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Christmas Themed Bathroom

Most people’s Christmases involve mass gatherings of families or friends which inevitably ends up in the overnight guest (or 5).  Some guests will fit into one’s home life and routine without concern, but others will need a little extra thinking about. Here’s why upgrading your bathroom with a SENSTEC Anti-Slip Shower Tray will not only ensure safe showering for the permanent residents of the home but also allow you to host all year round. 

Safety That Empowers Independence

The number one goal when considering shower safety should be to empower people to shower both safely and independently for as long as possible. Most handrails in shower cubicles are to give the occupant something to hold onto while negotiating a slippery surface. This could be to catch themselves if they slip or to take away some of the weight going through the legs and instead hold one’s body weight in their arms. In both examples, the rail is trying to make you safe while in a situation that has been agreed to be unsafe. 

A SENSTEC Anti-Slip Shower Tray has a different approach, make the surface you stand on consistently stable and grippy making the occupant safe and confident. A SENSTEC Anti-Slip Shower Tray works by breaking the foot’s contact with the slippery, flat bottom of the shower tray thus creating grip. When undergoing independent testing a wet and very soapy SENSTEC Tray was able to be tilted past 30 degrees without causing the user (walking up and down the tray) to slip or lose their footing.

Read more about how we put SENSTEC to the test.

Elegance & Practicality In Harmony

The best and most helpful technological advancements will integrate into life effortlessly and as discreetly as possible.

SENSTEC Anti-Slip Shower Trays are all made to the highest manufacturing standards, their sleek, elegant design comes in a huge range of shapes and sizes and can be made in any colour (including colour matching service). This allows your bathrooms to compromise on neither style nor safety.

Find out more about SENSTEC’s endless colour options.

Hassle-Free Maintenance

Anyone who’s ever tried to use an anti-slip paint or sticker will know how dirty they can get within weeks of installation, not to mention their diminishing effect when they become dirty traps. Now imagine trying to keep these gleaming with a house full over the already busy Christmas period. Not fun. 

SENSTEC’s Anti-Slip Shower Tray was designed to be easy to clean, as confirmed by the housekeeping division in one of Ireland’s premier hotels. If they love them, we know you will when your family expect hotel service in your home. Simply put, SENSTEC has no special cleaning requirement or will it take any longer than a normal tray.  

See the Dromoland Castle Case Study.

Conclusion

A SENSTEC Anti-Slip Shower Tray is an investment in safety and style for the lifetime of the tray. With no degradation to the qualities of the shower tray, there is no downsides to being prepared for what the future holds and getting your SENSTEC installed during your next bathroom. 

SENSTEC will blend seamlessly into any bathroom keeping all who use it extra safe while in the shower especially those at a higher risk of slips and falls. This extra peace of mind can be achieved without compromise in design. 

Love At First Shower

After over 40 years of manufacturing shower trays for the UK and Ireland, Classic Marble shipped to the States for the first time after impressing an American couple staying at one of Ireland’s 5-star castle resorts. We caught up with Kim to find out why this nurse decided that SENSTEC was the right choice for her home.

“I first became aware of SENSTEC when I stayed at Dromoland Castle for a friend’s wedding, we all flew over from Maine. I’d been looking for a product to help with the house planning that was going to be low entry and safe. I was able to stay there, at the castle, and use the product for 5 days. I was really pleased with it, so much so, that before we left, I did take my cell phone camera into the shower to take a picture of the name of the company.” 

This was Kim Noble’s first impression of SENSTEC over a year ago. She went on to contact SENSTEC and they pulled out all the stops to make sure she got the tray she was clearly in love with. 

Dromoland Castle picture from the sky. Luxury hotel trust SENSTEC for safety in their showers
Dromoland Castle – Ireland.

Find out more about Dromoland here.

A Certified Senior Home Safety Specialist Opinion.

“The most special thing for me” Continues Kim. “Is that I’m a registered nurse, (as well as a Certified Senior Home Safety Specialist) which means safety is the most important thing in the shower. I guess the biggest test was using soap and conditioning products whilst in the shower because I never felt unsteady on my feet in there. I never felt […] unstable or risk a fall for using products we all use every day in our showers and that was really a big selling point for me.”

