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comment_icon Written on April 14, 2010 at 6:36 am  
 
 

Wet Rooms and Steam Showers

The latest trend in bathroom design is the wet room. With today’s hectic lifestyles more of us are looking for opportunities to relax and unwind within the comfort of our own homes, perhaps too pressed for time to afford the luxury of a break away. Investing in the restyling of your bathroom and making it into your own private hideaway of course has the further benefits of adding real value to your home as well as making a stunning focal point.

The wet room has an open shower area which flows into the rest of the room, thus making them suitable for both small and large rooms, giving an illusion of space through their open plan nature.

Wet rooms look stunning; however, it is imperative that they are correctly fitted to ensure that they are fully water tight.  Due to the work involved it is not really an option if you are on a tight budget.

The Bristan Prism walk in panel is ideal for wet room situations. With it anti-calcium finish on the 6mm thick glass it deters limescale deposits therefore providing an easy maintenance product at 1950mm high and 1200mm wide.

Points to consider when fitting a Wet Room:

arrow The whole room will need to be watertight; the technical term is “tanking”. This should be carried out only by a suitable professional
arrow High quality motor and ceramic/carbon seals to ensure longer life and leak-free operation
arrow The floor will need to be raised about 5 cm to accommodate the waste fittings. The floor will need to incorporate a slight slope towards the waste outlet
arrow The room must have enough structural support to take the weight of all the material and products
arrow Ventilation is important to allow the room to dry out; you may also wish to consider installing under floor heating
arrow Position the shower fittings away from the door to ensure that the water drains only into the room
arrow Consider installing a wall hung toilet and basin too or furniture, to add to the spacious feel and to free up the floor
arrow Think about your floor covering carefully; opt for non-slip surfaces
arrow Choose a stylish shower to set off your room. Consider body jets and movable shower handsets as well as a fixed head
arrow You may want to add a screen to save all your bathroom fittings being regularly sprayed with water

If on reflection a wet room sounds to expensive or complicated maybe a simpler option would be a Walk-In Shower - a compromise between the wet room option and a fully enclosed shower cubicle.

For another relaxing alternative a steam room offer the same health benefits of a sauna. The steam works to remove dirt and toxins from the pores and the high temperature relaxes tense muscles. Steam rooms can be installed as a cubicle within your bathroom space to provide a real sanctuary from the stresses and strains of modern life.

Source http://www.shower-guide.com

 
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