Thinking of installing a wet room, but not sure if it will work in your home?
Read on as we take a look at the advantages and disadvantages…
Wet rooms are growing in popularity and they are a great way to increase your property’s value. They can be created to suit every taste and are a great way to save space if your bathroom is restricted.
Anyone can have a wet room. It’s basically a shower room without the shower screen and tub. If your bathroom is on the small side then we’d advise installing a shower screen so that your whole room isn’t sprayed.
Installing a wet room is a job for the professionals – a gradient needs to be created in the floor so that the water can be channelled into a drain and the whole room needs to be tanked (waterproofed).
The waterproofing includes priming the whole area around the shower, the floor, and the lower section of the walls before tiling the entirety. It’s also advised to have the bathroom door raised in case the room fills with water.
It’s particularly important that a professional fitter waterproofs the room because if it’s done incorrectly leaking water will cause damage. It will also need fully tiling, which can be expensive. Choosing the wrong tiles may mean they need resealing every few months, which can be hard work.
It may seem like a whole lot of work but there are plenty of reasons to spend the time and money installing a wet room. It’s super-stylish and creates a perfect contemporary look that is easily cleaned as there’s no shower screen or tub to clean. For those smaller bathrooms, removal of the bathtub creates a great deal more space.
It usually costs between £5,000 – £10,000 depending on whether you get a company to take care of the installation. Advice highlights that installing a wet room depends on who lives in the house, as much as showers are used more frequently people still want a bath in their house.
For further opinions the Guardian posted whether it was worth having a wet room on their website.
Also check out this great article on advancedwetrooms.com.