A question that often arises in our shop is whether to install an electric shower or a power shower whenever you’re considering renovating a bathroom or installing a brand new one. To make an informed decision you have to be familiar with the merits and drawbacks of each, and which one best fits your purpose.

Firstly if we could consider the case of power showers. A power shower by definition is a shower which mixes hot and cold water from your water system and pumps it to the shower head. There are two main types of powershowers, one with an integrated pump and one with a separate pump usually housed in the hotpress or some other concealed place. Both are equally efficient with the separate pump version more aesthetically pleasing, but of course they are usually more expensive. The main benefits with power showers are they usually have a generous flow of water to the shower head, and they cost virtually nothing to run. They usually have a long working life and are manufactured by all the leading brands. The downside is the pump can sometimes be noisy particularly when fitted to a stud wall and, of course, you need to have warm water in your system before you start, to ensure a cosy shower.

Electric showers have their merits too, the main one being you can have a shower at the drop of a hat, no need for warm water in the tank- you’re good to go at any time. Electric showers are fed from the mains water supply, and need to have a heavy cable directly to the metre board. There is of course a huge range on the market, all of which are working on the same principle. Because electric showers have to heat water instantly they tend to have quite a restricted flow but one manufacturer has come up with a remedy: adding hot air to create the illusion of a better flow, meaning you might think you have more water without any more actually being there. Electric showers tend to be relatively cheap to buy and might sound the obvious choice, but bear in mind every shower you take costs to heat the water (about the same as 3 electric kettles going at once).

To sum up, electric showers do have a place in a modern home, but the merits of power showers far outweigh its electric counterpart. Of course no argument is so easily won and this argument can stand a lot of debate in most homes and can only really be answered by the individual homeowner and family. The best solution is to have one of each, then you can enjoy the benefits of both!



Whilst a bath is merely a container for water, and sometimes other cleansing fluids, the bath is far more to the modern user than simply a utilitarian bathtub. There is nothing better than coming home after work and indulging in a lavish bath. Comfort is the most important consideration while selecting a bath tub. Bathtubs not only come in a multitude of sizes, colour and styles, but in a variety of materials as well. The choice and combination depends upon individual needs and taste, as well as architectural limitations.

In Ballymena, Antrim, Belfast and even Northern Ireland, the basic 5ft wall-to-wall built-in model in white still remains the most popular tub. Some are porcelain on steel; some are acrylic; some cast iron.

The luxury and health benefits of the baths are enormous and they include; improving blood circulation for individuals. Steeping the body in hot water to the neck is an exercise of sorts for your blood vessels.  Water creates physical pressure on the body and so increases the capacity of our heart. In other words, when we’re in the water, the heart works faster and stronger. This is not by any means heavy exertion, more like a light workout for the heart. A few dips a week is an excellent workout for your heart, while doing the head no-end of benefits also.

Secondly, helps individuals in falling asleep. Hot water relaxes the body and better prepares us for falling asleep. When a tense body enters a warm bath, the hot water increases the body temperature and relaxes the muscles. Relaxing the muscles not only soothes us physically, but also mentally, and many of us need that peace of mind at the end of the day.

Thirdly, the bath relaxes the body and better prepares us for falling asleep. When a tense body enters a warm bath, hot water increases the body temperature and relaxes muscles. Relaxing the muscles not only soothes us physically, but also mentally, and many of us need that peace of mind at the end of the day.

In Ballymena, Antrim, Belfast and Northern Ireland, the bathroom has been transformed into a spa, a place to unwind and refresh the body. Situated at the heart of this relaxation centre is the tub. Once a utilitarian device, the tub has become a glamorous and, in many cases, exciting feature in bathroom design. These days, when it comes to choosing a tub, the possibilities are nearly limitless. Options include soakers and whirlpools; classic claw-footed models; contoured shapes, ovals, squares, and rounded; tubs with neck rests and arm rests; tubs set into platforms; and tubs you step down into—or even walk into. All this variety comes at a price, so it’s important to remember that the total cost of a tub will reflect the amount of technology involved as well as the type of finish and material.

Formerly bathtubs had been just a tub-and-shower combination, with the primary goal being showered and basic body hygiene. Today, baths are often separate from the shower, with the sole purpose of soaking to relax and unwind. Buying a tub is no longer a simple decision, and because a tub can be an expensive and permanent purchase, it is very important to do the research before you actually buy.

Before shopping for a tub, first ask yourself how you like to bathe. Do you prefer a long, lingering soak, or an invigorating whirlpool massage? Factor in how important bathing and other uses of a tub are to you and your family. Taking this opportunity to evaluate your goals and lifestyle before choosing a tub can be well worth the time investment.


We’ve seen floor tiles getting bigger and bigger over the past few years. High gloss floor tiles across a wide open space are a fabulous entrance statement into a home, office or hotel.

The fashion sees no end in sight, with the latest tile being over 6ft long. This takes 2 men and special equipment to handle and to lay it properly, but with less joints, and more shine there’s no doubt someone will have it soon.

This is largely due to the fact that using tiles of this size results in fewer grout lines for a clean and uninterrupted finish. It’s a myth that large scale tiles can’t be used in smaller rooms – in fact, these spaces are perfect for them. Using oversized tiles tricks the eye into thinking that the room is much bigger than it really is, so can help to create a sense of scale where it doesn’t naturally exist.

Call in to our showroom to discuss your hall, kitchen or office flooring needs.



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