wedi Systems (UK) Ltd
Unit 4, Mercury Park,
LANCASHIRE M41 7LY
Tel: 0161 864 2336
Fax: 0161 864 1323
Suppliers of: Building boards, Tile backer boards, floor level shower boards, construction boards, waterproof boards, Building Board Solutions
wedi has been operating with success for nearly 20 years in the United Kingdom. However, in the past few years many competitors have appeared on the UK market – prompting customers to rightfully ask the question:
Why choose wedi when there are numerous other waterproof and tileable solutions to choose from?
Unlike the other brands, wedi has been tried and tested by industry professionals for the past 34 years. The company was founded in Germany in 1983, when Helmut Wedi – a master tiler – set himself a goal to develop high-quality but above all practical solutions for tradesmen which provide real added value in their day-to-day work. His goal became the philosophy of his company and made his family name into a worldwide-known brand. Today, wedi operates in 36 countries worldwide, including the United States, which despite having one of the most diverse markets in the world, has just given a home to wedi’s newest manufacturing plant to be able to cope with the demand.
The system safety that wedi guarantees as well as the straightforward and time-saving installation takes centre stage, while the feedback received from their customers provide the basis for further developments of wedi’s products, systems and services.
The core of wedi’s building board – which forms the basis of all of their tileable elements - is a high-density extruded polystyrene foam that is 100% waterproof to the core and extremely robust while at the same time it is also lightweight. Its cement coated surface forms an incredibly strong and stable base for adhesive thanks to the integrated fibre mesh fabric, making it an ideal basis for any type of plaster and tile.
What sets wedi aside from other tileable solutions on the market is that its products also provide fantastic insulation, therefore save on energy costs and provide long-term protection against mould and fungus. What’s more, due to their A+ labelling – according to German and European regulations and laws – they are also non-hazardous and low-emission products.
Whatever the project - renovation or new build, wooden or concrete construction, wetroom, bathroom or wellness you will find a variety of suitable elements in wedi’s extensive product range. The key to the success of the wedi brand is that their products are well thought out and well made: 100 % secure - signed, sealed and guaranteed by wedi.
wedi BUILDING BOARDS can be applied to practically any substrate and are also suitable for use as an added insulation underneath underfloor heating. They are available in a wide range of formats:
- standard building boards - 600mm wide panels are available in many thicknesses ranging from 4mm to 100mm.
- XL building boards - 900mm wide panels - simplifies installation by reducing joint transitions.
- XXL building boards - 1200mm wide panels - free standing and stable, ideal for use as a partition wall.
- Construct boards are shapeable and flexible boards to create curved forms.
- Vapor boards are vapour proof boards for constantly humid areas such as steam rooms.
wedi FLOOR LEVEL SHOWERS (Fundo range) are not only tileable and 100% waterproof but also unique in their thermal properties which provide added insulation, hence resulting in warmer tiles under foot. What’s more, all elements have a factory-integrated pre-defined even slopes, are load-bearing and wheelchair accessible.
- Point drainage: available with 3 different drain locations (central, corner or end) the Fundo Ligno especially designed for wooden floors and the standard Fundo Primo available in a wide range of sizes.
- Linear drainage: the Fundo Riofino featuring 300mm central channel and the Fundo Riolito neo with close to wall channels in various lengths (300-1100mm) also available in a vast number of standard sizes, both with wedi’s brand new channel drain technology, featuring 360º pipe direction!
- Integrated drainage: available in a wide range of sizes, the Fundo Plano & Fundo Integro with a classic ’point’ design and the Fundo Plano Linea with a sophisticated linear design.
The wedi Fundo design concept also combines creative lines with natural forms offering ’designer showers’ with point drainage such as the Fundo Trollo (round shape) or the Fundo Nautilo (shell shape) with optional wall elements with or without the supply channels, enabling free-standing showers even in the middle of the room!
wedi DESIGN ELEMENTS offer design and functionality at the same time to help give the bathroom that special touch. These products range from new shower seatings - Sanoasa Benches 1-4 and Sanoasa Corner seats - and wedi Niches (4 different sizes), to the well-known Mensolo range offering L and U shapes perfect for pipe cladding or as tileable shelving.
