Wednesday 5 June 2019

The Essential Guide To Creating A Wet Room.

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If you are looking into different ways to improve up your bathroom interior, you should look into having a wet room. There has been a sudden rise within the home interiors industry of creating wet rooms for the home, where many renovated properties and new developments now have them.

Wet rooms are certainly becoming more desirable and are a great way to add value to your home.

They look modern, stylish and elegant, but with so many options available, where do you even begin when looking at creating a wet room in your home? Another question often asked is ‘will a wet room work in my home, that isn’t a new build?’

Here, we have outlined some of the advantages and disadvantages of wet rooms, along with answers to some commonly asked questions.

First of all, let’s explore some key concerns.

Can any home have a wet room?

The answer is yes, in theory. In a nutshell, a wet room is basically a shower room that doesn’t include any bath set-ups. It’s a space dedicated to a shower which is meant to provide a ‘walk-in’ spacious shower experience.

They tend to not feature shower screens a lot of the time either, as the wetroom is designed to be an open, fully tiled shower area. It’s all about the sleek shower, in which there are many available from quality bathroom retailers, such as Bathdisc.

For those with smaller bathrooms, you will find that some wet rooms may have to incorporate shower screens to prevent all the walls getting sprayed. Some utilise wall enclosures coated with tiles, but this only works for those who have wall layouts that work this idea.

What are the main advantages of wet rooms?

Not only are they a rising interior trend which adds value to your home, but wet rooms also have a lot of advantages:

  • Wet rooms look sleek and uber-stylish, therefore if you need a way to modernise your home, it’s a worthy option.
  • A wet room acts as a second bathroom, so if you have a large family, this opens up the option for two washing areas.
  • They make a great renovation idea for small bathrooms, as removing the bath opens up much more space.
  • They cut down on cleaning time as they generally just need the walls and floor wiping down. 

What are the disadvantages of wet rooms?

  • If your bathroom is fairly small, the spray from the shower can reach towels and toilet roll, so watch out!
  • The entire room needs waterproofing, which is a job for a professional fitter. If the waterproofing isn’t done to a high standard, you will risk getting leaks which cause damage.
  • A fully fitted wet room will need tiling from floor to ceiling which can be expensive.
  • A wet room makes a great option for a second bathroom, as most potential buyers will look to see a bath.  

Before you go planning yours, here are some factors to consider:

Water drainage

No matter how much of a ‘handyman’ you may consider yourself, wet rooms are jobs for the professionals. A gradient needs to be created along the floor to keep the flow of the shower water heading directly to the drain. After this, the room needs to be waterproofed, also known as ‘tanked’.

When a gradient is created, the bathroom fitter will install a subfloor made from a type of plywood. The will then tile over this for your tiled flooring.

Some people opt for a ready-made sloping shower former, which is tiled over. However, this isn’t always do-able in every home.

The waterproofing preparation

There is quite a lot of preparation work that needs to be done for the waterproofing stage. This involves priming the floor, the walls (especially the lower sections which get the wettest) and the surrounding areas of the shower.

After this has been done, the room can be ready for a full tiling solution. Once it’s set, the room is then tiled.

Pick your shower fittings

There are two main design features to the shower fixture you choose for your wetroom. These are exposed showers and concealed showers. An exposed shower looks the part in older houses with a touch of character, like country cottages. They are easier when it comes to installation, but they might not be as visually striking as concealed showers.

Concealed showers work best in ultra modern homes, and you’ll possibly have seen these in hotels and sleek apartments.This is where a fixed rainwater shower head with concealed pipework is installed. There will be no visible chunky pipework, just a minimalist slimline shower head with its settings, ready to use.

Have a blended theme

Most wet rooms have a distinct theme. Some opt for a tranquil, sea-themed experience which is relaxing and reminds you of holidays. Others bring in aspects of rolling oceans, a desert oasis, or some even a luxury spa.

However you theme your wetroom, make it an experience you’ll look forward to entering.  Today’s skilled bathroom fitters and designers can create wetrooms with an enhanced degree of aesthetic smoothness. Everything blends in perfectly when fitted correctly, without the need for specialist grouting or expensive lighting.

Keep in mind that creating a wetroom can be a big job, and one not worth the risk of anything going wrong. Always check with a professional fitting team first, before going ahead and purchasing a brand new stylish shower!


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