The Bathroom City Guide to Wet Rooms
Wet rooms can be a fantastic addition to your bathroom, offering premium functionality and an air of elegance. Whatever your means, a beautiful wet room is possible for your home, but there are certain things to think about before installing one.
What is a Wet Room?
A wet room is essentially a shower room without a shower screen or tray. Often completely tiled, a wet room is an open area requiring a sloped floor to dispose of water. For smaller bathroom tight on space, a shower screen is sometimes necessary, but this isn't always the case.
Draining the Water
Unlike other showering products, implementing a wet room requires professional assistance. For a wet room to function properly, there needs to be a gradient in the floor level. Implementing a gradient can be done in a number of ways, but the most common is to install what’s known as a sub-floor that is usually made from a specialist Plywood called WBP.
Alternatively, it’s possible to install a large shower tray that has a gradient already built in. In industry terms, this is known as a shower former.
The last option is to use a large premade tray that slopes towards a drain. This can be fitted across the entire flooring and doesn’t require tiling.
Waterproofing is a necessary requirement for installing a wet room. It’s a process that requires priming the circumference of the lower wall, and the entire shower wall with a specialised syrup. Once this syrup has set, it’s time to tile.
N.B Whilst waterproofing, it’s worth elevating the bathroom door slightly. This is a precautionary move in case the room fills up with water.
Benefits of a Wet Room
- In terms of aesthetics, a wet room is ultra-stylish and ideal for equipping your bathroom with a sleek and minimalist look.
- A wet room feature can significantly increase the value of your home.
- Wet rooms are perfect for smaller bathrooms because they free up space.
- They’re easier to clean than regular showers.
How Much Does a Wet Room Cost?
Industry critics forward that a wet room installation typically costs between £5,000 and £10,000. Our wet rooms cost much less and still come with a high quality. If you’re planning to use floor-to-ceiling tiles, include them when calculating costs.
Types of Tiles to use
Tiles are the most popular way people protect their wet room wall and floors, so it’s important to get the right ones for your bathroom. For floor tiles, we recommend either a vinyl or corian. As for the wall, non-porous materials such as ceramic or porcelain are a good bet.
If you’re looking to buy Porous tiles such as slate, marble and limestone, take note that they need sealing every few months to help stop water damage.
To conclude, wet rooms can be a wonderful asset to your bathroom, and a fantastic addition to your home. The reason they’re so desirable is not just down to their financial value, but because of the experience, they create.
At Bathroom City, we have a wide range of range of wet room options that range from branded to non-branded and low priced to high priced. For more information around our wet room options call now on 0121 753 0700 or visit our showroom in Tyseley open Monday to Friday 09:00 -17:30, Saturday 09:00-17:00 or Sunday 10:00-16:00.