Tag Archive: Panels

  1. Shower Panels vs Tiles: Which is right for your bathroom?

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    Shower Panels vs tiles: making the right choice

    The choice between tiles and shower panels is not necessarily straight forward. There are a huge range of style and colour options on the market. Take a look at our guide to help you make the right decision for your bathroom.

    Inexpensive Solution

    Tiles can be a really budget friendly bathroom solution. The cheapest models might not be the most impressive, but they can offer a good solution.  

    However – not all tiles are a cheap option. The costs of tiles varies dramatically; some can reach hundreds of pounds per square meter an include expensive elements and materials to make them.


    Intricate patterns can add interest to your bathroom, however they can also be hard to install and maintain. Each tile has to be individually applied and leveled in order to achieve the perfect result. This not only takes time, but can also cost you a lot of money in terms of fitting. It is worth remembering that many intricate patterns that you find online can be difficult to accomplish in reality.

    For areas like plug sockets, windows or doors it can also be tricky to create a perfect finish, whilst installing taps or shower heads can cause problems due to cutting the hard surfaces.

    In comparison, Versital wall panels can be cut with ordinary wood work tools allowing for a really easily installation. .

    Hexagonal Teal Tiles by mosaikhjornet.dk
    Hexagonal Teal Tiles by mosaikhjornet.dk


    Probably the biggest pet peeve if you speak to anyone asking for a new bathroom is grouting and more specifically cleaning grouting! Because of its porous nature, grouting allows for water to  collect, leading to discolouration and even mould.

    There is also the cleaning aspect. Using tiles in wet areas like showers means more work cleaning and upkeep. Each grout line will need to be individually cleaned. The more intricate the pattern the more grout to clean. 

    Over time tiles will need to be refurbed and have the grout refreshed or even replaced.

    No Grout – No Mould

    Versital bathroom wall panels eliminate the need for grouting as they are fixed on walls and shower areas using sanitary grade silicone. Silicone is also used for sealing any joints or meeting points. Silicone is a non-porous, hypoallergenic material. It is waterproof and cannot harbour germs, making it the perfect option for a bathroom.

    The panels do not allow for collection of water and with no grout there is nowhere for the mould to collect.

    Grout can also crack or wear out over time creating problems like leaking showers. Shower panels instead of tiles prevent that from happening. 

    Light marble shower with Geo navy blue and gold wall paper

    Use panels for shower walls and tiles in other areas

    Consider using a mixture of panels and tiles to achieve the result that you want. Using panels in areas of high use like vanity tops, splash backs or showers can save you work in the future. Tiles work well in areas where you are less likely to have splashing like over the bath, behind toilet or to create shelving. This will keep the cleaning minimal and make it easier to maintain a hygienic space, making your life easier in the long-term, whilst also giving you the look you are wanting to achieve.

    Ease of Installing

    Versital panels are available in very large sizes, up to 3 meter’s long, making the installation much easier and straight forward than the tile alternative. Bespoke shower panels can help installers save time by having ready to install panel sizes, and also by the ease of cutting to suit. Unlike tiles Versital panels can be cut with ordinary woodwork tools getting rid of the need for specialised masonry and tile cutting equipment.

    All of our bathroom wall panels are fully bespoke and made to measure. Therefore you can use them to fit precisely for a required area, including curves and odd shaped spaces.

    Minimal Maintenance Required

    Due to the lack of grouting Versital bathroom wall panels are much easier to maintain. Wiping them with a cloth and non-abrasive detergent makes them look just like new.

    Our gel coat is cast onto every product and guarantees its longevity, as well as its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties silently protecting your family for years to come.

    Fully Waterproof

    When creating a shower enclosure or a wet room, making sure the area is waterproof is the most important important factor. Your bathroom has to stay leak proof to protect the rest of your house from future issues with leaks and damage. Our shower wall panels ensure fully waterproof areas without the need for tanking or other time consuming and costly procedures.


    Bathroom’s are one of the most used rooms in the home and can also be the dirtiest! It is so important that they be kept clean and hygienic. Versital bathroom wall panels guarantee an antibacterial and antimicrobial properties due to its fully non-porous structure and protective gel coat.

    Versital panels do not catch dirt, preventing harbouring mould and bacteria on the surface. Unlike tiles which are surrounded by grouting, providing the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

    Huge range of Style Options

    Bathroom panels offer a range of styles to suit modern or traditional bathrooms. Unlike many other wall panels Versital offers a range of true to life marble and granite finishes, all hand made to order for a very realistic alternative to the natural product.

    Fully Bespoke

    All of Versital bathroom panels are fully bespoke and manufactured to order. Each panel can be ordered to the exact shape and size you need ready to be installed quickly and simply.

    Range of Colours

    Versital colour range includes over 90 different finishes. Our famous ‘Arabesque’ or ‘Busy Carrata’ are man made alternatives to real marble that don’t have the drawbacks like staining and water marking.

    Browse through the options and order free samples to see the product in person. Alternatively you can visit our flagship showroom for specialist advice.

    Get In touch!

    To realise your vision with an experienced, expert, British manufacturer, get in touch with Versital today, where we can introduce you to a design advisor and supply you an estimate directly. Speak to us today on 01204 380780 or send us a contact form.

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  2. Bold, bright and bespoke bathrooms at Royal Quays Marina Newcastle

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    Bold, Bright and Bespoke!

