Practical tips for planning a wetroom
It's easy to see why wetroom style bathrooms are so popular. For one thing, their clean lines and minimalist appearance are very stylish and can help to bring a spa-like ambience to your home. They also allow you to make better use of space, they're easy to clean and are ideal for people who have difficulty climbing into or out of a standard shower or bath.
Whatever the reason you may be considering a wetroom it's important to remember that there's more to them than a standard bathroom. Most importantly, a wetroom needs a high level of waterproofing to prevent leaks or damp from getting into the floorboards and walls - or spreading into other rooms.
Here are our top tips to help you create a beautiful wetroom that keeps water where it belongs
- Start with a clean slate - The best way to begin a wetroom bathroom installation is to strip everything from the room and start building up from the ground up. This will make it easier to ensure that your waterproofing is free from any gaps.
- Waterproof the whole room - Wetrooms get... well, wet. And, while it might be tempting to just waterproof the area around the shower, it's likely that the rest of the floor and walls will get a good dose of water splashed on them too. To prevent any unwanted leaks and ensure the water stays where it belongs, it's generally a good idea to waterproof the entire bathroom. Marmox Showerlay is a wetroom system that makes waterproofing the floor easy. It can be cut into most sizes and shapes and produces a surface ready to receive tiles. There's a complementary waterproof tape that can be used around the edges of the tray and up to the corner of the wall to cover any joins in the material. Showerlay is also thermally insulating, helping to keep the bathroom nice and warm.
- Slope the floor - In most rooms, you want the floor to be as flat as possible, but that can be a problem in a wetroom because it will allow water to stand, creating small puddles. By gently sloping the floor towards a drain, you can ensure that water keeps moving until it exits the room through the pipes.
- Use a linear drain - Channel drains are ideal for wetrooms because they can take a large amount of water from across a bigger area than a standard shower drain. The Showerlay Linear from Marmox also has a stylish modern appearance with a slim profile and shining stainless steel finish.
- Consider underfloor heating - Since they're tiled, bathroom floors are often very cold, making them not very nice for bare feet first thing in the morning. It can also be unpleasant for showering. That's why many people choose to incorporate underfloor heating as part of their wetroom design. Not only does it warm up the floor, but it's also an effective and efficient way to warm the entire bathroom, as it provides an even distribution of heat throughout the room.