What is a wet room?
A wet room is a bathroom in which the shower is not a separate unit, rather continuation of the floor and walls of the room. A fully waterproofed open bathroom room with no raised edges, shower tray, or steps in the flooring.
Wet room style bathrooms and ensuites are becoming increasingly popular due to the open, minimalist nature and flexible functionality of the design.
The wet room design is ideal for homes or facilities used by wheelchair or walker users, or those with limited mobility. The flat flooring also removes trip hazards for small kids making this style great for homes with growing families.
Features of wet room bathrooms
Choosing a wet room bathroom renovation has many advantages, but also a few project and use considerations. Features include:
- Gradual gentle gradient to the floor to ensure the water drains away.
- If a shower screen is installed it’s often a simple frameless glass panel which is used to reduce the water which splashes across the bathroom. Often just one piece of glass acting as a divider.
- Different flooring materials can be used to zone the room but more often than not a single style is used throughout the floor and sometimes the walls.
- Features such as floating vanities, wall hung toilets, and freestanding baths are often used to keep the floor clear.
- Easy to clean - fewer edges mean less places for mould to grow
Wet room advantages
The advantages of wet room style bathrooms include:
- They’re a great choice for those wanting to achieve a modern bathroom design or other minimalist decor styles.
- The wet room is ideal for small bathrooms or ensuites as the clean unbroken lines help the room to feel more spacious.
- Not breaking up the bathroom into the shower, which can be a bulky item in a small room, and the rest of the room also adds to the illusion of extra space.
- Wet rooms feel like your very own luxury spa.
- No shower door to clean or negotiate.
- Don’t need to worry about splashing in the bath or shower. Splash away!
- Often water damage occurs in areas of tiling or walls adjacent to the shower or bath, with the added waterproofing required in a wet room the whole bathroom is safeguarded from future water problems.
Disadvantages of wet rooms
The down side of wet rooms are few but include:
- Wet rooms need more waterproofing than a standard bathroom - Rather than just waterproofing around the shower and bath the whole floor and up the walls will need to be sealed. The cost of the additional waterproofing needs to be taken into account when working out your renovation budget allocations.
- Everything can, and sometimes will, get wet. This includes the toilet paper, towels, and ornaments.
- The whole floor (non-slip) and walls need to be tiled, often to the ceiling.
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