This article is all about Tiling supply businesses in the UK.
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A tiling supply business is simply a business that sells and delivers tiles and tiling supplies to private homeowners, Clients and tilers.
In the UK, most tiles are imported from abroad and the tiling supply business is simply the middle men in the transaction.
These businesses generally rent large retail spaces in cities and towns as their show-room, their main point of sale and also their storage space. Potential customers can visit the showroom and choose the tile they want.
They supply ceramic and porcelain floor and wall tiles and some also provide laminate, luxury vinyl and engineered wood flooring.
Some of the biggest tiling supply businesses in the UK include:
Some of the brands they supply include:
If you are a home occupier who will only buy tiles once or twice in a lifetime you should simply find out what you need in terms of m2 of tiling and then get prices from all of the suppliers.
Tiling supply companies attempt to prevent retail customers from shopping around with their competitors by stocking ‘exclusive to our business’ tiles but lets face it, a small rectangular white tile is going to be same from all of the major outlets no matter what they are called.
It is worth asking your tiler to supply the tiles because they can get a discount from their supplier and you may benefit from that (e.g. get prices for supply and install of tiling from several tilers and compare prices).
You have to factor in how much money you are going to save by buying the tiles direct. Also what happens if you tiler breaks too many tiles and you have to drive back to the supplier and buy more and so on.