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November 8, 2016

Wet Rooms vs. Traditional Bathrooms – Which is Right for You?

Wet Rooms vs. Traditional Bathrooms – Which is Right for You?

Wet rooms are making quite a resurgence in many Western countries as a popular home renovation project while in others they’re what most people think of when the subject of bathrooms is brought up. So, what is a wet room and how do they differ from traditional bathrooms?

The most significant difference between wet room and a traditional bathroom is the shower enclosure. Whereas in a traditional bathroom the shower is enclosed from the rest of the room, in a wet room the room itself acts as the enclosure so there’s no fixed area for the shower.

Here’s a look at the pros and cons of each so that you can make up your mind as to which is the right choice for you. Moreover, you could also contact a plumbing professional like Peter Stannard Plumbing & Gas who specialises in all aspects of bathroom plumbing to see what they recommend regarding your bathroom at home.

Ease of Cleaning

If your wet room is laid out correctly and the right materials have been used, for example, nonporous tiles rather than porous tiles, you’ll find that wet rooms are much easier to clean than traditional bathrooms.

Ease of Movement

As there’s no shower enclosure, wet rooms generally offer greater ease of movement than traditional bathrooms. Having said that, if you have a large shower enclosure that offers you plenty of space in which to move around in, this won’t be an issue.

Disabled Access

Following on from the previous point, as wet rooms offer greater ease of movement and there’s no separate shower area, they’re an excellent choice for people with disabilities who require easier access and mobility.

Property Value

This is something to consider, especially if you’re planning to put your home on the market in the next five to ten years. Since many home buyers don’t favour wet rooms and want a traditional bathroom, this may present quite a hurdle when it comes time to sell. It might be a good idea to do some research into this if you have your heart set on having a wet room at home.

Tiling Options

Because porous materials, like natural stone, aren’t a great choice with wet rooms, you may find that you’re not able to have the tiles you’d like in your wet room. Traditional bathrooms aren’t affected in this regard, so you have more tiling options with a traditional bathroom than a wet room.

Price

Even when you’ve hired plumbers who offer cost-effective services to carry out the plumbing aspects of installing a new bathroom, renovating a traditional bathroom will usually be more affordable than replacing your old bathroom with a wet room because there’s usually less work involved.

However, in a new build, it would be just the opposite as the main expenses involved in creating a wet room are waterproofing and tiling, but with a traditional bathroom you’d require bathtubs and shower enclosures as well.

There are pros and cons to both wet rooms and traditional bathrooms, so consider your situation to decide whether a wet room or a traditional bathroom will work best for you – everyone’s situation is different!

The views and opinions expressed herein are the author's own, and do not necessarily reflect those of EconMatters.

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