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Wet Rooms – a quick guide to your perfect shower space

2020 saw a continued growth in wet rooms. Wet rooms do add value to your home, and they are very desirable. But how to do you go about planning a wet room? Gary Fullwood Designed Living have designed and installed many wet rooms and have all the information you need.

Is my home suitable for a wet room?

This is a tricky question, but in theory anyone’s home can have a wet room. In a nutshell a wet room is exactly that, a bathroom that does away with the shower tray and screen. A wet room is a fully tiled space that you simply wall into and shower. Gary Fullwood Top Tip: If your bathroom or space you wish to convert to a wet room is small you may need to install a shower curtain to avoid getting everything soaked.

Drainage is vital

One of the most important part of installing a wet room is drainage. It is recommended that you use a professional bathroom room installer to ensure this is done properly. The most common method of drainage is a gently sloping floor leading to a drainage point. There are many ways to achieve the slope. You can create a subfloor which is tiled over or you can purchase something similar to a sloping shower tray that is subsequently tiled over. Either way drainage is vital.

Waterproofing your wet room

By its very nature, a wet room is a wet area and thus water does splash almost everywhere. For this reason, waterproofing your wet room from top to bottom is essential. The floor, the entire wall around the shower and the lower part of all walls needs to be primed with a waterproof membrane before being tiled. It is a process that cannot be rushed, it not quite as simple as just removing the shower screens and letting water flow and splash. Using experts such as Gary Fullwood Designed Living ensures you have a fully waterproof wet room and that there is no chance of water creating dampness that soon becomes mouldy.

Get your layout right

As with any bathroom remodel planning is the most important part. A wet room is no different and using professional bathroom designers and installers ensures you get the layout exactly right. Water flow, floor gradients are of fundamental importance when designing your wet room layout. Again, just removing the shower screens and tiling the floor is not the way to go.

What materials can I use for my wet room?

The most common material used in a wet room is of course tiles. However, there are many stunning alternatives that can be used ranging from vinyl flooring to marble and granite. The design team at Gary Fullwood Designed Living have plenty of ideas and of course they can work to you budget. Creating your wet room is a breeze when you use the experts.

There are many advantages and some disadvantages of installing a wet room. These will be discussed in a future article. For now, if you want further advice or want to go ahead and install the ideal wet room for you the Gary Fullwood Designed Living team are ready and waiting to hear from you.

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