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What to look out for in a good quality bath

Quality is a huge determining factor when it comes to the purchase of long-term investment items such as a bathtub. In the purchase of items such as this, it is in the consumer’s best interest to do thorough research about the options that they have available to them. This includes assessing the quality of the products to ensure that they will, indeed, last as long as you expect them to. It would be a dangerous assumption to make if you consider your perceived quality to equate to true quality without examining your options.

The quality of a product refers to the calibre of that item as compared to its available alternatives in the market. It is where durability and composition meet to, not only meet customer expectations but to effortlessly exceed them. Quality is the difference between buying a bathtub every few years because it has cracked, chipped or otherwise deteriorated in its short lifespan, and enjoying your bathtub for more than 20+ years.

The key criterion to consider when making a bathtub purchase is the material from which it is made. The material options available in the market include plastic (ABS), acrylic, cast-iron, enameled steel, cultured marble, proprietary composites, and stone. For the purpose of this article, we will be comparing the proprietary composite DADOquartz with other solid surface materials in the high-end of the spectrum that one would consider when finally building one’s dream bathroom space.

To ensure that the product you are buying is of a high-quality one needs to consider characteristics such as ‘full-bodied’, ‘solid body’ or solid surface within the bathtubs.

  • Ensure the product has full-bodied construction

Full-bodied construction means that the product is made of the same material through and through. If you were to cut the product in half across any axis, you will find the same material on the inside as on the outside. You cannot go wrong with stone bathtubs in this criterion.

Full-bodied products are made from granite, marble, onyx, travertine, basalt or sandstone. These bathtubs are truly one of a kind and they have the most full-bodied construction because they are carved from a single solid piece. This makes them one unique work of art but a pricey one at that.

A more affordable and equally full-bodied material would be proprietary composites. These are stone, mineral and resin mixtures that are moulded into a single solid bathtub like DADOquartz bathtubs. Full-bodied bathtubs are made of a non-porous material with no fissures, veins or other imperfections.

Figure 1: DADOquartz solid material with no fissures, veins or pores

Some composites, however, do not completely qualify as full-bodied. This is because it is made from a material such as crushed fillers mixed with resin, set and then followed up with a gel coat. The material is quite durable, but should the product become scratched it would be irreparable and it would also be revealing the often-unpleasant subsurface material.

Figure 2: Other solid material with fissures, veins and pores – the surface can crack or break easily.

If you find that the product has differing materials in other areas, this could mean irreparable cracks or that the structural integrity of the article could be compromised.

  • Surface coatings

This criterion investigates the true surface of the product and scrutinises the thickness of the product’s rim. Judging this measure ensures that the surface that you have associated with quality is truly the material that the product was fashioned from and not simply a coating to cover up a different material. What you can do to verify this is to have a look at the bottom and the side of the products to see that there are no colour and material variations.

The surface of a bathtub or basin will almost always look smooth and even, as this is part of the customer’s expectations, which breeds perceived quality. However, this smoothness needs to be consistent throughout the product’s surface. If you turn a basin upside-down and find bubbles, veins, and crevasses in the material, this should be a red flag.  Bubbles show that the fibre matrix is not a stable as it should be, this could lead to cracking and product failure in some cases. It would also be possible that one of these bubbles could show up on the surface of the product at a later stage.

Most bathroom ware products made from solid material are typically layered with a gel-coat finish which is equivalent to a paint finish. This also allows these products to be manufactured in a range of solid colours and with a high gloss finish. Although scratches on this surface can be buffed out, with time, the gel-coat finish, as with all paint finishes,  can become brittle and expose the material underneath, leading to cracks. This material doesn’t stand up as well as proprietary composites like DADOquartz that has no additional coating on the products because of the quartz material used in manufacturing. The DADOquartz bathtubs and basins are non-porous meaning that they are free of hairline cracks, ensuring a surface that is resistant to micro-organisms and bacterial growth, easy to clean and silky smooth to the touch.

