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Is a wet room the right choice for my property?

When it comes to stylish bathrooms, less is generally more. After all, a minimalist design provides a sense of space and functionality, while a lack of clutter creates a place where a person can start and end their day with a clear mind.

With this in mind, it's no wonder the wet room design for bathrooms has become so popular. With no extra walls or shower curtains, even a modest bathroom can suddenly feel a lot larger. What's more, wet rooms offer the additional advantages of being easier to clean and more accessible for people with mobility difficulties.

So, if you're thinking about upgrading a bathroom, a wet room might be the best choice. Not only will it add a spa-like ambience to the space, but it could even help to increase the value of your property. But what else do you need to know before you start ripping out that old shower?

What, exactly, is a wet room?

A wet room is a bathroom without a traditional shower enclosure. Instead, the entire room is waterproofed and the floor is slightly sloped towards a shower drain. In essence, the entire room becomes the shower enclosure and the floor is one big shower tray.

Are there any downsides to a wet room?

If a wet room is installed correctly, it will be a great addition to most homes. However, the waterproofing must be carried out perfectly to avoid leaks and other problems in the future. Luckily, a variety of products, are available to create a good waterproof base. For example, Marmox Showerlay is easy to install and can be cut to almost any shape or size to keep all the water where it belongs.

A wet room design can also be a problem for very small bathrooms. Unfortunately, in these spaces, the lack of screen between the shower and the rest of the room just means that everything - from clean towels to toothbrushes and toilet paper - gets wet. In these cases, a standard shower might remain the best option.

It's also important to remember that a wet room installation is not a quick makeover project. If you're just looking to update the look of your bathroom, then it might be best to just opt for a fresh coat of paint and some new taps. Putting in a wet room means stripping the space down completely and installing the waterproofing materials before new tile work, bathroom furnishings and other elements can go in.

What else do I need to know?

Once you're aware of the benefits and potential problems of a wet room, it's time to start planning your new bathroom. Here are a few more things to think about:

  • Good drainage is a must - If a wetroom has been waterproofed properly, the water will have nowhere to go except down the drain. However, if that drain isn't properly placed, you could end up with puddles of standing water. So, make sure the floor is sloped to keep every drop flowing in the right direction. You may want to consider a linear drain for best results - the Marmox Showerlay Linear could be the ideal choice.
  • Underfloor heating - While it isn't a requirement for a wet room, underfloor heating can be a wonderful addition, as it means you don't have to walk around on a cold tile floor in your bare feet. It can also help to dry the floor more quickly.

Posted by Paul Taylor.