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How to Create a Wet Room with Marmox

More and more people are choosing to install wet rooms in their homes, and why not? Wet rooms are striking and spacious, giving your bathroom a distinct luxurious feeling. They are also easy to clean and suitable for all members of the family, making them an attractive option to homeowners.

But a wet room is only as good as its waterproof foundations, and what’s underneath really does matter. That’s why we at Tile Fix Direct choose to stock Marmox products. Marmox have over 40 years of experience in the design and manufacture of materials for the construction industry. At Marmox they work hard to keep their products at the head of the industry. With their continual innovation and market research, you can be sure you are getting the best of the best.

Marmox offer a selection of wet room waterproofing & insulation systems and products, including shower bases and trays, insulations boards and tanking tape – everything you need to make your wet room watertight.

The Benefits of Wet Room Waterproofing & Insulation

Wet room waterproof insulation offers an easy and reliable way of creating a gorgeous bathroom in your home. Systems are used to line wet room floors, walls and ceilings, providing a surface for affixing tiles, vinyl or other finishes, depending on the décor of the room. Specialist features such as wet room linear drains and shower bases also help to ensure that moisture doesn’t leak into other areas of the house, protecting the building structure. By installing waterproof insulation you’ll safe guard not only the wet room, but the rest of the house as well.

Marmox Wet Room Products

Marmox offers a variety of wet room waterproofing products suitable for use in private homes, hotels and other locations. Some of their products are also suitable for use as loft insulation and with underfloor heating.

Marmox Multiboard is a wet room waterproofing & insulation board that can be fixed to walls, floors and ceilings. It can simply be glued in place with a solvent-free adhesive or it can be fixed with specialised washers and dowels. Flexible, curved boards are also available to create arches, rounded seats and curved shower cubicles, as well as sloped boards to enable you to extend the falls out further from the shower tray. These boards are easy to cut and install and can hold the heaviest of wall tiles – making them the perfect tile foundation.

Marmox Showerlay is a wet room shower base that is installed at floor level, making it perfect for people with reduced mobility, as they won’t have to step up to use the shower. Showerlay wet room shower trays are both low-cost and easy to install; it is pre-formed with a slope for easy draining and it can be used with a variety of finishing materials, including tiles as small as 50mm.

Marmox 360 Wet Room Drains can be used with Showerlay shower trays and are available in standard or linear varieties. This innovative drain can swivel from 45° to 90° allowing you to connect it to horizontal or vertical pipes.

Marmox ShowerStone trays are strong shower bases which slope from an outside thickness of 22mm down to 5mm. Manufactured from acrylic and modified concrete, it is easily installed onto floor joists and is suitable for use with finishes including mosaic tiles and vinyl. Additionally, if the size needs to be increased, separate extension pieces can be provided.

Marmox SoundBoard is a soundproofing tile backer board that can be used to reduce sound heard in the rooms below. The SoundBoard is not solely used for soundproofing, it can also provide a waterproof layer, secure decoupling, thermal insulation and low compressibility.

With all these amazing products, you’ll be able to create a perfect wet room with Marmox. Tile Fix Direct are approved Marmox stockists and our customer service team are fully trained to answer any questions you might have about their products. See the full range of Marmox wet room products available at Tile Fix Direct here.

Product Feature: Ardex WPC Tanking System White

Ardex WPC White Tanking Kit

We’ve Switched Our WPC Tanking System and Here’s Why You Should Too

At Tile Fix Direct we only stock the products which we believe are the best choices on the market for you, our customer. That’s why we have switched from the old grey WPC waterproofing to the new ARDEX WPC White Tanking System. ARDEX have over 60 years of experience and are one of the leaders in their field, so we know we can trust their product to do the job.

What are our reasons for switching? Well the new white colour has several great benefits that it’s grey predecessor did not:

  • The white colour means it is easy to see the marks you make in pencil or pen on walls for the tiles, pipes or whatever it is you are fixing in or up.
  • The new lighter colour makes it a great choice for installing glass or light coloured tiles, especially mosaics.
  • The new white WPC tanking system will make the whole room brighter while you are working in it. This makes the new colour especially useful in small bathrooms or enclosed wet rooms with no little to no light or windows.

Besides these great new benefits to the new white tanking system, it still also has all the previous benefits the original WPC kit had.

Why Waterproofing is Important

It is vital to waterproof the area being used before doing any work – as well as sealing the tiles afterwards if required. By taking the time to do this waterproofing you will help protect your bathroom, wet room or any internal and external wet area, from mould. The application of the WPC will also help protect the background from any unwanted water damage and leaks and, ultimately, give you some well-deserved peace of mind. Not only that but It will also make the finished tiled surface more hard-wearing and durable.

