Choosing a Wet RoomAs wet rooms become more desirable, we’ve put together this handy guide with everything you need to know about designing a wet room?
What is a Wet Room
A wet rooms is essentialy just a fully tiled shower room without a shower screen and tray, so if you have a small bathroom you will most likely want to include a shower screen to avoid everything getting sprayed.
Ideas to consider before you start
Prior to calling in the builders, be sure you have planned through every element of your wet room project. This should include everything from drain styles, to whether you want the shower valves to be exposed or concealed,room partitions and storage, to shelving and shower fittings.
We would also recommend installing underfloor heating to keeps the tiles warm underfoot and to help dry out the water on the floor. Taking your time to think things through during the planning stage, will ensure everything will work out just as you want it.
When installing a wet room, you need to create a gradient slope, to channel the shower water into a drain, the most common method for creating a gradient is to install a sub-floor, which will then be tiled over. Once the gradient is in place, the entire room will need to be tanked to make it completely waterproof.
To create a waterproof wet room you will first need to prime the floor, the lower section of all the walls and all of the wall area around the shower. You then cover that with a sticky membrane. The room can then be tiled once the membrane has dried. You might also raise the bathroom door threshold by 5mm from the floor in the event the room fills with water for any reason. This will keep any water contained.
Choose a Wet Room Style
Floor & Wall Coverings
In most cases, tiles are generally the most popular covering for walls and floors, however, other options like low-maintenance sheet vinyl shower panels are also available. We have a large selection of both floor and wall tiles to suit all styles and budgets. Tiles samples are available on request free of charge.
Always choose non-porous bathroom tiles like ceramic or porcelain as porous tiles, such as slate, marble and limestone will require sealing every few months to prevent water damage. Only use floor tiles that are specifically designed for bathroom floors so they are anti-slip.
What will it cost?
The cost of installing a wet room will vary depending on the size of the room, and the type of finish required, however as a rule of thumb it will average between £5,500 and £7,000+. This will include tanking and installation, including floor-to-ceiling tiles, suite and shower – with the addition of any extra features and accessories, you can expect to pay a little more.
With the help of our expert advice, free measuring, design and planning service as well as professional installation, we can help you achieve the ideal wet room within your budget.
What Wet Room Products Do I Need?
- A great option for a second bathroom, adding a wet room’s will easily increase the value of your home.
- Choosing a wet room can be perfect for creating a contemporary look.
- Ideal for small bathrooms, it allows you to remove the bath and create lots more space.
- Much easier to clean with no shower screen or tray to worry about, and by adding a wall-hung sink and toilet, it becomes even easier.
- Towels and loo roll can get wet from spray off the shower, especialy in a small bathrooms.
- If the work is not carried out properly, leaks can cause extensive damage. Always use a professional fitter when waterproofing the room.
- It can be expensive, as a wet room should be tiled from floor to ceiling. If you use a porous stone tile, you may have to reseal them every few month.
- Depending on the type of property, changing your main bathroom for a wet room could affect its value, as buyers with children tend to want a bath.
What Important Features Do I Need
We will work with you through every stage of the planning, design and build process, meaning you will benefit from over 40 years of industy experience to achieve exactly what you want.
Discuss your project with us
To discuss your next bathroom project, arrange a free measure and estimate, and to see our full range of bathroom suites, shower enclosures, wall and floor tiles.