Why Choose Shower Panels Instead of Tiles

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Shower panels or tiles? It’s a question faced by many property owners when they’re designing or redecorating their bathroom. Both have some essential qualities, not least that they are waterproof. However, delve deeper and you’ll see all sorts of reasons to choose shower panels instead. This post looks at why shower panels beat bathroom tiles hands down.

The popularity of tiles

When you’re choosing a wall covering for your shower, you need something that’s waterproof, durable and easy to clean. That’s why, for years, tiles have been the most popular choice. They aren’t affected by water from the shower, they can’t be damaged easily and they’re mostly easy to clean.

Over time, however, dirt will build up within the grouting, which looks terrible and is tricky to clean. Even when cleaned, the new appearance of your tiles will be diminished. Tiles are also a pain to install. Any old tiles will need to be removed, before the walls are prepared and all tiles are laid carefully in the right place.

On top of all that, tiles have become quite dated in their appearance, meaning they stand out in otherwise modern design schemes. And despite each tile being affordable, the cost can soon stack up when you’re covering a whole room.

When there was no real alternative, people had to put up with these drawbacks. However, as manufacturing has improved, the shower wall panel has become a popular alternative…

Shower panels – a practical alternative

Like tiles, shower panels tick all the boxes when it comes to practicality. Made from PVC, they’re completely waterproof and can be wiped clean with no hassle whatsoever. Their PVC surface also makes them impressively strong and durable, so you can expect your shower panels to stay in great condition well into the future.

In contrast to tiles, shower panels are easy to install. With a much larger surface area, you don’t need anywhere near as many to cover the wall. This has the added benefit of cost-efficiency – and they can even be installed over tiles in many cases.

Modern and stylish

What really sets shower panels apart is their appearance. With a sleek appearance, they don’t look out of place in modern design schemes. Even better, they come in a wide range of styles. Whether it’s a black sparkle effect, simple white or striking lime green, there is a shower panel perfect for every bathroom.

High quality shower panels

Igloo Surfaces specialises in high quality shower panels for both domestic and commercial bathrooms. Available in a wide range of colours and styles, our PVC shower panels will keep your bathroom looking its best for years to come. We even offer ‘all in one’ shower kits that include everything you need for a 2 or 3 wall shower. Sound good? Take a look at our bathroom wall panels and shower kits today to find the perfect style for your bathroom.

The Biggest Bathroom Trends of 2018 So Far

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Looking to spruce up your bathroom? We’ve got some good news for you. 2018 has seen all kinds of exciting design trends to bring your shower or bath surroundings right up to date.

From the latest colours to modern surfaces, there’s something for everyone. Read on as we explore the biggest bathroom trends so far in 2018…

Colours

The colour of your bathroom contributes so much to how it looks and feels. According to Ideal Home, Indigo Blue is making a splash in 2018. Beautiful shades of blue, such as these Striking Blue wall panels, create a peaceful marine atmosphere.

Alternatively, House Beautiful suggests that grey bathrooms will continue to increase in popularity because of their impressive versatility. Grey walls or flooring provide a neutral palette which works with both modern and traditional design schemes. Stay traditional with a  grey marble look or opt for a modern look with subtle grey panelling.

Surfaces

Wet rooms continue to be a big trend, according to Grand Designs Magazine. Recessed wall profiles and wide panelling helps keep even a small, simple space looking and feeling modern. Meanwhile, Amara lists statement flooring as one of their top bathroom trends for 2018.

Because floor space is a lot smaller than wall space, it can offer a cost-efficient way to add new designs to your bathroom. With exciting designs like copper slate, it’s no wonder statement flooring has taken off in 2018.

Finishes

Also on the list for Grand Designs are sleek wood effects. Scandi design influence paired with a continued trend for natural materials has made the wood-look desirable for bathroom walls and floors.

Unfortunately, wood isn’t the best material for bathrooms – especially in the splash zone. That’s where wood-effect vinyl flooring comes in. Choose from natural oak, vintage oak or even antique white ash to incorporate a stylish natural touch in your bathroom

Wood isn’t the only option. Ideal Home also includes matt finishes as one of their key trends this year. Muted tones pair particularly well with natural materials like wood and stone, to create a perfect juxtaposition in your design.

