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Saturday 19th December 2020

Dear Customer
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support, please note important information related to our
Christmas closing dates which affect sales orders and delivery services.

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Nature is here to stay. Designers appreciate and are eager to emphasise the beauty of wood. This noble material, however, cannot be used in every room. This is where wood-look tiles step in.



Being in touch with nature allows us to regenerate and maintain our balance in our everyday lives, which are full of challenges. This is why we feel great in interiors containing plants, organically-shaped items and nature-inspired patterns and colours. Wood is one of the most beautiful and universal materials used in interior design. It does have its limitations, however – it is vulnerable to moisture and mechanical damage and requires a lot of care. These drawbacks are not present in wood-look tiles, which, at the same time, perfectly mimic the beauty of the original material. They remain unchanged and beautiful for years in addition to being easy to clean – water does not damage them, and they require no special cleaning agents. Another advantage is that not only are they more durable than wood, but they are less expensive as well. Compared to wood, they conduct heat well, which is why they are much better for underfloor heating systems.

Wood-look tiles, Scandinavian style

Wood patterns give you stylistic freedom and allow you to create arrangements which match the newest trends in addition to being timeless – nature-inspired patterns never go out of style. Wood is an indispensable element of Scandinavian-style interiors. Bleached wood can be replaced with Oak White tiles, which mimic wood planks. Scandinavian-style bathrooms look great with the cold Perfect Form Cream and Perfect Form Beige tiles laid in parallel rows. Wood-look porcelain tiles in are perfect in vintage and industrial arrangements.

Porcelain as wood in vintage and industrial arrangements

Wood-look tiles, especially if laid in the herringbone pattern, can resemble a old-style wood floors, serving as a perfect base for classic and vintage spaces. The same floor, if laid with golden Softwood Beige tiles, depending on the furniture, details and fabrics, can serve as the base of chic, Parisian-style apartments in old townhouses, as well as of interesting, 70’s-style, vintage interiors. Wood patterns are also typical of very feminine, romantic spaces – such interiors look great with wood-look porcelain tiles from the Oak Classic White collection.


This material also has many great but less obvious uses – take the industrial style for example: dark and cold Nordic Oak Brown tiles, laid in parallel rows, look great combined with concrete and raw, metal elements. Dark but warm tiles are the base of interiors designed to reference classic Irish houses.





Thanks to their practicality, including their resistance to the elements, porcelain tiles can be used almost anywhere – both inside and outside the building. They are perfect for kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as terraces and balconies. Water and frost are powerless against them, and their colour never fades in the sun. Porcelain tiles need no special care, and there is no need to worry that, despite all your efforts, they will eventually still change and look aged – wood-look porcelain tiles remain beautiful year after year.

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We understand that the space in which you live is an expression of your individual style, with the fireplace forming the very heart of your home. It is a focal point that not only extends the warmest of welcomes to your family and friends, around which they will gather naturally, but it also offers you the opportunity to make a design statement that defines the room even when the fire is not lit. Many of today’s contemporary fires, whether gas-fired or woodburning, are designed to fit into an existing chimney breast or a specially built studwork structure. The wall you have chosen for your new fire can also become a design feature to complement and enhance your fireplace. Browse our unique collection of porcelain and natural stone tiles to complement your fireplace and help you create your ultimate look for your interior space.

Important Additional Information

Check your walls are suitable.
Drywall is combustible and not a suitable material either for use behind the wood stove or for use underneath tile. Removing it from the wall behind the wood stove allows you to install cement backerboard instead. Cut right through the drywall using a drywall saw. Remove all the drywall from any wall that comes within the eight- to 36-inches recommended by your stove’s manufacturer. For the most seamless appearance, remove the drywall straight to the ceiling, even if you do not plan on tiling that high. There are some cement backerboards that are paintable, allowing you to install tile as high as you like, and still have a non-combustible surface to the ceiling behind the stove.  We recommend you use a base board before tiling.

Porcelain tiles
Shade variation is an inherent feature of the manufacturing process.

We recommend that natural stone and porcelain tiles are loosely laid out and ‘blended’ prior to fixing to achieve the most pleasing distribution of shades. Differences between batches can be more marked, for this reason we recommend that you buy all the tiles at one time. No liability for shading issues can be accepted after installation.

It is strongly advisable to seal natural stone and unglazed porcelain tiles before commencing installation. This protects the tiles from excessive adhesive or grout staining during the installation process, and also protects the tiles from staining in the future. Always apply the sealer / impregnator in line with the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Adhesives and grouts
Always use high quality adhesives and grouts following manufacturers’ recommendations for their use and suitability for the type of tile, the application and the substrate being tiled.

Please note, the use of certain acid-based cleaning products may cause natural stone and porcelains to react and change character.

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Complete Renewable Heating Solutions

A new build project is the ideal scenario for embracing renewable heating. From this ultimate blank slate, Joule can help you tailor your property’s heating system to meet low-carbon regulations and reduce ongoing utility bills.

Joule have developed a wide ranging portfolio of solutions for heating, hot water and ventilation systems. So whether it’s a heat pump, underfloor heating, our InvaVent ventilation range or our industry leading extensive range of hot water cylinders, Joule have the solution for you.

For new build projects, Joule can provide a heating, hot water and ventilation system backed up with design and service.

Joule Heat Pump systems in conjunction with Samsung are one of the world’s leading heat pump air to water suppliers. Using the heat energy from ambient air, which is a free and renewable energy source, results in low cost heating and hot water production.

The Joule heat pump range suit most applications, the EHS Mono heat pump system includes flexible control options and hybrid capability, whereby the system can be used in conjunction with solar and/or boiler installations. All heat pumps supplied by Joule have high performance at low temperatures, lightweight and are compact for quick and easy installation. 

