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The Pros and Cons of Wet rooms

By: Mike Lovatt / Last UPDATED: November 10, 2022

Wet rooms are becoming more and more popular as people move away from the shower in the bathtub / separate shower cubicle and want the ease of being able to just walk in and out of their home shower as if they were at a swimming pool.

Having a wet room does not mean that you have to remove the bathtub altogether. Bathrooms with a combination of wet room and bath look great and give bathrooms which could look rather cluttered if there was a separate shower cubicle installed; spacious and inviting.

As with any large scale home improvement, it is recommended that you get the opinion of a professional prior to commencing with the work to ensure what you want is feasible and going to work for yourself as you want it. Also that you use a professional to do the work, mainly because the area in question will need to be waterproofed, and if not done correctly it can cause issues later on.

There are always pros and cons to any work that is done in your home, which will not only effect the way you live, but also the value of your property – we have compiled a small list of the main advantages and dis-advantages to installing a wet room in your property, please be aware that this list is not exhaustive and there may be underlying factors that are only apparent in your case.

Advantages of installing a wet room Dis-advantages of installing a wet room
Perfect if you have a smaller bathroom – as removing the bath can create a lot more space. Depending on the layout of your room; if a screen is not installed; items like towels and toilet roll can become damp due to the spray.
If you have more than one bathroom – and you create a wet-room from one of them it can add value to your property especially if you have more than 3 bedrooms. If you only have one bathroom with a bath installed, and swap it with a wet room without one, it could make your property less saleable as buyers tend to want one bath.
Wet rooms are easier to clean as there is less in them that can get dirty. If you go for epoxy grouting and wall hung toilet and basin you will get as easy maintenance a wet room can be. Wet rooms should be tiled from floor to ceiling – and that will cost more than tiling just inside the enclosure or above the bath.
A properly installed wet room is less likely to leak and cause water damage than that of a standard bathroom – any spilled water just goes down the drain. The room will need to be professionally waterproofed – if it’s not done properly, leaking water can cause damage.

For information on how to prepare your bathroom for retiling or tanking why not check out our dedicated article. Or for more general information why not send us an email:

Article by Mike Lovatt

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