What is a wet room?
A wet room is an area of your bathroom or en-suite where both the walls and floor have been sealed to make them waterproof. Your plumber will use a tanking kit to stop the water seeping out. This area will be suitable for showering and unlike a walk in shower your wet room floor will be level with the rest of the room.
How do I know if a wet room is right for my bathroom?
Although most homes are suitable for a wet room it is always best to check with a professional. Your bathroom designer or plumber will be able to help you with this.
What will I need to consider before getting a wet room installed?
The first thing you may want to consider if you are planning to replace your bath with a wet room is will you miss your bath? You may be lucky and you may have enough space for both a bath and a wet room. However if you have a small bathroom this may be your only option. Would a bath with a shower above the bath be a better option for your future bathroom needs?
If you do have a small bathroom spray might be an issue, you might want to include a screen as part of your bathroom design to minimise spray from the shower.
You may want to consider underfloor heating as an option for your new wet room especially if you have a large bathroom. It will keep the tiles nice and warm and it helps to dry out the water on the floor. You may find that your bathroom feels cooler once the walls and floors have been fully tiled. Talk to your bathroom designer about your options for heating your new bathroom.
When designing your new wet room you will also need to consider the types of furniture, toilet and sink you will include. Wall hung options will make it easier to keep you wet room clean. Wall hung furniture is better for your wet room as this will protect your furniture from any excess water on the floor.
5 reasons to get a wet room
- A wet room is a great option if you have a small bathroom. Removing bulky baths and shower enclosures and replacing your bathroom with a wet room and a wall hung sink can create space.
- It is easier to clean a wet room, especially if you have wall hung sink and are using large tiles or Nuance shower boards. You don’t have tricky corners to clean and it is easier to mop the floor. If you use a product such as Nuance in the shower area you won’t have any grout lines to worry about either.
- Professionally fitted wet rooms can increase the value of your home by making an area of your home that is susceptible to leaks waterproof.
- Wet rooms are good if you have limited mobility because there is no shower tray it makes it much easier to access the shower.
- It is more modern and stylish and you can really make your bathroom a wow factor. You could add showers side by side turning your wet room into the perfect space for sharing. You could create a shower area in an alcove or recessed area in your bathroom. Work with your bathroom designer to create the perfect space for you and your family.
What else do I need to know?
You will need to use a professional bathroom fitter with experience of fitting wet rooms. It is essential that the wet room is tanked correctly to avoid future problems.
A wet room can be more expensive because you will need to additional materials such as the tanking kit and the job is more labour intensive.