    Versital has been specified for new washrooms to be used by boat owners and their crew at Royal Quays Marina on the River Tyne at North Shields. Versital supplied bespoke stone resin shower panels and splashbacks in bold and exciting colours for this striking waterside development.


    Contemporary bathroom design at Royal Quays Marina Newcastle

    The new building is a stunning contemporary design which incorporates a café bar restaurant as well as the new washrooms. Situated right on the dock edge the glazed frontage gives superb views for diners over the boats moored in the marina, whilst the interior accommodates modern new washrooms for use by marina users.

    A Daring Look for Royal Quays Marina Newcastle Thanks to Versital Shower Panels

    Versital supplied stone resin wall panels and splashbacks in distinctive colours such as ‘Shiraz’, ‘Tangoed’, ‘Dorothy’, ‘Ice White’ and ‘Wenge’ to create 8 contemporary, spacious shower enclosures and washrooms that will serve the owners, family and crew of the 350 boats moored in the marina, as well as the many boats that visit this busy marina each year.

    “Our unique surface material is 100% non-porous, making it a great solution for commercial projects such as this.  The Marina’s bathrooms will look as good as new for many, many years to come as no stains or exposure to water can compromise their appearance. What’s more, they will never need to grout a tile again.”
    Gemma Stockberger, Head of Marketing and Sales for Versital UK. 

    Bright orange bespoke stone resin shower panels

    Versital’s non-porous, stone resin shower panels and splashbacks were made to measure for the Marina, allowing the design team to specify the exact shape, size. The design team picked the final colour selection from a range of 90 colours and finishes such as marble, granite, sparkle and high gloss.

    BrightBlue Studio, the RIBA Registered Architects who designed the Marina Building, specified bespoke Versital shower panels to provide a low maintenance bathroom solution. 

    “The Royal Quays Marina team were interested in more dynamic ideas, colours and products to invigorate the spaces, allowing us to flex our creative muscles. We specified Versital as we knew they could deliver a bespoke, easy to maintain solution as well as exciting colour options and smooth, consistent delivery.”
    Henry Amos, Director at BrightBlue Studio

    Royal Quays Marina which is widely regarded as the premier boating facility in the area wanted to cement this reputation by making sure that the new washrooms would be the ‘best on the coast’ and to ensure that any sailor who has endured a cold wet sail to reach the marina would be rewarded with first class facilities. The new facilities even include a full-size bath for a long hot soak if required! A little touch of luxury rarely found in a marina.

    “We are overwhelmed by the feedback so far from Marina users and the community. They love the building and new facilities. We were especially impressed at the way Bright Blue and Versital were to create such a bright and cheerful space. We are delighted with the results, and yes, they are the best washrooms on the coast!”
    Matthew Simms, Marina Manager

    For more information on stone resin shower panels from Versital, get in touch on 01204380780, or email us via our contact form.  

  3. Dawnvale Bar Design Using Translucent Marble Bar Panels

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    Great products can only be as good as the designer. We are lucky to work alongside and supply some of the UK’s most experienced commercial designers and installers who choose to use our bar panels in their projects.

    This latest installation from Dawnvale Hospitality Solutions is a domestic project. Dawnvale primarily design and install bars and furniture for commercial projects including the likes of TGI Fridays, the Radisson and even the Hilton. However, they also offer a design and installation service for high end domestic properties.

    The project involved a full refurb and build of a home bar, with the client wanting something a bit different for the bar fronts. The designers at Dawnvale recommended using a Versital translucent marble look bar panel, with back lighting for a striking effect.

    Home bar installation using marble back lit bar panels in onyx.

    The mix of the chunky black high gloss bar top and back lit bar panels works especially well together.

    To create this look Dawnvale chose bar panels from Versital in ‘Autumn Onyx’ that are available made to size specification and to order. This beautiful marble finish has a translucent quality that can be backlit. The choice of backing light colour can also change the look of the marble panels to suit your theme and clients taste.

    Translucent marble bar panels back lit.

    There are 8 different translucent marble options available which can be backlit for use on bar fronts or as display areas. As a bonus, the panels are also 100% waterproof, stain resistant and very easy to clean. Ideal for the home, or a busy public bar area.

    Versital decorative solid surface panels are also available as a non translucent option in a wide range of colours, including granites, marbles, solid colours and sparkles.

    For advice or a personalised quotation on decorative solid surface panels please call us on 01204 380780, or send through a contact form. You can take a look at other projects Versital solid surface panels have been used for on our website.

  4. Designer Project Film using Versital

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    Langley Interiors Uses Versital to make a real Impact!


    Langley Interiors has a long standing reputation of excellence in design and installation of fitted furniture for over 40 years.  In this installation they have specified Versital® to be used in five bathrooms throughout this beautiful project. Have a look at some of the ideas and Versital® products they have used to create these fabulous designs. (more…)

  5. Versital Creates Custom Colour for Soho Coffee

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    Versital® Creates Custom Colour for Soho Coffee

    Northwest-based Versital UK Ltd, specialists in bespoke solid man made surfaces, has just completed a commission by Gariff Construction to produce and install versital® Solid surface panels for SOHO Coffee Co. in Merry Hill. This is the eighteenth SOHO store to be built and their first kiosk footprint, for which Versital is eminently suitable.