Planning & Design

To avail of our free Design and Pricing service just send your Plans to

Joule will correctly design & indemnify your proposed heating and ventilation installation, from a standard small domestic heating installation to a commercial solar thermal system and will offer a one stop solution to your requirements.

Systems will be designed to ensure a high level of comfort and energy efficiency for the homeowner and with our comprehensive product range Joule can offer solutions for any project or budget.

Joule will work with your design team to assess your requirements and suggest solutions and deliver a comprehensive bespoke technical design to include product specification, full schematics and drawings which will be in accordance with current building regulations and best practices. also offering commissioning, ancillary certification and technical support plus installer training across their product range.

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Rustproof and Easy-Clean Shower Caddy

The ShowerGem shower caddy is the place to store all of your shower essentials. Attach it to your tiles using our easy-use, transparent glue that has been designed for wet shower environments, so no more screws, suction cups or drilling.

We are extremely proud to say that The Shower Gem is both designed and manufactured in Ireland.

The Shower Gem has a slimline design which provides extra bathroom storage space while having only a small footprint. It is 38cm tall by 17cm wide and it protrudes 8cm from your shower wall. The maximum load bearing weight of the ShowerGem is 2kg (4.5lb) in ideal wall and environmental conditions.

A Place for Everything

The ShowerGem Shower Caddy has a place for everything. It has specially designed holders for loofahs, soap and razors.

No more suction cups or falling bottles

The typical shower caddy design has never changed, and we do not know why. They are a constant disaster of falling bottles and suction cups coming loose.


Easy, no tool installation

The ShowerGem installation just could not be easier. It required no tools, it can stick to almost any surface and it can be removed without damaging the wall.

It’s time for change

The days of falling bottles, falling shower caddy’s, and bottles left on the floor are over. Your showers will never be the same. Buy the ShowerGem today.


As seen on Dragons Den!


Why buy the ShowerGem?

  • Easy to install


  • A place for everything


  • Easy-clean & dishwasher safe


  • Rustproof, robust & durable


  • Angled shelf design







ShowerGem Shower Caddy

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Introducing Our New Aqualisa AQ Shower

One of the top bathroom brands, Aqualisa has a proud heritage in mixer showers since revolutionising showering safety in 1977 with the bi-metallic thermostatic mixer valve. Now, the stylish AQ Collection expands the Aqualisa mixer range to offer modern, minimalist, designs that are easy-to-fit and consistently deliver a memorable Aqualisa shower experience. 



Our classic AQ round bar valve AQ150 Known for its great value and reliability, with adjustable shower head and fixed drencher head, offers more flexible showering.  The right shower always available at the right price! The AQ Shower, which offers simple, stylish and affordable solutions for every bathroom. Featuring bar valves, single lever and dual lever thermostatic mixer showers, the versatile new collection offers great value with the same ease of installation.


The Benefits of Our AQ150

  • An exposed bar valve with a dual-head.
  • A 200mm drencher that gives a generous flow of water select from three tranquil shower sprays from the adjustable head.
  • Modern mixer shower featuring both fixed and adjustable showerheads
  • Fine tune performance with separate flow and temperature controls and an integrated diverter.
  • Thermostatic technology ensures a consistent temperature and increases shower safety for the entire family. There is no danger of the water temperature suddenly shooting up due to changes in the water system, as the thermostatic technology works to keep it stable.
  • Increased safety is also offered by a safety cut-out that will shut down the shower should the cold or hot water supply fail.
  • The showerhead is limescale resistant to make it easier to clean and extend its lifespan.
  • Complete with wall brackets and fittings for instant installation.
  • Includes a 5-year manufacturer guarantee to give you ultimate peace of mind.


5 Year Guarantee

AQ showers carry the trusted Aqualisa 5 year parts and labour guarantee when you register them online, you can count on the Aqualisa name and what it means in terms of quality, service and support!


Please note only works with high pressure water systems.

Aqualisa AQ150 Round Thermostatic Shower Mixer Column

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A freestanding bath is the ultimate visual statement in bathroom luxury. With the right design and placement, a freestanding bath can create a feeling of space in a small bathroom and with no walls to restrict them, they are available in a variety of sizes and shapes to complement your individual style, taking bathing pleasure to another level.

Whether you are choosing a bath as part of a brand-new bathroom scheme, or to add a show-stopping statement Piece to your bathroom, our extensive bath collection is sure to have something to suit all tastes and spaces.

We are here to help you find the best bath, after all, it is the focus of your bathroom so getting it right is key!

A freestanding bath is a fabulous centrepiece for a bathroom, but for those with young kids they can also be a practical choice giving all-round access. If you like the look, but space is tight, consider a back-to-wall freestanding bath,  It has the shapeliness of a freestanding bath viewed from the front but takes up less of the floor area because it has a straight side that goes against the wall.

Measure up your bathroom

It is important that your bath suits the proportions of your bathroom. Before you go shopping, be sure to take the measurements of the bath area, including the width of the doorway and the overall room. Also check the path from your home external doorway to the bathroom, so you can be confident of getting your bath into the bathroom.

Here are some other measurements to consider when shopping for your desired bath:

  • Overall length
  • Overall width
  • Basin length and width (i.e. inside of the bath)
  • Overall height
  • Soaking depth.


You deserve it!

The main reason why you should consider getting a freestanding bath is because you deserve it! You deserve a beautiful bathroom, you deserve highly functioning bathroom products and fixtures, and you deserve to feel like royalty every time you step into your bathroom.

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