Advantages of a Wetroom Vs. a Standard Bathroom
An exciting new trend in bathroom design is the ‘wetroom’ and their form and function are as imaginative as the people who plan and design them. These bathrooms are ideal for smaller spaces and have a much more open, ambient feel built into their design. The appeal of a wet room is manifold and becoming increasingly popular.
Read on to find out more about the advantages of a wetroom versus a standard bathroom.
What exactly is a wetroom?
“Wetroom” is the term that describes a particular type of bathroom that is very modern and minimalist in appearance and is dedicated primarily to showering. In order to work properly the room must be fully waterproofed and have level floors that gently slope to carry water to a central drainage point.
The need for a shower screen is completely done away with and water can be splashed everywhere without concern for damage. Wetrooms are generally tiled from floor to ceiling with non-porous, non-slip ceramic tiles. They are very spacious when compared to the average, cluttered bathroom.
The advantages of a wetroom
- · In a wet room, the issue of space is not nearly as important as a standard bathroom. Generally there is no shower screen, shower base or bath to contend with.
- · Wetrooms allow one to move more freely in a larger space rather than being confined inside a shower cubicle. Cleaning is also easier as there are less corners to fiddle about with.
- · Wetrooms allow easier access and mobility for those with disabilities as they can simply just walk in without having to step over and into a shower base. Handrails can also be fitted around the room, which is something that is not very practical in a smaller space.
- · Wetrooms can be cheaper to build because the main expense is waterproofing and tiling. This negates the need for shower screens and bathtubs that can be extremely expensive to purchase.
- · Because wetrooms are still a relatively new phenomena, they are stylish talking points and at the cutting edge of the latest design trends.
Disadvantages of wetrooms
- Houses sold without a bathtub do not appeal to everyone. When listing your property for sale not everyone may be as delighted at the lack of the traditional bath and shower ensemble.
- If the wetroom is particularly small anything else contained in it may end up being splashed with water, including towels and toilet paper.
- When the wetroom is being built the sealing work needs to be meticulous as any leaks into the surfaces beneath would be disastrous in terms of the eventual damage that would likely occur.
- As wetrooms are still a relatively new concept it may be difficult to secure the services of a builder that is familiar with the process and confident in being able to complete the work. This could mean paying a higher rate for someone with the right skills, or having fewer tradespeople to choose from.
The decision is yours
Ultimately the decision of whether to install a more traditional bathroom or a modern and luxurious wetroom comes down to room size, budget and personal choice. If a bathtub is a standard feature that is rarely used then having a wetroom may be the more practical option to consider.