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A wet room effortlessly provides both luxury and functionality to a residential property, be it a private dwelling or a hotel complex. However, excellence usually comes at a price a price, in the case, inadequate effort spent on the design and functionality of the wet room during planning stages, can result in a nightmare final product.
Here we look at the three most common occurrences that require remedial attention, and which present a barrier between the success and failure of a wet room installation. We don’t mention the obvious one – leaks – due to the design and build quality of our wet room systems and the installation support we provide, virtually rule out this risk.
The layout is critical to the success of a wet room and to the happiness and satisfaction of the user. When it has been properly considered and correctly designed, the user barely notices it. But when the reverse is true, towel rails, and other sanitary ware have the possibility of getting get soaked by the shower; this then draws attention to the functionality of the wet room original design. This reflects badly on the architect/designer, product specifier and client’s original input.
A key factor in a trouble free wet room layout is the location and reach of the shower head. Installing barriers to guide and contain the flow need not detract from the aesthetics of the space. Glass screens or doors can be installed to minimalize this problem, and come in varying heights and ranges to achieve the desired look. They form an effective control over where excess water reaches, whilst still maintaining the desirable impressions that the light and open space has on the wet room.
Getting the correct capacity of the drainage system means that water is drained away efficiently. Get this wrong and users find water puddling around their feet. A wet room requires a relatively high flow rate of water and therefore the drainage must be designed to match the volume being produced this can often be eased by including secondary drains in your wetroom.
The ideal design scenario sees the wet room at the same side of the house as the soil stack with a short pipe run required. If this is not the case, then the pipework must run between the joists and must have sufficient fall along its entire length. While a pumped drain can present a solution, it is best if standard drainage can be incorporated from the outset.
An incorrect floor slope presents a number of complications; insufficient draining of water, creating slippery surfaces, and incorrect direction of water flow. The recommended gradient of wet room floor should be 1.5% to 2% in the direction of the drain location. That gradient is sufficiently minor so as not to be detectable to users. This gradient sufficiently drains water out of the wet room area, and is discrete enough not to cause discomfort to the user.
Floor preparation is a critical element of successful wet room design. When you recommend Wet Room Kits from Wet Room Materials, you immediately cover off a very common area of risk.
Find solutions to these and several other common problems in our free eBook The Architects Wet Room Design Guide. This first step to the benefits of our wet room systems and components helps to broaden the range of options available to architects that aid in successful designs.
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24th April 2018
My client bought a range of Wet Room Unislope Systems from our local retailer, Bathworks. We struggled to find anyone to come to site and take responsibility for the waterproofing until we came across Wet Room Materials. They were willing to stand over their tanking system and more than helpful throughout all stages of the installation from site survey and room preparation to installation. A 10 Year no leak fully insured warranty gave me the confidence that we were dealing with a professional organisation. I would highly recommend these guys and will certainly be using them going forward.
Steven Quinlan | Director | Citius Limited
I have honestly found, Wet Room Materials to be an easy and reliable company to work with. Whether it be a one wet room residential project, apartment block or a gym; they ensure there are no installation problems and we don’t have to worry about leaks. They take care of the specification and advising us on correct build ups and preparation. On a recent project we were able to buy their Unislope System p from our bathroom show room retailer and they subsequently came to site to tank out the bathrooms. It was a time sensitive job and The Wet Room lads worked through the evening and into the weekend to ensure we completed the project on time. I have no hesitation in recommending Wet Room Materials. They are a pleasure to deal with.
Noel Geraghty | Director/Founder | NGS Mechanical Services
In Bright Designs, we understand the importance of specifying a reliable waterproofing system for bathrooms. We have worked on a number of projects with Wet Room Materials over the years and I can honestly say that their waterproofing installation service offers complete peace of mind for us and our clients. The Wet Room Materials Team are there throughout all stages of the project from site survey and specification to installation. More importantly they also give us a 10 year no leak guarantee. I also like the fact that they will handle communication with the client and contractors in terms of delivering a high-quality installation which allows me the head space to focus on other aspects of the build."
Alan Burns | Director/Co-founder | Bright Designs. B Arch, B Sc Arch, MRIAI.