18 Sep 2013
What is a wet room?
A wet room is basically a waterproof room equipped with a shower. The difference between a wet room and a classic bathroom is that in this case the room itself acts as the shower enclosure, replacing the conventional plastic or glass trays. A wet room will have a drain installed in the floor and needs to be fully waterproofed to prevent leaks and moisture damage to the structure.
What are the advantages?
First of all, there is the space. If you cannot spare the room to install large bathroom suites, baths or shower enclosures, you can save a lot of room if you choose to create a wet room. However, a wet room is not appropriate for really small space because in a rather cramped room your bathroom cabinets and other object can get wet.
Another major advantage is the easy access for people with limited mobility since it’s not required to step up in an enclosure.
In a conventional shower, it’s the trays or shower screens that are waterproof, not the room. Many people have had shower leakage problems over the years and the moisture damage caused by this convinced them to make a change and move to a wet room. Shower leakages are usually caused by poor quality of the enclosure or poor installation skills. We can assure you that a wet room, if not installed properly, will cause moisture problems as well, therefore you need a good drain, appropriate tiles and an experienced installer.
What kind of tiling do you need?
Although there is a wide range of tiles available on the market, when it comes to wet rooms, not every type is compatible with this kind of space. For example, some tiles (like natural stone) are porous and absorb moisture. Since a wet room needs to be fully waterproof, it’s recommended to use ceramic tiles or similar materials.