THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO WALK IN SHOWERS AND WET ROOMS
THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO WALK IN SHOWERS AND WET ROOMS
Walk in Showers and Wet rooms have become a very popular option for those renovating the bathroom, as most people prefer to shower rather than bath. We lead busier lifestyles than ever before, and a walk in shower or wet room provides a stylish and practical showering solution for all age groups, ranging from young professionals to the elderly, as well as for those with restricted mobility.
So, if you’re planning a new bathroom and wondering whether to install a walk in shower enclosure or a wet room, our essential guide uncovers all you need to know – from how much you can expect to spend, to the different types of walk in showers and much more, which will hopefully help you make the right decision.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WET ROOM AND A WALK IN SHOWER?
The difference between a wet room and a walk in shower is that in a true wet room, the space is completely open plan (although a wet room shower screen can be used), and the water flows away through a drain in the floor, whereas a walk in shower typically features one or two glass screens and a low level shower tray. Both options provide easy access and make a real statement in any bathroom or en-suite.
Budget, time restraints and style, all play a role in deciding whether to have a full wet room fitted in your home, or to opt for a walk in shower enclosure for a modern look.
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HOW TO CHOOSE A WALK IN SHOWER OR WET ROOM
At Welleader Factory, there’s a wide range of walk in showers and wet rooms to suit any shape or size of bathroom. First Once you’ve made a decision, you will then need to think about the shape and position.
There are three main types to choose from including recessed, corner and floating.
Recessed – fits into an alcove and is ideal for replacing a bath. This type features a single glass screen, which can be fitted to allow for left or right entry. The glass screen is available in a choice of profile and arm finishes including chrome, white and black. The arm can be fitted to the wall or ceiling.
Corner – fits into any corner of the bathroom and can replace a standard shower enclosure such as a quadrant. This type features two glass screens, which come in a range of profile and arm finishes including chrome, white and black. The arm can be fitted to the wall or ceiling.
Floating – creates a very sleek, modern look, and allows for entry at either side. This type features a single glass panel and floor to ceiling poles in a chrome finish.
Measuring 1900mm in height to catch more splashes, our glass shower screens come in a choice of widths including: 700mm, 800mm, 900mm, 1000mm, 1200mm, 1400mm.
You can take your pick from a wide range of configurations, or you can simply choose a single glass screen. Each screen features 8mm toughened glass with an easy clean protective coating.
WALK IN SHOWERS AND WET ROOMS – THE BASICS
Walk in showers and wet room glass panels don’t have a door unlike a traditional shower enclosure. Instead a simple glass panel separates it from the rest of the bathroom. The frameless glass panel can either be fixed to a wall, or for a walk-through design, held in place parallel to a wall by a pole attached to the ceiling, or facing a wall.
Wet room glass panels can be fitted onto a low level shower tray, which provides an easy yet effective way to create a sleek minimal look, or they can be fitted direct to the floor. A great alternative to wet room glass panels, walk in shower enclosures consist of a narrow framed or frameless glass screen that’s teamed with a rectangular low profile shower tray.
Available in various styles and sizes, walk-in showers give the bathroom a modern, seamless feel, while offering a practical showering solution. They can be fitted in a recess so there’s just a single glass panel on show, or with two glass panels, as well as with or without a shower tray.
WHAT IS A WALK IN SHOWER?
A walk-in shower has no doors, which allows you to simply walk in. This type of showering solution typically includes a wet room screen and a low profile shower tray. One end of the shower is open to the room and can be used to dry off, while the opposite end is the showering area with a glass screen. Walk in showers allow you to create the look and feel of a wet room but without all the associated cost.
ADVANTAGES OF WALK IN SHOWERS
Walk-in showers have many advantages, and they are a great option for adding smart, contemporary style to any bathroom. Here’s some benefits to a walk in enclosure.
Perfect for small bathrooms
Walk in showers are ideal for small bathrooms as they help to create the illusion of more space. A bulky shower enclosure means you have to account for the space taken up by shower doors and a high tray, but opting for a walk in shower removes this need.
