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Wet room or enclosed shower?

Wet rooms are likely to consume more water, and in our experience get colder faster than an enclosed shower, so the enclosed shower is the more water and energy efficient option.

Wet Room

A wet room is a bathroom design in which the entire room, or a significant portion of it, serves as a waterproof shower area. The distinguishing feature of a wet room is the absence of a traditional shower enclosure.

Wet Room

In a wet room design, a tray is not typically visible underneath the shower. Instead, the entire floor of the wet room is constructed to be waterproof, and the water drains directly into a floor drain. The floor is sloped toward a drain to allow water to flow freely.

Enclosed Shower

An enclosed shower refers to a traditional shower design where the shower area is enclosed by glass or plastic doors.

Enclosed Shower

Deciding factors

In favour of the wet room:

  • Open and spacious feel - wet rooms create a sense of openness and spaciousness, making even small bathrooms appear larger
  • Accessibility - ideal for individuals with mobility issues, as there are no barriers like shower enclosures or curbs to navigate
  • Versatility in design - allowing for various configurations and creative use of space
  • Easy to clean - generally easier to clean with no shower doors or curtains, reducing the risk of mould and mildew

In favour of an enclosed shower:

  • Wet rooms splash back - without a shower enclosure, water can splash throughout the bathroom. Proper drainage and a well-designed layout are crucial. If you live in an area with hard water, you may also get issues with limescale in the room as a result of water overflowing / splashing
  • Wet rooms require the entire room to be waterproofed to prevent moisture from seeping into the walls and floor
  • Temperature - it gets colder faster in a larger, open space, so you need to consider how to keep the room warmer
  • Installation is more complex with a wet room, involving waterproofing, sloping the floor, and proper drainage
  • Shower head size (and related water consumption) is generally larger for a wet room for design purposes, which is not the most efficient choice

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