Wet rooms are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to a bath or traditional shower unit in bathrooms these days – particularly is the U.K and U.S. Wetrooms incorporate a showering facility but instead of having to ‘step into’ the shower, it is built in on the same level as the floor, almost like there is no shower tray at all.
Floor To Ceiling Tiling
A wet room is pretty much as the name suggests – it will be waterproof from floor to ceiling, most likely with tiles, and gives the illusion that the room itself is indeed the shower. Of course, there will still be a toilet and sink if needed, but instead of the shower tray, the floor will be ever so slightly sloped, so as not to flood the whole room.
The process of waterproofing your wet room is also known as ‘tanking’. It is a procedure which protects the room against mould, moisture and leaks. Somewhere within the sloped ‘floor’ of the shower will be a drain to take the water away and prevent flooding.
Be Aware Of Potential Problems
Despite the general belief, it is still possible for damage to be done to your wet room. The floor will be tiled, however moisture can still penetrate the permeable grouts and adhesives, causing rot and mould growth. Keep an eye out and catch any potential damage early and you should be okay.
Key Elements of Your Wetroom
Some of the key elements found in wet rooms are:
• Correct wet room flooring and wet room shower drain.
• Correct wet room flooring – sloping towards the Shower Drain.
• Effective Water proofing / tanking.
• Sufficient Ventilation.
There are many benefits of having a wet room, not only does it give a sense of luxury, but the layout will also help to open up your bathroom, so is particularly beneficial to those of the smaller size. For a modern look, wet rooms are perfect, and they are also compatible with under-floor heating systems, meaning you can have style and warm feet!
Some other advantages wet rooms have over shower trays is that they can be created to stand in a space which may not have been large enough or the correct size for a shower tray, again making them perfect for smaller bathrooms. The flooring underneath the tiles can also be flexible, with wood working just as well as concrete, and there is no rule as to how big or small your wet room shower has to be – it just depends on the size of the room!
And, they are easier to keep clean – click here to find out how to clean a wetroom.
The “Wow Factor”!
With any wet room you can expect the ‘wow factor’, and be proud to have a bathroom which feels more like a 5* hotel room than anything else. It is also a great facility to have if you are slightly immobile, as there is no climbing in or out of the bath and no risk of tripping up in the shower as the floor remains flat.
Tell Us What You Think About Wetrooms
Let us know your thoughts on wetrooms, would you like a wetroom in your house or a wet area in your bathroom? As I said, they definitely give a “wow factor” especially when you first see a wetroom. They say bathrooms and kitchens sell houses, can a wet area help add value to your property? Please feel free to add your comments below – thanks.
Oh, and this video might help if you’re thinking of installing your own wet room!