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What is a Wet room?

Wet Rooms are waterproofed (tanked) rooms usually equipped with a walk in shower. The wet room itself becomes the shower enclosure, with a shower drain inset into a gently sloped floor in place of a conventional shower tray.

Tanking is a waterproofing procedure carried out in bathrooms, wet rooms, shower rooms and sauna/steam rooms which protects the building against moisture migration and leaks (steam, shower spray, etc). Contrary to popular belief, all wet room flooring including tiles, adhesives and grouts are permeable and therefore can allow moisture to migrate into the structure over time causing mould growth, rot, and in some cases resulting in structural damage.

The benefits to you of a Wet room?

Luxurious Lifestyle

  • Opens up your bathroom and creates a more attractive space
  • Suits and facilitates contemporary design
  • Compatible with under floor heating systems

Total Flexibility

  • Facilitates a shower where a traditional shower tray may not have been viable
  • Wet room flooring can be wooden or concrete floor
  • No predetermined shower sizes or shapes

Excellent Finish

  • Protects your building from moisture damage and leaks
  • Prolongs the life of your tiles and grout
  • Level Access floor – assists less-abled showering

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Can you Install in any house or apartment?

Yes, you can replace your shower room/ bathroom in any house or apartment with a wet room. The style of your wet room may vary depending on your floor profile. If you are looking for level access showering, the shower drain needs to be installed completely into your floor. In some builds this is not possible, as you may not have enough space beneath the actual floor i.e. the depth of the flooring screed is insufficient or the wooden joists are not deep enough. We can offer wet room design and ideas.

Wet rooms design can be creative or simplistic, there are plenty of ways in which to work with the building and still achieve the wet room of your dreams.

Visit our gallery for alternative ideas or call us to discuss.

What do I need to consider in planning a wet room?

Wet Rooms are waterproofed / tanked rooms usually equipped with a shower. The room itself becomes the shower enclosure, often with a shower drain inset into the floor, so that you don’t have to step onto a conventional shower tray. Advanced Wet rooms UK and Ireland can advise you on all aspects relating to converting your existing bath or shower room to a Wet room.

Design

Wet rooms design have NO space or size limitations.

Start with the basics

What are you trying to achieve from your wet room?

  • Contemporary walk in shower or wet room design
  • Easy access for reduced mobility
  • Space saving wet room design

General key decisions

  • Where is your shower going to be located.
  • Choose the style of your wet room or shower room floor drain
  • Consider the wet room flooring, style of floor tile and size of the tile
  • Some drains work better with larger tiles and some with mosaics (see drain section)
  • Would you like under floor heating instead of a radiator
  • Heated towel rails
  • Glass screens – great for protecting the sanitary ware from water spray
  • Wall hung sanitary ware
  • Baths – Free standing baths are a great addition for a wet room
  • Less-abled showering / Wheel Chair access bathrooms
  • Grab rails
  • Shower seating
  • Non slip wet room flooring tiles
  • Shower seating
  • Easy access to shower area
  • Space saving shower room
  • Consider mosaic tiles for the flooring area if using a centrally placed drain

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What does it Cost?

A wet room can be installed in a cost-effective manner on a DIY basis or you can opt for the convenience of our Installation service. Pricing is transparent and all of our tanking products, floor levelling screed and wet room drains are available in our online store. To get an estimate of the cost of the materials you’ll need to create a wet room (excluding bathroom fittings etc. which you can choose to suit your budget), check out our online calculator here.

Wet Room Installation

Wet room installation varies, depending on floor profile wood or concrete, on drain style, waterproofed area, complexity of room design. If you measure the dimensions, the calculator will give you an indication of cost, however do get in touch to discuss your requirements and we can finalise a quote for you once we establish exactly what you need to create the wet room of your dreams!

Wet Room Kits

Contact us for Scandinavian wet rooms kits. To waterproof / tank your shower or bathroom we can offer the full range of floor levelling screeds, tanking membranes and wet room floor drains.

Trade Discount available!

Don’t forget to use our New Ready Reckoner tool to estimate costs!

Who will install my wetroom?

If you consider the damage a leak can cause then you will understand how costly it can be if a wet room is not installed correctly the first time. That’s why we strongly recommend a professional wet room installation and we in Advanced Wet Rooms Uk and Ireland have put suitably qualified professionals in place to offer this service across the UK and Ireland.

Advanced Wet rooms installations come with a 5 Year Guarantee against leaks.

