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Tiled Church Baptistries – Without Tiles!

The old way of making a church baptismal was to make a concrete hole, line it with a waterproof membrane and then tile it.  Within a few years the grout would be mouldy or, worse still, leaking.

One of the many advantages of a GRP baptistery is that it goes on for years and does not leak and, aside from any plumbing, does not need any maintenance.  But would you still like the look of tiles?

Now, the inside of our pre-formed GRP baptistries can be lined with sheets of fibreglass tiles.  The Jordan-style baptistries, with the steps as a separate unit which is fixed in place at installation, lends itself well to this tiled finish.tile effect finish

If you would like a tiled look in a toilet/washroom within the church and want it quickly and cheaply, we make the sheets in interlocking sheets approx. 60cm x 60cm, in sheets approx. 120cm x 180cm or to custom sizes.

Direct Lining of Baptistries

wooden baptistry tank unlinedIf you have an existing baptistry of , say, concrete, it may not be practicable to have one of our GRP baptistries made and put in place.  There might not be enough room.  It might be too difficult to remove the existing steps.  Access into the church may be just too difficult or restricted.   wooden baptistry tank lined

Once the tiles have been removed and the concrete surface covered and adapted, we can move on to apply fibreglass and resin gel-coat directly rather than us make up a pre-formed tank back out our factory.  An additional advantage is that this finish can be tailored to the baptistry – steps can be easily accommodated and covered.  Better still, if there are already plug holes or other plumbing fittings, these can be temporarily removed and the GRP+gel coat finish can go right up to the hole.  Once the GRP finish has cured, the fittings can be replaced and waterproofed to a good surface.

If the tank were a concrete pit, it would need to be dry and dust-free.

Whikst not as well insulated as our preformed tanks, our lining introduces some much needed insulation, which is very important with concrete pits, which are difficult to heat

Where it does differ from our pre-formed baptistry tanks is that the finish is not structural or weight-bearing.  Whereas our tanks can support lids, these can not.  Whereas as our pre-formed tanks will hold the water, this is a ‘skin’ and the load-bearing comes from the surrounding timber or wall.   Also, this directly applied GRP has a light texturing and is not mirror flat as those made in a mould.  However, as we put a light texture on our steps anyway for Directly applied GRP finishincreased grip, it is a very minor issue.

Such a finish would be more durable than membrane and tiles and certainly need less maintenance.  It will almost certainly be cheaper, certainly in the long-run. If you are a church looking to reline a baptistry, do consider directly-applied fibreglass.

Design Your Own Baptistry

We make the pools off timber moulds, so we can make changes very easily.  So, once you’ve made sure you have the space and it will get in the building, what can you design?

Going back to getting the baptismal in the building, we can make pools in two sections which then join together at installation.  This might be useful if there are narrow doors, corridors or stairways to negotiate.

Based on the dimensions  churches keep asking for, the space needed to baptise someone is 2.1m long by 1.5m wide and about 1.2m deep.  This gives space to baptise a tall person and have two helpers in the pool.  The water can be filled to about 1m deep.

You can either have the steps jutting out from this tank or, if the tank is made larger, the steps can be inside.  An important thing to know is that the depth of the pool (1.2m for example) becomes the extra length you have to add on for the steps.  So, if the central baptismal area of the pool is 2.1m  long, a set of steps would make the whole pool 3.3m long.  The deeper the pool, the more of your baptistry you have to use for steps!

The steps can be the full width of the baptistry tank or just, say, 1m wide.  One set of steps is the most frequent choice but many churches have two sets of steps.  The steps usually go on one of the short edges because this makes it easier to transport and fit into he buildings.  Steps can go on the long sides to make a T-shape or a cross-shape.  Steps can  go anywhere.  If space is tight, the steps can inside the baptistry – one church had two sets of steps coming down the back wall of the tank that met in the middle so it felt like people were coming on stage.

When it comes to size, the real limits are the access into he building, transport costs and the lids!  Once the baptistry gets above 1.5m wide, the way the lids have to be made changes a bit and this makes them a bit heavier and a little bit more expensive.

Now for filling and emptying the pool.  When it comes to emptying a pool, many churches can’t use a plug and drain the water away because, once the baptistry is in the ground, it is too low down.  Not a problem.  We make the baptismal with a small sump in one corner.  A submersible pump and pipe can be used to pump the water out and into a drain.   We can fit in with however you want to fill or empty your pool.  If you want taps and overflows, this is not a problem – we can mould in recesses to fit and, better still, it has no cost implication.  Filling and emptying a baptistry is one of those topics best sorted early on in the project.  Please give me a call as I’m happy to chat.

Current special offers

We have some really great deals available – only while stocks last, so if you’re interested, get in touch straight away!

Our Galilee is a great option for quick set up and keeping the water warm for hours.

Galiliee

We have one last refurbished Galilee Baptistry on offer.  A vimeo of the celebration of 20 baptisms is free to view here.

Just £1300 plus VAT gets you a Galilee and your equipment. This pool can be filled from a hot tap, but a heater if you require one is just £280 plus VAT (£336 in total). Delivery is free if payment is made before delivery.

The standard Galilee is 7 foot long and 5 foot wide and 68cm deep. It comes in 6 pieces that wingnut together very easily. The pool is robust and insulated: the water can hold its temperature for many hours when the covers are on.

We can even offer a payment plan if you’d prefer: £900 before delivery then the remainder in 7 monthly payments of £103.21. There is no free delivery with the payment plan but delivery is included in the costs given.

 

Nonagon and Croydon limited edition new baptistries: our most popular baptistries combining a spacious design with compact storage and easy set up

Nonagon flatpack baptistry

Our Nonagon is made of nine panels, the Croydon has an extra panel for more space.

We’re very lucky that one of our semi-retired British makers is making a few baptistries at a discount. We have two in stock in a neutral cream colour.

This means you can have a six foot Nonagon baptistry for just £1350 plus VAT including all equipment and a 2.4 heater heater – saving £450.

A seven foot Croydon is just £1550 plus VAT including all equipment and 2.4 heater – saving £450.

If you are not in a hurry he can also make the baptistry in the colour of your choice choosing any colour from the RAL card system. These baptistries have a lovely highly polished reflective surface.

Delivery is free if payment made before delivery. Or take advantage of our payment Plan: Nonagon, £900 before delivery then 7 monthly payments of £114.30; Croydon, £900 before delivery the 7 monthly payments of £142.85.

 

Our smaller Hexagonal pool at an amazing price

hexagon special offer pool

Our beautiful real wood baptistry has served well as a hire model and now needs a forever home. At five feet in diameter and including all new equipment and liner it is available at just £650.

 

 

 

 

 

If you can’t see what you need, you can find our full list of all our baptistries here. If you’d like to know more or want something a little different, just give us a ring on 0345 230 1381. With over a decade’s experience, we’ll help you find the right solution for your church.

Special offer on Elim baptistry

Elim BaptistryThe ‘Elim Standard’ is on offer until Easter 2015.  This tank, 11′ long, 5′ wide and 4′ deep, comes free with reinforced lids for £6000+delivery.  The ‘Elim Compact ‘ 3m long 1.5m wide and 1m deep (only the British could mix their units so happily!!) is on offer for £5800.

All our baptismal tanks are insulated as standard.

Contact David at BaptistryUK +00 44(0)345 230 1381