Figure 9: Example of visible coating

The quartz used in DADOquartz bathroom ware is a high-quality stone that is crushed and mixed with resin and minerals and then moulded into a single solid piece. This piece undergoes extensive tests to ensure that there are no fissures, veins or other imperfections that could compromise the strength or appearance of the product. This results in a durable, long-lasting, scratch and stain resistant bathtub that has no need for any additional treatment or coatings.

  • Product Thickness

When it comes to the thickness of the bathtub an easy way to compare the strength to weight ratio of a bathtub is to look at the thickness of the bathtub’s rim and waste. Although styles and product designs may differ to accommodate details such as shape or an overflow system, material with high strength characteristics will be able to produce very thin bathtubs without any concern.  DADOquartz bathtubs are available with a  rim width as thin as 10mm, an illustration of the material’s strength. The manufacturer of DADOquartz bathroom ware is able to produce exceedingly slim bathtubs without compromising the structural integrity of the bathtub due to the unwavering strength and resilience of the material.

DADO bathtubs and basins made from DADOquartz

With a StandardCity, Compact, and Classic freestanding bathtub and complementary basin range, DADO is at the forefront of the latest bathroom trends and stands out in terms of quality. Using the latest manufacturing technology and innovation, DADO’s freestanding bathtubs and basins are manufactured from the unique DADOquartz material. As a testament to the exceptional durability of all our products, we back our work with a lifetime warranty of 25 years on all bathtubs and basins. Visit our showroom today, and find the next centerpiece for your bathroom.

 

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Compact Modern Bathtubs – Ideal for Urban Spaces

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The lifestyle trend centered on the motto of “LIVE-WORK-PLAY,” is growing and it has generated a property boom in the urban real estate market. The impact is less square footage in luxury apartments and townhouses, however, this does not mean compromising on design impact, especially when it comes to modern bathtubs in the bathroom space.

Big Design Impact in Smaller Spaces

In our previous blog, we talked about the revolution of smaller bathrooms and their design challenges. This piece highlighted that the perfect creative opportunity to boost the wow factor of your modern bathroom is by embracing the ‘less is more’ design principle. The timeless beauty of freestanding modern bathtubs can now take centre stage in your contemporary space, thanks to DADO’s Compact Range of luxury freestanding baths and matching basins. An urban bathroom still deserves to be elegant and tranquil, as it is often a much-needed retreat.

Introducing the Rosella

New to DADO’s compact freestanding bathtub range is the stylish Rosella exclusively available at Italtile. Manufactured from unique, locally sourced DADOquartz material, this petite bathtub has been purposefully designed to command attention and show off a big personality in a small bathroom. The Rosella proudly stands alongside the Ava and the Julia in DADO’s range of urban-inspired compact bathtubs. With a length of 1500 – 1550, these bathtubs ensure a perfect focal point fit in a small-scale city bathroom without taking up too much space. The Rosella is currently on promotion and is exclusively available at Italtile outlets.

Enhance the Aesthetic with Modern Basins  

There is no denying that our compact freestanding bathtubs are investment pieces. But for added elegance, why not partner our compact bathtubs with their matching basins, whose gracious presence is a befitting design choice for a sublime impact in your modern bathroom?

DADO’s beautiful range of modern basins is perfectly designed to complement the smooth lines of their matching modern bathtubs. This combination creates seamless symmetry which makes for a calm and relaxing space which can improve the overall aesthetic of your bathroom and turn it into your personal spa retreat in your home.

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The architectural simplicity of the lines of all freestanding bathtubs will fit flawlessly into your modern space and will become statements of ultimate luxury. The DADO  Maya freestanding bathtub and Maya basin (exclusive to Italtile) continue the minimalistic theme and clean lines which make the addition of modern bathtubs perfect in any modern space.

An exclusive range of DADO freestanding baths and basins made from DADOquartz are currently on promotion at  Italtile stores. Visit our store locator to find a retail store near you.

