Expert Tips from a Team in the Know

Having been in the business since 1996, Allied Bathrooms & Tiles have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to bathrooms and tiles. The floor staff in our Coolock, Dublin 17 showroom as well as our Trim, Co. Meath showroom and highly skilled with extensive product knowledge on everything we have to offer. They would be glad to provide the relevant tips and advice in helping you choose your perfect bathroom or tiles. Below you’ll find just some of the helpful hints we have to offer.

When Buying Tiles…

  • For floor tiles, measure the length and breadth of the room if it is rectangular or square. For irregular sizes just measure the perimeter. For wall tiles measure the width and height of each section to be tiled. Then take these measurements into us and we will calculate the amount needed.
  • Allow about 5-10% extra for waste and miscalculations.
  • If you can't decide which tile you want ask to take home a sample. It is often best considered at home as it is best compared with existing colours and ambient light. Most samples are provided free.
  • Shading can vary between batches. Ensure the printed code on each box is the same. We never mix batches unless they have been carefully cross checked.
  • Try to buy your tiles as close to the time they are to be laid. Should you need more from the same batch, they should be still available! However we still recommend that you make sure that you buy enough tiles.
  • Skimping on an extra box of tiles can prove very awkward and expensive. Always keep a box of spare tiles to allow for possible future plumbing work/repairs or/and kitchen re-designs etc.
  • Ceramic floor tiles are graded according to hardness and wear. As a rough guide, grade 3 is suitable for domestic, grade four for light commercial (shops, offices etc.) and grade 5 for heavy traffic areas. Porcelain tiles are typically grade five and those that are full bodied and frost proof can be used outside.
  • For a walk-in showers we recommend and supply non slip matt mosaic in 1" or 2" pieces, available in a choice of colours.
  • Allied Bathrooms and Tiles are MUCH cheaper for adhesives, grout, trims and seals that our competitors!

Our floor staff are fully trained, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable when it comes to all things bathrooms and tiles!

01 867 4343

When Buying Bathroom Materials…

  • If you are undecided about the redesign of you new bathroom we can arrange for a bathroom installer to visit your home and discuss the options available for the size of the room and of course your budget!
  • Vanity units are far more popular than basin/pedestals nowadays, as they provide space to hide away toiletries, towels etc.
  • Toilet cisterns come in either a single lever flush or a dual push-button flush. The dual flush system allows a choice of 3 litre or 6 litre flush, which is worth considering with water charges on the way!
  • Modern baths are predominantly made from acrylic, advantages being that they retain heat better that cast iron baths, and also scratches can be repaired easier than enamel. Steel baths are available if you require a more rigid bath.
  • There are a number of options for shower units. Electric shower units draw water from your attic cold water tank and provide instant hot water but the pressure is not great. Shower valves can be concealed or surface mounted and draws hot water from your hot water cylinder, and when used in conjunction with a pump can provide very good water pressure.
  • If you plan to install a shower in the corner of your bathroom he most popular types of shower enclosures are quadrant or offset quadrant and tray, as they take up less floor space than square or rectangular trays and are considerably cheaper. For a three-walled recess you have a choice of a bifold, pivot or sliding door.

Call Allied Bathrooms & Tiles today to hear more on our products and services. We look forward to hearing from you!

Coolock: 01 867 4343 / 01 867 4345 Trim: 046 948 3943