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Do you offer a fitting service?
For commercial or large trade projects we do have a network of fitters that we can put you in touch with. For more information please contact us here.
Can you use the panels behind a hob?
Reco Tile, Reco Design, Reco Protect, Reco Glass EFX and Reco Gloss can all be fitted behind a hob as long as they are at least 80-100mm from the back of the burner. If it is a gas hob then we recommend a piece of toughened glass over the hob area to protect the panel from flames. For a commercial or trade installation we recommend using only PVC or Reco Glass SFX (flame) panels. Acrylic panels class 3, PVC and Reco Glass SFX (flame) Class 1.
Do you have installers in my area?
As a manufacturer, we don't offer a fitting service however, for commercial projects we can offer a trainer to attend site. Please get in touch to find out more.
How does the bespoke service work?
You can access our partner library at or with over 70 million images. Once you have found the image you want you can email us with the unique image number alongside your coverage area in m2. If you want to upload your own image, then you'll need to send it to us by (please check the minimum parameters for image size with our technical dept). Once you have made your purchase online we will check your artwork, resize it to your panels and ensure the quality is sufficient to print them. If it fails to meet our minimum requirements we will contact you to arrange an alternative solution or a refund. For any technical questions please contact our technical department on
What size does my photo need to be for the bespoke panels?
Please check our complete information sheet on this subject (available by emailing As a general guide we recommend a file of no less than 5mb per 2440 x 1220mm panel and ideally 8-10mb. We would prefer the images as TIFF or EPS files but JPEGs, PDFs and GIFs are also accepted.
Where can I see the panels?
Please click here to see details of our showrooms
What is the difference between Reco Tile and Reco Design?
Reco Tile Acrylic and PVC tile panels are moulded so they look and feel like tiles but there is no grout. Our sophisticated  moulding process means that you can also join them together seamlessly without the need for joining profiles. Reco Design is a flat sheet of PVC (1220 x 2440 x2mm) that we print with graphics and then coat with a PVC or acrylic hard-coat. You can read more about the differences between our products here and also access full technical specifications here.  
How do the panels join together?
Our Reco joining system is a unique, patented installation method that gives the panels a seamless waterproof join. First apply our high tack adhesive ‘Reco Seal Tape’ to the wall and then apply HG adhesive to the back of the panel and place the panel onto the wall and over half the tape. Thereafter, you apply a 3mm bead of silicone down the side of the panel and onto the tape. Proceed to butt the joining panel up to it, leaving a small gap of about 2mm. Then using a wet finger or silicone tool, clean the join leaving a small amount of silicone sitting at the bottom of the join. You can read full installation instructions here.
How does the panel join with my shower tray or bath?
We have tested a host of joining systems in the past but our engineers unanimously agree that none of them do a better job than standard silicone. For our panels you can either fit them to the wall before you install the shower tray or bath, or you can fill the gap between the tray/bath and the wall with silicone before bedding the bottom edge of the panel down into it. Once you have fitted all of the panels, silicone the front of the join between the panel and the bath/tray and then weight the shower tray down using a heavy tool box and or fill the bath with water to weight it down. This means that the silicone will set at the maximum stretch point and reduce the potential of splitting and leaks. You can read more and watch installation video here.
How easy are they to cut?
The panels are easy to cut. The Reco Tile acrylic panels can be cut using a Stanley knife or fine toothed saw and a metal straight edge. For Reco Design, Reco Protect, Reco Glass, Reco Gloss, and Reco Tile PVC we recommend you cut them face up using a fine toothed Jigsaw with a down-cutting blade. Holes for pipework can also be easily cut using a standard hole cutter. Track saws can also be used for cutting long lengths.
What about edge trims?
