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Buying Guides

At BathroomTrade, we understand that buying and choosing the right bathroom products can be a daunting experience. Although we do sell directly to industry professionals, we understand that not everyone knows bathrooms in the same way!

So whether you're baffled by industry and plumbing jargon, or just want simple, straight-forward information about showers, baths, toilets or other bathroom products, these Buyer's Guides are for you. If you have any questions that aren't answered here, please contact one of our experts on (Freecall) 0800 0430207 - we'll be happy to help out wherever we can!


Bath Replacement Showers

Bath Replacement Showers

This is an increasingly growing trend.

There could be many different things that factor into replacing your bath for a shower. The burst of energy from an invigorating shower fits in well with our increasingly busy lifestyles. Also in the room which is usually the smallest in most houses the extra space gained from removing your bath and fitting a shower is a very valuable and positive factor.

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Choosing the Right Towel Rail for Your Customer

Choosing the Right Towel Rail for Your Customer

A towel rail is perhaps not the headline act in a bathroom, kitchen or utility cupboard design - but getting this product right could be the difference between satisfying a home owner's vision and facing questions.

It is one of a large number of supporting details in a room design that will not draw the eye if it is done right, but will still be an important part of a modern set-up. As a contractor, you may be asked to set out what sort of options a customer has for their home and it goes without saying that your understanding of the available towel rail range will set your client's mind at rest that they are dealing with a professional.

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Shower Door - Buying Guide

Shower Door - Buying Guide

When choosing an enclosure it's important to take into account whether there is space for an outward opening door or will the door need to open within the enclosure; measure the space available taking into account doorways, windows, WC's and wash basins. Remember to account for the room required for shower doors to open without hitting any sloping ceilings. When measuring; do not forget to allow for the height of the shower tray in addition to the height of the shower enclosure.

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Shower Tray - Buying Guide

Shower Tray - Buying Guide

There are three main types of Shower Tray on the market today. The most common is the Stone Resin Shower Tray. The second is the Acrylic Shower Tray and the third is relatively new to the market; the Acrylic Capped Shower Tray which is a combination of the first two. The following buying guide will explain the difference between these three, highlight the benefits of each style of tray and offer some alternatives to the standard styles of shower tray.

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The What and Why's of Short Projection Toilets

The What and Why's of Short Projection Toilets

The bathroom is one of the trickiest spaces in the house to renovate - your decisions are limited by the amount of physical space in the room, thus affecting your choice of fitted bathroom furniture.

Some might agree that there's nothing worse than a small bathroom, where you crack your knees every time when opening the door. Sound familiar? Fortunately, there are crafty, clever ways to create more space without having to rearrange the entire suite nor knock down any walls. Enter the short projection toilet!

What is a short projection toilet?

Short projection (also known as compact) toilets have been specially designed to fit in smaller spaces. They are called short projection due to their depth; they physically don't measure as far out from the bathroom wall as conventional toilets do.

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Thermostatic Showers - The Ultimate in Bathroom Convenience?

Thermostatic Showers - The Ultimate in Bathroom Convenience?

When it comes to showers there are two main problems we often suffer from - the shower not having enough pressure and the temperature changing whenever someone else decides to put the washing machine on or make a cup of tea. Showers are meant to be quick and refreshing, but more often than not we end up spending half our time fiddling with the temperature controls. Thermostatic showers are meant to solve that problem, making your morning shower a much more enjoyable experience - but it's easier to see their advantages when compared with other types of showers.

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Urinals - Buying Guide

Urinals - Buying Guide

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Today we're going to take a quick look at a couple of urinal systems. These are available from our Web sites, in particular BathroomTrade.co.uk.

The main manufacturer we use is Vitra. This manufacturer is a world renowned name in the bathroom industry with exceptionally high quality products.

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Why Should I Install a Wet Room in my House?

Why Should I Install a Wet Room in my House?

As homeowners continue to steer towards some of the more unusual bathroom fittings, wet rooms are enjoying their moment in the limelight.

To help you differentiate between a wet room and conventional bathroom, the general consensus is that rather than having an enclosed shower cubicle containing the water, the room itself effectively acts as the enclosure. Waterproof tiling and similar techniques are used to ensure that the water stays in the designated space and doesn't flow out into different parts of the bathroom.

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