Feature pieces

Once you’ve got the overall design of your bathroom nailed down, it’s time to look at some smaller features. Victorian Plumbing suggests rose gold bathroom fixtures and dark radiators are two of the best options for homeowners in 2018. Rose gold taps, for instance, add a subtle touch of elegance. Meanwhile, dark radiators can be used for contrast, adding another dimension to your bathroom design.

Update your bathroom

Igloo Surfaces provides an easy, cost-effective way to modernise your bathroom with a range of shower and bathroom wall panels and stylish vinyl flooring. Our products come in a range of designs, covering all the latest trends. They’re also completely waterproof, hard-wearing and easy-to-install so you don’t need to worry about any hassle or damage.

5 Wall Cladding Options for Your Kitchen

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So, you’re refurbishing your kitchen. Or maybe you’re designing a new kitchen from scratch. In either case, wall cladding is a key element – for both function and aesthetics. It needs to be stylish, durable and practical without breaking the bank.

So, what are your options? Fortunately, we’ve compiled a list of the 5 best kitchen wall cladding ideas for you to choose from.

1.   Tiles

Ceramic tiles have been the go-to choice for kitchen walls for some time. They’re moisture-resistant, easy to clean and available in a wide range of styles. However, as time goes on – and new wall cladding options have become available – they’ve become quite dated in their appearance. Grouting is also a problem when it comes to cleaning tiles and they’re far from easy to install.

2.   Paint

You might think paint is unsuitable for kitchen walls, because of all the moisture it will encounter. And you would be right. However, plastic and acrylic paints provide an ideal solution. Unlike regular paint, they are resistant to moisture and mould build-up. But like regular paint, they come in a wide range of colours and are relatively affordable.

The downside? As we’ve all come to learn with paint, it can be a messy job, requiring multiple coats. And even the best moisture-proof paint isn’t going to be quite as durable as other wall coverings.

3.   Stone

Stone is a popular option for kitchens because of its unmatched natural beauty. A number of stone types are available – slate, marble and quartz to name just a few – each with their own natural gradients and patterns. It’s also naturally durable and easy to clean, making it ideal for the hard-wearing kitchen environment. Unfortunately, stone does not compete with other options in terms of cost-effectiveness.

4.   Metal

Stainless steel wall cladding is sometimes used in commercial kitchens because of its superb hygienic quality. Steel wipes clean easily, shows any stains and is completely resistant to moisture. The only downside is the appearance, which doesn’t usually fit in with the look of modern or traditional homes.

5.   PVC

PVC wall panels are a simple, stylish and cost-effective way to clad the walls in your kitchen. They have a modern look, with a range of colours to match any design scheme. Most importantly, they’re durable and easy-to-clean for any splashbacks or spillages, with easy installation to boot.

High-quality kitchen wall panels

Igloo Surfaces offers a kitchen wall panels, made from 100% waterproof PVC, in a wide range of colours. Our wall panels are hard-wearing, low-maintenance and easy-to-install. To make things even easier for you, we offer free samples, free delivery on orders over £100 and a 10-20 year guarantee. To take a closer browse through our full range of kitchen wall panels today.

5 Kitchen Flooring Options You Should Consider

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Your kitchen goes through more than most rooms in the home. Heavy footfall, dropped dishes and countless spills will take their toll on the kitchen floor.

To cope with all of that, you need flooring that’s hard-wearing and durable, not to mention low-maintenance and easy-to-clean. That’s exactly why carpet – used in most other rooms – is not suitable.

So, what are your options? In truth, there are a number of flooring types available for the kitchen – each with their own strengths and, in some cases, weaknesses. Read on as we take a look at 5 of the contenders and how they measure up.

1. Tile

Tiles have become a popular choice for kitchen flooring because they’re durable and moisture resistant. They’re also relatively low maintenance and come in a wide range of styles, sizes, shapes and colours.

The downside? Despite a variety of options, tiled floors often have a dated appearance, making them unsuitable for modern kitchens. The grouting can also become problematic because, unlike the tiles themselves, it’s difficult to keep clean. On top of all that, the cost of tiles and installation can soon stack up.