Why WPC is Good & What You Get

ARDEX WPC White Waterproof Tanking System is used as a waterproof protection coat on backgrounds such as cement, gypsum plaster, plasterboard, or wood-based materials. It is quick and easy to use. After applying the coating, tiles can be fixed to the background. The protective coat can be used to seal internal corners between walls, filling in holes, joints and gaps around pipes, and to seal baths and showers before tiling.

The kit consists of two components; a solvent-free acrylic dispersion and a reactive cement-based powder. In each box there is a free roller and scrim tape to help you with the application of the product. The pack size is 5kg/Powder and 5kg/Liquid and with consistent and even painting the product should provide a coverage of up to 6.6m2.

How to Use the Ardex WPC Kit

Ardex WPC Tanking is quick and easy to apply, here’s our guide to help you apply the WPC kit properly:

  1. Ensure that you have the appropriate tools and sufficient ARDEX WPC to cover the intended area. Make sure the surface to be tiled is dry, rigid, of sufficient strength and free from dust, grease, dirt, etc. Make sure to wear suitable gloves and eye/face protection and apply at temperatures above 5°C.
  2. Mix a small amount of ARDEX WPC to a slump free consistency for filling holes, gaps, joints etc. For application by spatula, pallet knife or towel, mix approximately 1.75kg ARDEX WPC liquid with 2.5kg ARDEX WPC powder per m2 at 3mm thickness, i.e 4.25kg of Mix No.1 per m2 at 3mm. The working time is approximately 45 minutes at 20°C.
  3. Apply the mixed ARDEX WPC (MIX No.1) with a spatula, pallet knife or trowel to seal joints in corners and fill holes and gaps around pipes, etc.
  4. Mix approximately 0.75kg ARDEX WPC liquid with 0.75kg ARDEX WPC powder per m2 at 0.8mm thickness to obtain a flowing consistency. Apply this Mix No.2 evenly with a brush or paint roller to cover the surface with a uniform coat. Leave 1 hour between each coat application to allow the WPC to fully dry.
  5. Ceramic tiles etc. can be fixed onto the second coat of ARDEX WPC after approximately 2 hours.

You should now be all set to use the new ARDEX WPC White Tanking System, happy tiling from all of us at Tile Fix Direct.

Marmox Sloping Board & SoundBoard Now Available at Tile Fix Direct

We’ve been stocking Marmox products since the beginning of Tile Fix Direct over 10 years ago and today Multiboard tile backer boards and Showerlay shower trays are still two of our best selling products. So we’re excited to add two more to our range – Sloping Board and SoundBoard. Sloping Board is designed to create a fall on balconies or in wet rooms while SoundBoard provides soundproofing for floors – read on to find out more.

Marmox Sloping Board

Sloping Board only differs from standard Multiboard in thickness; at the thinner end it measures 10mm thick with the slope extending to 33mm at the thicker end. The 1200x1200mm boards are still made of XPS foam sandwiched between two layers of patented polymer-concrete and has all the same properties – it’s waterproof, insulating, lightweight and perfect for tiling. The 10mm to 33mm slope may sound like an odd choice but it’s actually been designed to allow you to extend the slope indefinitely using 20mm thick boards as per the diagram below.

Sloping Board can be used internally and externally to create a self-draining tiled surface, in fact it was originally developed for use on balconies but is also a great solution for wet rooms or communal showering areas where a drainage channel is set against a wall. Tiling a balcony or terrace can often be difficult due to the fluctuations in temperature which can cause cracked tiles, but Marmox Sloping Board absorbs a large amount of the lateral movement in the sub floor making tiling a balcony a much safer prospect. When installed using Marmox waterproofing products it’s easy to create a leak-free tiled balcony above a habitable space.

Order Marmox Sloping Board at Tile Fix Direct.

Marmox SoundBoard

Impact sound can be a big concern when tiling floors in flats and apartments, in fact many local authorities do not allow tiled bathroom floors in shared accommodation for this very reason. Impact sound, illustrated by the red arrow in the diagram below, is often increased by tiling a floor making a solution like SoundBoard extremely important.

Marmox SoundBoard has a layer of rubber foam on one side that stops the vibrations transferring to the room below, reducing the impact sound by 20db. The boards are available in two thicknesses: 8mm and 12mm; the difference in the two thicknesses is that the 12mm board provides more thermal insulation than the 8mm version.

SoundBoard is much more than just soundproofing; it also acts as a decoupling layer to absorb lateral movement and prevent cracks in the tiles as well as being totally waterproof and providing thermal insulation.

