Wet rooms - a how to guide!

Whatever the size of your bathroom having a wet room is just a must!

So if you want a wet room but you're unsure where to start then here are some tips on how to get the best result.

Installing a wet room is a job for the professionals as a gradient needs to be created along the floor to channel the shower water into a drain and then the entire room needs to be tanked (waterproofed).

Advantages of a wet room

  • A wet room is super-stylish and perfect for creating a contemporary look.
  • As a second bathroom, a wet room can easily increase the value of your home.
  • Great for small bathrooms – removing the bath creates loads more space.
  • Wet rooms are, in general, easier to clean. There’s no shower screen or tray to worry about and if you go for a wall-hung sink and toilet, it’s easier still.
  • If it’s done properly, your floor (the bit under the tiles) is better protected than it would be in a standard bathroom.

Disadvantages of a wet room

  • In small bathrooms, watch out for wet towels and loo roll caused by spray from the shower.
  • You’ll need a professional fitter to waterproof the room – if it’s not done properly leaking water can cause damage.
  • Wet rooms should be tiled from floor to ceiling – and that’s expensive. And if you go for porous stone tiles, they may need to be resealed every few months, which is hard work.
  • Swapping a main bathroom for a wet room could make your home less sellable – buyers want at least one bath.

What type of tiles should I use?

Concrete will give your wet room a rough luxe look. If you are going to use tiles, choose non-porous bathroom tiles like ceramic or porcelain. Porous tiles, such as slate, marble and limestone need sealing every few months to prevent water damage. Only use floor tiles specifically for bathrooms on the floor so they aren’t slippery.

Now that we've given you some tips on how to design your wet room, check out our favourites below for more inspiration and call us today for a quote!

 

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