The panels come with a rounded edge which means most of the time you do not need an edge trim. If you purchase a ‘Reco backing Strip’ (2495 x 50mm), then you can fold it into a right angle and fit it onto the edge of the external corner (making sure its plumb level). Then you can butt the rounded edges of the panel up to each other to give the perfect finish without the need for a trim. You can then put the cut edge of the panel into the internal corner. The only time you might need an edge trim is when you are boxing in pipework or if you are cladding the internal sides of a window. The exposed cut edge can then be covered with one of our ‘Reco Edge Trims’ or you can use traditional tile trims (of no more than 5mm internal height).
What is a backing strip?
You do not have to use ‘Reco Backing Strips’ but we do recommend them. A backing strip is a PVC strip of plastic (2495 x 50mm) that you fold into a right angle and then fit into the corner of the room with the HG Adhesive on the back. Then use your spirit level to ensure that it’s plumb. Once the backing strip has set you can then fit the panels over the top of it. The backing strip means that you do not have to trim the panels to fit the wall and once the first panel is on the wall plumb then it’s easy to panel around the rest of the room. The backing strip is also an extra protection in the corners to ensure there are no leaks.
How much wastage should I allow?
As the panels can be joined at any tile divide there is little wastage. We recommend you allow around 10% to be safe.
Do you ship internationally?
Sadly, for small orders we currently only offer a shipping service to the UK. For larger orders we can deliver worldwide, email for rates. If you are interested in becoming a distributor or would like information on agents in your area, please get in touch.
What are the payment terms for trade customers?
For trade credit payment terms please contact us here, including your company name and registration number.
How is it cheaper than traditional tiling?
As the panels have no grout you do not need waterproof matting or boards behind the panels. You can also fit them over existing tiles which saves you strip out costs. You need only three products to fit our panels (Reco seal tape, adhesive & silicone) vs up to twelve for tiles. Then when fitting our panels, it takes around 1/4 of the time which means there are labour savings. Once installed the panels do not require maintenance so there are also further long term savings. The combination of these attributes mean that we are at least 40% cheaper than basic tiles and up to 80% cheaper than high end or bespoke tiles.
How scratch resistant are they?
All gloss panels are coated with an acrylic capping (the same as a bath) which makes them very scratch resistant. Any small scratches can be polished out. The satin finish panels are covered with a PVC protective coating that is anti-scratch & anti-graffiti. We do not however, recommend abrasive cleaning or the use of harsh chemicals on our panels as they are unnecessary.
Do you offer Trade Discounts?
For trade and volume customers please contact us and a member of the team representing your area will be able to assist.
How do I calcuate how many panels I need?
All of our trade panels are 1220 x 2440 which is 3m². Measure your walls and multiply the height x the width to find your square metre area then add a small amount for wastage (10%) and divide by the panel coverage of 3m. For further help calculating coverage please select technical help option when calling 0330 058 9417
Can I order a sample?
Yes, you can click here. This will take you to a basket followed by a checkout page where you'll be able to order trade samples.
Can I sell your products?
To enquire about selling our products nationally or internationally please contact us here.
How easy are they to clean and what should I use?
The panels are very easy to clean as there is no grout and nowhere for the dirt to get trapped. If you have the panels in your shower, then we recommend you rinse the panels down after your shower and clean the silicone joins using a mild detergent and cloth 1-2 times a week. For other areas, we recommend a wipe down with mild detergent a few times a month to prevent dirt build up.
Are your panels waterproof?
All of our panels are 100% waterproof. Grout is porous which means that it will eventually fail and cause a leak. Our panels do not have grout so they will not leak. The joining system has been tested for over 10 years and we have never had a single leak.
What guarantee do you offer?
We offer a 10 year manufacturers warranty.
What is Reco?
Reco is the brand name of Reco Surfaces Ltd. We specialise in producing waterproof panel materials for public & trade customers. Our products have several patents that make them unique to any other product on the market.
Why are the panels only 2-3mm?
The panels have been designed to fit over existing tiles, or into tight spaces, without sacrificing  from the room. The 2-4mm thickness of the panels means they are easy to cut and flexible, which enables them to be fitted in small or tight areas.
