How to avoid 4 of the most common wetroom mistakes
Wetrooms add a sense of style and functionality to your home, making a small space appear larger and more functional. If you’re thinking of creating a designer bathroom, a wetroom may be a better option, especially if you require easy access. If you’re still in the early stages of designing your wetroom, you should avoid these common wetroom mistakes.
1. Waterproof properly
Strangely enough, considering that a wetroom can be thought of as basically one giant shower cubicle, one of the biggest mistakes people make when installing a wetroom involves not properly waterproofing the room! When designing your wetroom, you should make sure that before you put tiles on the wall and floor, you create a waterproof layer which forms a watertight foundation. A room that’s not properly waterproofed could result to leakage, which could cause long-term damage the structure of the room – definitely not what you want!
2. Make sure there is adequate drainage
It’s incredibly important to make sure there is adequate drainage, especially considering the repair costs that leaks or water damage could cause. Tile angles are the key focus here; tiled wetroom shower trays have a slight gradient, which will make sure water flows towards the drain, and if you get the angles of the tiles wrong, you could end up with standing water and puddles. To avoid this, you should make sure that the drain is in the best position possible so that water doesn’t flow towards any other areas of the bathroom.
3. Installing a suitable extractor fan
Your extractor fan plays a pivotal and often underestimated role in keeping your wetroom clean, as it helps to prevent the development of damp and mould. These will not only destroy your bathroom furnishings, but if they’re allowed to develop unchecked for long enough, they can even be harmful to human health. You won’t need to be told to install an extractor fan, but it is worth checking that it’s big and powerful enough to do the job properly – and it’s worth giving it a quick check over every few weeks or so to ensure that it’s not getting clogged with dust or debris.
4. Walk-in shower screen so furniture and paintwork doesn’t suffer water damage
If you’re going for an open wetroom, then you may be considering a design without screens – in which case, everything will get wet. That won’t be too much of a worry if you’ve planning to incorporate furniture and paints that are resistant to water, but if not, then it’s worth considering adding a walk-in shower screen. These are minimalistic, so won’t intrude on the space you have available, and add a level of protection from splashes so everything in the wetroom will last longer.
If you’re still finalising your decisions, you can trust our expert bathroom designers to be here to help! They can provide as much or as little advice as you want, or you can just take a look through our catalogue of real customer bathrooms we’ve designed, which can give you some useful information. Or you can always take a trip to our designer bathroom showroom on Manchester Road, where our team will be more than happy to oblige!
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