7 Reasons To Consider A Wet Room

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7 Reasons To Consider A Wet Room

Wetrooms are a fantastic way to add functionality within your home, along with new technology and aesthetics.  Not only do they create a sleek modern look, but they also reduce cleaning and maintenance and are very appealing to potential buyers should you ever choose to sell your home.

 

This article by Age Care will provide some insight into the essentials for wet rooms, as well as how certain aspects can promote independence for users. For further inquiries about wet room showers, be sure to contact our highly knowledgable team. Our team will be more than happy to assist you with any questions.

 

What is a Wetroom?

A Wetroom is a bathroom solution that quite simply is exactly what the term suggests – a room that can get wet.  It is a room with a tiled floor that has been waterproofed, or ‘tanked’ as it is known in the industry, instead of having a conventional shower tray. 

If the entire room has been tanked there is no need for any glass screens or shower doors, and the room itself becomes the shower enclosure, with a shower drain inset into a gently sloped floor. However, a growing trend is to add a shower panel to prevent splashing right across the wetroom.

Simply put, a wetroom is fundamentally a sealed bathroom with tiled features providing a contemporary convenience bathroom solution in a modern style design.

Why Choose a Wetroom?

There are many advantages to having a wetroom in your home. From a purely aesthetic point-of-view, a wetroom brings a wow-factor to your bathroom, providing a naturally stylish and modern look. There’s something liberating about showering in a wet room, not confined by a tiny enclosure or having to worry about splashing water on the floor.

What Are The Advantages of a Wetroom?

Space-Saving 

Wetrooms provide a great space-saving solution, particularly in small bathrooms and help create a functional, practical and usable space without requiring bulky fittings and fixtures.

Easy to Clean

Given the absence of fittings and fixtures, wetrooms are incredibly easy to clean.  Shower enclosures, with all their framework and runners, are notorious for gathering dirt and grime, so when it comes to a wetroom, it is refreshing to have nothing to clean other than a single piece of frameless glass or tiled floors and walls.  If you consider installing a wall-hung toilet and floating basin you would have a bathroom floor completely free from obstacles and clutter

 

Increased Safety Factor 

For homeowners requiring easy-access, wetrooms are ideal. With the lack of shower tray and non-slip flooring, wetrooms are perfect for wheelchair users as well as those with disabilities and young children.

Aesthetic Value 

As well as being practical, wet rooms have an undeniable wow-factor, providing an incredibly stylish and sophisticated look and feel to any bathroom. The wall to ceiling tiling, minimalist fixtures and open design oozes simplicity and contemporary elegance.

Increased Durability 

Due to their waterproof nature, wetrooms are extremely resistant to moisture damage and leaks. This results in less maintenance and will also keep your bathroom looking newer for longer. In the long run, this has the potential to save you both time and money.

Value

Wetrooms can add to both the financial and day-to-day value to your home. As they are easier to clean and maintain, you’ll have more time to manage your other daily duties. Using a wetroom as a second bathroom in your home can add additional value to the property if and when you come to sell.

Ease of Installation 

A wetroom can be a slightly more complex installation process than a traditional, but with a little forward planning room is not as complicated as many people might presume. We always recommend our customers select an experienced professional installer to ensure peace of mind and a fantastic end result.

Wet Room Considerations

Drainage & Tanking

It is important that your wetroom is waterproof and has an efficient draining system in place. If not, you risk substantial maintenance and repair costs due to any leakages or water damage. The traditional way to waterproof a wetroom is to install a sealed tanking membrane underneath the floor and behind the walls. 

There are lots of tanking options to choose from, varying from traditional rolls of bitumen tanking to paint-on waterproofing kits.  You will also need to incorporate a slight gradient into the floor in order to channel any water that escapes the shower or sink area.

Ventilation

With wetrooms, as with any bathroom, it is important to keep ensure adequate ventilation is installed in order to prevent mould growth and provide a healthy air flow circulation. This can be achieved by opening windows or installing an extractor fan to remove moisture.

Floor Tiles

As a wetroom will be subject to water coverage, it’s important to choose slip-resistant tiles in order to prevent any accidents and injuries. Natural stone or mosaic style designs are ideal while high gloss tiles with a polished sheen should be avoided at all costs.

Underfloor Heating 

Although not essential, underfloor heating is definitely something worth considering as it isn’t a lot of extra work to install when you are already waterproofing and tiling your wetroom floor.  Underfloor heating systems are easily installed and provide a lovely warmth around your feet whilst also having the extra bonus of drying your bathroom much faster, limiting the potential for mould or unnecessary cleaning.

