Wetrooms have grown in popularity in recent years, as they provide a stylish alternative to an enclosed shower if you have limited space. While some people prefer the indulgence of a bath, others find that the convenience of a shower suits their busy lifestyle. However, there are many practicalities to consider before you go ahead and install a wetroom in your home. Here, we break down the pros and cons of a wetroom, as well as what to bear in mind before you embark on renovations. 

What are the advantages of installing a wetroom?


· Wetrooms can create a sleek, contemporary space in your bathroom
· Installing a wetroom can increase the value of your home
· A wetroom is the perfect solution for a small bathroom, as removing a bath creates an abundance of space
· Generally they are easier to clean, especially without a raised shower tray or shower screen 
· They provide a safe showering environment for anyone with mobility difficulties

Are there any disadvantages to consider?


· The tiles need to reach from floor to ceiling and this can prove expensive 
· If you're selling your home, some buyers may be put off by the absence of a bath
· A wetroom isn’t a practical option if you have children 

Practical considerations 

We recommend installing under-floor heating in a wetroom, as this will help to dry up the water after use. It’s a good idea to install controls both inside and outside the area where water will reach, so you can turn water on and warm it up before getting wet. Also, consider using large format tiles, which are easier to maintain with fewer grout lines to keep clean. 

Make sure you check your water pressure. High-pressure shower fittings won’t work if you only have low pressure in your bathroom. In this instance, fitting a pump would help rectify this. Finally, ensure you use WRAS-approved products for new-build properties and lifetime homes to meet British Standard regulations.

The most important consideration is to always use an approved installer to fit your wetroom. Your C.P. Hart sales consultant will be able to put you in touch with an installer in your area. 

How to create a wetroom 

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1. Shower panel/enclosure
Choose between a full enclosure, wetroom panel or open wetroom. If you decide on a shower enclosure, select high-quality safety glass that’s at least 8mm, complete with fittings that won’t tarnish or corrode. For a truly open-plan, spacious feel, opt for frameless glass.

2. Shower head 
Decide between a ceiling-mounted or wall-mounted shower head. It can be fixed or adjustable to offer more flexibility. There are many different sizes and spray modes available to suit your tastes and showering preferences. Lighting can now be included in the shower head, which is the ideal solution for small rooms and bathrooms without natural light.

3. Hand shower
A separate hand shower – or handset – is attached on a slide bar or wall bracket. This mobile spray is handy if you have children or need to wash without getting your hair wet. It’s also useful for cleaning the glass and shower area. Match your hand shower with the rest of your fittings for a cohesive look.

4. Shower controls
Both concealed and exposed controls are available, depending on whether the plumbing for the shower can be fitted into the wall. Some older properties may only have the option of exposed shower mixers, as pipework can’t be chased in the wall. Concealed digital shower controls can store individual family preferences for an effortless showering experience.

5. Shower tray
Floor-level shower trays that are fitted flush to the floor are best suited to wetrooms. They have a seamless, unobtrusive look for an open-plan feel, especially when matched with a frameless enclosure or, indeed, no enclosure at all. Shower trays can be specified in any colour to blend in with your bathroom decor. Cast stone trays have an appealing textured finish and give the impression of a slate floor.