How To Use JACKOBOARD® Insulation Boards To Shorten Installation Time

In the world of construction, time is often a precious commodity. Reducing installation time without compromising on quality is a goal shared by builders and contractors worldwide.

BEWI, a prominent provider of building insulation solutions, offers an ingenious way to achieve this with their insulation boards.

In this article, we will explore how to harness the power of JACKOBOARD® insulation boards to expedite installation time and streamline your construction projects.

Choose the Right Size

JACKOBOARD® insulation boards come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different construction needs. When selecting the size, consider the dimensions of the space you need to insulate. By choosing the right size, you minimise the need for cutting and resizing, saving both time and material.

Lightweight and Easy to Handle

JACKOBOARD®’s insulation boards are renowned for their truly lightweight nature. This feature simplifies handling and transportation. The reduced weight means that you can easily move and position the boards without straining your crew or equipment, ultimately speeding up the installation process.

Precise Cutting and Shaping

When cuts or custom shapes are required to fit the insulation boards into your specific construction design, JACKOBOARD®’s boards make the task simple. They can be precisely cut and shaped with standard construction tools. This precision saves time and ensures a snug fit.

Ready for Tiling or Cladding

JACKOBOARD® insulation boards are designed for versatility. Once installed, they are ready for tiling or cladding. This means that you can immediately proceed with the finishing touches of your project without the need for additional steps, which would typically take extra time.

Ease of Fixing

JACKOBOARD®’s boards are engineered for easy and efficient fixing. Their compatibility with various adhesives and mounting methods ensures a secure and swift installation process. Whether you’re using adhesives, screws, or other fastening methods, you can count on a smooth and hassle-free installation.

Quick Integration with Plumbing and Wiring

For projects that require plumbing or electrical work, JACKOBOARD® insulation boards can be integrated seamlessly. Cut-outs and recesses for pipes and wires can be easily created, allowing for rapid installation of these components, thus saving valuable time.

Reduced On-Site Labour

The ease and speed of installation offered by JACKOBOARD® insulation boards translate to a reduced need for on-site labour. This not only accelerates the project but also cuts down on labour costs, contributing to the overall efficiency of the construction endeavour.
Time is money in the construction industry, and using JACKOBOARD® insulation boards can be a game-changer when it comes to shortening installation time. By choosing the right size, utilising the truly lightweight and easy-to-handle boards, and taking advantage of their dry installation, precise cutting, and quick integration with plumbing and wiring, you can significantly reduce the time it takes to insulate and finish your construction project. The result is a more efficient construction process, lower costs, and the satisfaction of delivering projects on time or ahead of schedule.

Unveiling Creativity: 3 Remarkable Applications of JACKOBOARD®

In the realm of interior design and construction, innovation and creativity have become driving forces that shape the way we envision and utilise spaces. When it comes to pushing the boundaries of design, the choice of materials plays a pivotal role.

JACKOBOARD®, celebrated for its versatility, is at the forefront of reimagining the boundaries of what can be achieved. In this article, we delve into the remarkable uses of JACKOBOARD® that elevate design to an entirely new dimension.

Captivating Ceiling Designs

Ceilings are often an underutilised canvas for creative expression. JACKOBOARD® challenges this status quo by offering an unconventional approach to ceiling design. These boards can be seamlessly integrated into the ceiling, serving as a blank canvas for creating captivating designs. Whether you envision intricate patterns, 3D textures, or unique lighting installations, JACKOBOARD® offers the flexibility and durability to transform your ceiling into a stunning work of art.

The versatility and truly lightweight nature of the boards make installation a breeze, allowing your creative ideas to soar.

Innovative Wall Cladding

JACKOBOARD® is not just an ordinary wall cladding solution. It provides a fantastic opportunity to break free from conventional design constraints. With a range of sizes available, you can create eye-catching, textured walls that infuse character into your space.

