An essential guide to wet rooms

showerIf the days of soaking in the tub for hours on end are behind you then its time to invest in a wet room.

It’s official, wet rooms are having an interior moment. Convenient for our busy everyday lives and less hassle than having to clean a bath and shower screen, here’s a quick guide to everything thing you need to know:

Space

Unfortunately, wet rooms don’t work particularly well in small bathrooms as you’ll probably still need to include a shower screen to stop everything getting soaked. So before you take the plunge, take a good look at your bathroom, does the space allow? However, on the plus side, removing a bath from a small bathroom can instantly make the room feel much bigger.

Professional plumbing

There’s no DIY on this one, a wet room is strictly a job for the professionals. The feature will need specific drainage, the most common being the installation of sub floor made from WBP Ply, which is then tiled over. There are a number of methods that can be used so ensure you discuss all possibilities with your plumber.

Waterproof

A wet room is essentially just that – a wet, room. Therefore waterproofing is vital. Floors will need to be primed as will the walls, which will then need covering with a syrupy membrane and tiled.

Costs

It’s not cheap. Wet rooms often involve a huge amount of work and can range between £5,000 – £10,000. However, shop around and retrieve a number of quotes from various companies so you can make a constructive decision.

Think ahead

Wet rooms do look super sleek and stylish, are easy to clean and can add value to your home. However, if you are thinking about moving home in the future keep in mind that a majority of buyers will prefer a home with a bath, so its often best to still have one bath in the home as well as your wet room.

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