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The ease of installation and all round performance characteristics offered by Marmox Multiboard have led to a leading dry-lining contractor recommending the versatile tile-backer boards to a client engaged in the redevelopment of a former convent near Kettering.


Bedford based Conroy Dry Lining, which carries out new-build, refurb and commercial work across the Home Counties, originally learnt about Multiboard through the trade press, but the directors of the family run business became converts after purchasing a pack for a trial installation and now they are making rapid progress employing large quantities of the 12.5mm x 1200mm x 2400mm boards, plus metal washers, for the bathrooms within the 60, three-storey town houses as well as the apartments being created in the old listed building.

Director Leo Conroy, who runs Conroy Dry Lining with his brother Martin, commented: “When our father set up this company in Bedford back in the early 70s it was the first dry-ling specialist in the area, though today we offer a wide range of services including fibrous work and shop-fitting across the Home Counties.

We had used different tile-backer boards on projects in the past, but having seen an advert for the Marmox product we bought 40 sheets to try them out and were really impressed with how easy they are to install: our lads love them as they just cut with a knife.

On the Kettering project we’re doing all the internal plaster-boarding and skimming, but in the bathrooms – for which we proposed the Multiboard to the developer – the boards are being fixed to the timber frame for the tilers to follow on. We’re really impressed with the product and have recommended it for some other prestige work.”

Marmox Multiboards are manufactured from extruded polystyrene, or XPS, encapsulated in reinforced polymer concrete, in a range of thicknesses up to 60mm and offer a variety of positive physical characteristics in addition to being fully waterproof. They are both light to handle and easy to cut, while still being able to sustain substantial loadings if required, such as for flooring applications. They further offer good thermal insulation performance, helping to cut condensation risk.

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