- Leak free – when your house expands and contracts due to ambiert temperatures, wetroom systems work with this and not against it. (This is one of the reasons why shower trays in new build homes are always installed on legs, for easy access to reset the shower tray once the house has found its level in the first 12 months)
- Aesthically more pleasing
- With a wetroom the customer benefits from the use of a leak free waste as the waste on a wetroom tray is part bonded into the tray rather than being a separate entity as it is with standard stone resin/acrylic shower trays. There is always a chance long term that a shower tray waste will start to leak.
- Wetroom trays and floors have a great U rating making it more economical for electric underfloor heating. (The heat is reflected back up through the tiles rather than lost through the floorboards). It also means that the whole room can benefit from underfloor heating in those cold winter months INCLUDING THE SHOWER TRAY AREA.
- Ideal for less able customers as the room can be made level access, eliminating the need to step up into the shower area.
- As the tray and boards are made of high density blown foam it is lightweight, easy to handle and easy to cut. However with its fibre glass matting, resin mortar and hydrostatic coating it has high compressive strength making it a much better substrate to tile onto rather than plaster board or timber.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are they Safe?
Yes, installed properly by experienced bathroom fitters they are guaranteed not to leak and are technically a safer option than a shower tray. The main reason is that when your house expands and contracts (and all houses do), the wetroom system can work with this movement rather than against it. A standard stone resin shower tray is often just connected to the wall with some sealant and when this fails over time due to age and wall movement, water will find the gaps and potentially start appearing on the ceiling below.
Is it true that you can only install a wetroom on the ground floor?
No, the wetroom trays we use are designed for both concrete and timber floor use so are equally safe to install and use in a first floor ensuite or family bathroom.
How do you create a level access wetroom?
In a typical timber floor scenario, we use a 30mm high wetroom tray. This will be the necessary size to suit the showering area, for example 1200mm x 900mm. We then position this tray so 18mm is beneath the floor surface and 12mm above. This enables us then to use 10mm waterproof boarding to clad out the rest of the room. The average floor tile is 10mm thick and allowing 2mm thickness for adhesive we have created a completely flush tiled floor.
On an established ground floor wetroom, so concrete based, we again use a 30mm tray and chisel this beneath the surface by 18mm. As we do not need to use any backer board to surround the tray, we can tile directly over the concrete floor to create the level access wetroom.
With a ground floor new build project, the process is the same except we would use the 40mm high tray and place into the foundations. It can then be screeded up to allowing the tiles to sit directly on top of the tray and rest of the room.
Too Late... I have already Screeded and have piped under floor heating
The only option is to then use either the 30mm or 40mm tray with a substrate. This will raise the shower tray area to either 110mm or 120mm. This is often done as the look achieved is one favoured by many, particularly as it can be enhanced by the use of floor spotlights and can give the ‘wet’ part of the room definition by being raised above the rest of the room.
How will the water drain away on a tiled tray?
All shower trays supplied have been manufactured to include a 10mm fall towards the waste. It then requires the expertise of an experienced wetroom tiler to ensure they maintain this fall.
This is the biggest reason why you must ensure that you employ the services of an experienced wetroom fitting team, otherwise you will be left with pools of water, long after the shower has finished.
Can I use electric underfloor heating in the bathroom with a wetroom tray?
Yes we very rarely ever install a wetroom without the use of underfloor heating. The tray and the accompanying 10mm board has great insulation value so clients get the ultimate luxury of a great looking shower whilst standing on a heated floor.
How do you ensure it is waterproof at the joins and corners?
All board joints and wall corners are covered with waterproof tape to create a totally sealed room prior to tiling.
Can I use the 10mm floor boards on the wall?
Yes, if you want total piece of mind that your entire shower area is waterproof and fully insulated to reduce condensation then we recommend installing the boards on the walls as well. Whilst not critical to do so, the boards do offer higher adhesion to tiles than either timber or plasterboard.
The boards can be either tiled or plastered on to so can be used in all areas of the bathroom or even house.
Can any tray size be supplied?
Yes, like stone resin shower trays standard size trays are kept in stock, however if a larger size is required or the waste required to be in a specific, non standard position, a specially made tray can be ordered. These typically take 10 to 14 days to manufacture and be delivered.
Are we covered by a guarantee?
All the products we use are British made and covered by a comprehensive 10 year guarantee against manufacturing defects.