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Complete Your Wet Room With Orbry

We are now stocking a wide range of Orbry products designed to help you install a contemporary and user friendly wet room. We have been stockists of many popular Orbry products including shower trays, tile backer boards and glass screens for several years and now we are expanding the range to include basins, showers, taps and accessories.

Wet rooms make a great choice for the whole family; removing the step into the shower makes them suitable for small children and those with mobility issues. Adding grab bars, shelves and seats will make your wet room even more accessible. There are many benefits of installing a wet room in your home – here are just some of them:

  • Hygienic and easy to keep clean
  • Can add value to a property
  • Suitable for the whole family
  • Easy access for those with mobility issues
  • Contemporary and stylish look
  • Perfect for any space – from a large bathroom to a small cloakroom
  • Ideal for use with underfloor heating

Orbry Essentials & Premium

Most of the new products are either part of the Essentials or Premium range – both are great value for money and easy to install. Modern wet rooms tend to be open plan so it’s best that the sanitary ware, furniture and accessories follow this trend – that’s why many of the new Orbry products are wall mounted. There’s also a focus on convenient storage that will help you keep your wet room clear and uncluttered including shelves, cabinets, towel rails and soap holders. For the finishing touches there are a range of taps and showers available including wall mounted, handheld and mixer taps. Basins are available with round or square designs, with co-ordinating under-basin cupboards in three stylish shades.

Looking for a quick and easy way to install a wall-hung toilet? Orbry WC & frame kits fit right into the wall so you won’t see any messy pipes or pipe boxing once installed. These handy kits include everything you need including stainless steel press panel, top or front access, 90 degree waste bend and pre-wall installation bolt kit.

Orbry Assist

All of us want to stay in our own homes for as long as possible but without the right equipment this can be difficult. Planning for the future now by installing an easy-access wet room could help you out in years to come – whether it’s for yourself or for relatives who may need to move in. The Orbry Assist range includes grab bars for in showers and above baths, and a handy tileable seat that can be used in a walk-in shower.

Browse the full range of Orbry Wet Room products online.

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.

New Product: Orbry Pro Ply Construction Board

Orbry Pro Ply is a water resistant construction board that can be used to reinforce walls and floors as an alternative to Hardiebacker or No More Ply. It can be installed on a number of different substrates including concrete, timber, brick, stud partitions and heated screeds. Once installed the lightweight boards can be tiled, painted, wallpapered or plastered to achieve the finish you require.

The boards are made of magnesium oxide with a manufacturing process that produces very little CO2, making them much more environmentally friendly than cement-particle or gypsum boards. As well as producing less CO2, the boards are free from asbestos and silica and will not be affected by mould, fungus or insects. The strong boards are water resistant and dimensionally stable when wet, but they are also unaffected by changes in temperature – meaning they can be used inside or outside. Being non-flammable and non-combustable makes these boards perfect for use with both wet and electric underfloor heating systems and as part of fire resistant systems and firewalls.

Benefits of Orbry Pro Ply Board

  • Water resistant
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Strong
  • Non-flammable
  • Lightweight
  • Available in 6mm or 12mm thicknesses
  • Impact resistant
  • Suitable for internal & external use
  • Asbestos & silica free
  • Mould resistant
  • Can receive tiles, paint, wallpaper & plaster
  • Easy to install

Each board has a rough and a smooth side, the rough side must be facing outwards – so the smooth side is installed directly onto the floor or wall. The boards & substrate must be primed before installation – check the full installation instructions for more information. 6mm thick boards can be used to strengthen an existing timber floor in place of 15-18mm WBP plywood, while the 12mm boards replace plasterboard on walls & ceilings internally. The boards are water resistant but will need tanking if used in wet areas.

Orbry Pro Ply is available to order online at Tile Fix Direct with free delivery on all orders over £50. Please note that due to the size of the boards they will be delivered on a pallet. If you are looking for a waterproof board why not try Orbry Board or Marmox Multiboard?

Celebrate Orbry’s 5th Birthday with Tile Fix Direct

Orbry Wet Rooms are celebrating their 5th birthday this month, and we’re joining them but offering discounts on five different products! At this time of year we’re all wishing for additional heating in our homes, so we’ve decided to give you 15% off a range of Orbry Underfloor Heating products. From self-adhesive mats to touch screen thermostats, Orbry have a range of underfloor heating products designed to add a touch of luxury to any room in your home.

Orbry strongly recommend adding underfloor heating to wet rooms, as it helps evaporate any surface water that is left on floors after showering. The floor level heating also provides a more consistent heat as it is evenly spread out throughout the entire room. If using underfloor heating as your only heating source you can free up wall space previously taken up by radiators. Radiators can also become dust traps, so removing these is great for those with asthma or allergies.

Benefits of Orbry Underfloor Heating

  • Quick and easy to install
  • Helps evaporate water from floors
  • Frees up wall space
  • More hygienic than radiators
  • Slim mats add very little height to floors
  • More consistent heat throughout the room
  • Can be installed in any size space
  • Suitable for use with tiles, laminate and carpet

To celebrate five years of Orbry Wet Rooms we have discounted five product ranges. Use the code ORB151912 at the checkout until 3rd January 2017 to save 15% on the following products:

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.

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