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Depending on the desired level of sophistication, from “doesn’t really matter” to “something stylish, sleek and minimalistic”, the range of options can cost from £200 to £2000 or more. Gone are the days when a grating in the floor beneath your feet was the only option.
Nowadays, a whole slew of designs are available but they all fall into a few basic concepts. The first design prerequisite is, of course, the functional one – all the water that the shower delivers must be drained away efficiently. The greatest sin is that a puddle of water should build up around the feet of the user. This seems such a basic and obvious requirement but bear in mind that some designs offer a two person shower with two shower heads and, presumably, twice the water volume of a conventional shower. All the drains come with very similar outlets and traps, connecting to the outflow and main drainage system.
The great advantage of linear drains is that they can be placed anywhere on the shower floor, as long as the design and slope directs the water to that location. For example, they can be wall mounted, so that they are parallel with one or more shower walls. Linear drains can be positioned just inside the threshold of the shower entrance to provide an additional safeguard against escaping water or anywhere the designer wishes. They can be sleek and almost invisible or be more utilitarian in appearance. They lend themselves very well to bespoke lengths where, for example, they could be placed along two or three shower walls if so desired.
This convenient corner drain design is perfect for smaller shower areas and is a discrete but effective drainage system. It has two vertical wall flanges that give a secure bond for the waterproofing membrane application.
The central location design mimics conventional drain positioning but without the ugly and uncomfortable underfoot grills. Of course, it need not be positioned in the centre of the floor and can be located anywhere the designer deems appropriate.
Nowadays, wet rooms can be constructed on timber floors as well as concrete. Regardless of construction methods, the floor design is crucial to ensure the water flows towards the location of the drain. Underneath, the pipework must ensure unrestricted egress. The recommended fall within a wet room is 1.5% – 2%, but that may be influenced by the volume of water being produced and size of tiles.
Our professional wet room kits can deliver the perfect slope such that the entire wet room drains in a uniform direction and rate. It is a very good idea to decide on what style of drain will be utilised at the very early design stages as this can guide the designer regarding placement of underfloor pipework from the outset.
You may find our free guide The Architect’s Wet Room Design Guide a very useful source of information regarding the great benefits of our wet room design, drains, kits and systems. It represents an extremely useful reference for any designer.
If you want to learn about the cost of having a wetroom fitted, read our blog post explaining all…
What Makes a Wet Room Great and Trouble Free?
4th May 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.