Tile Africa Contracts again proved their mettle when they were invited to tender for the supply of tiles and related products to the retail supermarket franchise group Spar. The challenge when taking on a project of this nature is that all the stores within the group have very unique needs – which all need to be addressed. “You can’t use a generic tile throughout a project of this nature,’’ says Hennie Chamberlain, a Specifier for Tile Africa Contracts.
“One example of this is a store that we supplied tiles for in Modjadjiskloof in Limpopo. This store required hard-wearing tiles which are able to withstand pallet jacks and for this reason 12mm technical full-body porcelain tiles were specified,” says Chamberlain. This makes it obvious why one can’t supply the same kind of tiles throughout. “Generally in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces we not only specify but also fit products – store owners also have peace of mind on our workmanship as we further provide a guarantee on the supply of the tile used as well as the installation – our strength lies in our ability to supply technical information to our clients.”
Tile Africa Contracts has a complete service offering which includes surveying customers and potential customers’ floors, quoting, supplying and fitting clients. “We have noticed that the tiles required in some of the more remote parts of these provinces need to be able to handle pallet jack traffic,” he says. Tile Africa Contracts adheres to strict national specifications from Spar.
The Spar contract entails the supply of tiles for the refurbishment of a variety of stores located in different provinces throughout the country. The stores range from Quick Spar stores with an average floor area of about 700m2 to the bigger Super Spar stores that can cover as much as 1700m2.
Tile Africa Contracts has a national footprint through 36 Tile Africa stores located countrywide and provides a seamless service from concept to completion to offer customers peace of mind.
The diversity of the projects that Tile Africa Contracts has worked on in the Spar group can be seen in the various stores that they have had a hand in creating a new look for. They vary from Nina Park in Pretoria where they offered a turnkey solution in the form of a large format, double loaded, matt finish product, to Feather Square Spar in Johannesburg’s West Rand in close proximity to Featherbrook Estate. For this particular store wall and floor tiles were supplied in a combination of polished porcelain and polished look tiles that have a matt finish. White mosaics are featured in the pulpit and counters of the store while green tiles were used for the floor. A technical product had to be used in service areas in the store and had to be both impact and acid resistant which are important to note as there are steel products such as ovens located in the store’s bakery.
Tile Africa Contracts offers an extensive range of aesthetic and technical products that cover every requirement and application. Materials are sourced locally and overseas and Tile Africa Contracts researches all the desired specifications methodically to find the most suitable products or comparable alternatives.
Vaughn Dyssel, Contracts Sales Manager at Tile Africa Contracts explains that the reason porcelain tiles are mostly used in retail environments of this nature is because they have a concentrated top layer that is pressed as one product which provides a cost advantage and longevity. ”It’s also important for us to constantly have a supply of tiles that match our client’s specifications readily available – this may be costly but we never want to be in a position where we are unable to service the needs of our clients,” says Dyssel.
Tile Africa Contracts has the ability to meet all contracting needs regardless of the region where the project is located, the products required or the size of the area to be tiled.
For more information on Tile Africa Contracts contact 011 979 0327 or visit www.tileafricacontracts.co.za.