Creates a bigger and brighter space
You can also install a walk in shower without a tray, which will offer more flexibility when it comes to the layout, as there is no tray, it can be fitted into a tight, awkward space. A single glass screen provides an uninterrupted view through the bathroom, making it appear bigger and brighter – perfect for small bathrooms where there’s limited space and no natural light.
Ideal for those with limited mobility
Another fantastic benefit that a walk in shower has over a shower enclosure with doors, is that it’s a lot easier to use. The doorless and almost step-free design, makes a walk in shower a great choice for those with limited mobility and the elderly, who struggle to lift their leg over a bath and keep their balance. There’s also plenty of showering space, so you can wash young children with ease. You could even fit two shower heads for a luxury touch.
With just the glass screen, shower tray and shower head to clean, walk in showers are much easier to maintain, compared to a traditional shower enclosure. When shopping for walk in shower screens, make sure to choose one that features an easy clean protective coating that repels grime and soap scum to keep it looking like new for longer.
Designer style that adds value
A walk in shower room features clean lines and minimal looks, which provides a high-end feel and makes a statement too. If you ever decide to sell your home in the future, a walk in shower can make a real selling point.
With minimal fittings and no moving parts, a walk in shower is a durable and robust showering option that will last for many years.
WALK IN SHOWERS – THINGS WORTH KNOWING
When choosing a walk in shower there are a few things worth knowing…
- All glass screens must be toughened and meet related Standard Certificates. The thicker the glass the better, between 6-8mm is standard.
- Large expanses of glass in the bathroom could mean lots of cleaning, but glass panels with an easy-clean coating help to prevent soap scum from building up and sticking to the glass, so cleaning will be less of a chore.
- Glass panels that are framed and edged with chrome, are ideal for families with young children, as the edge is slightly blunter. For a really seamless look opt for a frameless screen – this will have a bevelled safety edge.
WHAT IS A WET ROOM?
A wet room is where the shower is completely open and the shower floor is flush with the rest of the bathroom floor. The shower area of the floor has a slight gradient to allow the water to flow in the direction of the drain. A wet room needs to be completely sealed with waterproof boarding to prevent the water from leaking, so for this reason it’s best to hire a professional to carry out the installation work. A glass shower screen can be fitted to protect items such as loo roll and towels from getting splashed with water, which is ideal for small wet rooms.
ADVANTAGES OF WET ROOMS
Wet rooms have many advantages, and they are a great option for adding sleek, designer style to any bathroom. Here’s some benefits to a wet room.
Adds value to your home
A wet room will give your home wow factor, and create a selling point if you ever want to sell in the future. As long as the wet room is installed properly, it will add value.
As well as being stylish, wet rooms are ideal for those who are disabled and for the elderly too. As there’s no shower tray, access to the shower is a lot easier.
Creates a designer look
Wet rooms are a super stylish option, and perfect for adding designer style and a focal point to your home.
Ideal for small bathrooms
Creating a wet room enhances a sense of space in a small bathroom, and removing the bath means you’ll end up with loads more room. Even if you fit a wet room screen, the space will still look bright and airy. Wet room screens come in a wide range of sizes to suit any space.
Easy to clean
A big advantage of a wet room is that it’s easy to clean and maintain. There’s no shower tray to worry about, and if you fit a wall mounted basin and toilet, then it’s easier still.
WET ROOM SHOWER SCREENS – GLASS THICKNESS
At Welleader, all our wet room shower screens and walk in showers feature 8mm toughened safety glass with an easy clean coating. 8mm glass is the recommended thickness for wet rooms and walk in enclosures, as it’s tough and durable. It also provides a high-end, luxury feel.
HOW MUCH DOES A WALK IN SHOWER AND A WET ROOMA WET ROOM COST?
This all depends upon the size of the walk in shower and the thickness of glass you choose. But, you can expect to pay from us$100 for a walk-in shower without tray at Welleader, while a wet room screen without drain will cost us$80.
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