What is cladding and why should you get it?

Cladding gives you the aesthetic look of tiling at a fraction of the price. 

Cladding is extremely easy for anyone with some form of DIY skills to fit themselves! This way you can save on tradesmen costs and learn a new skill simultaneously.  Cladding can provide insulation in your house allowing you to sit back and relax in a warm, cosy room once all the work is done. As opposed to regular tiles, cladding doesn't require much maintenance whatsoever. 

Cladding is an alternative to tiling at a fraction of the cost. This low maintenance alternative also eliminates the needs for regrouting on a regular basis.

    The designs that we offer through cladding are incredible and will continue to look brand new for a lifetime 

What is Clever click flooring?

Available in a range of both Wood and Stone designs, Clever click is a revolutionary, easy-to-install technology which halves installation time compared to traditional vinyl floor installation.

Clever Click technology removed the need for adhesive and timely room preparation, meaning your new floor can be installed in no time.

Clever Click is designed to provide all the stunning detail and outstanding natural beauty of conventional wood and stone floors, but at an affordable price. 


Clever click:

- Creates a feeling of tranquility in a room.

- Gives any space a warm atmosphere.

- Is simple yet stylish.

- Is adaptable to interior styles.

- Makes any space bigger and brighter.

- Is neutral palette so doesn't date quickly.

- Has a timeless style .

Prior to fitting

The installation of Clever Click is straight forward and follows the same guidelines that apply to all quality and resilient tile floors. Good preparation is essential for a trouble-free-installation. Clever Click can be laid on concrete, timber, stone and many other subfloors, which have been suitably prepared. 

Site conditions must comply with the relevant national regulations. Clever Click is not suitable for external installation or unheated locations but it can be used with under-floor heating providing it is switched off for 24 hours before and after laying (the maximum permitted surface temperature is 28C/8F). 

Following installation, Clever Click should be protected from heavy traffic for 24 hours. Always follow other manufacturers' recommendations when using their proprietary materials for sub-floor preparations. Please inspect product prior to installation. Check that the colours correspond to those ordered, the quantities are correct and there is no visible damage to the boxes. Check the vinyl planks or tiles during installation for any visible defects. Check that the tongue and groove of the click profile is free from dirt and undamaged. Do not install any planks or tiles that display any imperfections.

Clever Click can be laid on concrete, cementitious screed, anhydrite (calcium sulphate), time and ceramic tiles, which have been suitably prepared. Clever Click can be used with traditional water based underfloor heating and cooling systems. If using electric wire systems please contact the manufacturer for correct installation methods. For areas that are subject to extreme temperatures or to excessive direct heat source as fully glazed sun facing windows or conservatories we recommend that the Clever Click is installed with Xtrafloor Flex Pro.

Direct-to-earth concrete and stone subfloors must have an effective damp proof membrane (DPM). Follow manufacturer's detailed instructions for the installation of a surface DPM and the use of levelling compound.

Clever Click is best installed with a room temperature of between 18C/64F and 27C/81F and a floor temperature of above 15C/59F. Installations in areas colder than recommended will influence the convenient friendly installation properties of Clever Click. The planks or tiles could be less easy to handle and less flexible, whilst cutting could be heavier with small pieces difficult to cut out. The lower the temperature, the more difficult to handle. For installation in areas warmer than recommended, we advise consultation with your local installer on how to create the appropriate installation conditions. A constant temperature, fluctuating no more than 5C per day and not below the required 18C room temperature and 15C floor temperature, should be maintained 24 hours before, during and 72 hours after installation. For suitability of the system please check the manufacturers instructions.

Prevent the floor from coming into contact with a large amount of water, or from being submerged, as the click connection is not fully waterproof.

To start with we lay a solid foundation...

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Xtrafloor Base

Made of up to 90% natural raw materials, our Base standard underlay is 100% recyclable. Base boasts excellent thermal conductivity, making it the perfect choice for rooms with underfloor heating or cooling.

This elastic underlay smooths out small subfloor irregularities: 5mm in width, 2mm in height, its lightly tackified surface prevents LVT movement, allowing for an easier installation of your vinyl floor. The protective film captures all dust particles, making it possible to install the underlay while carrying out other work in the room. 

Xtrafloor Silent

Is noise affecting your living comfort? Or are you trying to meet the current building regulations? Acoustic underlay is just what you need. Perfect for upper floors or flats, in multi-storey buildings. Silent blocks different types of noise, from footfall to vibrations.