Does it sound and feel like plastic?
No. When you attach the panels to the wall you flatten them against the wall to ensure good contact all over (just like wallpaper). This method, plus the adhesive means the panels become solid. If you tap them they sound like tiles. Most people cannot tell they are plastic until they touch the wall and realise it is warm and not cold.
What if I can’t find the design I’m looking for?
We do offer a bespoke design service. You can look at a library of professional images through our partner library's or or you can upload your own image or design. If you require more help on this or a complete project design service, then you can contact us here.
What plain colour sheets do you stock?
Our flat sheets are 1220 x 2440 x 2mm in White, Sand, Grey and Turquoise in 1050 x 2500 x 2mm
Can I fit them over my existing tiles?
Yes, the panels can be fitted over any level surface and as they are only 2-4mm you will not lose space. There is no need to strip off the old tiles. Just clean and rinse down thoroughly then fit the panels over the top.
Can you remove the panels easily?
The panels will remain secure to the wall throughout their lifetime. However, should you wish to remove them then you can cut the silicone at the join between the panels and then using a chisel or other flat instrument prise the panel from the wall. The adhesive should remain on the back of the panel making it easy to then apply a new one. You can then easily peel the adhesive from the removed panel and send it to the local recycling plant or send it back to us to make into a new panel.
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"We're very pleased to say we've made a fabulous choice with Reco. Because the panels are so fast and efficient to fit there was minimal disruption to the club, nor to its' members. The whole process was entirely painless. Everyone from management to maintenance are delighted with the result"
Jackie Cougill, Operations Manager, David Lloyd
2 unskilled workers fit out 3 to 4 bathrooms with Reco Panels every day. This allows other trades to come in quicker and significantly shortens our programme.
Nick Karavias – Project Director Morphuse Construction (Office to Resi conversions & Social Housing)
We have ordered a lot of Reco prooducts for various shower areas, which are very useful and a cheaper way to do up a shower than tiling. They come quickly and do the job perfectly.
Ashleigh Marques - TXR Building & Maintenance (Residential New Build & Maintenance)
I (and everybody working on the project) absolutely love your product and I am convinced it won’t take long before the building trade adopts Reco panels as an alternative, cost-effective wall decoration.
Matthew Fowler – Inexteriors (Specialist Refurbishment Contractors)
"I was worried what it was going to look like...but within just a few days when I saw it on the walls, I said, that's it, we've got to go that way"
Tommy Jacks
Was looking for a solution to cover existing tiles, I didn't want to use a traditional shower panel which would have added too much thickness to the wall. I found Reco on a web search and they were exactly what I was after. The lack of grout lines is great, I give the walls a sponge wipe down once a week and they barely need that. Saved me about 4 days over retiling and I couldn't have done a better, never mind the cost saving.
Scott Leiper
The ceramic tiles on our walls were a mess and the wall behind was damaged. To save time and money we decided to use Reco panels. It has created a waterproof finish and looks incredibly smart. The panels are SO easy to clean unlike ceramic tiles, so the bathroom continuously looks shiny and new!
Emma Stansfield
I'm delighted with our shower panel, featuring a massive wave rolling across the bathroom! It arrived tip top fast, well packaged, exactly as promised, with all the adhesives and attachments. Our builders scratched their heads a little, but they followed the instructions that I printed off the website and watched the video ... and even they were impressed with the result. It looks brilliant.
Vivian Child
Amazingly easy product to work with and use - very quick to install, easy to clean. Would definitely recommend. Instructions are clear and easy to follow.
Gary Smith
We were looking for an alternative to tiles and grouting as grout discolours and water can get behind if not maintained. We were very happy when we discovered Reco surfaces and were very happy with the finished waterproof walls in our shower. They look fab! We will be using them again in future rental properties when we refurbish them.
Frances Long, Landlord

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