There are many different styles of bathrooms, but in recent years the wet room bathroom has continued to gain momentum. In a wet room, the shower is left open and the room has a central floor drain. This design is fashionable and minimalist, working well in both large and small bathrooms. If you’re considering a bathroom remodel, a wet room bathroom might be the right fit for you.
The first thing you should think about is reasons to even consider a wet room bathroom. As it so happens, there are several.
Visually Larger Space
One of the biggest benefits of a wet room bathroom is that the lack of sectioned-off areas makes the room look and feel bigger. This is a great option for smaller bathrooms that need to utilize space efficiently while helping them to feel more comfortable and less cramped.
Easy to Clean
Since these bathrooms are mostly tile and other hard surfaces, all they really need is a quick soap and wipe-down every so often to keep them shining. The ease of cleaning makes them a great addition to any home, especially for anyone that doesn’t want to spend their weekends cleaning the bathroom.
Wet room bathrooms are becoming increasingly popular, making them an excellent selling point that can also raise the value of your home. If you’re looking to remodel but you’re not convinced this is your forever home, this is a good benefit to keep in mind.
The Less Good
Everything has drawbacks, wet room bathrooms included. Knowing what the disadvantages are can help you make an informed decision on whether this style of bathroom is right for you.
Everything Gets Wet
A shower with a door or curtain tends to push condensation upwards, carefully managing the humidity at low points and keeping much of the bathroom dry. In a wet room bathroom, everything will be wet from the humidity every time you shower—the toilet paper, the cabinetry, and even the floor. Due to this, wet rooms need smart storage solutions and appropriate furnishings that work well with the design. For instance, solid wood cabinetry isn’t a good option because the wood will swell and warp from the constant onslaught of moisture.
Wet rooms, even small ones, can be costly. The reason for this is two-fold: they need to be completely covered in tile, and they work best with a heated floor. Making the wet room bathroom work for you can be a bit more difficult depending on the layout of your bathroom. Windows and walls need to be waterproofed, and the ventilation system needs to be top-notch to keep up with the intense humidity. The walls also need to be tiled up to a certain point in order to protect them from the moisture of the wet room. In addition, heated floors are recommended to help water evaporate more quickly to mitigate damage, and because wet tile is a safety hazard.
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