It’s not just about the price tag, either.
Menards have been the target of an expensive court battle over its alleged failure to install the fast-drying, low-maintenance system.
The company has said it has been told that its slow draining tubs were not being tested for bacteria.
The court case is now in the hands of the High Court.
“We believe we were not informed as to the test methods that were being used and the equipment that was being used,” Menards’ director of corporate affairs, Kevin Kelly, said.
It has also emerged that Menards did not actually test for bacteria until 2014, a few months after the trial began.
Kelly said that Menard has “never given the date of the test to the company”, but added that “if the tests were carried out in 2013 we would have known”.
“Menards was aware of the testing process and the process was in place,” Kelly said.
“We do not have to test for the presence of bacteria.”