Whether you prefer a modern, sleek look or a more rustic and tactile feel, these boards can be tailored to meet your design aspirations. JACKOBOARD® construction boards are waterproof, making them ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas where traditional materials might fall short.

Creative Partition Walls

Partitions in interior design are often seen as practical dividers. JACKOBOARD® challenges this perception by introducing an element of creativity and style. Partition walls crafted from JACKOBOARD® can be both functional and visually striking.

They are customisable, allowing you to choose shapes, sizes, and even incorporate integrated shelving or artwork displays. This innovative application not only defines spaces but also serves as an artistic focal point.

In conclusion, JACKOBOARD® is transforming the way we think about interior design and construction. Their remarkable versatility and adaptability are pushing the boundaries of creativity and innovation.

From captivating ceiling designs to innovative wall cladding and creative partition walls, JACKOBOARD® is breathing life into spaces and turning them into stunning showcases of design ingenuity.
If you’re looking to redefine living or working environments, consider the limitless possibilities that JACKOBOARD® exceptional building materials have to offer.

How To Make The Ultimate Wet Room Using JACKOBOARD®

Wet rooms have gained immense popularity in recent years due to their versatility, accessibility, and ease of maintenance. If you’re considering constructing a wet room, using JACKOBOARD® building materials can help you achieve the ultimate wet room experience.

In this guide, we’ll take you through the step-by-step process of creating a wet room using JACKOBOARD®, while also highlighting the benefits of wet rooms and key considerations during planning.

Step-by-Step Guide: Creating the Ultimate Wet Room

Step 1: Plan Thoroughly

Determine the location and size of your wet room, considering plumbing, electrical, and structural aspects. Ensure proper waterproofing of the entire area.

Step 2: Sloping and Drainage

Create a gentle slope toward a floor drain to allow water to flow smoothly.

Use JACKOBOARD® construction panels to create the necessary slope and install a waterproof membrane to prevent water seepage.

Step 3: Tiling

Use high-quality suitable tiles for the walls and floor.

JACKOBOARD® can be used as a tile backing board, providing a stable and waterproof base for your tiles.

Step 4: Heating

Consider underfloor heating for added comfort. JACKOBOARD® can accommodate heating elements beneath the floor.

Step 5: Selecting the Right Shower Enclosure

Choose a shower enclosure that fits your space and complements the aesthetics of your wet room. Ensure that it is designed for wet room use and features appropriate seals to prevent water leakage.

Step 6: Shower Head

Opt for a shower head that suits your preferences and the design of your wet room.

Position it to minimise overspray and ensure efficient drainage.

Additional Considerations


Proper ventilation is essential to prevent humidity buildup. Install an extractor fan or an operable window to maintain air circulation.

Non-Slip Flooring

Use tiles with anti-slip properties or consider non-slip coatings to enhance safety.


Invest in high-quality waterproofing products to create a sealed and durable wet room.

JACKOBOARD® panels are an excellent choice for this purpose.

Sealing Joints

Pay close attention to sealing joints between tiles and panels to prevent water from seeping into the underlying structure.


If your wet room is designed to be accessible, ensure it complies with the necessary accessibility standards.

Creating the ultimate wet room with JACKOBOARD® is a rewarding and practical endeavour. The advantages of wet rooms, including accessibility and ease of maintenance, make them an excellent choice for modern living spaces.

By following this step-by-step guide and considering essential factors, you can construct a wet room that not only meets your specific needs but also adds a touch of luxury and functionality to your home.

JACKOBOARD®’s construction materials will play a pivotal role in achieving a beautiful and durable wet room that you can enjoy for years to come.

JACKOBOARD® Embraces Flower Power!

JACKOBOARD®, the market-leading brand of construction boards and tiling backerboards from BEWI, has helped notch up a major win at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Working with the multi-award winning G.K. Wilson Landscape Services led by Company Director Gareth Wilson, JACKOBOARD® products have been a key element in the RBC Brewin Dolphin Garden, which has won a Silver Gilt Medal at the Show.

