Wetrooms - Picking the right materials
When it comes to bathroom inspiration, wet rooms are becoming more popular than other bathroom trends, especially as ensuite designs. There are a large variety of different materials to choose from and It’s important to carefully consider the right materials for you and your home.
- Tiles are the most common material used for wet rooms, and can be used for both the floor and walls. Tiles are available in a plethora of designs and colours. They can range from incredibly cheap to rather expensive, depending on what kind of material you want to use.
- Ceramic tiles are one of the more popular choices due to their affordability. They are available in a variety of different colours to suit any wet room. Ceramic tiles are made from clay and are kiln-fired and then finished with a coloured, sometimes patterned, glaze. Porcelain tiles are a type of ceramic tile that is less porous and less prone to wear and tear, hence the higher price of porcelain tiles.
- Marble is a natural stone that can be cut and shaped into tiles for luxury ensuite designs. They also come in a variety of colours and designs. Due to marble being a naturally occurring stone, marble tiles cut from the same piece of stone can look vastly different from each other. Marble tiles are more expensive than ceramic tiles but have a much more stylish look.
- Limestone is another natural material that contains sea water lime. Like marble, limestone tiles can vary in appearance but has a much more limited colour variety. Limestone is generally cheaper than marble and is more expensive the average ceramic tile. There are different types of limestone tile including travertine tiles that have had additional pressure and heat applied to it naturally.
- Other wet room and bathroom trends include mosaic tiles, a picture or pattern that is made out of various materials, including ceramic and glass. The tiles used are generally much smaller than normal tiles and come in a myriad of colours.
- Whatever tiles you opt for, you should always hire an expert to fit them to make sure that everything is sealed tight and no water can escape and potentially cause damp. If you opt for floor tiles, make sure that you use a slip resistant finish to minimise any risk of an accident.
- Any of the above tiles can also be used for the flooring as well as the walls but there are plenty of other options for the flooring.
- One wet room and bathroom inspiration is vinyl flooring. Vinyl flooring is available in a range of styles and colours and modern vinyl can be made to look like realistic wood or stone flooring etc. Vinyl flooring is warmer and softer than tiles and is water resistant and easy to fit.
- You could also opt for a concrete floor. Prior to pouring the screed, a drainage system will be installed. Once the floor is fitted, the wet room will be completely waterproofed.
- Another option is rubber flooring. Rubber flooring is warm underfoot, tough and is available in a large range of colours, patterns and textures. If you plan to have rubber flooring, you should choose a texture that’s slip resistant
- Another wet room or bathroom inspiration is a timber floor. With a timber floor, a ‘dec’ is fitted to replace the traditional shower tray, during this everything is made waterproof.
- Other wet room and bathroom trends include things like underfloor heating. Underfloor heating keeps your feet warm and help to dry out the flooring after the wet room has been used.
When it comes down to it, budget and the existing decor in your home will probably play a large role when it comes to deciding what materials you want to use. If it’s in your budget and it fits the style of your home, go for marble. If cost is a factor, go for ceramic tiles. Whatever your budget, there’s something for you.