  • Reduces sound (DLW) by 20db
  • Reduces heat loss by up to 60%
  • Load bearing – 30 tonnes/m2
  • Easy to cut with a saw or knife
  • Ready to receive tiles
  • fully waterproof

You can buy Marmox 8mm SoundBoard and Marmox 12mm SoundBoard online now.

The Benefits of Using Long Tile Backer Boards on Walls

Benefits of Long Tile Backer Boards

Tile backer boards are now a common choice for tilers wanting a level, even and waterproof surface to tile on to in kitchens, bathrooms and wet rooms. They are extremely versatile, being suitable for most substrates, as well as interior and exterior use. Tile backer boards are also extremely strong, making them the ideal choice when fitting heavy tiles to walls that might otherwise not hold their weight.

Average walls in homes measure around 2.4m high, meaning that standard tile backer boards – which tend to be around 1200mm long – will not cover the entire wall. Long boards are usually double this length, therefore giving better coverage when fixing to walls. We stock both Orbry and Marmox long tile backer boards; Marmox Multiboard long boards are 2500mm long, and Orbry long boards measure 2440mm in length.

So, why use long tile backer boards when you could cut standard boards to size easily? When using standard length boards, you need to cut the boards to size, then fix two or three pieces to the wall to cover it from floor to ceiling. Using a long board, you can make one cut to create the perfect length board and then fit it. Not only is the installation process quicker and easier, but there are also less joints between the boards – meaning using long boards will save on materials, as well as time and money when installing.

Benefits of Long Tile Backer Boards

  • Save time when measuring and cutting boards
  • Less fixings required as there are less joints between the boards
  • Reduced amount of tape needed for joints
  • No noggins are required for fixing long boards
  • Installation time is reduced
  • Boards are fully waterproof and extremely strong
  • Provides the perfect background for tiling

At Tile Fix Direct we stock a range of sizes of tile backer board, including several different thicknesses of long board. See the table below for details of the long tile backer boards we have available.

Brand Code Dimensions Thickness
Orbry OB24-10 2440 x 600 10mm
Orbry OB24-12 2440 x 600 12.5mm
Orbry OB24-20 2440 x 600 20mm
Orbry OB24-50 2440 x 600 50mm
Marmox MX625-10 2500 x 600 10mm
Marmox MX625-125 2500 x 600 12.5mm

Orbry long tile backer boards are available to order online, with a minimum quantity of 5 boards, and are also available in bulk quantities of 40 boards. Marmox Multiboard long tile backer boards are available with a minimum quantity of 4 boards, with reduced prices for 20 boards or more. Mainland UK delivery is free for orders over £50, and orders placed before 2pm are usually dispatched the same day on a 1-2 day delivery service.

Wet Room Shower Tray Kits at Tile Fix Direct

wet room shower tray kits

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to buy everything you need to install a waterproof tileable shower tray, our new shower tray kits are the perfect solution.

When creating a level access wet room or walk in shower, the shower tray is one of the main components. Not only do they hold the drain in place, but they also create a slope so that the water naturally flows towards it. The shower tray needs to be installed using the right products to ensure it is secure and waterproof. Our kits include everything you need to fix and waterproof your new shower tray.

The Orbry Shower Tray Kit contains:

  • 1 x Orbry Shower Tray in your chosen size. This is designed to fit your chosen drain, is easy to cut to size and perfect for tiling.
  • 1 x Orbry Drain – horizontal or linear depending on your choice of shower tray. The linear drain also comes with a Stainless Steel Linear Drain Cover.
  • 2 x Internal Corners – for waterproofing the corner joints between your shower tray and the walls.
  • 1 x 5m Waterproofing Tape Roll – for sealing and waterproofing around the edges of your shower tray.
  • 1 x 5m Waterproofing Compound – used in conjunction with the waterproof tape roll and internal corners.
  • 1 x 20kg bag of rapid setting cement based adhesive – used to fix the tray and tiles.
  • 1 x tube of White Silicone Sealant – for waterproofing around the shower tray.

The Marmox Shower Tray Kit contains:

  • 1 x Marmox Shower Tray in the size of your choice. This is easy to cut to size and perfect for tiling on to.
  • 1 x Dallmer Horizontal Drain compatible with the shower tray.
  • 1 x Marmox 10m Self-Adhesive Waterproofing Tape Roll – used to seal and waterproof around the edges of the shower tray.
  • 1 x 20kg bag of rapid setting cement based adhesive – to fix the tray and tiles.
  • 1 x tube of White Silicone Sealant – to waterproof around the shower tray.

Order your wet room shower tray kit online at Tile Fix Direct today – simply choose the drain size & type and we’ll add everything else you need.

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