Wet rooms are now viewed as the height of luxury showering facilities. With their combination of easy access and ample space, they present a relaxed and simplified method of bathing: But what are the considerations that need to be addressed prior to installing a wet room?
The two primary concerns will always be protecting your bathroom from moisture and water damage, and ensuring you have the correct drainage arrangement to guarantee that your bathroom remains safe and dry in between uses. Wet rooms' tend be constructed upon a large shower tray, or upon floor tiles that have been installed to incorporate a slight gradient. This will usually be sufficient to make sure that water drains away from the floor of your wet room. The very nature of a wet room, however, means that it splashes and moisture will escape into the main body of the bathroom, so it is paramount to protect your other fixtures and fittings from any possible water damage.
Before fitting your wet room, it is important to prepare the area in which it will be situated with a waterproof paste. When used beneath a tiled area, this paste will stop moisture that may be able to soak through a slightly porous grout or tile and prevent it from damaging your walls.
Shower screens to surround one or two sides of your wet room will dramatically reduce the amount of moisture that can spread throughout your bathroom, but steam can be pervasive if you do not have any form of extractor installed. As the popularity of bathroom furniture, in the form of fitted units and wall-mounted cabinets, has increased enormously in the last few years, so has the need for bathroom furniture suppliers and designers to ensure that their products are suitably treated with water- and moisture-resistant sealants.
Be sure to discuss which type of sealant your preferred bathroom furniture has been treated with before purchase, and read up on the recommended aftercare advice for that particular product. It will usually be enough to simply wipe away any pooled water, and then do a quick spot check for mildew once a month or so.
There is no reason why the installation of a wet room into your bathroom should be particularly difficult to achieve, simply ensure that you have researched and planned your project carefully beforehand. Consulting your bathroom supplier or a trusted plumber will help you to avoid any mistakes that may need correction in the future. Then you can choose the bathroom furniture to perfectly complement your wet room, safe in the knowledge that it will be protected from water damage.
Helen Davies is a Senior Content Writer for Better Bathrooms, creators and suppliers of high quality contemporary and traditional bathroom furniture.
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