Wetrooms offer a sleek, uncluttered, luxurious and easy to clean space for bathing
and showering in. Wetroom floors are normally heated throughout, including the shower
area, so any surplus water left from showering quickly dries, of course there is
also the added luxury of a warm floor while you shower...Although quite commonplace
overseas wetrooms are now becoming more and more popular in the UK
What is a wetroom?
Wetrooms are basically a bathroom that has been waterproofed allowing areas such
as shower enclosures to be built without the constraints of shower trays and doors.
Virtually any size or shape room can be waterproofed and with the optional use of
specially shaped or made to measure waterproof construction boards, design is limitless.
Due to the strength of permanent and flexible waterproofing systems, wetrooms have
a much longer life span than a conventional bathroom with an enclosure.
How a wetroom is built.
There are several ways to build a wetroom, TK&B uses two types depending on design
The principles are the same, after preparation of the substrate (floor and walls)
such as strengthening, installing heat mats, insulation, shaped flooring, plumbing
etc the floor and walls are then waterproofed, this is called ‘tanking’
Tanking is a reinforced, flexible, rubberised coating that enhances the bond between
the tiles and the floor/walls adding strength to the room and permanently waterproofing
Grout and silicone joints alone are not enough to waterproof a room, so a secondary
fail safe barrier (tanking) needs to be in place.
All services such as plumbing pipes are normally completely hidden within the floors
and walls, thus ensuring good waterproofing qualities and also keeping clean uncluttered
lines on the finished product.
After a day or two the tanked room can then be tiled. A tanked room ready for tiling
is pictured right.
Depending on the floor tiles used, a technique called ‘envelope cutting’ is used
to lay the tiles around the waste gully, this allows a slope for water to flow into
the gully from all directions.
If smaller mosaic tiles are required then a pre shaped base is used, this has the
slope built in and the tiles are simply laid directly onto it.
Sheet glass shower walls and wall hung sanitoryware complete the luxurious wetroom
This is the easiest and most popular way to create a wetroom, the second alternative
is pictured below.
A system of waterproof construction board that is fixed to walls and floors and then
sealed with a special tape can produce some very interesting results.
This type of wetroom construction can be very detailed and literally has no design
Items can be made to order or pre cut boards can be shaped on site
Just a few examples of what can be achieved with waterproof construction board
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