How to fit a wet room
Once you’ve decided on the design of your wet room you need to start researching them
How everything is installed depends on the system type and the kind of floor it is being fitted to. It is possible for almost all systems and under almost every floor. Therefore, the choice of products for your wet room is dependant on you and your personal choice and primarily your budget.
Wet Rooms: The shower base and outletThere are many options when it comes to the shower base you want in your wet room, it depends on personal taste and the look you want in your unique wet room.
European Wet Rooms - thicker bases
In Europe these style of wet room are the most common, these buildings are most likely to have concrete floors. These are mainly produced by European manufacturers, they are ready to tile and come with a gradient leading to the drainage system. These bases are usually placed into an excavated hole. However when these bases are fitted into a wooden floor, an extra layer of plywood is fitted on tip of the current floor boards. The plywood is very stable and sturdy, which means that the chance of the tiles lifting on a wet room is drastically reduced.
UK Wet Rooms - thinner bases
In the UK and Ireland properties are generally fitted with wooden floorboards and this makes fitting a wet room much more of a challenge. There are shower systems especially designed for this market and are generally very simple to fit, as they are designed to just replace the section of floor they are going in to. These are thinner than the European bases and this sometimes makes people less happy because of the stability and increased risk of tiles lifting on a wet room.
Gullies & Shower Channels for wet rooms
Floor Gully's (normally a small round or square grating) & Shower Channels (long & thin linear channels built into the floor) are simple waste outlets connected to the drainage system. They are generally found at swimming pools or spas. However, they do not tend to go in houses because they do not have a gradient, they have to be built by hand, which is very time consuming and expensive. A floor gully should be built by an expert for a wet room. Shower channels are different because they are straight, so an incline can be built directing the water away.
Wet Rooms: Tanking SystemIt is extremely important to seal a wet room correctly, there are three different names for this, they are:
Wet Rooms: Wastes and TrapsThis means connecting the water pipe from the wet room to the waste pipe or drainage system which will join to the bigger pipes and then the sewage system. A trap must be fitted to this to ensure no unpleasant smells come back in to the room. Some systems are much more complicated to put together as they have multiple parts that need to go together in a certain order. Some systems also require a lot of preparation before the trap & waste system can be fitted. This process is extremely time consuming. You must also consider the volume of water going through the waste pipes and decide if the standard size will be enough.
The many systems available offer combinations of these three criteria, each with advantages & disadvantages. We will try to make the decision easier for you, but before you can make any decisions on your wet room, you need to do a little research.
Wet Rooms: Existing floorWhat type of floor is suitable for a wet room? Generally there are three different types:
Wooden flooring and Wet Rooms
This type of flooring is very common in the UK & Ireland. It covers the supporting joists or beams. The joists or beams support the whole floor & sometimes even the 'studded' walls dividing a space into different rooms. Wooden flooring is found in most houses especially on the 1st floor and in older buildings. These floors do have some movement, after about 3 to 5 years much of a building will have 'settled'. Movement is more of an issue in newer homes, especially those less than 2 or 3 years old.
Concrete floors and Wet Rooms
European homes are usually made of concrete. Made in a variety of ways, this is a very strong, and is an extremely stable floor. Commonly found on the ground floor of buildings, throughout apartment blocks, or in recently built structures.
Other flooring for Wet Rooms Combination floors are much harder to define and less common they exist such as a wooden framework, with a floorboard covering floating, not fixed, on top of a solid concrete floor. Sometimes found in older apartment blocks.
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