 

A Summary of Wet Rooms

Wetrooms are a great bathroom solution providing a wealth of advantages and creating both style and functionality to your home.  With a sleek modern look, they not only look great but also reduce cleaning and maintenance and are very appealing to potential buyers should you choose to sell your home.  Whilst a wetroom may be slightly more expensive than your traditional bathroom, the initial cost is well worth the investment in the long-term.

To find out more about Wet Rooms and whether or not you could make use of one, contact our team at Agecare.

 

8 Ways To Make Your Bathroom Viable For Wheelchairs

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8 Ways To Make Your Bathroom Viable For Wheelchairs

Of all the rooms in your home, the bathroom is one of the hardest for wheelchair users to access. It can take a long while to get used to navigating the bathroom with a wheelchair – taking a bath itself becomes a difficult task, and dealing with it day to day can add frustration, turning your bathroom routine into a foreboding experience. But there are options available to make your bathroom wheelchair accessible and the whole process smoother and more pleasant.

Here, we take a look at the things you can do to make your bathroom more accessible, and less of a hassle, for wheelchair users. The Age Care team have been serving the mobility and disability communities for over 20 years. During this time we have provided all our delighted customers with fully tailored mobility bathroom solutions to fit their needs and budgets.

Accessible Doors For Wetrooms

The first thing you should look at is how easy it is for wheelchair users to access the bathroom in the first place. Narrow doorways make it much more complicated to navigate – it’s possible that your current doorways are too narrow for a wheelchair to fit, meaning the room is as good as off-limits to anyone with a wheelchair.

Widening the doorways will make the bathroom instantly more accessible and approachable, and should be a top priority when looking to modify any bathroom in the name of mobility. A minimum distance of 32” between frames should grant free entry and exit to any wheelchair.

Bathroom Adaptations

Installing balance bars on the walls will enable movement without the use of a stick or chair. Having bars in easy to reach locations will also enhance the safety of the bathroom, giving the user multiple points of stability no matter where they are in the room. Balance bars are especially useful in smaller bathrooms, cutting out what would be an uncomfortable experience when approached with a wheelchair or walking frame.

View our dedicated bathroom adaption service for more information on the various utilities we can install for ease of access.

Raised Toilet Seats

Using the toilet can become a much more intensive procedure if you don’t modify it beyond its basic state. It can be especially taxing if the toilet is particularly low down so you will want to ensure that it is raised. You can install a plinth to raise the toilet, or you can use a raised toilet seat for the same effect. Making tasks like these easier is the goal of modifying your bathroom for wheelchair users.

 

Space Creation With Mobility Bathrooms

Having cabinets under the sink cuts off vital space which could be better used to create easy access for a wheelchair. They also complicate the use of the washbasin and mirror. A fully accessible bathroom means easy access to everything inside, removing obstacles will help you achieve that goal. For smaller bathrooms, creating any amount of space is critical, so removing your low level cabinets will dramatically improve navigation without creating any extra complications.

It’s important to ensure that you have enough room to turn your wheelchair around, particularly so if you are alone. Getting rid of cabinets will help make this attainable, especially around tricky areas like the sink.

Level Access Showers & Walk In Baths

Having a shower or bath creates some of the most immediate problems in the bathroom for wheelchair users. You might think that the only alternative is installing a walk-in bath or a level access shower, but there are other, more affordable – and much less disruptive – ways to work around this problem.

Shower Chairs

For those unable to stand for extended periods of time, the use of a shower chair makes using the shower far more pleasant. Shower chairs are adjustable and come with or without a back support.

Bath Lifts

Getting in and out of the bath might be too much for someone with mobility concerns. Installing a bath lift or a floor-mounted bath hoist will facilitate ease of use, taking away the physical challenge of lowering yourself into the bath then lifting yourself out.

Slip Resistant Flooring

Carpets, rugs, and bath mats are a potential hazard if you travel from room to room in a wheelchair. To make your bathroom safer, think about replacing your carpet with tiled or hardwood flooring. Slip-resistant mats on the bathroom floor, in the bathtub, and in the shower will increase safety all around the bathroom. Rubber ramps may also need to be installed to make thresholds safer and easier to manage.

Contact Age Care Bathrooms for more information on how to make your bathroom viable for those in wheelchairs.