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.
- Opens up your bathroom and creates a more attractive space
- Suits and facilitates contemporary design
- Compatible with under floor heating systems
- 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
- 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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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.
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.
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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. Wet Room Materials UK and Ireland can advise you on all aspects relating to converting your existing bath or shower room to a Wet room.
Wet room design has 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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It can vary considerably. For instance, a wet room drain can cost as little as £105 (including vat ) for a basic Square Central Drain with Grate however The cost of a 1200mm wall mounted drain is £ 1225 ( including Vat ). The vast options on drains can be found on our wet room drain page.
Another option available, is a DIY Wet Room Kit. At the lower end of the cost scale there is a DIY Unislope 4K Kit which cost £755 (including VAT) and a Glassline System which includes a Glass Panel with a one metre drain for £3,600 (including VAT). Installation and Tiles will be an additional cost. For more information have a look at our DIY Wet Room Kits.
No matter what option is considered, it is important that it is installed by a competent trades person. We have a number of installation videos to aid in this process.
Wetroom Materials has an Installation Division call Advanced Wetrooms. The installation crew will go on site . They will create the slopes to the drain using a specialist screed as well as waterproof the area . It is fully insured and comes with a 10 year warranty. All crew members are trained to apply the Scandinavian Building Regulations for screeding and tanking wet areas.
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 Wet Room Materials UK and Ireland have put suitably qualified professionals in place to offer this service across the UK and Ireland.
Advanced Wet rooms is the installation arm of Wet Room Materials and all installations come with a 10 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 10 Year Guarantee gives you complete peace of mind that the job will be done correctly.
Our system is 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. This time will vary depending on the size and the location of the wet room.
Advanced Wetrooms have a nationwide team and would be happy to install your wet room for you. Every installation is guaranteed for ten years; we will provide a site survey, discuss your shower room preparation, drainage options and advise on design.
As an alternative DIY kits can be purchased through Wet Room Materials 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 waterproofing and tips for tiling and sanitary ware installation.
Please visit our section for installation videos and guides.
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 LIP VS30 membrane is approved to adhere securely to the drain using a specialist LIP tape and 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: What does the guarantee cover?
Our 10 year 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 pierce 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 or screws that are shorter than the tile thickness.
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. We stock a full range of wet room floor drains in different sizes and finishes.
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 it is 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. A wall mounted drain means you can use large tiles and have less grout lines.
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?
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.