The best wet room flooring..?
When you’re in the planning stage of building yourself a wet room, you will need to consider a number of things. The benefits to wet rooms, layout, finish, final style and heating. Read on to discover the answers you are looking for and ultimately, which is the best wet room flooring?
1 Photo courtesy of J&S House of Design
Pros and cons of wet rooms
The main benefits to removing your bath and creating a wet room is for ease of access and creating a five star hotel look for your bathroom. On top of this if you have a small room, it seems to create space, with uninterrupted wet room flooring the eye is not distracted by division in the room.
|Anyone can have one||Nearby materials can get wet (robes / towels)|
|Creates a high style, modern look||Professional fitters required|
|Great in limited space||Porous tiles will need re-sealing 4-5 times a year|
|Easier to keep clean||Might be less appealing to buyers|
|Sub-structure of floor is better protected|
Once you’ve decided a wet room is right for you, then you need to consider the layout and style you want. Most wet rooms are replacing bath tubs and so the layout is pre-determined by the plumbing, but your architect will help you if you are building a new room.
The five star hotel look is hugely popular in wet rooms, giving a contemporary look. Again, the uninterrupted floor, coupled with floor to ceiling tiles is the way to achieve this. If you do need to protect fabrics such as towels and robes from spray, consider glass partitions rather than doors, saving space and adding to the luxurious feel.
Heating a wet room
If you’re trying to achieve luxury hotel style, underfloor heating is the way to go – do away with radiators and ask your fitter to quote for underfloor heating. The advantages of this being that your floor will dry quicker, your feet will always be warm and you will gain more wall space. The disadvantage may be that your towels won’t be warmed, but you can always consider a small heated towel rail for this.
The best wet room flooring
If you prefer tiles or laminate, the best wet room flooring absolutely must be non-slip and preferably non-porous. Tiles are widely available from many high street shops and can be laid by yourself if you are confident. Remember, this tile in particular must be perfectly laid to prevent trip hazards and minor injuries to bare feet. Porous tiles, such as marble and limestone will need resealing every few months, but certainly offer a decadent style.
Vinyl wet room flooring by Polyflor
Low maintenance alternatives to tiles are Polysafe Hydro and Polysafe Hydro Evolve. Two of the leading vinyl safety floorings specifically for wet room flooring. Both manufactured with sustainable slip resistance and high durability they come in a range of finishes and are an ideal alternative to high cost, high maintenance flooring.
2 Polysafe Hydro
3 Polysafe Hydro Evolve
This choice of wet room flooring features safety aggregates in the vinyl and a raised pimple emboss for added grip. They are especially safe for disabled adaptations whilst still stylish, allowing that uninterrupted look of a luxury hotel.
Polysafe Hydro and Hydro Evolve are perfectly suited for continued wet and barefoot areas, eliminating trip and slip hazards. Our favourites in these ranges are the White Stone in Hydro and Amazon in Hydro Evolve, as seen above. Slip resistant flooring no longer looks commercial but is now beautifully stylish and fits ideally into any home.
For professional advice on laying on laying wet room flooring please get in touch and we will be happy to talk through your requirements.
Polyflor: Wet room flooring
Advantages and disadvantages taken from: House to Home
Underfloor heating picture from: Wikipedia