Wet room: basic principles
A typical wet room is 100% waterproof and includes a walk-in shower facility set at the same level as the common floor area. Even though there is no
practical need to enclose the shower space, many homeowners still choose to use some form of glass screen to define the shower area and minimise
the amount of excess water sprayed elsewhere. In an open-plan wet room, the flooring has a gentle slope towards a drain, located within the main
shower area, which means all water flows will drain away. Wet rooms can be installed on both concrete and wood floors and, as with traditional
bathrooms, can be located anywhere in the home. With flooring all on one level, a wet room solution is much easier to clean and its inclusive design
provides safe access for families with younger children and those with limited mobility.
To ensure a wet room is completely watertight, the surfaces of all drainage and tiled areas must first be primed to remove any traces of dust and dirt.
This is then followed by installing a soft waterproof membrane. Once this is in place, tiling best practice is to use a flexible adhesive with
rapid-set characteristics. This allows for potential movement without compromising the waterproof bonding with the underlying membrane and requires
that adhesive is applied to the total area underneath the wet room tiles. Strategically placed dabs of adhesive are not enough, the entire space
must be filled to prevent any water seeping beneath the tiled surface.
Wet room tiles
Where a natural stone finish is required, an elegant tile with simple, clean lines, such as the Indigenous Ink in blue-grey limestone, would be a great choice for a contemporary wet room. These tiles are available in a range of different sizes to create
varying looks from brick bond to larger random lengths.
Marble is a classic material homeowners often choose to create an interior with a timeless
sense of luxury and elegance. Sumptuous white Carrara marble with its tasteful blue/grey veining is a popular choice, as is the rich brown Dark
Emperador with its web-like pale veins. Or for an extra touch of opulence, choose a jet black Nero marble threaded with distinctive white veins.
Slate is naturally hard-wearing and has
inherently good non-slip properties due to its riven nature, making it a perfect choice for a wet room. It works particularly well on walls as
a tile or cladding material, and can therefore be carried effortlessly from floors to walls to create a seamless, contemporary interior.
Porcelain, available in a variety
of different effects ranging from metal, concrete, cement to wood, is durable, naturally stain and liquid resistant and low maintenance. It is very
popular amongst designers and is a fabulous choice for a stylish, minimalist wet room. For an urban, industrial look, choose Smoke Concrete Effect
with its cloudy, dusty grey colour, or for a wood-inspired wall cladding, opt for Light Fawn in a creamy beige, with all the look of wood, but hassle
free - completely waterproof and resistant to wear.