2. Concrete

With various finishes available, concrete flooring has become a stylish option for contemporary kitchens. Understandably, it has impressive durability and can withstand constant footfall, so it’s suitable for even the busiest kitchens.

Unfortunately, concrete flooring and the preparation required beforehand can set you back considerably more than the alternatives. It’s also susceptible to staining, can become very cold and almost guarantees that items will smash when dropped.

3. Rubber

If you want the opposite to the cold, hard surface of concrete, rubber is the solution. Rubber tiles or sheeting provide a durable, eco-friendly surface for kitchen floors because it’s recyclable. It’s naturally resistant to fire and moisture, low-maintenance and has a padded quality that could reduce the amount of crockery you need to replace. One unique strength is the high-grip quality, meaning there’s less chance of slipping.

While rubber isn’t particularly expensive, it can be easily stained by spilt oils. Its main drawback, however, is that it carries a bit too much resemblance to a school or gym environment.

4. Stone

If you can afford it, stone is a superb option for stylish kitchens. Its natural variation in pattern and colour gives your kitchen a unique appearance and feel. The cold surface is ideal for hot environments and is naturally durable – not to mention easy to clean.

That said, many homeowners are priced out of stone flooring. Cheaper varieties may chip easily, so it’s not something you should compromise on. Natural stone also needs routine sealing to keep it looking and performing well.

5. Solid vinyl

Vinyl flooring provides a ‘best of both worlds’ option when it comes to kitchen flooring. It’s affordable, easy to install, durable and water resistant. Best of all it looks great and is available in a wide range of styles and colours to suit any design scheme.

While there are no clear downsides to solid vinyl kitchen flooring, buyers should be wary of poorly manufactured varieties which won’t stand the test of time. Opt for a quality.

Can we help?

Igloo Surfaces provides high-quality Simplex vinyl flooring to complete any kitchen. With zero wood content, our flooring is cost-effective, hard wearing and looks great in any room. Even better, we offer free samples and free delivery on orders over £100.

Contact us today for more information on any of our products.

How to Get a Marble Bathroom Look on a Tight Budget

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Want to give your bathroom that luxury appeal? Marble is a great choice. It’s timeless, sophisticated and natural in appearance. Unfortunately, the cost of marble puts it out of reach for most homeowners. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have the marble look.

Keep reading to see how you can get a stunning marble look without breaking the bank.

Marble bathrooms – what’s all the fuss about?

Marble is one of the most beautiful stones available. It’s made up of recrystallised minerals, giving it a natural swirling, mosaic pattern. And this beauty was recognised as far back as ancient Greek and Roman times. Over 2,000 years ago, people used marble on prestigious structures as well as decorative tile floors.

It’s no wonder that people want to emulate this classic style in their homes. Marble is commonly used for kitchen counters and tiling for floors and walls in kitchens, bathrooms and beyond.

The cost of marble bathrooms

Unfortunately, because of its prestigious reputation – along with the difficult extraction and production process – marble is far from an affordable bathroom material. Covering the walls and ceilings alone can cost thousands.

That’s not the only issue. Marble is a relatively soft stone, meaning it’s also absorbent. Surfaces made from marble can scratch and stain over time, quickly impairing the luxury appearance of your bathroom. And we’ve not even got started on the installation time and costs for marble bathrooms…

The luxury marble look on a budget

The good news is: it’s possible to get the all the benefits of marble without any drawbacks. How? With PVC wall and ceiling panels. PVC is hard-wearing, easy to install and 100% waterproof. It’s hygienic and easy to clean. Even better, it can be produced in a vast array of styles.

Marble-look PVC wall and ceiling panels from Igloo Surfaces provide homeowners with a luxury marble look, minus all the cost and hassle. Our high-performance panels have been purpose-designed for tough environments like bathrooms and kitchens. They won’t be stained or easily damaged and come with a 10-year guarantee.

Best of all, PVC marble-look wall and ceiling panels are available at a fraction of the cost of real marble. Homeowners can get the stunning appearance of marble without the breathtaking cost.

Put us to the test

Igloo’s state-of-the-art ceiling and wall panels are a modern, cost-effective and high-functioning option for bathroom surfaces. But don’t just take our word for it. With Igloo, you can order free samples with ease, to make sure you’re getting the exact style and quality you want and need.

