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Paneling is something that people don’t often put that much thought into when it comes to their showers and bathroom in general. But these elements are essential when it comes to instilling a feeling of calm and luxury into a bathroom, and should be your go-to consideration if you ever feel that your bathroom needs something to give it a boost.

There are a few reasons why looking into new paneling is so important for those looking to renovate their bathroom. The first, and, for many, most salient benefit is the fact that it’s a relatively cost-effective process when you consider the massive aesthetic improvement you get from it. Replacing bathroom parts such as your sink, shower, or toilet may feel like the most obvious thing to do if you want a bathroom to feel new, but these may not be as effective as simply re-doing the paneling - nor will they be anywhere near as affordable.

Not only are these panels great in themselves, but they’re also great for covering up any irregularities that may already exist on your bathroom walls. And if you’re worried that you won’t be able to find panels that don’t fit the current aesthetic of your bathroom? Well, that’s worrying that you needn’t engage in. There is such a huge range of panels out there that there’s no way you’re going to be stuck with walls that no longer fit the look of your bathroom!

With this in mind, it’s also worth pointing out that the process isn’t very labor-intensive. This is because paneling can actually be placed right over your existing tiling. The job can be completed in no time, as long as you have the right tools and are working with the right expert assistance. This sort of renovation doesn’t have to be a job that lasts several days; go in with the right strategy and you can get the whole thing completed in a matter of hours! Paneling is also very versatile; there’s barely a place in your bathroom where they can’t be placed! They can be placed across your bathroom walls, or inside the shower, or even on the ceiling.

But why get paneling over tiling? The biggest drawback to tiling, of course, is the grout. The grouting can get dirty pretty easily; not only that, but they stain with ease, making it incredibly difficult to keep them clean if you’re not careful. They’re also susceptible to the buildup of mold - something you have to be extremely careful of when it comes to your bathroom.

No room in the house gets quite as moisture-drenched as the bathroom. Marble and PVC tiles are, of course, a lot better at preventing mold buildup than the materials used for other walls in the house. But when moisture gets trapped in grout and the temperature in the room rises, this can make the moist areas perfect hotbeds for bacteria, which can result in mold. You shouldn’t underestimate the danger that mold can pose to you or your family; it is, after all, a living thing that sends harmful bacterial spores into the air. Gross!

Paneling is very resistant to the buildup of mold because there simply isn’t anywhere for moisture to become trapped; it all runs off, which is extremely important when it comes to the interior of your shower. This isn’t to say they don’t need some maintenance every so often; you’ll have to clean them occasionally to ensure they remain as beautiful as the day you installed them! But paneling is extremely low-maintenance when compared to standard bathroom tiling. This is why so many people look to cascade shower and bathroom panels to increase not just the beauty of their bathrooms, but also the hygiene.

Another great thing about bathroom paneling - no, we haven’t run out of good things to say about it yet - is that they provide strong insulation. Standard tiling isn’t actually anywhere near as thick as you might think - this is why your bathroom can get so darn cold during the winter months. But with paneling, you’re doing to be dealing with durable material that is usually around 8mm thick. This means that the heat of your radiators won’t escape quite so easily meaning you’re going to be much less tempted to crank up the heat or keep those radiators on for hours. This saves energy, which reduces costs!

There are few reasons not to consider paneling for your bathroom. While standard tiling might seem cheaper in the short-term, it simply doesn’t provide all the benefits that paneling provides - and, in many ways, it can cost you more in the long-term.


Grenfell Tower Fire

Posted in Industry News By Ralph Thornton

As the shocking scenes and news continue to come from this tragedy the answers are still being sought as to what caused the fire and how did it spread so quickly.

On the morning of the 14th of June, we received various questions from customers via email, Facebook and telephone on the fire safety aspects of our product. There have been various mentions of the exterior cladding which may have caused the fire to spread so quickly. At this time this appears to be only one of a few theories. As we are in the business of selling interior cladding we feel a responsibility to put minds at ease and reassure people concerned after these tragic effects.

The fire at the 24 storey Grenfell Tower in Kensington, West London broke out around 1am on the morning of the 14th of June. This residential highrise block contained 120 homes and was built in 1974. Eye witnesses reported that the fire started at one side of the block and swept across and around the building engulfing the block in flames all the way from the second to the very top floor.

