What is a wet room and how can it benefit you? We will try to answer these questions in this post.
First, it’s important to know exactly what we mean by “wet room“. Wet rooms have become increasingly popular in recent years. They are simply bathrooms where the floors and walls have been “tanned” (sealed with waterproof membrane), to prevent water from seeping out and causing damage. It is common to design a wet room with a sloping floor that guides any excess water into a waste or drain.
Wet room cross section
Wet rooms typically have waterproof boarding beneath a tiled exterior, as shown here
There are no dry items allowed in the wet environment – not even shaving appliances or anything that could be dangerous.
Showers are the most common installation found in wet rooms. Many times, a glass screen can be used to separate the shower area from the rest of the bathroom. This is especially helpful if you don’t want a soggy toilet seat!
Here are 5 reasons why wet rooms are a great bathroom option if you’re still not convinced:
Though they are not always designed with this in mind, wet rooms are particularly beneficial for people with limited mobility, such as the elderly or disabled. It is not necessary to have a shower tray, making access to the shower much easier.
Check out our latest Independent Living wet room to see how it can benefit those with limited mobility.
Independent living wet room
Improves the quality and value of your property
In effect, you are waterproofing a major part of your house that is especially susceptible to leaks and water issues, so this can only be a good thing for its general structure. Water can run into places in a bathroom it shouldn’t and a buildup of moisture can cause damp walls.
The water in a wet room is channeled through a central drain, and moisture is contained within sealed walls.
When you are looking to sell your property, a wet room is highly appealing, especially if you also have a second bathroom (not a wet room).
8mm wet room glass panel 800 with 300 return panel
Improves your space usage
Small bathrooms can benefit from a wet room. If you don’t need or want a bath, you can simply remove it and install a shower, which opens the room up. You don’t need a bulkier shower enclosure with doors that might take up even more space than you already have.
Oriental Spa wet room
Discover how to fit a wet room into an average-sized bathroom space by clicking on the image above
It’s easy to keep clean
Cleaning a wet room is one of the biggest advantages of installing one. If the environment is moist, household bathroom cleaners can be used right around the room to keep mould and mildew at bay.
Increases your design options
Adding a wet room to your home will certainly add a wow factor. Wet rooms are minimalist in design, so they can feature a variety of materials such as wood, stone, and concrete, allowing your imagination to run wild!