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Maintaining quartz – Looking after your DADOquartzBathroom Fittings

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Maintaining Quartz is not as sophisticated as you may think. In fact, you may already have everything you need to look after your DADOquartz fittings right under your kitchen sink

Aimed at homeowners, designers and architects alike, we strive to bring you the latest trends along with practical advice on all things ‘quartz’ through our monthly Blog. Last month, we focused your attention on adding a stylish basin to your modern bathroom. Looking beyond the purchase of a stunning bath fixture, your attention will surely be drawn to maintaining quartz bathroom fittings. The answer, in short, is that with regular cleaning, maintaining your bathtub or basin is relatively simple. It all boils down to the materials you use to maintain quartz surfaces. Read on, as we recommend materials to clean and look after your DADOquartz bathroom fittings with, as well as serving a precaution for chemical concoctions to stay clear of.

Maintenance is as ‘simple as soap’

At DADO, we manufacture our entire range of bathtubs and basins from our unique DADOquartz, an engineered stone made from resin, quartz and other natural materials. Keeping a clean, hygienic surface ranks high in a customer’s mind when purchasing a luxurious bathtub or basin. The nonporous element of quartz will ensure that bath fittings will not absorb any liquids, limiting maintenance to a surface clean. Most cleaning will just require a cotton cloth and some mild soap after each use. Washing your DADOquartz surface in warm water will help to get rid of marks and residue left behind. Rest assured, personal hygiene products and cosmetics will not damage the surface. By devoting routine cleaning to your DADOquartz fittings, you can keep your bathtubs and basins polished to perfection, and as spotless as when it first lit up your bathroom space.

AvoidAny Petroleum or Acidic based cleaners which will leave a greasy appearance!

 

Tougher Stains are “handy” to clean too!

Maintaining quartz bath fixtures does come with the bonus of stain and scratch resistance. However, they are not indestructible! For more stubborn stains you can use our specially formulated DADO Surface Cleaner included in your purchase (delivered with the product). Removing stains caused by the buildup of hard water or cosmetics can be achieved with a damp sponge and a mild multi-purpose cleaner such as Handy Andy. Just like your kitchen countertop, applying circular motions thoroughly over the affected area will eventually remove stains and restore your bath fixture to its spotless finish. Should you ever encounter a scratch on the surface of your DADO bathtub or basin, it can easily be removed using “wet n dry 400 grit” sandpaper. Apply with water and gently sand out the scratch.

 

Avoid – Harsh Cleaning Products containing Ammonia or Bleach when maintaining quartz. In addition, do not use products containing trichlorethane or methylene chloride, such as paint stripper.

 

DADOquartz

Consistently at the forefront of luxury bathroom ware in South Africa, DADO has been manufacturing and maintaining high-quality freestanding bathtubs and basins since 2002. Applying our unique DADOquartz material by hand to every design, each customer is guaranteed a timeless masterpiece that is exceptionally strong, hygienic and naturally beautiful. The attention to detail in the craftsmanship of each DADO product is also backed up a 25 Year Warranty. For further information on maintaining quartz and taking care of your installed DADO bathtub, please refer to our installation care link, Download our Catalogue today to view the array of designs available in both a matt/polished and gloss finish. To stay ahead of the trends, be sure to follow our Facebook Page for all product updates, new releases, and special offers.

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Add a Stylish Basin to your Modern Bathroom

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Having invested in a freestanding bathtub for your bathroom, the addition of a stylish basin to your modern space can better reflect your bathrooms overall aesthetic.

Both masterpieces highly complement each other and can convert your drab bathroom into a stunning modern space. Towards the end of 2017, we touched on the history of quartz design while drawing inspiration for remodeling your bathroom going forward. As we enter into 2018, we cannot overemphasize enough, adding a stylish basin to your bathroom project, guaranteeing that it will have a dramatic effect on the look and feel of your bathroom. Basins have outgrown their purpose as a mere functional necessity to wash your hands and face – they are a key design element in your home and will remain relevant for years to come.