Up until now, at midday on the 15th of June, 17 fatalities have been confirmed and many more are still missing. More than 50 people are in hospital and nearly half of those are in a critical condition.

There are appeals to raise money and support for those effected by the fire and some of those can be found here >>> JUST GIVING

It’s important to mention that it appears that Grenfell Tower lacked sprinklers and some residents didn’t hear any fire alarms whilst making their escape. Eventhough, under current law all new residential blocks built over 30m high must have sprinklers built within them there isn’t any legal requirement for any building built before this time to have a sprinkler system fitted.

A 2016 external renovation, where rain screen cladding, a curtain wall façade and replacement windows were fitted is being looked at as a possible reason why the fire spread so quickly. The company that carried out the renovation have stated that the project met “all required building regulations”.

Ultimately there will be a thorough investigation as to why this happened, and we hope that when it does laws will be changed to protect people who live in high rise blocks and force landlords and building services to fit the safest and best quality materials and safety features in these types of buildings.

As we previously mentioned our product is interior cladding. Meant for use primarily in bathrooms and kitchens, although we do have examples of people using the products throughout their house. Our product comes with Class 1 fire rating, this means that not only does the product struggle to catch light, even if it’s under direct gas flame, it also doesn’t spread heat which in some cases can cause other materials to combust around an affected area. Some of our ranges come with an interior layer of fire retardant material which makes them very difficult to burn.

Some of the questions we took were from people who had fitted or were thinking about fitting our product in mobile homes or caravans. Please be assured that our products, from a fire safety perspective, are as safe to fit in a confined space, such as a caravan, as they are in the commercial spaces where they are also used.

Our thoughts are with the people effected by the terrible events at Grenfell Tower and we wish those effected a full and speedy recovery.

If you have any other questions about our products and how they are affected by fire then please contact us via our website, Social Media or simply give us a call.


Do you need a wall system that has been designed for demanding applications? At Vox, we are proud to introduce the brand new Kerradeco Bio wall system. The new system is perfect for any business or industry environment where moisture, water, scratches and abrasions can be an issue. These are no longer a problem with a new cladding that delivers on the promise of durability.


Why Use The New Kerradeco Bio Wall System?

The new wall system has been designed to eradicate the issues of other wall cladding and build in fresh benefits. Those interested will be pleased to hear that the new system is the perfect alternative for drywall, ceramic tiles and even wallpaper.

You can install the new wall system yourself with an easy DIY process. The best part is that once it is setup unlike other wall systems, it requires virtually no maintenance. We can guarantee our Bio wall system will last with our ultimate ten-year guarantee!


Key Advantages

If you are interested in upgrading your walls, there are plenty advantages to this system. Firstly, it is one hundred percent waterproof, and that will be ideal for any industry where moisture can be an issue. At Vox, we feel this includes a wide range of industries from beauty salons and hospitals, to car washes and restaurants.

With no maintenance work required and very little cleaning needed, the wall system is also cost effective. After installation, you won’t need to spend time and money making sure the wall system stays in great condition. It has been designed to make it easy to clean and uses a bacteriostatic agent. With this wall system, there will be no threat from the growth of bacteria in your business. For any company that involves the storage food or that offers medical treatment, this is a massive benefit. It will give your premises the highest level of hygiene available.

You don’t need to worry about the new system being unsightly either. The Kerradeco Bio integrates seamlessly into the old system, so that it just looks like part of the wall. Even you won’t be able to see the difference!


Any Industry Or Business Will Benefit

Due to the massive improvements of this system, we think there are countless numbers of industries and businesses that could benefit. There are plenty of companies that operate using liquids with the threat of both spillage and moisture damage constantly present. With this new wall system that will be a worry of the past.

 We can’t think of any business that wouldn’t benefit from a wall system that is completely scratch resistant. If you want your company to stay looking new and well maintained for years, this is the cladding option for you.


Cut Costs And Go Green

 At Vox we are proud to be able to say this one of the greenest wall systems on the market. All the materials used are 100 percent recyclable so with this system you can keep your business cost effective and eco-friendly.

 We know this new system is going to benefit a lot of business owners and we are sure you will be thrilled with the results.

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