A wetroom is essentially a tanked, or fully waterproof bathroom, where the shower is not enclosed. Instead a partial screen may be used to separate the shower spray from the rest of the bathroom fixtures. This creates a bathroom that is visually stunning, and also incredibly practical. Especially for people who may have limited mobility. While a wetroom can add a heap of luxury to your home, it is important to make sure the tiling is right. Not only do you need the wetroom to be fully waterproof, but it also needs to be safe. Here at Tiles 2 Go, we are Preston’s leading tiling experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to the practical considerations for wet room tiling.
Practical considerations for wet room tiling
For a wetroom to be effective, you need to make sure that the tiling is:
- hard-wearing- no doubt your bathroom is a room that most people will visit multiple times a day. Your tiles need to be able to cope with the amount of footfall without chipping or cracking.
- naturally waterproof- this is up to the buyer, but if you are creating a wetroom, you need to tile the entire floor and walls. If you don’t use tiles that are naturally waterproof, you will have to spend a lot of time on sealing and maintaining your tile choice.
- non slip- off course, most tiles will be slippy when they are wet, but some tiles offer a lot more grip than others. And in your wetroom, especially on the floor, these are the tiles you need.
When thinking about the tiles you should use for wet rooms, it pays to also consider the drainage. For wetroom drainage, there are two types of grills used, including:
⦁ infill grills
⦁ frameless grills
While each of these types of drainage are equally effective, there is an aesthetic difference. The infill grills leave two slits for the water to drain through, and this makes your tiling appear to be almost continuous. On the other hand, the frameless grills leave only one 5mm gap for drainage. Although both drainage systems are equal in function, the choice you make will determine your tiling options.
Porcelain tiles can be a great choice for tiling a wetroom. This is because they are incredibly strong, durable and hard-wearing. They are less likley to crack than ceramic tiles as they are naturally stronger.
For more information or advice about wet room tiling, get in touch with the experts today, here at Tiles 2 Go.