Wet Rooms – The Essential Guide

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Wet Rooms – The Essential Guide

Want a wet room, but not sure whether it will work in your home? Read on for the advantages and expert design tips.

Wet rooms are becoming more and more in Vogue, and they’re a great way to add value to your home. Whatever your style and budget, there are a huge range of options to think about.


Where to start? 

You start with a free, no-obligation survey and quotation from MCL (Kent) Ltd 01634 241395.


So, can anyone have a Wet Room?

In theory the answer is yes.

A wet room is basically a shower room that does away with the shower screen and tray, and has an open, fully tiled shower area. If your bathroom is on the small side you probably will need to include a shower screen to prevent everything getting sprayed.


 Water drainage

Installing a wet room is a job for the professionals as a gradient needs to be created along the floor to channel the shower water into a drain and then the entire room needs to be tanked (waterproofed).

The most common method for creating a gradient is to install a sub-floor made from WBP Ply (a type of plywood), which is then tiled over.

Another option is to install a ready-made sloping shower former (a bit like a giant shower tray), which is also then tiled over.

A final method is to use a giant preformed tray (sometimes known as a Hi-Macs system) that slopes towards a drain, and can be fitted across the entire floor without the need for tiling over.

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Waterproofing the wet room involves priming the floor, the lower section of the walls and the whole of the wall area around the shower and then covering with a syrupy membrane. Once it’s set, the room is then tiled.

It’s also worth raising the bathroom door threshold by about 5mm from the floor in case the room fills with water (if someone covers the shower drain with a towel, for example). This will keep the water contained.


Advantages of a wet room

  • A wet room is super-stylish and perfect for creating a contemporary look.
  • As a second bathroom, a wet room can easily increase the value of your home.
  • Great for small bathrooms – removing the bath creates loads more space.
  • Wet rooms are, in general, easier to clean. There’s no shower screen or tray to worry about and if you go for a wall-hung sink and toilet, it’s easier still.
  • If it’s done properly, your floor (the bit under the tiles) is better protected than it would be in a standard bathroom.

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Mobility Access and Disabled Adaption

Wet Rooms are perfect for increasing independence for the elderly or disabled whether it’s a full installation of a level access shower, a disabled toilet or just a set of grab rails we take time to assess your needs and requirements carefully in order to deliver a bathing solution that works best for you. Both practical and stylish our wet rooms and walk in showers are ideal for staying safe in your own home if you have difficulty bathing.

We are passionate about enabling people to stay in their own houses and retain their independence. We work closely with housing associations and many of our installations have been funded by a disabled facilities grant but we also have many private clients wishing to fund the work themselves or those outside of DFG funding.

We complete all building and installation works including plumbing, plastering, carpentry, electrics, tiling and general building so you know from initial survey through to completion you are in safe hands with 35 years experience.

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Whatever your circumstances we have a bathing solution for you.

For a free no-obligation survey and quotation call us on 01634 241395 or email office@mclkent.co.uk, alternatively have a look at our online shop https://mclkent.co.uk/shop/