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.

4 Benefits of Hygienic Wall Cladding for Authorities

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Local authorities and housing associations manage thousands of properties across their respective towns and cities. And at times, it can feel like an impossible balancing act. Managing rent payments and finding homes for people is paired with the task of keeping all properties in a good condition, with continuing repairs and refurbishments.

Fortunately, hygienic wall cladding can make that impossible balancing act a bit more realistic. Read on as we discuss the benefits for local authorities.

1.   Hygienic

As a housing association or local authority, your first concern is hygiene and safety. This is paramount in rooms like the kitchen and bathroom, which need to be completely fit for purpose. Hygienic wall cladding is ideal for kitchen splashbacks, which show up clearly on its surface, as well as being completely waterproof for any bathroom spillages.

2.   Cost-effective

Since 2010-11, local authorities have seen their budgets cut by nearly 50%. This has made it all the more difficult to keep homes in a good state – not to mention things like social care which are also on the plate of local authorities.

Wall cladding is a cost-effective alternative to tiling, giving councils a bit more financial breathing space. While the cost of individual tiles may seem insignificant, it can soon stack up when you’re tasked with covering a whole bathroom or kitchen wall. Instead, hygienic wall cladding comes in larger panels, reducing the cost of the job at hand.

3.   Durable

Bathroom and kitchen tiling can easily become damaged, with the odd tile cracking or falling away – or even grouting cracking in places. The result? Local authorities have to send someone out to fix things, adding to their to-do list and costing them more money. With wall panels, this isn’t the case. Made from PVC, they’re hard wearing and durable for the most testing environments.

With larger panels there’s no chance of small parts breaking away or becoming damaged, so you don’t have to worry about any small recurring repairs. Even better, they’re easy to install so, should anything every need replacing, you don’t need to fork out for specialist installation to remedy the problem.

4.   Low maintenance

The next issue on your check-list is maintenance. As well as repairs from damage, local authorities occasionally need to replace and refurbish where homes haven’t been kept in a good condition by tenants. Bathrooms and kitchens are problem areas, which often need work because tenants haven’t kept up with maintenance.

PVC wall panels require minimal maintenance to keep them working well and looking great. Unlike some wall coverings, they’re easy to clean, with any stains or spillages showing up clearly. In the long run, you’re less likely to find them in a poor state, with less need for repairs or replacement.

Buy with confidence

Igloo Surfaces offers a range of bathroom wall panels and kitchen wall panels for local authorities and housing associations. With free samples on request and a 10 to 20-year guarantee on our products, you can buy with confidence. We even offer a specialist service for commercial customers to make sure everything goes smoothly throughout design and fitting.

To find out more about how PVC wall panels can benefit you, feel free to get in touch with Igloo Surfaces today.

Buy Now, Pay Later With PayPal Credit

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Your dream kitchen or bathroom may now be closer than ever thanks to our PayPal credit – buy now, pay later option.

With PayPal credit you can transform your home with stylish wall cladding, flooring or ceiling panels and split the cost over 4 months. It is quick, secure and a super easy way to pay. The cost of your purchase can be spread over 4 monthly instalments for purchases over £150 with absolutely no interest to pay during the term of the offer.

To get started with PayPal credit simply…

1. Fill your basket with your must have items to the value of £150 or more

2. At checkout, select Paypal Credit as your payment method

3. Complete the simple application over on Paypal’s website and subject to approval – complete your order!

It’s that easy! Start shopping now.

For more information about PayPal Credit please visit the PayPal website.

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!

For more information on deliveries including Saturday deliveries click here >>

Spring Decorating Ideas: 5 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Home This Season

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Spring has sprung. For some, that means more than just spring cleaning. Homeowners want to refresh their properties. And why not – in the season that’s all about ‘out with the old and in with the new’?

The problem is keeping it manageable. It’s easy to take the wrong route and, before long, find yourself knee deep in flatpack furniture. Instead, read on for our top five ways to refresh your home this season without any hassle.

1. Rejuvenate the kitchen

When it comes to redecorating, most people start in the living room. The problem? Most improvements here are both costly and disruptive. Instead, look at the kitchen or dining room. Small changes here can make a big difference and give your room a completely new look. Our contemporary and easy to clean kitchen panels are a perfect example. They make for ideal splash-backs and are a great way to update your kitchen in a quick and cost-effective manner.

Here are some other new purchases you can make at a relatively small price:

  • Cutlery
  • Crockery
  • Glassware
  • Tablecloths
  • Seat covers or cushions
  • Coasters and placemats
  • Wall art

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2. Looking to the bedroom

Similarly, it’s easy to give your bedroom a new look as we head into spring. No, you don’t have to get the paint out, cover everything and spend hours toiling away. Instead, head out and get yourself some new bedding. Sheets, duvet covers and even throws are an easy way to transform your bedroom and keep things current.

3. A new finish for your fixtures

Of course, it isn’t all about specific rooms. There’s a lot to be said for your home’s fixtures if you’re looking for a change. Doors and windows can make or break a room’s design. As such, giving them a new colour, or just a fresh lick of paint, is a great way to rejuvenate your home’s interiors.