Last week Christopher Hackett, MD, Classic Marble (makers of SENSTEC) accepted an invitation to the ‘Aging in Place Open House’ and flew out to Maine to meet Kim and see for himself the first SENSTEC tray installed in America.

Christopher and Kim at Kim’s home in Maine.

Kim said, “For myself and my husband, being from the States, we did contact SENSTEC to question if the product would be available. The promptness of the response was absolutely incredible. I know we have to convert from meters to feet but that part was very simple. Then obtaining the product, through international means, for us it was very simple. Communication I have to say was one of the best things as well.”

Christopher was able to view not only the bathroom but the whole home which has been made to allow people to ‘Age in Place’. With all that said, was SENSTEC the star of the show? 

5 Months Of Trust In SENSTEC

The Noble’s plan was to invest in products like SENSTEC so they get the advantages of the product today, as well as having safe showering for many years to come. With this in mind, Christopher needed to find out if they still loved the product as much after living with it for 5 months.

“With SENSTEC, safety is the first selling point for me with the experience we had. When we obtained the product and we learnt how easy it was to clean it was like an even bigger bonus. It’s so simple to keep clean. When using SENSTEC the feel on our feet is unbelievable it’s very comfortable, kind of feels like I’m giving my feet a little massage when I’m using it.” Finished Kim.

Kim’s house was open to the public for anyone wanting to learn about how to prepare your home for ‘Aging in Place’, more information on this can be found in Lisa M.Cini’s ‘BOOM’- The Baby Boomers Guide to Preserving Your Freedom and Thriving as You Age in Place.

Visit Lisa’s website here.

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In early 2023 Steven Gowland packed up his car and went on the road with the striking, SENSTEC Purple Shower Tray. The roadshow was a huge success with installers, retail staff and potential SENSTEC owners learning everything they needed to about SENSTEC and the wider world of anti-slip. By popular demand Steven is getting ready to do it all again, this time with an orange tray, here’s the video showing how it was made…

What’s it all about?

The Orange Tray Roadshow is all about showing off our amazing SENSTEC Anti-Slip Shower Tray.

In the mornings we will be in the ready to answer any questions about what its like to own and use a SENSTEC Anti-Slip Shower Tray. We can help you figure out if SENSTEC is right for you or a loved one.

In the Afternoons I’ll be running additional antis-slip training with the staff at each store. If you are an installer and want to know more about the technical side. You’d be welcome to join the hour-long master class.

Ways to win!

Stops On The Roadshow (so far)

Classic Marble: Where it all began

When Donald Hackett came into contact with synthetic marble while building skyscrapers in Australia, he had no idea that it would be the beginning of a 40-year legacy.

Surrounded by the green hills of County Tyrone, The Classic Marble Factory provides a great place to work for local people and exports its award-winning products across the UK, Europe and America.

Classic Marble initially gained prominence among bathroom installers in ROI and NI. Each Classic Marble tray is meticulously handcrafted and inspected, creating products that are installed with ease, making it a firm favourite among installers.

External image of the Classic Marble Factory in County Tyrone.

The Classic Marble Factory in County Tyrone

Over the years, Donald continued to innovate his designs and manufacturing processes, helping Classic Marble remain relevant as an increasing number of mass-produced shower trays entered the market. In contrast to vacuum-formed acrylic Classic Marble pours its resin compound into moulds. This approach enabled Classic Marble to possess another distinguishing feature – custom-colour shower trays.

Many of 1990’s team members still work at Classic Marble today.

With Classic Marble producing impeccably accurate custom-colour shower trays, Donald’s focus shifted towards a universal challenge for all bathroom installers (aside from crooked trays, of course). Leaks! More specifically, leaks caused by settlement cracks or subsidence.

A Classi Addition

Time and again, bathrooms in newly constructed structures would begin to leak a few years after the building’s completion. Donald could see that if the shower or bath waterproofing was able to flex and move with the house as it settled, it would stop this kind of leak altogether. Thus, Classi Seal was born.

