EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TURNING A BATHROOM INTO A WET ROOM

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If you’re considering turning your bathroom into a showering area, wet rooms can be a great space-saving solution, especially if your room is small.

Some of our customers ask about the process of converting a bathroom into a wet room, so here are some frequently asked questions.

What is a wet room?

Wet rooms are waterproofed bathrooms with showers, usually enclosed with a glass screen to prevent water from splashing outside the shower area. Due to the floor being the same level as the rest of the room, a shower tray is installed beneath the surface by sinking it into the floor. Covering the tray with a waterproof membrane and then covering it with tiles or vinyl flooring is common practice.

How do you install a wet room?

To avoid water leaks and damage, it is recommended that an expert install a wet room. There are two main steps:

  1. Drainage – A drainage area will be chosen under the shower tray. Water will be directed towards the drainage through a slope.
  2. The floor is covered with tiles or vinyl flooring to prevent water damage. The floor is also waterproofed with a waterproofing membrane layered between the tiles/vinyl. You may also consider installing underfloor heating in your wet room to speed up the drying process. Spinks Interiors can also provide this service at very competitive rates.

Is my bathroom suitable?

If you are considering a wet room, there are a few things to consider. Here are a few pros and cons:

Advantages

  • The clean, minimal lines of a wet room make maintenance and cleaning easier than with a traditional bathroom.
  • Showering in a completely waterproofed room gives you more space.
  • As more homeowners upgrade outdated bathrooms into sleek, contemporary wet rooms, complete with walk-in showers, the demand for open plan living has increased. Open plan living appears larger and feels more luxurious.

 Disadvantages

  • The walls of the room are covered with tiles or wall panels to ensure that it is water-tight. Due to the need to cover the entire room, these can be more expensive than other shower options.
  • Due to the waterproofing work, you need to ensure you have the right person for the job

By booking a free design appointment, you can request a home visit from one of our designers to determine whether a wet room can be installed in your current bathroom.

How much does a wet room installation cost?

Your choice of fixtures and fittings depends on the size of your room. Various materials and designs are available for wall coverings.  The bigger your room, the more material you will need to cover it and the longer it will take to install.

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