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The Altro system compared with tiles

Do you choose tiles for spaces including wet environments? The tiles themselves and the grout do not support the need for hygiene and ease of maintenance as you might expect.

The problems with tiles

  • Tiles are proven to crack and shatter more easily than Altro Whiterock hygienic wall cladding and their damaged surfaces can harbour and provide breeding grounds for microorganisms more readily than undamaged, smooth surfaces; furthermore, individual damaged tiles are extremely difficult to remove, perpetuating the problem.

    Check out the damage resistance of Altro Whiterock compared with tiles here

  • Grout can become porous with age and harbour microorganisms, providing breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses
  • Grout is difficult to clean, making it even harder to remove microorganisms. It can also shrink and cause gaps between tiles, providing perfect areas for microorganisms to multiply
  • Grout and tiles can stain when cleaned with detergents
  • Grout gets dirty and becomes discoloured from certain detergents, soiling and the build-up of body fats
  • If grout is stained / discoloured, the aesthetics are spoiled. If an area of grout is replaced, it can look dramatically different from the rest. Equally, if a damaged tile is replaced, unless there is another from the same batch to replace it, there will be a visual colour difference

Specific comparison of our system against tiles

  • Altro floors and walls are durable and hygienic, with life expectancies of up to 25 years. They provide seamless, impervious and impact-resistant surfaces, which provide low maintenance for life
  • Altro Whiterock hygienic wall cladding has a smooth, non-porous and easy to clean surface, which comes in sheets to provide coverage from floor to ceiling. A fully bonded and watertight system, it gives microorganisms, bacteria and vermin nowhere to hide.  It is simple to keep clean: it’s easy to wipe, steam or power-wash clean; any risk of moisture and / or water ingress is avoided for the life of the product, so there’s no need to worry about the risk of water damage.  Combined with Altro doors and Altro floors it creates an impervious system that meets the hygienic requirements of even the most critical care environments
  • There is no grout required with our wall and floor systems so you avoid all the maintenance problems associated with it
  • For smaller areas such as washrooms, toilets and kitchens, Altro Whiterock Splashbacks are the hygienic alternative, available as kits in a range of sizes to suit most hand wash basins and vanity units, or custom-sized for the perfect fit
  • Giving you the flexibility to coordinate or contrast, you don’t have to compromise on the design options afforded by tiles, as Altro Whiterock hygienic wall cladding and Altro Whiterock Splashbacks as well as Altro vinyl come in a vast array of colours and finishes complemented by colour-matched sealants and weldrods

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