A new innovation from wedi is the new wedi Fundo Top - a ready-to-fit cover perfectly adapted to the slopes and dimensions of their most popular ranges: Fundo Primo, Fundo Plano and Fundo Riolito neo. A contemporary, seamless elegant alternative to traditional tiling, it is made from a 6mm thick mineral material and available in 4 different (full-body) colours: white, beige, grey and anthracite.
wedi’s standard product range also spans into WELLNESS PRODUCTS which can be used - of course - in shower or bathroom areas as well. The Moltoromo modular wall system gives the freedom to create versatile, free-standing wall configurations, such as curved and angled solutions or sinuous lines to add that design led effect to any area, while the Sanbath bathroom furniture range with its elegant shapes continue complementing the wedi Sanoasa Bellina & Comoda modular benches and the versatile wedi Loungers which are available with or without integrated heating.
All wedi elements are designed to interlock and work with all other wedi system components and a long list of accessories, that truly complete the installation and waterproofing system.
The wedi product systems have their own BBA certification showing that they satisfy the construction guidelines and regulations for the United Kingdom and are also tested and approved as sealing systems for wetrooms, thus awarded with a CE mark.
wedi is proud of its outstanding TECHNICAL SUPPORT SERVICES, offering customised building solutions for wellness projects as well as a bespoke service to create elements based on individual specifications such as special shower elements, footbaths, fountains, steam cabins or whirlpools to mention only a few.
Further technical information, image galleries and product specifications are available through the wedi website or via the BPi Download Library.
Assurance in the wedi system - Transparency in the event of an insurance claim
wedi guarantees product quality above and beyond the statutory warranty
Without a secure sealing system in wet areas, moisture is able to penetrate into the substrate and subsequently damage the underlying structure. In the event of an insurance claim, it is frequently necessary for an expert to clarify whether the tiler, fitter or manufacturer is required to pay for the damage and possible subsequent repairs – and it is usually impossible to clarify the liability down to the last detail. Systems provider wedi guarantees that its system components are one hundred percent watertight for up to 20 years – giving installers and building owners a considerable assurance thus eliminating any uncertainty regarding the issue of responsibility.
Warranty and guarantee
The “warranty”, or “liability for defects” is taken to mean the statutory regulation to which a customer is able to refer if the product bought has defects or does not function properly. As a rule, a vendor is legally liable for all defects that already existed at the time of sale and therefore differ from the state of the product, as specified in the purchase contract.
In contrast to the warranty, a “guarantee” is a voluntary supplementation on the provider’s part and is therefore separate from any statutory regulation. The time of cover for any voluntary guarantee is always up to the manufacturer to determine. If a manufacturer provides a guarantee, however, they are legally obliged to comply with it and to rectify any functional defect that arises during the time of cover at no cost.
Unrivalled peace of mind for planners, installers and end-users alike
With its system guarantee, wedi is aligned to the requirements of sealing systems in wet rooms. Regulations concerning sealing systems are based on the requirements of construction law, the information sheet of the ZDB (Central Association of the German Construction Industry e.V.) and other country-specific requirements and legislation. Both the design engineer and the construction company are responsible for their construction project complying with such requirements.
For wedi, the system concept plays a vital role. The individual components of the system interlock with each other on an optimum basis, which provides assurance as well as clarity and transparency in the event of an insurance claim as everything is from a single source. Very often, the collaboration between different maintenance groups in bathroom and sanitary areas leads to uncertainty regarding liability in case of defect. To prevent this from occurring, wedi has formulated its guarantee promise clearly - on the basis of the system concept, the family business from Emsdetten guarantees assurance for its product range for design and sealing purposes in wet rooms. This means that wedi is able to guarantee the quality, and thus also the functionality of wedi products if the construction work has been carried out in line with the manufacturer’s instructions.
10-year guarantee on all wedi products
Since 2016, wedi has been offering a 10-year guarantee on all products that are listed in the wedi price list. An entitlement to the guarantee is based on the respective product characteristics. If just one defect occurs to any item which is purchased after 1 January 2016 and was included in the price list, wedi’s guarantee service provides for a free product replacement and also includes the reimbursement of documented, necessary expenses such as repair costs. Further condition of the guarantee is that the products must be fitted according to installation instructions provided by wedi.
The wedi W.I.P. programme, with an extended guarantee service
In addition to this guarantee from wedi which is provided to all buyers, customers can also acquire an additional guarantee. As part of a W.I.P. partnership, the guarantee is extended to 15 or 20 years. This guarantee applies to specialist businesses which have completed the required training for recognition by wedi as an authorised, qualified and certified business. For its innovation partners, wedi provides a 15-year guarantee on a wedi shower or a 20-year guarantee on a complete wedi bathroom that continues to remain valid for the building owner after a possible withdrawal of the construction company due to its insolvency.
