Wet Room VS Walk-In Shower

When spicing up your bathroom and creating a modern design, many people have opted for a wet room or walk-in shower option to save space, keep the clutter to a minimum, and give their bathroom or en-suite an eye-catching style.

Wet Room & Walk-In Shower

Both walk-in showers and wet rooms can use glass panels to separate the shower from the rest of the bathroom; however, there are no doors involved. This creates a glass room within your bathroom installation with a single open end to enter and exit from. Both options offer a lot of benefits and help to maximise your available space, even in the smallest bathrooms.

What Is A Wet Room?

A wet room is typically equipped with the main showerhead plumbed into the wall or ceiling, then a cabled showerhead that’s moveable and adjustable.

The room around the shower appliances themselves will be fully equipped to be completely waterproof and the floor will be slightly sloped into a grate. This slope stops the water from puddling in the rest of the bathroom and ensures it drains away easily.

While some wet rooms are accompanied by a glass screen on one side to prevent the spread of water, they can equally be an entirely open plan which can save space while looking fantastic.

What Is A Walk-In Shower?

A walk-in shower differs very slightly from a wet room in that it will always have a shower screen to separate the shower from the rest of the room. A walk-in shower also has a shower tray at the bottom of the installation, just like a shower cubicle. However, this tray is generally set on the floor and doesn’t require you to step up into it.

The shower tray itself catches all of the water and allows it to drain away, so there’s no requirement for the floor to slope in a certain direction. For this reason, many people feel that it’s the easier option to install and does a slightly better job of containing the water.

The Benefits Of A Wet Room Or Walk-In Shower

If you’re thinking of updating your bathroom, installing either a wet room or walk-in shower has a ton of benefits for you to consider.

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●       Minimal Cleaning

In a bathroom, water can get into nooks and crannies and cause mould and mildew if it’s not cleaned out thoroughly enough. However, a wet room or walk-in shower eliminates a lot of those tight corners that you have to clean out, making your bathroom much more hygienic and easier to maintain.

●       Waterproof

Sealant proves to be a giant problem with standard showers. If you have a break in the sealant, this can mean that water leaks down into other rooms in your home, causing water damage. However, a wet room doesn’t come with any of these issues. Because the whole of the floor and walls are covered in tile and grouted, it removes a lot of the potential for gaps to appear over time and let droplets seep through.

●       Style

These days, you’ll find that most hotel bathrooms are equipped with a wet room or walk-in shower just because they look so amazing and stylish. They simply don’t go out of fashion and will give your bathroom that luxury look for longer.

●       Space

A wet room or walk-in shower gives you more space in the bathroom. If you have a wet room, the water will drain away naturally, meaning that you don’t need to set the shower further away from your bath or toilet. The lack of shower cubicles also gives you a ton of extra space to maximise a small bathroom or en-suite.

●       Larger Shower

Who doesn’t want a larger showering space? A wet room or walk-in shower gives you much more space to move around in the shower and makes it an overall, much more practical, and enjoyable experience.

●       Disabilities

A wet room is perfect for people with mobility issues. They allow for a larger space to move around, remove the limitation of glass cubicles, and can also easily be fitted with shower chairs for improved accessibility.

When you’re planning for your new bathroom installation, consider a wet room or walk-in shower to increase space, provide a luxury feel, and reduce maintenance time and costs. To find out more about how we can help create the luxury bathroom of your dreams, get in touch on 02476 651900.

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