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Wet room style guide – the key things to consider

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Mira Showers have shared their ultimate guide to wet rooms, highlighting everything you will need to consider from design, installation and finishing touches…

One of the key bathroom trends we have noticed has been the growing desirability of wet rooms, combining convenience with the minimalist aesthetic that many consumers aspire to. Wet rooms also have the added benefit of providing older generations and those less-abled with greater independence and reassurance thanks to their easy access. What’s more, they provide the perfect replacement for that luxury feel if you are looking to remove a bath.

Whilst wet rooms are a more complex bathroom design, there’s no reason why a stylish wet room look cannot be easily achieved by all.

Key considerations

It is crucial to spend time finding a reputable and experienced installer. With most wet rooms being a retro-fit on an existing bathroom, installing one comes with several practical difficulties and a flooded bathroom is a lot costlier than quality installation. Don’t make the decision lightly, a lot of people don’t realise the time and money it takes.

For those not willing to commit to fully tanking their bathroom, walk-in shower enclosures, when paired with low-profile trays, offer an easily achievable minimalist look. Take the Mira Ascend as an example – a frameless design with the option to install directly onto tiles, it delivers on the wet room look whist creating the illusion of extra space.

Another tip is to always look for anti-slip tiles or trays such as the Mira Flight Safe shower tray.

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Tips for smooth installation

To prevent long-term water egress problems, the wet room needs to be fully tanked – a complex job that requires specialist skills. Drainage is often the biggest challenge and it’s crucial to get right.

Make sure there is enough gradient to drain the water away but not so much that it makes showering dangerous. As a general rule - a gradient of two degrees is perfect. Also, ask your installer to ensure that there is no flex within the floor as this can cause water ingress.

It is important to make sure that your wet room has good ventilation to prevent it from becoming damp after a nice, steamy shower. Under floor heating is not only cosy in the winter but can also help excess water to evaporate, further preventing any issues with damp or mould from occurring. One simple way of installing underfloor heating it to use a DEVImat; they provide a self-adhesive mesh underfloor heating mat that can be used with tiles or concrete floors.

Choosing the perfect style

Firstly, consider your flooring. Whilst mosaic tiles can be a great style statement, glazed ones are not fit for purpose due to slipping tendencies. Dark tiles can add a touch of cool, spa-like luxury or, if you have a small bathroom, opt for light colours and large tiles to give the room a larger, warmer feel.

You might also want to create a sitting spot. If you have the space, furniture such as stools and benches add a comfort that enhances the luxurious spa-like feeling. Finally, features such as dual outlet showers with additional handsets will always add flexibility and luxury to any wet room.

Mira Showers | mirashowers.co.uk

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