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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a wet room?
A wetroom is a level access waterproof shower area. Wet rooms offer a minimalistic aesthetic that complements any style of space and offer a seamless transition from the rest of the bathroom. Please view our Gallery for inspiration.
Where can a wet room be installed?
A wetroom can be installed in almost any space, they can be installed on concrete or timber floors, on any floor of a property even the loft.
How long will a wet room last?
Correctly installed and maintained, our wet room systems will last the lifetime of the floor covering. For example if in years to come you decide to change the tiles, removing the old tiles will damage the tanking membrane underneath. The membrane would need to be removed and the area re tanked before tiling.
What is needed to install a wet room?
This can vary slightly depending on the specific installation and substrate, generally you will need a wetroom tray of appropriate size for your required shower area, these trays have built in falls to allow the water to flow away down to the drain, you will also need a tanking system to waterproof the area.
We offer a large range of Wetroom Kits, each kit includes a wetroom tray, compatible drain, grid and tanking system, to make things even easier our wetroom kits are separated into categories based on the flooring being used.
You may also require Tile Backer Board to clad the walls in the wet area and also to level the floor with the wetroom tray.
Please view our detailed Wetroom Guides section for more information.
How do you install a wetroom?
Installing a wet room is relatively straight forward, all our kits come with full detailed installation instructions which can be found here.
We also have detailed Wetroom Guides.
Do you really have to waterproof a wetroom?
Yes, generally all wet-areas should be tanked but this does depend on the type of surface covering being used. Wet-areas include wet rooms, bathrooms, showers, steam rooms and other areas subjected to regular water contact.
Tiled wet-areas must always be tanked. - Tiles, grouts and adhesives are not suitable water barriers, over time water will permeate through the grout and adhesive and can cause major problems including water damage to other rooms, damp, mould or lifting tiles. The British Standards Institute code of practise BS 5385-1 clause 188.8.131.52 recommends that all substrates should be tanked before tiling, "in wet areas.... substrates should be protected with a suitable proprietary tanking membrane system".
Microcement wet-areas. - we do not recommend tanking however, please contact your microcement manufacturer for advise.
Vinyl flooring in wet-areas. - it is not necessary to tank, the vinyl itself will act as the water barrier.
Waterproof shower wall panels - it is not necessary to tank behind these panels.
How do you tank a wetroom?
We offer two different systems for tanking, please take a look at this Tanking Guide for more information.
Which wetroom system should I use?
It depends on a few factors, please take a look at this guide for more information.
What is microcement and is it suitable for use in wetrooms and bathrooms?
Microcement finshes are becoming a very popular choice, for more information please take a look at this Microcement Guide.
Can you have underfloor heating in a wetroom?
Yes, all our wetroom systems are compatible with both wet and electric underfloor heating.
Electric underfloor heating must not exceed 200w per m².
Please view our Underfloor Heating Guide here.
Please view our range of underfloor heating including smart stats here.
Where can you fit a steam room?
A steam room can be created in almost any space on any floor, from the corner of a bathroom to a large dedicated room.
Please read out Home Steam Room Guide for more information.
How do you create a steam room and are they easy to install?
A steam room is essentially an insulated, waterproof room with a steam generator and controller. They are very simple to create and install once you understand the fundamentals. Our Home Steam Room Guide offers a good insight into the process.
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