterial action
  • Interior and exterior use
  • UV resistant
  • Matt finish
  • Low modulus
  • Available in several colours, to match Norcros 4 Into 1 Grout
  • Come with Norcros’ lifetime guarantee

National Sales Manager from Norcros Adhesives, Rob Kyle has said: “We know that fixers are always looking to deliver something exceptional for their customers and our ‘4 Into 1’ range delivers plenty of options for transforming home tiling projects from good to great. By using colour co-ordinated grout and silicone sealant, fixers can add a high-end finish for very little extra cost. And as with all Norcros products, they come with a lifetime guarantee.”


Each 310 ml cartridge provides 8.6 metres of linear coverage for a 6mm x 6mm joint. Norcros 4 Into 1 Silicone Sealant is now available to order online at Tile Fix Direct.

Marmox ShowerStone Now Available At Tile Fix Direct

Marmox is a trusted brand in the UK, providing high quality construction materials to the trade. Their popular Marmox Multiboard is frequently used as a tile backer, waterproofing and insulation in new builds and renovations, and their range of wet room products is always expanding. One product that is increasing in popularity is the Marmox ShowerStone range of wet room shower trays – and we are happy to announce that we will now be stocking these online at Tile Fix Direct.

Marmox produce a range of Showerlay shower trays, made in the same way as their tile backer boards, however Marmox ShowerStone is an enhanced wet room shower tray. The tray is made up of a GRP (glass reinforced plastic) material, which has enhanced strength and is compatible with any adhesive.

While many shower trays require a sub floor to support them, the solid ShowerStone base can support loads of up to 600kg, and can be laid directly on to floor joists without requiring any additional support. This robustness allows the Marmox ShowerStone to be compatible with any size tile, and can also be used with vinyl.

Features of Marmox ShowerStone

  • Fully waterproof
  • Extremely strong
  • Easy installation
  • Level access
  • Supports wheelchair access
  • Compatible with vinyl or tiles
  • Lay directly to floor joists
  • Can be laid on concrete

The outside perimeter height of the ShowerStone is 22mm, with a built in slope to 5mm for the drain. The trays are compatible with Marmox McAlpine drains, which are available to suit either tile or vinyl installation. ShowerStone trays are available in a range of sizes, and can also be cut to size using an angle grinder if necessary.

Marmox Showerstone

Order your Marmox ShowerStone shower tray online from Tile Fix Direct today and get free shipping on all orders over £50.

NEW Eterno Ivica Pedestals For Easy Roof Terrace & Balcony Tile Fixing

Eterno Ivica Pedestals

Eterno Ivica Self Levelling Pedestals can be used to create an elevated tiled surface on flat roofs, balconies and terraces. The pedestal fixing system provides a number of benefits over traditional tiling, particularly the speed and ease of using the self levelling pedestals. Eterno Ivica Self Levelling Pedestals automatically adjust to level out slopes of up to 5%, making creating even patios easy.

As 20mm thick outdoor porcelain tiles are becoming more popular, a new way of fitting them was needed. The Eterno Ivica Self Levelling Pedestals are extremely strong, and can be adjusted after the tiles are installed to ensure a level surface is achieved. Despite their strength, the pedestals are lightweight and very easy to use, which cuts down fitting time – and the tiled surface is ready for use straight away!

Eterno Ivica Pedestal

Benefits of using Eterno Ivica Pedestals

  • Self-levelling head automatically justifies slopes up to 5%
  • Height adjustable from 28mm to 550mm
  • Fully recyclable
  • Resistant to temperatures between -40°C and 120°C
  • Resistant to acids and ultraviolet deterioration
  • Self-levelling head made from soft nonslip and anti-noise rubber
  • No mess dry installation
  • Increased thermal and acoustic insulation
  • Lightweight fixing method for outdoor tiles
  • Open joints aid drainage
  • Cables and pipes can be hidden in the space beneath the tiles
  • Tiles can easily be removed to access the space beneath
  • Easy to use – the pedestal system is extremely easy to install
  • No drying time – ready to walk on immediately after laying

Eterno Ivica Products Available at Tile Fix Direct

Pedestals – available in heights between 28-215mm

Extension Piece – for use to extend the pedestals up to 550mm

Perimeter Clip – spring loaded perimeter clip for use against perimeter wall

Edging Clip – used to create tiled upstands

Adjustment Key – to level the pedestals once the tiles have been installed

Tile Fix Direct stock a range of Eterno Ivica self levelling pedestals for use with 20mm outdoor porcelain tiles. For more information about installation, see the installation video below:

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