The Classi stand tours the UK and Ireland.

Classi made a significant impact as soon as it entered the market, with a broader range of sizes as its initial expansion. Within the coming years, Classi Plus (a version of Classi compatible with paint-on waterproof membrane) and Classi Neutral Cure 100% Silicone will be added to the product list. Finally, customers wanted to buy everything they needed in one place, so the Classi Waterproofing Kits were made.

SENSTEC: The Next Generation

The next bathroom innovation arose from another pressing issue: slips and falls within bathrooms. By this point, Donald’s sons, Christopher and Stephen, had joined the business, working in tandem to create SENSTEC.

SENSTEC started out as an interesting design project. Could you make a shower tray that has top-level anti-slip while still being comfortable to stand on and easy to keep clean? Well, after nearly 5 years of research and development and over 40 prototypes, the Hacketts answered that question – yes, you can!

SENSTEC Prototypes

A collection of samples made while researching and developing SENSTEC.

SENSTEC has gained extensive recognition within the KBB industry (kitchen, bedroom, bathroom), even securing the FSB NI award for innovation in 2022, competing against groundbreaking AI software and other highly innovative inventions.

The core of SENSTEC lies in its patented design. SENSTEC features hundreds of small protrusions that come up from the flat bottom of the tray, breaking the foot’s contact with the floor and providing vast amounts of grip. Each of these has to be precisely shaped and placed to achieve the perfect balance between comfort and safety while avoiding trapping dirt.

These protrusions were nicknamed ‘Dimples,’ a reference back to our manufacturing process and what makes Classic Marble uniquely qualified to create SENSTEC.

Remember the moulds that have been used for crafting the original Classic Marble trays since the 80s? Well, it is Classic Marble’s mastery of the moulding process that enabled us to create SENSTEC. Each mould is meticulously created, with perfectly sculpted dimples that, when filled, would become the grip or ‘Dimples’ on a SENSTEC tray.

A SENSTEC mould on the production line and the tray that comes out of it.

Having weathered the challenges posed by COVID-19 in 2020, Classic Marble and its associated brands continue to grow. The most recent addition is the slate effect trays – Classic M Slate – a driving force propelling Classic Marble into the future.

Thank You

To celebrate the 40th year of Classic Marble, Christopher Hackett MD, decided to take the whole team Rally Driving. Tools were set aside, answer phones activated, and the team assembled for a morning of enjoyment.

The Classic Marble Team in 2023

Despite the team’s relentless efforts to prevent skids and slips in bathrooms, the same principles can’t be readily applied on the racetrack. Cars slid, tyres squealed, brakes smoked, and cheers rang out. It was a rare occasion where the whole team could be photographed together. This encompasses salespeople from across the UK and Ireland, the office team who work at home and on-site, the factory team who contribute to all the Classic Marble brands, and even a surprise visit from one team member still on maternity leave, celebrating the arrival of their new baby to the world.

Classic Marble would like to take this opportunity to express gratitude to everyone we work with day-to-day – our steadfast suppliers and valued customers. We’d also like to thank the people who install Classi or shower with SENSTEC, the showroom staff advocating for the benefits of SENSTEC on our behalf, and the project managers who insist on Classi’s use in every bathroom project. The broader KBB industry united in camaraderie during awards nights and social media takeovers, commands our respect and gratitude. We also acknowledge all the unsung heroes who contribute to the vibrant tapestry of Classic Marble’s legacy.

Thank you.

Meet David from Beggs and Partners in Belfast. First opened over 60 years ago, in that time, Beggs and Partners have grown to open a total of 7 showrooms in Northern Ireland and an additional 5 in England with more to come.

“…they [customers] are also very taken with ease of cleaning, because other trays where the texture is almost sprayed on like a sand paper effect, can be very very difficult to clean. Where as the SENSTEC tray has the dimple embedded into the tray it makes for a lot easier cleaning”

David – Beggs and Partners, Belfast

The displays at Beggs are always kept to the highest standards to ensure that there are always clean, well-made bathrooms to view with the most up-to-date, on-trend fixtures and fittings.

