“Everything would get very wet” – expanding on the list of Cons from our previous post this can prove to be true. However, this would only happen if you choose inferior quality items, an inexperienced designer specifies an unsuitable place in the bathroom to locate your wetroom or if the incorrect products are sourced; such as the length of the glass panel being too short. So, although it does happen, it can easily be prevented with a bit of planning and help from a professional.
Hard water areas
For those lucky enough to live in “soft water” areas, you can skip this section. For the rest of us who suffer “hard water” and need a solution on proofing their wetroom against water-stains caused by the high mineral content, avoiding white or black tiles alone is not enough. You must choose tiles with a suitable design and the right colour grouting, I’ll explain:
It’s all about choosing a pattern on the tile that will disguise water marks, soap and lime scale that build up in wetrooms. Medium coloured tones are preferable but if you desire an ultra-light or ultra-dark design, go for a textured print all the way!
Choose a colour grout that best matches the colour of the tile. Many make the mistake of using darker grout on the floor of their wetroom, as they naively believe it “won’t look dirty”. However, this as a mistake as it will instantly look old and grubby if your grout is darker than your tile. Also, a lesser grade grout will discolour with time so it’s very important to choose a good quality grout.
Mosaics vs big tiles
Many fitters and tilers will tell you that they prefer mosaics for wetroom areas. However, we install a vast amount of wetrooms and recommend using larger tiles for a cleaner finish. Generally, mosaics are more expensive and will be harder to maintain due to the amount of grouting required.
On the other hand, depending on your design mosaics could be the right call; for instance, the mosaics may complement a feature wall at the end of the shower or if the colour of the mosaics is part of a bold statement in the room. In this instance we would not completely rule out mosaics, you just need to plan carefully to ensure it is the right solution for your wetroom.
There is a wide variety of brands and styles for wetroom drainage. Prices alter significantly depending on which brand and style you choose. Here are some of the most popular styles available from our wetroom range:
Cost and installation
Costs vary widely for products and installation. However, this is an area in the bathroom where you don’t want to skimp on price as you want to be able to count on the quality of the product to avoid future problems.
One of the most important things is to be sure the fitter feels confident with the products they’re using in-order to provide a good guarantee on the work executed. If your fitter doesn’t feel assured to guarantee the job then it’s time to call a wetroom specialist.
In our case, we have vetted our wetroom products very carefully so we can go in fully confident that the wetroom is not going to come back with any problems, which is what we expect for future proofing and our client’s piece of mind.
To see some of the wetrooms we have installed, browse through our portfolio where we have lots of examples on how this great shower solution looks and works!