Published by Hannah King
Posted on 5 September 2019
Hi and welcome to our new series of informative blog posts. Our aim is to provide some insight into refurbishment topics from extensions to loft conversions. Should you have any questions over the coming months, please feel free to drop us a line, otherwise, we very much hope you enjoy our first post on wet rooms in South-West London…
At Kluk Construction we specialise in wet rooms in South-West London and if you’re not sure if one would work for your home, we’ve written this post as a helpful guide. From weighing up the pros and cons to the vital drainage and why it’s so key they are watertight, read on this week as we explore everything you need to know about wet rooms.
One big difference between the two is the actual area of water-proofing because a normal shower is only generally sealed around the splash zone itself. With a wet room, however, the whole room is sealed, much like a waterproof box. A walk-in shower also features a low-level tray whereas a wet room is completely open. Both options do offer ease of access and are therefore great for those with limited mobility. They will also make a great statement in any modern bathroom and bring an outdated one into the present. Out of the two, however, the game-changer is a fully sealed and tiled wet room. With walk-in showers, you’re limited to the factory size of the tray whereas wet rooms allow for any size and shape.
We often get asked if wet rooms leak and the answer is not if installed by professionals. Good drainage is vital for them to work as they should as is tanking for waterproofing. Waterproofing involves priming the floor with a specialist membrane before the tiles are laid. A gradient is then also included within the floor of the room which ensures water flows into the drain. We also recommend raising the threshold of the door by about 5mm so in the worst-case scenario of a wet room flooding the water would be kept contained.
In theory, any home can benefit from a modern and practical wet room. You’re technically only doing away with the traditional screen, allowing for a fully open and tiled area. For smaller bathrooms, however, we would still suggest you include a shower screen because soaking toilet rolls and towels are no fun after the best shower of your life!
Apart from providing a luxury hotel feel, wet rooms also have many other advantages too. For instance, they can potentially increase the value of your home and they make cleaning the bathroom painless. They shouldn’t, however, be installed by anyone other than a professional installer. Using the wrong type of company can lead to significant damage so always make sure that they are accredited.
When it comes to the type of materials you should use in a wet room, anything non-porous or seamless goes. Corian will give an effortless look and is popular for its low-maintenance qualities. One other thing that you should consider is underfloor heating for your wet room. This will make sure any pools of water are quickly dried up and that you always shower on pleasant warm floors.
Thank you for reading this week’s post exploring wet rooms in South-West London and if you’re in the market for a luxury shower experience our team would love to hear from you. From drainage to tanking, lighting to tiles, our experience with wet rooms is second to none so please get in touch to unleash the potential and discover your dream design! Thank you for reading.