Have You Thought About a Wet-Room
Scenario: you have a small room in your home with no window or a very small porthole of one. Your first thought is to have it as a storage room, maybe coat cupboard. However, have you ever thought of having it as a wet-room?
Wet-rooms can be incredibly beneficial in adding value to your property. This article will inform you about what goes in to creating a wet-room as well as how to perfect the space and not run into any errors.
First off, creating a wet room should not be done as a ‘one-off’ DIY project. There is a lot more planning that goes into creating a wet-room, in some cases, more planning than what goes into a bathroom. The space needs to be entirely waterproof, while also having very good ventilation. Due to the presence of heat, water and steam, building regulations require there to be a certain degree of accuracy to guarantee airflow performance and energy efficiency. Due to these factors, it is best to hire a professional than do it yourself.
So what is a wet room? In essence, it is a shower room that doesn’t have a tray and screen, and instead is just one open area. Sometimes, a sink and WC is also included. If the space is very small, then it is a good idea to fit a wall panel to stop water going everywhere and prevent splash out. With your glass panel, it is good to look for toughened safety glass and to opt for easy clean protective coating to help prevent the build up of limescale and soap.
Everything needs to be tiled and waterproofed: floor, walls and sometimes ceiling because you do not want mould building up with the amount of condensation in the room.
With tiles, it is best to go for non-porous such as ceramic or porcelain. If you really want to go for a material like slate, limestone or marble, do bear in mind that it will need to be sealed every few months to prevent water damage. Also ensure that the tiles are slip resistant, you do not want any accidents! If you don’t like grouting, because it can discolour, big slabs of material will minimise grouting drastically.