4. Spruce up the garden

In the same sense, refreshing your home doesn’t have to be purely indoors. With spring in full swing, the weather will soon be getting warmer, brighter and all in all more pleasant. With that in mind, it’s certainly worthwhile giving your garden a refresh too:

  • Clean any flagged areas
  • Repaint decking or sheds
  • Add some solar lighting
  • Purchase new garden furniture
  • Mow, trim and fertilise your lawn
  • Plant some colourful flowers

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5. A ‘new’ bathroom

Some homeowners steer clear of the bathroom because they think it requires a complete overhaul to refresh. Fortunately, there are a variety of quick fixes that can make your bathroom look completely brand new, without breaking the bank or taking all the time in the world:

  • Bathroom wall panels – These are a stylish alternative to ceramic tiles which provide a quick and cost-effective way to transform the look of your bathroom. They can even be installed over existing tiles.
  • New vinyl flooring – By choosing solid vinyl flooring with no wood content, you can get a new surface in your bathroom that’s hard wearing, cost-effective and looks amazing.

Enjoy Spring Savings

Make the most of spring and spruce up your house over the Bank Holiday weekend. For a limited time only, we’ve dropped the price of many of our best selling products, meaning you can transform your home for less. Shop our spring sale or get in touch with our team for more information.

Refurbishment at Harrogate Hospital

Refurbishment at Harrogate Hospital

A refurbishment project went underway at Harrogate Hospital and the main contractor contacted our sales team to price for the project after hearing our wonderful reputation to install the PVC wall cladding.

From this enquiry Igloo won the contract to install all the PVC wall cladding at Harrogate Hospital to ensure the refurbishment of the hospital was on target and to standard.

Our installation team expertly installed over 500m2 of Altro Whiterock in various colours including white, Dusty Grey and Bergamot as well as stainless steel corners ensuring that at all times that the workmanship delivered was of a high standard and ensuring customer satisfaction.

Our team works very long days and weekends to ensure that this project was delivered within the timescales set by the main contractor on site.

The overall project completed delivered a hygienic finish as well as a welcoming and appealing feel for the patients and staff whom will use the facility fo many years to come.

We are proud that our team were able to assist and deliver what was required for the main contractor and since then we have worked on several other projects with this same contractor due to the high workmanship and expertise delivered on this site by our experienced installation team.

Our team all have the appropriate CSCS qualification and certification, Asbestos Awareness certification and each team have a trained First Aider with them at all times.

Not only do we ensure as a company our team are trained and competently qualified to high standards, but Igloo are a CHAS accredited, Constructionline and Safecontractor accredited company with the necessary insurance policies in place to ensure peace of mind for both parties.

If you would like to know more information on the products and services we provide, or you would like a quote please contact our sales team (sales@igloosurfaces.com) or telephone 01709 329117.

Igloo Surfaces – the Hygienic Surface Specialist based in South Yorkshire and covering UK

Refurbishment at Harrogate Hospital

Walton Centre

Walton Centre

This week we are showcasing the incredible work our Installation Teams completed at the Walton Centre in Liverpool in 2017.

The Walton Centre in Liverpool is a specialist hospital trust in the UK dedicated to providing comprehensive neurology, neurosurgery, spinal and pain management services.

Our team won the order directly with the main construction company running the refurbishment of this hospital and our team installed over 675m2 of standard PVC wall cladding in various pastel colours with welded joints in various rooms throughout the hospital.

This resulted in our team delivering a hygienic finish and a warm and welcoming feel for this project and all involved were exceedingly happy with the completed finish.

As with all our projects our experienced teams go above and beyond to ensure that all works completed within the timescales given by the main contractor and to the expected workmanship that our company expect as standard.

This includes that the standard practice for our teams is to thermoform around all angles which provides a seamless and professional finish rather than using internal or external angles or and excessive amount of trims as a substitute which some less experienced cladding companies practice.

All our installation teams have the appropriate CSCS qualifications together with in date Asbestos Awareness certifications, with at least one employee in each team being SSSTS, SMSTS and First Aid trained. We are also CHAS accredited and Constructionline and Safecontractor certified company with all the necessary insurances policies in place for everyone’s peace of mind.

If you require any further information, samples or a quotation for our supply and installation service please do not hesitate to either email our sales team (sales@igloosurfaces.com) or telephone the team on 01709 329117.

Our construction team install hygienic cladding / PVC wall cladding / Altro Whiterock (as known in the industry) throughout the UK.

Igloo Surfaces – The hygienic surface specialists based in Barnsley and Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

Unhappy with your bathroom?

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Are you one of the many people in the UK that is unhappy with your bathroom?

It is reported that many adults in the UK are not happy with their bathroom. So much so that they are exceedingly embarrassed of any visitor using their ‘facilities’.

With hygiene being a major factor when using any facility whether that is a public or private dwelling, it is not surprising that as we spend a vast amount of time in our bathrooms they need to suit our needs as well as being the most hygienic room (as well as our kitchens) as possible.

Many people when they buy a new home end up with ‘inherited’ bathrooms which they then keep for many years under the pretence that the bathroom is not as important as the living and bedroom area’s within the house.

There are also those that have adopted outdated bathroom suites that would only suit the dynasty phase of the 80’s!

However as more and more people enjoy a soak in the tub or a nice long shower after a hard day at work it is no wonder that they like to have a tranquil, inviting and hygienic environment to be in.

It is also widely known that by installing a new bathroom it will add a vast amount to the value of the property which is always a major plus!

At Igloo we take the standard and design of our panels seriously, that’s why we offer a 20 year guarantee on all our PVC panels. Plus all our PVC panels comply with British standards and are all fire tested.

Also our customer service is quite simply the best. Our team can advise you on all your needs and advise you of what products are best to use in your project including how to install them if you are a DIY enthusiast.

For more information visit the relevant pages on our website or ring 01709 329117 to speak to one of our helpful team.