Wet, Wet, Wet, Room

Why a wet area?

Landons Wet Rooms are super-stylish and ideal for making a contemporary looking bathroom. As a second bathroom, a wet room can easily increase the value of your dwelling. Great for smaller bathrooms because it allows you to eliminating the bath, creating more space for showering.

You might ask are wet rooms, generally speaking, easier to clean? With no shower screen or tray to worry about and if you opt for a wall-hung sink, it will decrease the amount of cleaning time needed.

When it’s done correctly, your flooring is much better protected than a typical bathroom. In smallish rooms, look out for wet towels and loo roll that can get wet by spray from the shower. You’ll require a professional fitter to waterproof the area – if it is not done correctly, there is a chance of water leakage that can lead to damage.

And if you opt for porous rock tiles, they might have to be resealed every month or two, which can be hard work.

Swapping a main bathroom for a wet area could make your house less saleable – buyers need at least one big bathroom.

A wet room is essentially a shower area that does away with the shower screen and tray, and has an open, fully tiled shower area. If your bathroom is on the small side you likely will have to include a shower screen to avoid everything getting sprayed.

Installing a wet room is a job for the professionals, as a gradient has to be created along the ground to station the shower water into a drain and then the whole room has to be tanked (waterproofed). The most common way of producing a gradient is to put in a sub-floor made from WBP Ply (a sort of plywood), which is then tiled over.

Another option is to put in a readymade sloping shower former (somewhat like a giant shower tray), which can be then tiled over. Another technique is to use a giant preformed tray (sometimes called a Hi-Macs system) that slopes towards a drain, and can be fitted across the whole floor with no need for tiling over.

Waterproofing

Waterproofing the area involves priming the ground, the lower part of the walls and the whole of the wall area around the shower and then covering with a syrupy membrane. When it’s set, the space is subsequently tiled. Additionally, it is worth raising the restroom door threshold by about

5mm from the ground in the event the room fills with water (if someone covers the shower drain with a towel, as an instance.)

Tanking (waterproofing) your area and making a gradient from the ground to station the shower water into the drain, this should not cost you more than £1,000. If you’re paying a company to tank and put in the wet area, such as floor-to-ceiling tiles, shower and suite, expect to pay around £6,500 upwards.

Which sort of tiles should I use?

Tiles are the most popular wall and floorcovering, but you can decide on sheet vinyl for the ground, or even Corian, which is a sleek, non-porous material that’s low-maintenance. If you will use tiles, select non-porous bathroom tiles such as ceramic or porcelain. Porous tiles, such as marble, slate and limestone need sealing every couple of months to avoid water damage. Only use floor tiles especially for bathrooms on the ground since they are not slippery. See more about our wet rooms.

Many fitters recommend installing underfloor heating since it retains the tiles warm underfoot and helps dry out the water onto the ground. Plus, it’s an added bonus for your feet in those cold winter months.

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