Wet rooms – a great bathroom option!
‘We’d like a wet room, but we’re not sure whether it will work in our bathroom? Will we regret removing the bath?! Would it make the house unsaleable, and do wet rooms really work? They look nice but what are they like to live with?’
This is something we hear quite a lot from customers looking to update their bathroom. As Ripon Interiors sells and installs both shower enclosures and wet rooms , we are well versed to speak on the subject.
Like everything, there are advantages and disadvantages of wet rooms, so to help you decide, we have put together a handy guide with everything you need to know before you make the big decision.
Wet rooms can be a great way to add value to your home. But how exactly do you go about designing a wet room, and can anyone have a wet room?
In theory, yes. A wet room is basically a 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.
Some points to consider:
Water drainage & Waterproofing
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). Our designers can advise regarding the best method for this.
Waterproofing the wet room involves preparing the floor, the lower section of the walls and the whole of the wall area around the shower with whichever wetroom system is chosen Once this is done, the room is then tiled.
The most common installation to be found in a wet room is a shower.
You may want to consider installing a glass screen to separate the shower area from the rest of the bathroom – especially handy if you don’t want a soggy toilet roll!
Advantages of a wet room
- A wet room is 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 particularly good for those whose movement is restricted, such as the elderly or disabled. There is no need for a shower tray, making access to the shower much easier.
- If it’s done properly, your floor (the bit under the tiles) is better protected than it would be in a standard bathroom.
- It’s easy to keep clean and maintain!
Disadvantages of a wet room
- Soggy towels and toilet roll! Can be a hazard of the spray from the shower if you don’t install a glass screen.
- 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 can be more expensive.
- Probably only a good idea if you have more than one bathroom. Swapping a main bathroom for a wet room could put off some potential buyers – most people still like the option of having a bath. A family house without at least one bath is probably not going to be attractive – how do you float a plastic duck in a wet room?
What will it cost?
- The cost of installing a wet room (including other bathroom items) starts at £3000.00 plus fitting costs.
- We would always recommend using a company to tank and install the wet room and if you want to include floor-to-ceiling tiles, suite and shower, you should expect to pay more. Our designers will offer you some great ideas to tailor your wet room to your needs.
Quick Design tips
Tiles are the most popular wall and floor covering, but you can opt for alternative materials, such as shower board for the walls and vinyl for the floor.
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?
We would recommend installing underfloor heating as it keeps the tiles warm underfoot and helps to dry out the water on the floor.
Our designers have been monitoring developments in bathroom design since….well since Ripon Interiors opened its doors back in 2001. Make an appointment now to see how we can transform your space. For further advice and inspiration, ask to speak with one of our designers http://www.riponinteriors.co.uk/contact/ .