Post by Wet Room Materials
If your bathroom is starting to look tired, out-dated or simply needs a refresh, it might be time for a bathroom makeover. A brand new wet room is the perfect renovation project to create a newly loved area of the house, but it is also a great way of achieving instant equity and added property value. But, like any renovation job, it has to be done right. Cutting corners and failure to follow best practices can really end in your bathroom dreams becoming a nightmare. We’ve put together a list of dos and don’ts of bathroom renovation to help you avoid these mistakes and create a fully-functioning wet room everyone will love.
Before you do anything else, it’s important that you plan your project to a T. Create a mood board of your favourite design ideas; include tile designs, fixture themes and accessories. They are a great way to organise your ideas and help you decide which direction you would like to go in – as well as determining a likely budget and timeframe.
After you plan the aesthetics, you can look at your space and decide where everything would fit – draw out the floor plan with each feature positioned according to the appropriate building regulations. Keep in mind the major plumbing lines when planning the positions of your toilet, shower and sink.
If you have decided on having a wet room, it’s important to consider drain positioning options for ultimate functionality. A wall mounted drain on the log wall of the room can be a great advantage but do bear in mind your joist direction and any tricky structures below. Our technical team is always happy to help with those initial stages of the project and recommend the best solution.
Whilst doing it yourself may save you money in the initial phases, it can cause you problems in the long run. Wet room installation is a job for professionals – if your skills aren’t up to scratch, it’s best to hire an experienced contractor with an up-to-date license and insurance to manage operations.
Wet rooms need an effective ventilation solution to remove the high levels of moisture – condensation with nowhere to go will lead to a number of problems. If it’s not dealt with, wet rooms become a breeding ground for mould and bacteria, which not only looks unsightly but can also lead to bad health such as respiratory problems. Poor ventilation also leads to damp, which could result in rotting plaster and grout, tiling cracks and even tiles falling off.
You need the right kind of ventilation fan, and it needs to be positioned in the right place – ideally by the shower but not next to any air conditioning or heat vents.
Altering a bathroom’s plumbing system is not only difficult, but is a very expensive proposition. If you can, avoid rearranging the plumbing fixtures unless it is absolutely necessary – it will keep costs down and also will prevent you adding an incalculable amount of time onto your project.
It’s good to leave room in your budget for the unknown – you may be faced with hidden issues or unexpected problems. For instance, you could discover mould or mildew damage behind your existing shower walls which you may not know about until the installation is underway. Just in case you run into surprises, it’s best to have a contingency budget in time as well as money, leaving you room to deal with them.
When it comes to your wet room materials, you shouldn’t sacrifice on quality. The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house – it gets used a lot each day, so it’s worth paying for high-quality fixtures and fittings to minimise any unnecessary repair costs in the future. Quality products don’t always have to break the bank – you just need to know where to find them. We offer a wide range of high-quality wet room materials which can withstand wear and tear for years to come. See our wetroom product range.
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12th February 2020
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.