Extensively tested and officially certified, this sound-damping underlay shows outstanding impact sound reductions values of ΔLw=21d Band ΔLlin=10dB (in combination with 4.5mm Clever Click).

A remarkable performance backed by official certificates. Enjoy the peace and quiet with Xtrafloor Silent. Suited for under floor heating and cooling, the extruded closed-cell polyolefin foam material increases your floor's thermal insulation. 

Xtrafloor Flex Pro

Specifically designed for floating installation under LVT, Flex Pro offers a comprehensive solution to install Dryback without the need of adhesives, Flex Pro can also be used in combination with Clever Click LVT.

Its self-adhesive side guarantees a convenient installation: quick, clean and simple, ideal for use in commercial environments. 

Fitting instructions

For best results, mix at least two packs when fitting to avoid repetitions in pattern. We recommend that you always use materials from a single production batch for each installation, as a match between batches cannot be guaranteed. 

Clever Click planks or tiles are easily cut using a straight blade in a utility knife. Cut the printside of the plank or tile several times and snap along the line. 

The surface beneath the floor must be sufficiently prepared in advance to guarantee successful fitting of the floor covering. In particular, it must be clean, dry, smooth, firm, level, free from defects and not contaminated with grease, oil or chemicals. Clever Click is a 'floating' floor. Never glue or fix the panels to the surface below. The flooring can be installed wall-to-wall, however in large areas or where the floor may be exposed to unusually wide temperature ranges (such as where under floor heating is used, in a conservatory or areas adjacent to a south facing window) then it is advisable to use a 5mm space around the edge, as appropriate .

For surfaces larger than 50m2 we advise that an expansion join of 5mm is created around the perimeter of the room, in addition, should a single wall or run be longer than 10 linear metres, then a 5mm expansion joint should be allowed around the perimeter. If you are uncertain of the requirements, please contact your retailer who can confirm the exact requirements. The Clever Click system panels can be joined in two different ways, either tongue-in-groove or groove-in-tongue. The simplest procedure, however, is groove-in-tongue. The advantage of the Clever Click system is that it allows you to choose your own starting position.


Moreover, you may work either from left to right or from right to left, whichever is best for you. Depending on the direction in which you work, you are advised to begin from either a corner or a door, it is advisable to begin with the groove side of the plank towards the wall and work from left to right.


1) Measure the room to carefully to determine the central axis, from which the first row to be laid is outlined.


2) Check whether the first row of panels needs to be narrowed. If not, the lower groove lip of the first row of panels need to be removed. Use of utility knife to neatly cut off the lower groove lip.

3) Begin by laying the first row in the corner of the room on your left hand side as you are looking at the wall. Always work from left to right and with the tongue towards yourself.

4) Lay the first row in a straight line and click the head ends together. Put the short side of the profile into head end of the previous panel and press the panel downwards. It is recommended to use a rubber mallet for connecting the head ends so that the joint fits securely. Continuing laying the first row in the same way until you get to the last piece.

5) For the last piece, measure the last plank to ensure a tight fit to the wall. Then cut away the marked piece and fit the end panel in the same way as the previous panels. When cutting the panel with a utility knife make sure that you cut through the wear layer before breaking the panel.

6) For an attractive and natural appearance, we advise you to use the piece left over from row 1 as the first piece in the next row, as long as the remaining piece is at least 1/3 of the total plank length. Repeat for all the subsequent rows.

7) For the second row as you did for the first: start on the left side and slide the groove of the panel under an angle of about 25° over the tongue of the previous row and click the groove into the tongue by laying down the panel while pushing it firmly against the first row.

8) Then fit the second panel by sliding the groove under at an angle of 25° into the tongue of the previous row. Position the corner of the head end against the previous panel and then drop the short side of the profile into the head end of the previous panel and push downwards. Use a rubber mallet for connecting the head ends so that the joint fits securely. Repeat until you reach the end of the row.

9) To ensure a firm Click installation, it is recommended that the planks are tapped together along the long edge with a tapping block and a rubber mallet. This will ensure that the Click mechanism is firmly locked during installation providing a secure joint and avoiding any movement after the installation has been completed.


10) To fit the last row of panels you will usually need to narrow them. Do this as follows: lay a panel on top of the previous row with the groove towards the wall, lay another panel upside down up to the edge of the wall and mark the panel underneath. Cut the panel to size and fit the last row.