When you’re ready to order, you benefit from free delivery on orders over £100, a straightforward returns policy and all the guides and support you could ever need. Take a look at our full range of marble-look products today or request your samples online

Shower Wall Panels vs Ceramic Tiles: Which is Better?

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Getting the right wall covering in your bathroom is important both for its appearance as well as its function. And ceramic tiles have long been the go-to choice. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best. In the past decade, wall panels have emerged as an effective alternative to the conventional ceramic tiling in bathrooms.

So, which is better? Read on as we compare wall panels and ceramic tiles.

What’s needed

What do you need from a bathroom wall covering? First and foremost, it needs to be waterproof. Bathroom walls around the bath or shower are within the splash zone. That means they’re going to get wet time and again.

Materials like wood, wallpaper and standard paint are unsuitable as they’ll get damaged by the moisture. The result? Your bathroom won’t look the part and you will be continually paying for repairs.

Secondly, the wall covering needs to look great. It’s not enough to simply keep water out. Homeowners want their bathroom to be modern and stylish. Add to that ease of installation and maintenance, and you have a good idea of what to consider before choosing between tiles and ceramic tiles.

How do tiles stack up?

Ceramic tiles are used mainly because of their water resistance. They allow water to run straight off them. This doesn’t make them completely waterproof though. Over time, the grouting can break down and allow water through.

In terms of style, tiling has become quite dated too. It’s not the modern, clean and stylish look most homeowners are searching for, leaving some tiled bathrooms sticking out in homes.

Arguably the main problem with tiling is installation. Removing existing tiles, cutting tiles and finally grouting makes for a lot of mess, stress and often substandard results. Following that, tiles require constant cleaning, with dirt easily gathering between tiles in the grouting.

And wall panels?

Like tiles, wall panels offer impressive water resistance. Unlike tiles, they don’t have grouting, so they’re 100% waterproof as well as being easier to clean and maintain. Wall panels can be installed over existing tiles and are easily cut to size to fit any bathroom perfectly.

Another benefit of wall panels is their appearance. They’re modern and attractive, giving homeowners the stylish bathroom they have always wanted. And they come in a range of styles, so you can choose the best fit for your design scheme.

The choice is yours

In contrast to tiling, wall panels are a stylish, durable and low-maintenance option for bathrooms. At Igloo Surfaces, we stock a range of high quality bathroom and shower wall panels. With a 10-20-year guarantee, free delivery on orders over £100 and free samples available, we make it easier for you to make the right choice. Contact us today for more information or order your free samples today.

3 Attractive Alternatives to Tiles in the Bathroom

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What choices do you have for your bathroom walls? If you think you’re limited to tiles, think again!

While tiles are a conventional choice found in plenty of UK homeowners, they’re also expensive, difficult to install and tricky to maintain. Fortunately, they’re not the only option available. Read on as we look at 3 alternatives to messy bathroom tiling.

Why is it a tricky choice?

Unlike the living room, kitchen or bedrooms, the bathroom is especially difficult to decorate. Why? Its walls are within the ‘splash zone’ from the bath or shower. That means, over time, they’re inevitably going to get wet.

Conventional wall coverings like wallpaper will be destroyed by this moisture, leaving the bathroom looking a mess. That’s why tiles have become the ‘go-to’ option for bathrooms. They’re water resistant, so being in the splash zone is no problem at all. But what other water-resistant options are available?

1. Paint

Yes – it’s true – typically, paint shouldn’t be used in high-moisture environments. However, some paint is produced with a tighter structure, providing a tougher, mildew-resistant finish. The result? A wall covering that is steam and moisture resistant, so there’s no risk of damp on your bathroom walls.

With that in mind, specialist paint provides an easy way to add some colour to your bathroom – though it may need updating every few years as the paint eventually weakens.

2. Laminated panels

Laminated panels have been an alternative to bathroom tiles for years. Generally used in commercial settings, they have a laminated surface often backed with a wood or waterproof foam core. However, they can also be purchased as a laminate sheet. Because they’re laminated with a water-resistant coating, they are a durable option for bathrooms that can last for years.

Because they expand and contract with moisture, however, laminated panels typically need expansion gaps to be left during installation, making things a bit more complex.