 Choosing a design that appeals to the shape of your space

Thanks to innovation in the bathroom design industry, freestanding basins are now being manufactured and distributed in all shapes and forms. For the consumer, it means you can also avail of a sleek, thin-rimmed, stylish basin that matches the contours of your bathtub, without compromising on strength. Fine and thinner edges to basins are a strong and emerging trend that has swept the market in recent times. Coupled with the durability of quartz material, we highly recommend DADOquartz’s Thin Rim range of bathroom basins. Available in a variety of styles and depths, they epitomize modern bathroom trends and bring its functionality to a whole new level.

 Basins as Contemporary Pillars of the Bathroom

True to its name, pillar basins stand out from the crowd and make a bold statement in the bathroom space. Pillar basins are great for smaller bathrooms where space is limited but also makes an impression when placed next to each other in repetition. Sometimes the hardest choice narrows down on whether to choose a circular or square element. DADOquartz has recognized the versatility and appeal of pillar basins, both in contemporary and in classic bathroom spaces. Their ‘Pillar Range’ series, featuring the gorgeous MangoAnnelie, and Edith models, is guaranteed to take your bathroom one step further, reinventing the functional bathroom experience.

 DADO – Beautiful and Befitting Basins

 DADO is a luxury bathroom ware brand established in 2002. Inspired by both natural beauty and sophisticated design, each DADO product is hand finished to ensure that smooth, luxurious detail complements its functional use. Our freestanding bathtubs and stylish basins are manufactured from our own unique DADOquartz material, guaranteed to last a generation and backed up by a 25-Year warrantyDownload our catalogue today, to find the design solution for your bathroom, and feel free to contact us about how to compliment your purchase with matching bathtubs and stylish basin.

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Emerging freestanding Bathroom Trends

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A Freestanding bathroom continues to play a central role in the shift in lifestyle design, and from the sketches of the world’s top designers, we are witnessing the emergence of beautiful features with a great deal of individuality.

In our previous Blog article, we discussed bathroom remodelling tips for homeowners that are set to become the emerging trends of 2018. Following on from this, we explore the emerging freestanding bathroom trends that are dominating the minds of designers, architects, and homeowners, and playing a key role in this exciting market. The purpose of a bathroom has, up until recent times, been purely seen as a functional area, a place to shower and bathe and get on with the day. However, people have gradually grown an appreciation of the bath space as something much more than that – a place of relaxation, wellness and rejuvenation. This has led to an emergence of contemporary trends that treat the bathroom as a personal sanctuary, an escape from the pressure and stresses of daily life.

Seeing the wider picture in the home.

The bathroom space is no longer a humble box room, and homeowners are now sensibly investing in freestanding bathroom appliances that transform the shape of their entire home.

Merging your bathroom to the Master Bedroom

While freestanding bathrooms have always proved popular with both the elite and the masses, their look and feel have evolved significantly in the 21st century. Gone are the days of the cast iron baths, which were both bulky and strenuous to maintain. In its place, there has been an emergence of both contemporary and chic freestanding tubs and basins. The classic Victorian has also been given a refreshing overhaul with a more minimalist design that still maintains its luxurious feel, and sits perfectly in the master bedroom. The Victoria Bath, from DADO’s Classic Range, is a seamless example of this.

Natural Stone Finishes to the fore

With an emerging design of freestanding bathroom finishes blending into the greater environment of the bathroom, stone and natural finishes are becoming more popular. In particular, quartz and other resin materials create a natural stone appearance that is incredibly strong and crafted to sit as ‘works of art’ in the bathroom.

DADOquartz

With a Standard, City, and Classic freestanding bathtub and complementary basin range, DADO is at the forefront of the latest bathroom trends and have a design solution for every bathroom.  Using the latest manufacturing technology and innovation, Dado’s freestanding bathtubs and basins are manufactured from our own unique DADOquartz material. We are known for our timeless sophisticated designs like the Acanthus, Moloko and Deonne bathtubs and complementary basins. As a testament to the exceptional durability of all our products, we back up our work with a 25 Year Warranty on all baths and basins. Visit our online showroom today, and find the next centrepiece for your bathroom space.

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