The Best Bathroom & Wet Rooms In Birmingham
Get your superb luxury wet room from Landons Wet Rooms and in this article we shall explain the differences between walk in shower rooms and wet rooms.
Should you install a wet room floor or a more traditional walk in shower tray? Wet room floors have become far more accessible with lower costs, easier wet room floor fitting kits and more consumer knowledge. However, is it still safer and cheaper to install a shower tray rather than a wet floor?
The very mention of a wet floor used to have plumbers and fitters sweating with fear! There are still plenty of bathroom & shower fitters who will still try and persuade their customers not to consider a wet floor. This is due in part to the increased labour costs involved which may put the consumer off the whole idea, but mostly down to the fear of repercussions should the system ever fail. Most fitters have at least one well worn scare story to do with a wet floor installation going wrong.
Certainly the damage that could be done if a wet floor were to leak is not something most people want to dwell on for too long. However, with modern wet room floor kits there is virtually no chance or leaking as long as the fitters follow the manufacturers instructions. It is only when the fitter decides to either take a few short cuts to save time, or thinks that they have done enough wet floors that they need not bother with instructions, that thinks can go wrong. Whilst wet floor kits are essentially very similar, they will all have slight manufacturer differences and therefore it is essential that the fitters follow the instructions to the letter. You should also make absolutely sure from the outset that your fitters are fully insured, and that you have something in writing from them accepting responsibility for the actual installation (not manufacturer defects). You will soon weed out the good from the bad fitters when asking for this – any decent fitter will be happy to accept responsibility for his work.
Whilst wet room floors have come down in cost and are much easier to have fitted, they are still more expensive and time consuming than having a traditional shower tray fitted. You can create a very close wet room imitation with a large, low level shower tray say 1600 x 800mm and combine this with a single glass panel to create a simple walk in shower enclosure. This is the easiest way to get a wet room ‘feel’ but will not be as stylish as having a hidden tray under the floor and full tile effect like you get with a proper wet room floor. It will also usually require a small step into the shower tray, so if you require wheelchair access then a full wet floor is still the best option.