Having a wet room in the house is very much en vogue.
The idea of being able to walk straight into their shower enclosure without stepping over shower trays and sliding shut a door or pulling a shower curtain constitutes the perfect bathroom.
There are a number of advantages and disadvantages to installing a wet room; in this guide, find out whether a wet room is suitable for your needs.
Advantages of a Wet Room
Wet rooms are primarily the ideal solution for small bathrooms, as they remove all of the barriers that baths and shower enclosures can often create. This offers an illusion of space throughout the room; there are no obstructions and the room feels more open. An epoxy-grouted wet room is also a much easier room to clean than a traditional bathroom, where numerous cleaning products are needed to tackle tiles, walls, rugs or carpets. Wall-hung toilets and basins also make the room incredibly easy to clean.
Wet rooms installed to a high standard by professionals are less likely to leak than ordinary bathrooms. A professionally fitted bathroom will make sure that any spilled water just goes down the drain, rather than potentially soaking through a carpet or lino. If the plan is to sell up and move to a different property within a few years, wet rooms can also increase the value of a home, especially if the home has more than two or three bedrooms. Installing a wet room as a secondary bathroom or en suite, with just a shower, toilet and basin, is one of the fastest ways to add value to a home.
Disadvantages of a Wet Room
These benefits all stack up, but there are other factors to consider when installing a wet room before a final decision is made. Wet rooms can often be more expensive than a standard new bathroom installation as they need to be tiled from floor to ceiling. The installation in itself is also costly, and it is not advised to cut corners. A wet room which has been poorly installed and badly waterproofed can cause leaking and water damage in rooms below, a problem which will often cause more to put right than the cost of doing it properly in the first place.
Installing a wet room in place of a main bathroom can often reduce the saleability of a property; buyers often demand at least one luxury bath, and removing this can affect how attractive the property is as a whole. If you’re planning to sell your home, keep in mind that many buyers won’t want to rip out a wet room just so that they can install a bathroom; make the wet room an added extra rather than a replacement to really get the most from it.
Lastly, the generally small size of wet rooms and the lack of screens or curtains necessary means that towels, toilet roll and other daily essentials can often get wet in spray from the shower. The wet room can become exactly that; a room where nothing is ever dry and everything from clothes to toothbrushes end up covered in moisture and condensation. Give some consideration to this and ensure you have a separate space where toiletries and other essentials can be placed that will keep them dry. A cloakroom with a toilet and vanity unit is an excellent compromise.