Don’t risk paying thousands of pounds or euros on the cosmetics of your new bathroom or shower room when the foundation could be flawed. Water damage can have disastrous effect on your home…

The Impact of Water Damage

  • All tile adhesives and grouts are permeable
  • It takes 2 minutes for water to penetrate grouting
  • It takes just 5 minutes for the water to get beneath the tiles
  • It will take 5 weeks of disruption for this damp to dry out

Water damage caused by a slow leak from bathrooms/shower rooms is listed as one of the most common insurance claims.

Creating a 100% water tight wet room is not easy and you will need to take into consideration.

  • Correct floor gradients for effective drainage
  • Compatible floor drainage
  • Protection of neighbouring rooms from water migration

Wet room installation teams in our company work efficiently to ensure that every wet room is completely waterproof – eliminating leaks and consequential damage. And the 5 Year Guarantee gives you complete peace of mind that the job will be done expertly.

How long will it take to Install and how do I install?

Our system it eco-friendly and water based; therefore all layers have to dry naturally. Allowing for drying time, on average it takes three working days to install our wet rooms system. Actual working hours varies depending on the area in which the slopes and tank are created.

Advanced Wetrooms have a nationwide team and would be happy to install your wet room for you. Every installation is guaranteed for five years; we will provide a site survey, discuss your shower room preparations, drainage options and advise on design ideas.

DIY kits can be purchased through our Online shop. Advanced Wet rooms UK and Ireland provide a comprehensive step by step guide to your wet room design, from how to prepare your room and creating the slopes right through to tanking and tips for tiling and sanitary ware installation.

Please visit our section for installation videos and guides.

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Other Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can a wet room be installed in a first floor room with a wooden floor?

Yes of course! Our flexible latex waterproof membranes caters for movement that occurs on a wooden floor. The membrane is held securely in place inside the drain which caters for approx 4mm of floor movement and 2mm of wall movement.

Q: Why do I need to tank my concrete ground floor wet room?

Water penetrates grout within 2 minutes; it takes 5 minutes to get behind the tile and takes 5 weeks to dry out! Concrete is porous and water migrates, damage can occur to plaster work and stud walls.

Q: How long does it take to install a wet room?

Approximately 3 working days. Our system it eco-friendly and water based; therefore all layers have to dry naturally.

Q: Where can I buy a DIY kit?

All of our wet room products and be purchased. One of our trained sales team will guide you and advise you on the correct products for your wet room. Call us now!

Please note that Water leaks can have disastrous consequences and we recommend a professional wet room installation.

Q: What does the guarantee cover?

Our 5 yr guarantee covers all damage and consequential damage resulting from a leak within the tanked area. The membrane must not be torn or punctured in anyway. The tanking membrane will allow or 2mm of movement on the wall and 5mm of movement on the floor.

Q: How do I look after my wet room?

Wet rooms look after themselves in the same way as a conventional shower tray. However you must be careful not to piece the waterproof membrane under the tiles. Should you renovate your bathroom, remove tiles or puncture the membrane your room will no longer be water tight.

Q: Can I retro fit toilets?

Yes but you must not piece the membrane under the tiles. We suggest the use of specialist adhesives.

Q: What style and type of shower drain do I need?

Shower drains are vital to the success of a wet room. The floor drains we supply have been tested and approved with our system. Looking to buy a drain? We stock a full range of wet room floor drains.

Q: Does the size and style of tile matter?

No not really as it depends on your chosen floor drain; however it is important to consider the finish of the tile, how slippery will this be when wet? Some tiles are subject to staining with water penetration. If you have a central drain, smaller tiles are easier to lay on the sloped floor.

Q: I have a very small en suite, is it too small for a wet room?

No, as we create our wet rooms to our client’s specifications there are no predetermined sizes. Walk in showers are great for space saving!

Q: Why would I need under floor heating?

You don’t, but it does have many benefits! Under floor heating provides a warm under foot surface and it can be regulated independently from the rest of the household heating system. Click here for Under Floor Heating

Q: Do I need a glass screen?

No, but many clients prefer to section off the shower from near by sanitary ware. It also can provide a touch of class! Visit our gallery for inspiration

Q: What is the difference between a wetroom and wet area?

A wet room is a room that has been waterproofed / tanked throughout. This will mean that entire floor area and the shower walls will be tanked thus providing a water tight finish, which offers full protection against leaks. A wet area is when just the shower area has been waterproofed and in some cases only the floor.