11) Door posts and heating pipes also need to be individually fitted. first cut the panel to the right length. Then place the panel next to the object and draw the correct fitting. Next, cut the panel to size. Doorposts can also be sawn to size if necessary to lay the floor beneath them. For cutting around difficult areas such as door posts, heating pipes and other interior furniture; the use of a Jigsaw with the correct plastic cutting blades is suitable and will avoid unsightly cuts at the perimeter of the room.

You have now installed a Clever Click design floor. Your new floor has been produced in accordance with the highest standards and will give you years of pleasure in your home.

Although Clever Click design floors are one of the easiest floors to take care of, it is best to follow the recommendations provided below, for optimal protection of the factory finish and to keep your floor looking flesh. 

General Floor Maintenance

Manual mopping is used for soil removal in small or congested areas (including within large floors) and some mark removal. Spray cleaning may be required for heavier surface marking, (Note: in conditions of heavy soiling, perform a pre-wash by preparing a solution of Xtrafloor Cleaner Maintainer diluted in accordance with the label and prewash heavily soiled areas). 

1) Using a two-way bucket mopping system, apply solution using well-wrung mop to remove soiling.

2) Mop using overlapping strokes.

3) Rinse the mop frequently and change the solution as necessary. 

4) Allow entire floor area to dry thoroughly.

5) Remove 'Caution' aigna. Ensure all equipment is cleaned thoroughly after use and stored safely. 

Tips for dealing with spills:

1) Spills of water, grease, food, chemicals and other foreign matter may cause the floor to become slippery.

2) Wipe up spills immediately with an absorbent cloth and then wash thoroughly using Xtrafloor Spot Remover as directed on the label or properly diluted Xtrafloor Cleaner maintainer until the spill area is completely clean.

3) Allow the floor to dry thoroughly.


1) Clever Click products should not be buffed with any pad more abrasive than a red 3M pad (or equivalent).

2) Entrance mats, when properly serviced, can effectively remove any abrasive and foreign materials from foot traffic cut down on tracked in water. Clever recommend a minimum of two full strides of entrance matting. 

Preventative maintenance

1) Place non-rubber doormats at entrances to stop large amounts of dirt from getting indoors.

2) Use felt under furniture and chair legs. Rolling office chairs should be fitted with non-rubber casters.

3) Clean the floor at least once a week with a vacuum cleaner or mop. You will need to do this more often if you use the floor intensively. 

4) We advise that you only use recommended cleaning products, as aggressive cleaning products may damage the floor.

5) Stiletto heels can also damage the floor.

6) Avoid long-lasting exposure to direct sunlight. Use curtains or blind at peak times to minimise the effect of driect sunlight. Most types of floor discolour under the influence of direct sunlight. To avoid colour discrepancies, you should move the floor coverings present with a certain degree of regularity. 

Our panels

Neptune 250 Wall & Ceiling Range 

The Guardian Neptune 250 range provides an alternative to classic marble or stone tiles and puts an end to black mold and condensation issues. Easy to fit, and with a wide variety of colour and pattern options to choose from, you can create striking visual effects using our panels, making your room as individual as you are.

Neptune 250mm wide panels are supplied in packs of 4 providing a pattern coordinated coverage of 2.6m2.

Neptune 1000 Mega Panel Range

The Guardian Neptune 1000 Mega Panel range is quick and easy to install and ideal for domestic and commercial applications in showers and wet rooms.

Providing the same versatility and choice as our 250mm wide panels, these 1 metre wide panels are supplied in packs of 2 offering metre wide coverage per piece at 2.4m high.

Neptune 600 Range

The 600mm width of the Neptune 600 shower panel range offers easier handling and installation and makes them perfect for showers with tray sizes of 1200mm - ideal for both new and retrofit applications. 

Poseidon 1200 Range

The Guardian Poseidon 1200 range is a strong modern alternative for kitchen splash-backs and shower and wet room walls.

Its solid 4mm PVC construction provides both the strength and finish to make it perfect for domestic and commercial applications alike. 

Panels can be butted together for a smooth closed finish or use in-line joint strip to create a classic chrome joint. A range of chrome accessories are available to complete the look.

Neptune 400 Range

Rustic brick effect for feature walls in 400mm wide panels allowing you to create Nouveau Style decor in both commercial and domestic settings.

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