Have you ever wondered about having a wet room fitted? Perhaps you’ve never been able to see the advantage of a wet room over a standard shower, or perhaps you just know what a wet room is? Hopefully, this article will give you some answers.

What is a wet room?

A wet room is essentially a shower room without the shower screen and tray. In essence, you can regard it as an open plan shower room. Water has to be drained away of course, so the floor must be graded to channel the waste water into the drain.

Why fit a wet room?

Wet rooms are especially suitable for small bathrooms where space is at a premium. They are extremely stylish and fashionable. A wet room installed as a second bathroom can increase the value of your property.

However, we don’t advise fitting a wet room as a main, or only, bathroom as this could have a negative effect on property value.

Can I install a washbasin in a wet room?

Yes, but if the room is small and splashes from the shower could reach the washbasin, it is advisable to fit a screen between the show and washbasin.

There is also no reason why you can’t install a toilet, but it is advisable for both toilet and washbasin to be wall hung to provide a clear floor area that can be easily dried and cleaned.

How can I heat a wet room?

The best way is to install under floor heating.. This ensures that the floor tiles dry quickly, and of course, makes showering a much more pleasant experience. If you’ve never experienced standing on under floor heated bathroom tiles, you’re in for a pleasurable surprise when you do.

Advantages of wet rooms

  • They are stylish and fashionable.
  • They save space over conventional shower rooms.
  • They make great second bathrooms.
  • They are easier to clean that conventional showers. 

Disadvantages of wet rooms

  • Ideally, the entire room should be tiled from floor to ceiling because of spray from the shower.
  • If installed as the main, or only, bathroom, they can decrease the value of your property.
  • They must be professionally fitted to ensure that the entire room is waterproofed. 

How can you get one fitted?

Shower rooms must be professionally fitted, because the entire room must be completely waterproofed. Any small leak after the room has been fitted out will require a significant amount of expense to strip out the room, find and seal the leak.

So, whatever you do, don’t try to get a wet room fitted on the cheap by “a friend of a friend” or similar. Find a reputable supplier with a proved track record and ask to see examples of his work.

A good place to start is on this website. Maxwell Bathrooms, specialise in wet rooms and can show you examples of wet rooms that they have fitted for other customers.