Types of wet rooms:
The modern wet room simply means that the shower area does not have a shower tray installed, instead it will have showering area with no tray level with the rest of the bathroom floor. In order to achieve this a specialist bathroom fitter needs to cut out a section of flooring (i.e. your floor boards and install a properly supported wet floor deck which has pre-formed falls already contained within the design. This ensures proper flow/ escape rate for your waste water.
Since the immediate waste water level will now be under the floor, whereas previously a shower tray or bath would normally be situated above a careful pre survey will need to be carried out by a competent plumber or experienced bathroom designer before determining whether or not a wet floor application is actually possible.
If your bathroom or shower room area is large enough (generally more than 2m x 2m then a full wet room without a glass shower panel or any other means of shower spray/ water retention is necessary. Room sizes smaller than 2m x 2m will generally require a means in which to avoid the escape of water onto your bathroom furniture and W/C for example during showering especially if you have high shower water pressure.
Wet room with panel:
Most household wet rooms include a wet room glass panel which come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses which allow for installations in different sized bathrooms and shower rooms. Your Dynamic bathroom designer will be able to assist you in choosing the correct options here.
Wet room flooring:
There are several options available nowadays when choosing your wet room flooring.
The most luxurious and best looking option is to tile the entire bathroom or shower room floor and have the tiler envelope the wet room former falls. This provides a superior look rather than having mosaic tiles installed over the former. Mosaics do however provide a better slip resistance and are easier to install.
The other option is to have continuous vinyl flooring throughout the room although a different shower waste and former will be required.
It is not possible to install click laminate in any wet room as it is impossible to create a tidy waterproof finish at the former ends and it’s not possible to install into the former area falls.
Wet floor coving:
When having a wet room floor installed it is not necessary to have floor coving installed around the edges as this application is really only required in commercial applications and is used to help guard against flood damage and helps with fast mopping/ cleaning of the entire floor.
Modern wet wall shower panels are available in a variety or sizes. Normally the wet wall panels are either 1 or 2m wide and 2.4m in height.
Wet wall paneling are either constructed from hollow 10mm thick PVC sheets or compressed MDF, the latter being up to 4 x times more expensive and 6 times heavier.
PVC “shower boards” as they are commonly known are easier and faster to install than either ceramic or porcelain wall tiles and also the heavier (usually 2.4m wide) compressed MDF mainly due to the lightness and ability to cut to size with ease.
Shower boards can be installed in any bathroom and are designed to be installed over old wall tiles if of course the walls are straight enough. They are simply fixed to the wall with special adhesive and are normally a tongue and groove application.