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27 Feb 2020

Wet Room or Bathroom – What Is The Difference?

Modern lifestyles are influencing the way in which we bath and shower today. It wasn’t that long ago that babies being thrown out with the bathwater as the tin tub was placed in front of the open fire was the height of bathing luxury. Bathrooms have become rooms in their own right, showers have become popular with separate shower cubicles becoming a norm in many modern or recently renovated rooms. However, despite the humble bathtub remaining a desirable bathroom option for many households the move away from a traditional bath and shower bathroom is taking place. Wetrooms are becoming the in thing as lives are busier and the way we treat personal hygiene changes. But what is the difference between a Bathroom and a wet room? Gary Fullwood is an expert designer of both and this explanation will help you understand and then help you decide whether you new bathroom should be a bit more traditional or should be a wetroom depending on what you are looking for.

What is a wetroom?

A wetroom is exactly what the name suggests, a room with no threshold with often just a wall separating the toilet from the shower area. The floor is sloped to a drainage point that can either be in a corner or in the middle. It is very different from a traditional bathroom where getting the floor soaking wet between the shower cubical, bathtub and toilet is not recommended. However, a wetroom can have a separated space for a bathtub is desired or as in most cases if there is space.

The benefits of wetroom

There are essentially three benefits in having a wetroom installed:

Space Saving: You will be amazed at how much room a standard shower cubicle takes up. By removing the threshold of the shower a wetroom can feel bigger in a smaller space and give a totally new feel to the entire bathroom.

Easy to clean: Because a wetroom is merely an extension of the tiled floor it is especially easy to clean. With no shower tray, the flat surface is a breeze to clean and the build-up of mildew often associated with showers is eliminated and the bathroom stays more hygienically clean

Ideal for disabled and elderly: the simple fact that a threshold eliminates a step makes a wetroom extremely accessible for the elderly and disabled. A wetroom is ideal for those in a wheelchair as the shower can be designed to actually accommodate the shower and bathing that previously required heavy lifting is now a simple wheel in and wash.

The votes for a traditional bathroom

A traditional bathroom includes a bathtub and this is still a must-have for many households and of course, these types of bathroom are the norm. A further benefit is that the bathroom does not get flooded when the shower drain gets blocked – and without proper cleaning, they can. However, with clever thinking from the Gary Fullwood design team, there is nothing stopping you having the best of both worlds with a wetroom being worked around your bathtub. There are many ways to achieve the wetroom feel while not losing the familiarity of a traditional bathroom, that is why you leave bathroom design to the experts.

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