Designed by the celebrated garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, the garden features walls down two sides (totalling 90 square metres), which are tiled with 10mm Caledonian Stone Dover Taupe porcelain wall tiles 1m x 1m in size.

With the use of a diverse range of plants which themselves cost £45,000, the garden was designed to appeal to a young couple with a lifetime theme. It created an absolutely stunning impression and was a worthy winner at this year’s Show. The combination of the walls, the porcelain paving, water features and ceramic sculptures – and of course the amazing floral displays, ensured that the RBC Brewin Dolphin Garden would create the best possible impression with the judges.

JACKOBOARD® XPS Construction Board provided the ideal backing for the tiling work, due to its high bond strength, high weight supporting, lightweight and waterproof characteristics and the fact that it is very easy to cut and shape on site creating no dust or other mess.

“Our landscaping team are specialised in helping clients achieve the garden design and landscaping themes of their dreams. We went with JACKOBOARD® following an industry recommendation,” says Gareth Wilson, company director of G. K. Wilson Landscape Services. “We were advised that the company was reliable and good to work with. That has certainly turned out to be the case – and that is at least as important as the quality of the products, which cannot be faulted in our experience. I would like to thank JACKOBOARD® very much for their support in sponsoring us and also congratulate them for being a part of our success.”

JACKOBOARD® Supports TTA Awards 2023

JACKOBOARD® is supporting The Tiling Association (TTA) Awards again this year through its commitment as a Gold sponsor. In fact JACKOBOARD® was the first brand to commit to supporting this year’s Awards, immediately after the conclusion of the 2022 event.

JACKOBOARD® has been a sponsor of TTA Awards in the past, since it strongly supports the Awards’ values of excellence and achievement – and the team is very much looking forward to this year’s Awards, which will be held on 12th May in Birmingham.

“The Awards night and Tiling Show is a fabulous opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of the JACKOBOARD® team in the UK and meet great friends from the industry,” says Michael Hailwood, Business Unit Director – BEWI. “We were honoured to be finalists in 2022 amongst some great brands in the world of tiling. Mike McCann dressed as a giant bee was a particular highlight! We are now very much looking forward to the 2023 event, where again we will be Gold sponsors”.

Speaking for TTA, Chairman Paul Luff said: “We were pleased to see the return of JACKOBOARD® as the first Gold sponsor of the 2023 Awards. Having major industry brands on board from the start of the planning for 2023 was a real endorsement to the success of the day. Without this valuable backing TTA Awards would not be what they are.”

JACKOBOARD® – Native Manchester Hotel Project

Manufactured with an extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam core and a special coating on both sides, JACKOBOARD® construction boards form an ideal base for tiling.

JACKOBOARD® products have been used on the Native Manchester hotel project, which has been voted ‘The Sunday Times Best Hotel 2019 in the North of England’. A Grade II listed building, the hotel is marketed as Manchester’s coolest hangout.

JACKOBOARD® played its part in achieving the project’s success because the company’s high performance construction boards provide the flexibility to meet modern requirements in bathroom design. What might have once been considered just a washroom is now elevated to a private wellness oasis. In recent years, the demands placed on bathroom finishes have changed dramatically to allow refurbished bathrooms to shine like new with flexible and high-quality renovations.

According to Michael Hailwood, Business Unit Director of BEWI, ‘Native Manchester is a spectacular building based in the heart of Manchester, a stone’s throw from Piccadilly. At its beating heart is a fabulous atrium, great bar and restaurant and complemented by beautifully designed and appointed apartments.’

Michael explains that there is a twist to the story of the building, since he was involved in a previous project on the same site.

‘This is the second time I’ve been involved in the refurbishment of this iconic building,’ he says. ‘The first time was almost 20 years ago, when as a much younger Contracts Specification Manager, I supplied the tiles which were fixed by one of Manchester’s finest, Fitts & Chadwick.’