Beggs and Partners have locations in:

Northern Ireland:

🚿Belfast,

🚿Ballymena,

🚿Derry City,

🚿Lisburn,

🚿Maghera,

🚿Newtownards,

🚿Portadown,

England:

🚿Basildon,

🚿Cambridge,

🚿Grays,

🚿Hockley,

🚿Ely.

Go to meet David from Beggs and Partners in Belfast or find out more about Beggs and Partners HERE.

Beggs and partners logo

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When the prestigious 5-star Irish hotel, Dromoland Castle, decided to enhance its guest experience with SENSTEC Anti-slip Shower Trays in 2020, little did they know that it would pave the way for SENSTEC to sell into the USA for the first time.

Focusing on guest safety and comfort, Dromoland Castle sought top-quality shower trays that would provide unparalleled safety measures, ensuring their guests felt secure throughout their stay. With equal importance placed on easy cleanability to address the challenges of maintaining anti-slip surfaces, the hotel aimed to seamlessly integrate these features into their luxurious 5-star en-suites. SENSTEC proved to be the perfect solution, exceeding expectations.

Fast forward a few years, when an American couple, the Nobles, embarked on a well-deserved vacation in Ireland and chose to stay at Dromoland Castle. Their encounter with SENSTEC would change everything. (Visit the Dromoland Castle Hotel website here)

Drumoland 5 Star Castle Hotel

Kim Noble, recounting their experience, said, “SENSTEC left a lasting impression on us, which is saying something during such an exciting vacation. The comfort of the tray while showering was remarkable. The dimples underfoot felt amazing to stand on, and it became evident when I moved around that those dimples were providing remarkable support. Despite the suds and movement, my feet remained securely anchored to the tray. SENSTEC doesn’t just passively ensure safety; it actively reassures you. This discovery truly broadened our perspective on available options.”

SENSTEC to sell into the USA for the first time.

Inspired by their delightful experience, the Nobles embarked on a home renovation journey, where SENSTEC became a priority. “Maine, where we reside, has an ageing population, and we embrace the ‘Aging in Place’ concept, designing homes to cater to our needs beyond retirement. SENSTEC ensures a long-lasting, safe showering experience,” added Kim Noble.

Eager to have SENSTEC in their home, the Nobles contacted SENSTEC via Instagram to explore the possibility of shipping a tray to the USA.

“At first, we were uncertain about facilitating the tray delivery, but deeply touched by their story and feedback, we were determined to make it happen. As shower trays are relatively uncommon in the USA, it was a learning experience for all parties involved,” shared Christopher Hackett, SENSTEC’s Managing Director.

Maintaining close communication throughout the process, Kim and Christopher exchanged updates on the handcrafted tray, showcasing SENSTEC’s dedication to their customers.

After overcoming shipping, packaging, and other logistical challenges, SENSTEC successfully dispatched the tray to the US. Enduring two snowstorms, multiple transportation modes including lorries, trains, and boats, the tray finally arrived in Maine, to await installation.

SENSTEC’s journey from an Irish 5-star hotel to the shores of America is a testament to the company’s commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction. Dromoland Castle and the Nobles have proven that SENSTEC’s innovation transcends borders, delivering safety and comfort wherever it finds a home.

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Meet Harry from Bathworld, Essex.

Ian headed over to Bathworld in Essex to see their beautiful new showroom and catch up with Harry since his acquisition of Bathworld in 2022 in this edition of Showroom Spotlight. The team are incredibly knowledgeable about all things bathroom, with some having over 30 years of experience in the industry.

Ian asks about SENSTEC, its role within their product range and what their customers think. They also talk about the new showroom, the experience of the team and all the services they offer.

“Our customers like the trays due to the fact it’s anti-slip, easy to clean and they feel safe and secure knowing that the tray gone through further testing than what would normally be required for a standard anti-slip tray on the marketplace”

Harry Braithwaite – Bathworld

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