3. PVC wall panels

One option that’s completely hassle free are PVC wall panels. Because they’re produced using PVC, they won’t expand, so they’re quick and easy to install. Simply apply good quality adhesive to the panel and you’re ready to go – they can even be fitted over tiles.

PVC wall panels are one of the best alternatives to tiles in the bathroom because – as well as being easy to install – they look superb. With a wide range of colours and finishes, they allow homeowners to personalise their bathroom to match their style to a tee.

High quality bathroom wall panels

If you’re looking for an attractive alternative to bathroom tiles for your home or commercial property, Igloo Surfaces can help. We stock PVC wall panels in a wide range of styles and colours. All of our products come with a 10 to 20-year guarantee, with free samples available before ordering, so you have complete peace of mind.

For more information, get in touch with our team who are always on hand to help.

Good News! Igloo Surfaces Now Deliver on Saturdays

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Not available during the week? Not to worry! Igloo Surfaces now deliver on Saturdays.

As part of our mission to constantly improve our service we have taken on board customer’s feedback about making deliveries even more convenient. We understand that not everyone is available during the week to sign for their deliveries and customers told us how much easier life would be if we could provide their orders on a weekend.

If you are unable to accept delivery Monday to Friday due to commitments but require your order urgently, we are pleased to say that we now offer a Saturday delivery. Please select this option when going through the checkout process and you will receive your order by 12.00 on Saturday. The cut off point for a Saturday delivery is each Thursday at 17.00 and cost for Saturday delivery is £45.

We hope this helps you get your products where and when you need them!

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Where Can I Buy Ceiling Panels?

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Ceiling panels are a fantastic option for both their stylish appearance and practicality. Not only do they look great, but they’re simple to fit, low maintenance and easy to clean too!

If you are considering ceiling panels for your home then one of the first things you need to decide is where to buy them. But as a relatively new entry into the interior design world, its difficult to know which supplier to choose. Read on as we look at the benefits of ceiling panels and where to go to get ceiling panels that are easy to install, hard wearing, long lasting and look fantastic.

A brief introduction to ceiling panels

When bathrooms need a refurb, homeowners have traditionally been faced with the daunting task of re-installing their ceiling. It’s messy and time consuming. That’s where ceiling panels come in. They provide a hygienic, water resistant solution without the hassle.

These advantages are by no means restricted to bathrooms either. Ceiling panels are a stylish option in kitchens, living spaces and even office premises. In any case, they can be installed with minimum effort, they’re easy to maintain and they look superb.

Where not to buy ceiling panels

Understandably, a number of retailers have jumped on the bandwagon with their own ceiling panel offerings. As a result, you can now buy ceiling panels from many homeware stores and ceiling tile retailers. The downside? These companies do not specialise in ceiling panels. They are simply offering them as a secondary product, which could disappoint in its quality, appearance and longevity.

These general retailers will also lack the kind of variety you want when you’re searching for ceiling panels. For interior design, you want to get the exact style and colour to match your design scheme. Anything else is a compromise and won’t look or feel how you want it. Too many stores offer just one style of ceiling panel or don’t stock the right size or thickness for your property.

Where to buy ceiling panels

So, where should you buy ceiling panels instead? Look for ceiling panel specialists, who produce ceiling panels as one of their core products. With this type of retailer, you benefit from the highest standards in ceiling panel manufacture. That means you get ceiling panels that look better, last longer and are super-easy to install.

You also benefit from impressive variety. Because these companies specialise in ceiling panels, they offer a wide range of finishes and styles, from chrome inserts to black marble. And it’s far more likely they’ll have the size you need for your home or property refurbishment.

With ceiling panel specialists, you also avoid the possibility of paying more. While some retailers will sell other companies’ products, specialists sell directly to you, so you save money as well as getting the best products and service. Plus you get their ‘on tap’ installation experience to help you complete your project.

High quality ceiling panels

Searching for ceiling panels for your bathroom, bedroom, living room or office? Igloo Surfaces can help. We are UK ceiling panel specialists with a wide range of high quality, stylish products available. All of our ceiling panels are easy to maintain and clean, with hassle-free installation as standard. For more information, feel free to get in touch with our team online.