Michael concludes, ‘I’m delighted to say that JACKOBOARD® wetroom systems and waterproof boards were used second time around for the 168 bathrooms in the hotel, supplied by the renowned Euxton Tiles and fixed by GF Holdings prior to the same company carrying out the tiling work.’

JACKOBOARD® – Knutsford Swimming Pool Project

This amazing swimming pool refurbishment project in Knutsford, Cheshire was undertaken by Abstract Pools Ltd. Tiles from Designworks and more than 100 JACKOBOARD® construction boards were used.

Manufactured with an extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam core and a special coating on both sides, JACKOBOARD® construction boards form an ideal base for tiling. The surfaces of the JACKOBOARD® system provide an extremely strong bond and can be used on virtually any substrate. The boards are waterproof, thermally insulating, truly lightweight and very strong. This combination of characteristics makes them ideal for pool hall work. The result of this refurbishment is absolutely stunning and the owners of the property are delighted unsurprisingly.

The owner was abroad while the renovation was carried out. The pool was situated in the basement of the house and had been left empty for a few years. The contractor was tasked with refurbishing the pool hall and bringing it back to life. They stripped everything back to the existing substrate, and then rendered and screeded the pool itself, the jacuzzi and the pool surrounds.

A new steam room was added, using JACKOBOARD®. All of the pool hall walls were lined with JACKOBOARD®, ready to receive tiles. All tiles on this project were supplied by Designworks Tiles, the specialists in tiles and mosaics for swimming pools and spas. The tiles used on the project were Ezarri Lisa Black Mosaic for the pool tank, District Grey 1200x600x10mm for the pool hall walls, District Dark Grey for the pool coping tiles and District silver 600x600x10mm for the pool floor surround.

The feature tiles on the wall with the water fountains were actual volcanic tiles giving a spectacular feature. Glazed screens were installed to separate the pool hall from the living and games area. More volcanic tiles behind the wine rack were used to create further impact.

In total the project used more than 100 JACKOBOARD® construction boards, together with washers and joint tape. The clients were absolutely thrilled with the results on their return home. Anybody looking at the pictures can easily see why they would be very impressed with this outstanding project.

JACKOBOARD® Promotes Cost & Time Saving Benefits of Waterproof XPS Construction Board

JACKOBOARD® offers many benefits for installers of wetrooms and bathrooms. JACKOBOARD® is a waterproof, weight-loading and thermally insulating construction board for use in all types of tiling jobs.

Critically, because it is manufactured from 100% waterproof XPS, there is no need to tank wetrooms constructed using JACKOBOARD®, either with a waterproof membrane or a paint-on solution. This saves the installer both time and money, since a separate tanking system is not required and only the joints where the boards meet need to be taped.

The NHBC Standard states that “backing surfaces may require protection from a suitable tanking system”.

“This guidance is completely correct,” says Martin Harragan from BEWI, “but it should not be interpreted to mean that if you are using an XPS backerboard, such as JACKOBOARD®, you have to tank the entire substrate of your wetroom. The closed structure of an XPS board means that it is totally impossible for water to pass through it, in the way that it would through a fibre cement board for instance.”

JACKOBOARD® is keen to communicate this message to the many different trades who get involved in the installation of wetroom systems, from the shower tray upwards. Although there are wetroom specialists, this job is often down to plumbers, M&E contractors, tilers, dryliners and flooring contractors. So, as wetrooms continue to increase in popularity, there are different trades who need to be aware of the benefits of XPS backerboards.

While offering the benefits of XPS, JACKOBOARD® can also offer a price advantage in the marketplace, due to the fact that the company manufactures its own foam, giving it complete control over cost, product quality and sustainability of manufacturing processes. These factors have enabled JACKOBOARD® to become the UK market leader in XPS construction boards.