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A wet room is a fully waterproofed and tanked bathroom without a separate shower tray, so you have an open, completely tiled shower room all on one level flooring. Wet rooms eliminate the need of a glass screen, although some people choose to include one in their wet room for cosmetic purposes or to prevent water getting sprayed across the other fixtures by preference – but everything within a wet room is waterproofed, from the ceiling to the floors.
The difference between a walk in shower and a wet room is that a walk in shower typically features a low level shower tray installed into the floor and one or two glass screens or doors to separate it from the rest of the bathroom, compared to a wet room where the water flows down a drain in the floor. The walk in shower is more like a cubicle, basically creating an independent area to wash, where the rest of the room is not suitable to be splashed with water.
Wet rooms, on the other hand, allow for the whole bathroom to be resistant to prolonged water exposure, without the need for shower doors or screens. Everything within a wet room is waterproofed, from the walls to the floors, and even the cabinets and fixtures. The floor is all one level and consistently tiled within the wetroom space, which is great for a more spacious shower experience and especially ideal for people with low mobility. If you are seeking a modern bathroom solution, a wetroom is a stylish and seamless alternative to a traditional shower suite.
If you are wondering whether you should opt for a wet room, there are numerous reasons why it is a good idea and worth the money. Here are just some of the advantages of having a wet room in your property…
In theory, yes. Wet rooms can be installed in just about any sized room (within reason), on the ground floor or upper floors of your property, on both flooring of timber or concrete construction. By no means does working with a limited area mean that a wetroom isn’t possible, although it does mean that the layout, design and placement of elements will need to be done carefully, in a way that compliments the space. Wetrooms are also a great solution for smaller bathrooms, as they create the illusion of more space. The best way to create a wet room in your property is to convert an existing bathroom, as it will have all of the plumbing and pipe work required to create it.
However, this doesn’t mean you can’t create one in just about any space. If you have an unused loft space, why not consider converting your attic into a wetroom? If you would like to do more with your loft space, or any other room in your house by turning it into a wet room, we have the tools to help. We offer a large range of wetroom kits and bathroom products as well as a nationwide installation service.
There are several benefits to having a wetroom, but it’s vital that it is installed correctly the first time in order to avoid facing issues down the line. The quality of the installation should come first, and this rule should not be ignored in order to save costs or hit targets. Installing a wetroom is a job for the professionals – so if this isn’t you, then we highly recommend you find someone who is.
High-quality, well built wetrooms can come at a cost, but one that definitely pays off. It’s reasonable to estimate a starting cost of around £5,000, with the upper end depending on the size of the wet room. Floor and wall tiles cost around £50 per square metre, so you need to plan for this within your set budget. It’s estimated that having a wet room can add around £10,000 to the value of your property, so it can definitely be a good investment to make.
The water drains through a flush drain system within the shower area. The floor has to be designed with a slight gradient to channel the water into the drain. The best way to achieve this gradient is to install a sub-floor with solid performed boards which have a built in slope, which can then be tanked and waterproofed. Whether your project requires high capacity drainage or requires a low profile solution for struggling floor depths, we have a range of wet room drain outlets to suit your needs.
If you are thinking of creating a wet room in your property, or would like more information about wet rooms or our products on offer, please get in touch and we can answer all your wet room related queries.
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5th November 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.