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.

Nordic Bathrooms

The Nordic design trend has taken firm hold in the UK with no signs of abating. This understated style particularly suits bathrooms, as it evokes a feeling of calm retreat from the world, adding an element of luxury to your bathing experience.

This style favours a freestanding bath or wet room installation if you haven’t the room to accommodate both. You can make this look your won with your choice of tile.  Large format or wood effect tiles look especially fitting for the Nordic style, and view our minimalist range for further inspiration.

The essence of this design incorporates muted tones and clean lines within a purposeful design. Wood and stone bring in natural textures to enhance the unadorned space whilst plants and ample natural light reconnect the space to nature and soften sharp edges. Tactile wicker and rough hewn towels add a cosy effect.

Check out our Pinterest for more ideas you can incorporate to stay on trend with your new bathroom.

 

 

Bathrooms are the number one room to renovate, even more frequently than kitchens. Not sure where to start? Book an in-store appointment and we’ll walk you through your bathroom renovation or design with a comprehensive quote and no obligation.

Our experienced staff have many years of experience and can work to any design you have in mind. Bring along your measurements and tour our showroom for inspiration. A well-planned bathroom can make a world of difference to how you enjoy your home as well as your homes resale value.

Of course, we aren’t just about bathrooms. We’re also happy to sit with you and help plan wall and floor tiles throughout your home. We’re sure you’ll find what you want from our large range including of wood, laminate, and Pergo vinyl flooring.

We can recommend professional, independent installers who will project manage your bathroom installation from start to completion.

Information we’ll ask you:

  • your requirements/ specifications
  • total estimated budget
  • bathroom measurements
  • time-frame for your bathroom renovation

Spend time now to get the best possible result!

8 Bathroom Trends for 2018

More than ever the bathroom is seen as a personal sanctuary, an important retreat for restoration rather than one of simple utility. With that in mind, here are 8 bathroom trends that are worthy of putting on your “must have” list!

1. Freestanding Tub – with back-to-the wall option, a freestanding tub can fit most bathrooms for luxury you will endlessly appreciate. Can be fitted with an over-the-tub shower.

2. More Storage – bathroom storage can be both beautiful and practical, saving you from hectic mornings and stressful nights readying the children and yourself for work and sleep. Why not turn one of the walls into a floor to ceiling shelving area or install a built-in closet with organiser if you prefer closed storage.

3. Multipanel Board – save yourself the hassle of maintaining and scrubbing tiles for an easy solution. Multipanel Board Panels are fitted behind your shower or bath for a seamless look.

4. Backlit or Illuminated LED Mirrors – for a soft eye-saving glow that saves you having to put the lights full on during your morning routine or evening wind down. Many also feature a demister and shaver plug-in.

5. Sound System – the strong emergence of Spotify and personal playlists has heightened the demand for music anywhere. Excellent sound and unobtrusive installation make this an easy choice.

6. Bathroom TV – now available up to 55” inches. Netflix & Chill while soaking away the day. High Definition, waterproof and will not steam up. Embeddable or wall mountable with an ultra thin finish.

7. Underfloor Heating Systems – energy efficient and temperature controlled for warmth underfoot. A thermostat ensures you are not paying more for heat than necessary. Contact us to discuss further.

8. Neutral Tones with Organic Undertones – we’ve not yet strayed to far from the neutral colour palette, but have added in organic texture such as wood or stone effect tiles for depth and interest. Bring in further textures with towels and accessories.

 

Part-time Secretary

Just Tiles N Bathrooms is hiring. We invite you to submit your CV for the post of Part-time Secretary.

Qualifications & Responsibilities:

  • Minimum 2 years current experience in Sage 50
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite
  • Extremely organised
  • General office duties
  • Working directly with the general public
  • Maintaining financial records and generating reports

Hours and Salary TBD

Deadline for applications: February 16th, 2018

Email: info@justtilesni.co.uk

Unit 22 Pennybridge Industrial Estate, Ballymena BT42 3HB

We are an equal opportunities employer. Only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest.

Is your bathroom looking tired and dated? Does it appear so “last year” (or perhaps last decade)? Feeling like a new look for the new year? Now is the time to clear out the old and in with the new! If this sounds like you, you may have been browsing through magazines, websites, brochures or our showroom and possibly left overwhelmed by the large range of products available out there. Why not let our experienced staff at Just Tiles N Bathrooms take the stress out of transforming your bathroom into the fresh, modern haven you deserve.

Our new purpose built consultation room is designed to allow a relaxed space to plan your bathroom with one of our experienced sales staff. Please bring along your measurements. If you’re stuck for ideas or want a visual, check out our Pinterest for bathroom design ideas you’ll love.