Advantages of Wet Rooms
Getting a wet room installed in your home can be a great idea and will certainly add value to your home. A wet room is basically a waterproofed room with an open shower, where the tiled or plastic floor has a recessed drain built in. There are many advantages to having a wet room, one being that they are by far the easiest to clean as there will be no shower screen and if you have a wall mounted sink unit and/or toilet the floor is also very easy to clean. It will add a touch of style and luxury to your home and make showering much more enjoyable and comfortable.
A wet room can be a great space saver, especially if you decide to remove the bath, although this can make selling your house less easy as buyers overall still prefer to have a bath installed. The best option is to have a separate bathroom and a wet room if you have the space and the budget, a wet room will typically cost 5,000- £10,000 to install, as it is a major modification. If you don’t want to totally remodel your bathroom but you have a small or medium- sized room you would like to install a wet room in, then it is a great feature to have in your home.
Installation needs to be done by a qualified professional, the floor and drainage being the most challenging aspect and also the most expensive, along with waterproofing the whole room. The lower section of the walls and the floor need to be waterproofed before they can be tiled. The waterproofing would need to be carried out by a qualified professional to ensure no water can leak through behind the tiles.
Once the drainage and plumbing for the shower and any other fixtures have been installed the type of flooring chosen for your wet room can be fitted. You can buy preformed wet room shower floors, vinyl sheeting or the most popular flooring being tiles. These tiles need to be as non- porous as possible, the best for this being porcelain or ceramic. If you go for a more porous type like stone or slate you will need to get these re sealed at least once a year.
Heating for a wet room could be underfloor or a waterproof bathroom radiator or storage heater could be installed on one wall, ideally well away from the shower range. Underfloor heating would be the best option to go with a solid stone for tiled floor, as it would help the tiles dry out quicker. Also the door will need to be raised at least 5mm to keep the water in the wet room from overflowing, which can only really happen if the shower is left on and the drain is blocked accidentally. Overall the tiles should actually last longer than most normal bathroom tiles due to the waterproof sealant that has been installed behind them.