Installing a wet room is an incredibly stylish way to adapt a bathroom. Not only does it give a more freeing shower experience by removing constricting shower cubicles, it also can make a lot more space and they are generally easier to clean.
If your home has a smaller, second bathroom, you can even add value to your house by converting that second bathroom into a wet room. However, think carefully before turning your main bathroom into a wet room as you may regret doing away with a bath, especially if you’re eventually going to be looking to move. The vast majority of buyers will want at least one bath in the house.
In the past, wet rooms were really only deemed suitable for ground floor bathrooms with solid concrete floors, but advancements in the converting methods has meant that pretty much any bathroom can become a wet room with the installation of a waterproof subfloor. Here we look at the vital factors to consider before starting to build a wet room.
Any size bathroom can be converted to a wet room but there are some vital things to think about if your room is on the smaller side. First of all, water spray is a genuine concern, so if you don’t want your toilet paper, toiletries, towel and everything else getting soaked as soon as you step into the shower, we recommend installing a shower screen. For greater protection against splashing without losing the accessibility of a wet-room, walk-in showers provide a useful compromise. Mira makes walk-in shower enclosures in four sizes, to fit all bathroom sizes. As well as containing water spray, enclosures can also help reduce the amount of ground water spreading to the rest of the room.
When tiling a smaller wet room, consider tiling the walls and floor with the same tiles as it can help make the room look larger.
Waterproofing and drainage
Wet room installation is best left to professionals as any mistakes in drainage or waterproofing could be catastrophic and very, very costly. The floor will need to be on a gradient so that all the water is directed towards the drain and doesn’t just sit in puddles around the room. The entire room needs to be waterproofed as even though there will be some areas that will deal with more water than others, you won’t have the same separation of wet and dry areas that regular bathrooms have. There are several approaches to wet room flooring, from installing a slightly sloped plywood floor to pre-formed floors. Consult with your installer to find the one that works best for your space.
Remember that it’s not just the floor that needs to be waterproof; you also need to ensure that the walls around the shower area and the lower half of the walls around the rest of the wet room are waterproof. It’s also advisable to raise the doorway off the floor to contain any water in the room in case of clogged or backed up drains.
When choosing the tiles, it’s best to opt for non-porous porcelain or ceramic tiles or sheet vinyl. Stone tiles, such as marble and granite, will need to be continuously resealed every few months to keep them waterproof. Consider putting underfloor heating beneath the flooring as not only is this a dream in the winter, it also helps dry out the floor after showering.
Get the look
Having an open plan bathroom doesn’t mean committing totally to a wet room or ‘not a wet room’. This look is ideal for a large bathroom, especially one where you don’t want the water from your shower spilling out over too much of the floor. The divider panel and shower tray allow the freedom and space of a wet room but with the water and splashes confined to the shower area, while the digital shower gives that luxurious precise control at the touch of a button.
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