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Important Customer Notice – Our Showrooms are Open, No Appointment necessary

Monday to Friday 10:00 – 17:00, Saturday 10:00 – 16:00


Established in 1990, Ipswich Tile Centre and Ipswich Bathroom Centre is a family run business.  During these topsy-turvy times there is an increasing importance of provenance. Where do products come from, how are they made, and what is the impact of their production and transportation on our Planet? Many of us are thinking more about the journey our products make. Using our Planet’s finite resources in the an effective and efficient way. Carrying out actions that will help future generations of all life sharing planet Earth.

With this as our guide, our business as part of our local society specialises in providing our clients with a tailored personal service. Servicing our clients is our raison d’être – with a focus on delivering outstanding value with that old fashioned human touch that helps make the whole experience personal and real.  Our clients are both local and national, we are able to supply the traders and sub-contractors.  Also, we have experience in arranging international orders.

We offer valuable pre-sales,  installation and post-sales product support relating to your project, whether it is a project involving a bathroom, shower-room, kitchen, conservatory, patio or any other living space.  We are happy to take you through our extensive range of quality products in our large showroom.  Don’t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!  Read our Customer Testimonials.

We believe life is about balance. Our balance comes from our passion for what we do and in  a way that safe guards life on our planet.  Allow us to share this passion to create that balance for your living space in a sustainable way.

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” William Morris (1834-1896) British Poet, Designer & Craftsman

With over 30 years of experience and knowledge, our staff are here to help and share valuable tips with you.  Please visit our showroom for verifying your online information, inspirational ideas or product viewing & information.  We look forward to welcoming you to our showroom which has ample free car parking.

Showroom resources: We have on displays, brochures, samples, colour samples, technical and conformance data sheets available.

Installation assistance: We have trusted installation partners that deal with structural, carpentry, plumbing, electrical and tiling projects.

Enquiry Form: Please do let us know if you have questions by completing this form or calling us on: +44 (0) 1473 271 722.

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Rethink Bathrooms 2021

Rethink Bathrooms 2021 with a fundamental shift to conserving our planet’s finite resources, focusing on functionality and our families quality of life.

Let Ipswich Bathroom Centre help you with free advice and sharing product experiences.

Ipswich Bathroom Centre where both provenance and probity count.

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Useful to know

Porcelain – Tiles that are made with white clay, fired at a high temperature making them dense, hardwearing and perfect for floors. Porcelain tiles have extremely low water absorption of less than 0.5% and can be glazed or unglazed. 

Ceramic – Tiles that are made with red, brown or white clay, they are softer and less dense meaning they are easier to cut, drill and ideal for wall applications. Ceramic tiles have much higher water absorption and are always glazed. 

Rectified Glazed Porcelain – Tiles that have been cut during the manufacturing process to meet exact size requirements. They can come in a variety of finishes from matt, glazed, metal effect or satin. 

Rectification – the process of finishing the tiles by removing the edges to give a cleaner finish and meet exact sizing requirements. As each tile is the same size these can be fitted with minimal grout joints. 

Non-Rectified – tiles with natural, uneven pressed edges that may vary slightly in size and require a wider grout gap. 

Ink-Jet – A term that refers to the print or pattern on the tile which has been applied using an ink-jet printer. 

Full-bodied – This refers to tiles whose surface colour is the same all the way through the tile. Also known as ‘through bodied’ or ‘technical’ porcelain, these tiles are made of a single material with no glaze applied making them extremely hard wearing and perfect for any and every application. 

Double Loaded – These tiles are also unglazed but are made of two layers of different porcelain material with the visible layer comprising the top few mm of the tile. These are also extremely hardwearing but lower cost than full-bodied porcelain. 

Variegated – When a tile face has a wide variety of colours and tones.

Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) wear ratings for glazed porcelains and ceramics, in line with ISO 10545-7 

PEI 2  – Floor coverings in areas that are walked on by soft soled or normal footwear with low traffic and occasional scratching 

PEI 3 – Floor coverings in areas that, with normal footwear, are walked on more often
with small amounts of scratching and dirt. Suitable for residential kitchens, halls and corridors 

PEI 4 – Floor coverings that are walked on by regular traffic with some scratching dirt. Suitable for entrances, commercial kitchens etc 

PEI 5 – Floor coverings that are subject to severe pedestrian traffic over sustained periods with some scratching dirt. Suitable for shopping centres, airport concourses, hotel foyers etc

Large Formats – We do not recommend the use of large format ceramic or porcelain tiles in a 50:50 brickbond pattern installation. The reason for this is that slight curvature in the tile may become noticeable and may not be deemed to be visually acceptable. For installation of tiles larger than 600mm we recommend the use of a levelling clip system to help reduce lipping at grout joints and assist in achieving the most level result. 

Shade variation – Shade variation is an inherent feature of porcelain and ceramic tiles. We recommend that 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. 

Adhesives, grouts and sealing – 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. As with any polished surface, polished porcelain is susceptible to staining if it is not protected with an appropriate sealer such. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. 

Installation, adhesives, grouts, sealants, cleaning and maintenance – Please refer to manufacturers’ fixing guide before commencing any installations as most cannot accept responsibility for any faults after tiles have been fixed. Manufacturers will not be held liable for any claims regarding the inappropriate use of sealing, adhesives or grouting materials. 

Photography – Owing to variations in studio lighting and printing inks, the tile colours shown in catalogues may differ slightly from those of the actual tiles. 

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