In addition to the extended guarantee service, the W.I.P. programme also includes a comprehensive and fully supportive concept to the qualified partner. Businesses which are certified and trained by wedi are awarded a corresponding quality seal, which offers advantages with the acquisition of orders. The description as a certified specialist business is ensured through a continuous, extended qualification within the scope of subsequent training, proven by certificates and the quality seal. Certified businesses are also supported with their marketing and advertising besides being listed as official W.I.P. partners on the wedi homepage. Technical support by wedi is also included, through the right to have a wedi technician on site or the advice of wedi specialists, for example.
Fundo RioLigno – revolutionising wet rooms on timber floors
Accessible shower system for moisture sensitive timber floors
There are surfaces, such as wood, that are extremely vulnerable to moisture and thus to mould and fungi development. In such structures, the sealing of shower areas must be done with appropriate care allowing sufficient time for a precise and secure result in order to preserve the wooden structure beneath. The shower element itself must not exceed an outer edge thickness of 25 mm for an optimal flush-fit with existing floor boards. The wedi Fundo RioLigno shower element stands out precisely because of its extremely low installation height despite its attractive, close-to-wall channel drainage.
wedi products are developed with practicality, versatility and functionality in mind. Fundo shower elements from wedi can be installed on almost any substrate and are also individually tileable. The dense foam core along with its special coating ensure that the system is completely watertight whilst pre-fabricated even slopes eliminate time-consuming levelling measures on site and thus the correct functioning of the system is guaranteed. The Fundo range also meets requirements for accessibility as long as the tile format is at least 50 x 50 mm.
Quick and reliable installation
Current trend shows increased popularity of walk-in showers but when it comes to suspended timber floors, it is imperative to carefully evaluate between different brands in order to select the best solution. It is not uncommon for installation to be a challenge in bathrooms with suspended timber floors: in order to be able to realise a flush-to-floor installation on timber floors, the shower element must be integrated into the existing wooden surface layer. Naturally, the construction height of the shower element needs to be as low as possible at the outside edges because generally there is only 20 to 25 mm available. “Despite this obstacle, installation of a walk-in shower area with linear drainage is now possible thanks to the new Fundo RioLigno. It is designed so that the drain technology sits in the installation space between beams therefore, thanks to its outer edge of just 25 mm, the RioLigno can be integrated flush into the wooden surface layer. Keeping safety at focus above everything else, the shower element is also fitted with a support plate on the underside reinforcing the area around the drain opening thus provides unrivalled peace of mind within the moisture sensitive and ever moving timber floor” explains Britta Rugulies, Product Manager at wedi.
Thanks to close collaboration with industry professionals wedi knows all too well that leaks often result from poor positioning of the drain body. In order to eliminate any possibility of failure, installation of the drain is further simplified by the wedi Fundo channel drain substructure element. It guarantees reliable support and accurate aligning of the drain thus eliminates time consuming building and filling with mortar and screed.
Uniquely, all Fundo shower elements have a 360˚ dry-fit drain technology that offers reassurance of their use in/on timber floors and a sealing set developed especially for the all-round sealing of their perimeters. With the wedi Fundo sealing set, sealing to adjoining surfaces can also be done quickly and simply.
Stylish channel drain
“Our RioLigno simply has style,” says Britta Rugulies “as the water disappears under the attractive linear stainless steel cover into a narrow channel body and flows from there into the drain underneath. The clean, architectural orientation of such linear drainage is very appealing and is consistently on trend. The flow rate is identical to that of point drainage – the only difference here is the owner’s preference.”
A reliable complete system
Spatial requirements – like a suspended timber floor – usually require a tailor-made shower solution which can be adapted to suit the client’s taste. In order to make planning of an individual shower even easier, wedi has developed a shower area configurator. The tool can be accessed online at any time to create a dream shower together with the client. After selecting the desired components and quantities, the system recommends the right wedi products for the initial situation and, at the same time, prevents incorrect orders. Once the shower is configured, the user receives the parts list directly as a PDF. If you are registered as a user on the shower configurator, then using this PDF, a quotation can be immediately requested from a registered dealer. The result is a customised shower even for spaces with specific requirements.