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.

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.

Plan Your Bathroom Online

With the ease and convenience of shopping online, we are able to extend the same great service across the United Kingdom and Ireland as we do locally. Our experienced consultation team is available to you via phone and email and we encourage you to send us your proposed bathroom or kitchen design.

Shop Tiles

Our online collections of tiles are representative of the many beautiful floor and wall tiles we stock. From neutral tones to daring patterns and mosaics, we can source for any effect you wish to achieve. If there is a specific tile you have in mind that doesn’t appear on the website, do contact us as we may have it in store.

Request a Sample

In the process of selecting tiles to complement your design scheme, a sample is invaluable to affirm your decision. We are happy to ship out a maximum of 3 tile samples to guide you in your decision. Use our Contact Us form to make a request.

Bathroom Suites

Browse online in comfort and compare prices. Our bathroom furniture and sanitary ware are priced competitively with complementary pieces in a range of styles for your dream bathroom. We have a range of freestanding tubs, specialty toilets, and bathroom furniture.

Delivery and Shipping Costs

Shipping is FREE for all Northern Ireland deliveries on orders of £300 or more, less than this and shipping is £25. Ireland – £45, UK Mainland £80. This may be higher if orders require more than one pallet. Please contact us if you are outside the UK Mainland before placing an order so we may calculate the delivery fee.

When you invest in new floor and wall tiles, remember that a tile will only look as good as it is installed. We’re here to ensure you make a well-informed decision about which adhesive and underlay is required to install your new tiles.

Adhesive for Tiling Walls

When tiling onto a wall, you will need time to make small adjustments throughout the process. Therefore it is recommended that a slow setting mix be selected. We suggest Evo-Stik Technik One Part Flexible Tile Adhesive (OPF), an easy-to-mix powdered compound which is slow setting and white in colour.

If you are tiling directly on top of an existing tile then we would advise the use of a Primer. A primer, such as Evo-Stik Special Hard Primer, increases the roughness of the wall to ensure that the wall has suitable grip on the tile, to prevent tiles from simply sliding off at a later date.

A 1L bottle of this primer should cover approximately 10 SQM and is only £10 – nothing compared to a brand new set of replacement tiles!

Adhesive Colour

If you are tiling a lightly coloured or white tile, it is recommended you use a white adhesive, for example Evo-Stik Rapid Set Flexible White Tile Adhesive. This is because a darker coloured mix will impact on the colour of the tile after installation, regardless of the fact that the adhesive will not be visible after grouting.

A darker adhesive, such as Evo-Stik Rapid Set Flexible Grey Tile Adhesive should be used on coloured tiles.

Tiling a Wooden Subfloor

It is important to appreciate the difference between tiling on a wooden subfloor compared to tiling onto a less flexible concrete subfloor. Wood is naturally strong; however, it is also a flexible material, meaning it is possible for tiles to move or crack. To solve this problem, we strongly promote the use of the Dural Durabase Underlay which compensates for this movement allowing maximum adhesion and minimising the risk of cracking.

Tiling a Concrete Subfloor

Take steps to maximise the adhesion between your new tiles and a concrete subfloor with surface preparation. Examine the condition of your floor. If the floor is in bad condition, or uneven throughout, it is vital to level it. Larson’s Self Levelling Compound is a quick mix product which offers a brilliantly flat tiling surface when installed. If the floors are new it is unlikely that this product will be required, saving you time, effort and money.

Adhesive for Underfloor Heating

The second factor which will influence the adhesive for a concrete subfloor is underfloor heating. Underfloor heating is a modern, clean and efficient method of heating your home and tiles have better heat conduction properties than wood, carpet or vinyl flooring. As heat comes through the ground, it will be transferred through the tile but also the adhesive. As the heat continuously passes through the adhesive, the adhesive will expand and contract slightly causing small movements. It is an absolute must that your floor adhesive is a ‘flexible’ compound, to allow for these small movements.

Liquid Screed Floors

Liquid screed floors are growing in popularity. Correct preparation and moisture conditions affect the choice of adhesive and it is critical to get it right. Call in and speak with one of our advisors who will help you make the right choice.

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