Is a wet room a good idea?

Tiled Bathroom

Becoming more popular a wet room a bathroom where the floors and walls can get wet. They are typically tiled and sealed with some form of waterproof membrane, to prevent water from seeping out and causing damage.

When talking with homeowners about creating a wet room space we typically look to second bathrooms.  They can be great for small bathrooms, by removing the bath you can create more space.

People like these spaces because they can be easier to clean, and when done properly the subfloor is better protected than it would be in a standard bathroom.

Where are shower room is a separate space created for the shower area with a threshold, a wet room is where the shower is completely open, and the shower floor is flush with the rest of the bathroom floor. The shower area of the floor has a slight gradient to allow the water to flow in the direction of the drain.

Unlike a typical bathroom design where just the floor and maybe the shower walls are tiled, in a wet room design you have not only tile but the rubber membrane underneath it through all the walls and floor of the room, so this will increase the cost of the project over a standard bathroom with drywall and standard tile flooring.

Curbless Shower

Wet rooms can be very practical if you or someone in your home has needs where they need extra help with showering or have mobility issue.  For anyone who is looking to age in place or has disabilities a wet room may be a good option to allow for changing needs.

To keep the space more comfortable you may also consider including SunTouch and Nuheat products which have been tested and are UL listed for use in shower floors and seats.

Something else to consider when considering a wet room design is longevity. Because the whole area is sealed you will need to do some maintenance to keep it watertight. The life span will vary depending on your ventilation and usage, but you should consider that at least every 10 years or so you will want to have the tile inspected and resealed is necessary.

Hopefully this has given you some good things to think about as you consider whether a wet room bathroom is the right for your family’s needs. If you have questions about your home improvement project or would like more information Contact Almar: http://www.almarbuilding.com (781-826-2577) and watch our videos: http://www.youtube.com/almarbuilding

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