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If you could buy tiles from anywhere?! Porcelanosa?

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I need to buy replacement floor and wall tiles for 3 bathrooms which were incorrectly installed (new build) under an insurance claim. The existing tiles are Porcelanosa but not made anymore. 
 

My budget is up to the cost of the original tiles - which leaves it quite open!

 

The only issue I have is that I don’t know any tiling companies aside from Porcelanosa. I would REALLY appreciate recommendations on quality tile companies please.

 

many thanks 😊 

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There are lots - @nod can point you at the good and bad (which is usually by country) then you can decide. If the insurer is paying, why not go with Porcelanosa.  

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I heard of a company called Porcelain Tiles through this forum, and subsequently have chosen tiles from them for my own bathroom.

I then heard more and more positive feedback from tilers who used them.

Maybe worth a try?

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Where are you based?

 

We used a company called Solus - they have two showrooms, London and Birmingham.

 

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Thank you - near London. Porcelanosa seems to have very little stock at the moment hence looking elsewhere. 

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Tiles made in Italy are  fired for longer and are the best prints Tougher and better to work with 

Spanish tiles are the next level 

Then comes Turkish and Portuguese 

Some of the Turkish are on par with Spanish 

 

Stay away from tiles made in China 

Brazil UAE also 

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3 hours ago, Gemmando said:

Thank you - near London. Porcelanosa seems to have very little stock at the moment hence looking elsewhere. 

Porcelain Tiles have a showroom in North and South London.

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On 14/09/2021 at 15:55, nod said:

Tiles made in Italy are  fired for longer and are the best prints Tougher and better to work with 

 

This is a cheat sheet of mainstream italian manufacturers I put together some time ago.   A lot of U.K. resellers rebrand tiles though, so it may not be easy to shop brand-first, good for inspiration though. 

 

Paraneria Group
 - Cotte D'Este (https://www.cottodeste.it/)
 - BlueStyle (https://www.blustyle.it/)

 

 

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6 hours ago, Dan F said:

 

This is a cheat sheet of mainstream italian manufacturers I put together some time ago.   A lot of U.K. resellers rebrand tiles though, so it may not be easy to shop brand-first, good for inspiration though. 

 

Paraneria Group
 - Cotte D'Este (https://www.cottodeste.it/)
 - BlueStyle (https://www.blustyle.it/)

 

 

@Dan F

 

Have you found you can purchase directly from these manufacturers? Or still have to go through the UK reseller?

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Many of the above are made at the same factories 

When it comes to Italian tiles Big is best 

Marrizzi are the tiles I use the most Design and quality are second to none Lead times are the shortest and an absolute no quibble guarantee 

 

One of my personal favorites is Ricchetti 

Superb tiles at Spanish tile prices 

 

You can usually tell an Italian tile without looking at the back The glaze runs to the bottom edge Preventing chipping 

and the designs are more vivid and varied 

Also from a fixing point of view They are flat and cut better 

 

We are normally around 30 for the Italian and under 20 for Spanish floor tiles Some companies specify Tiles adhesive supply under £70m2 and A1 job

You work with what you have 

 

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3 hours ago, vala said:

@Dan F

 

Have you found you can purchase directly from these manufacturers? Or still have to go through the UK 

Some will sell direct I think, but I'd be easier, if you want to avoid the large markup in UK, to use an Italian reseller.  Italian resellers work on lower margins and some may even arrange transport for you too. @Balraj Appadu did this.

 

We used a UK reseller and negotiated price down, primarily as this was fairly soon after brexit and our main contractor didn't want any additional risks.

 

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