Wet room in your bathroom

Considering a wet room in your bathroom?  If you want a wet room, but not sure whether it will work in your home, then read on for the advantages and disadvantages of wet rooms, along with some design tips.

Wet rooms are becoming more and more desirable, and they’re a great way to add value to your home. We’ve put together a few pointers to consider to guide you through the process of putting a wet room in your bathroom.

 

A wet room is basically shower room that does away with the shower screen and tray, and has an open, fully tiled shower area. If your bathroom is on the small side you probably will need to include a shower screen to prevent everything getting sprayed.

Advantages of wet rooms

  • Wet rooms are 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 wet rooms

  • 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 saleable – buyers want at least one bath.

Points to Consider when adding a wet room in your bathroom

Water drainage – 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).

 Waterproofing – Waterproofing wet rooms involves priming the floor, the lower section of the walls and the whole of the wall area around the shower and then covering with a syrupy membrane. Once it’s set, the room is then tiled. It’s also worth raising the bathroom door threshold by about 5mm from the floor in case the room fills with water (if someone covers the shower drain with a towel, for example). This will keep the water contained.

What type of surface materials should I use?

Tiles are the most popular wall and floor covering, but you can opt for sheet vinyl for the floor, or even Corian, which is a seamless, non-porous material that is low-maintenance. Concrete and tadelakt (a waterproof plaster from Morocco) will lend 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.

Can I install underfloor heating?

Many fitters recommend installing underfloor heating as it keeps the tiles warm underfoot and helps to dry out the water on the floor.

 

Creating the perfect wet room in your bathroom

Before you even think about getting the builders in, make sure you have thought through every element of your wet room scheme. From shelving to shower fittings, take your time in the planning stage to ensure that everything will be just as you want it. Decide whether or not you want shower valves to be exposed or concealed, a fixed or moveable shower head, and even storage and lighting.  Here at CPL Bathrooms we can guide you through this process so that every detail of your wet room is covered. We can supply many leading luxury bathroom brands and you can make use of our design service.  Pop into our Guildford bathroom showroom to talk to a member of our friendly team, or have a look at our website for inspiration or to see some of the luxury bathrooms we supply.