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What is the best showering experience…wet room?

1st Apr, 2022 | Bathroom Design, Bathrooms, En Suite, Interior Design, Quality, Wet Rooms
For many of us, taking a daily shower is part of our everyday routine. That’s a lot of time spent in the shower!
However, showering hasn’t always been so simple, have a look through the diagram below showing the progress that has been made in showering technology.

As you can see, humans have been using showers of some form since waterfall showers in the Ancient World, to the first modern shower invented in 1767 by William Fettham, to the modern electric or digital showers that are used today.

 

Shower Enclosures Vs Walk-in Showers Vs Wet Rooms

Showers are an essential feature in nearly every bathroom due to the fact they take up a lot less space than a bath, they are more water efficient and in today’s fast-paced world, saving time as you don’t have to wait for the bath to fill.

There has been a huge surge in walk-in showers and wet rooms in recent years, and the amount of people replacing their baths with a wet room style shower is becoming ever more common. Walk-in showers and wet rooms are seen as luxurious and modern options to enhance the showering experience opposed to a traditional shower enclosure. We have had customers who have stated that their wet room ‘has changed their showering experience, and they would never choose anything else again’.

If you’re planning on renovating your bathroom and are struggling to decide between a an enclosure, a walk-in shower or a wet room, our blog has all of the information you need, from how much you can expect to spend, to the different types of showering options and the advantages and disadvantages of these options. These combined, will hopefully help you make the right decision for you and your day-to-day lifestyle.

 

What is the difference?

A typical shower enclosure is made up of a shower tray, riser and a door, whether that is sliding bi-fold or hinged. They often incorporate a frame; however, this is not always the case as there are many variations. They are the most commonly seen shower spaces and cost-effective option in modern homes around the world and come in many different shapes, forms and sizes.

Walk-in showers and wet rooms use glass panels and don’t often have a door as you would in a traditional shower enclosure. Instead, a fixed glass panel or panels separate the wet area from the rest of the bathroom and introduce a more simplistic aesthetic look. A walk-in shower differs simply because of the inclusion of a low-profile shower tray with a small step into it.

 

With a wet room the floor is altered, so that the tray sits level with your floor and has a preformed gradient built into it. This is then supported to make it weight bearing and is tiled following the preformed gradient to allow the water to flow away seamlessly through a drain in the floor. The preformed tray is therefore completely concealed within the floor itself, enabling your space to be at one level, no step into the shower and also gives the illusion of more space overall as no tray is visible.

 

These contemporary showers are the perfect solution if you are looking to add a touch of luxury and style to your space. Sleek and simplistic in design, a walk-in shower or wet room provides an innovative alternative to the traditional bath or shower enclosure for all age groups, as well as for those with restricted mobility.

Both walk-in options provide easy access and make a real statement in any bathroom or en-suite.

 

Pros & Cons

Each of the three options have benefits and disadvantages so consider them all carefully as you want to ensure you make the right choice for your space.

Shower Enclosure

Benefit of a shower enclosure:

  • Cost – Traditional shower enclosures are on the whole lower in cost than walk in showers and wet rooms. This is because of the number of manufactures producing the enclosures and the associated labour with installing one. Unlike a walk-in shower or wet room where there is no door, a shower enclosure provides that sense of security.

Disadvantages of a shower enclosure:

  • Accessibility – Not suitable for wheelchair access.
  • Durability – Less durable than the alternative solutions.
  • Logistics or layout of certain homes make them difficult to install in certain rooms.
Walk-in Shower

Benefits of a walk-in shower:

  • A feature in a home that can really add impact and make a statement.
  • Creates the illusion of space and an excellent option for accessibility.
  • More affordable than a wet room.
  • Low maintenance compared to traditional shower enclosures.
  • Shower trays come in a range of sizes and a variety of materials to suit any room.

Disadvantages of a walk-in shower:

  • Not generally suitable for wheelchair access.
  • Logistics or layout of certain homes make it difficult to install in certain rooms.
Wet Room

Benefits of a wet room:

  • A bathroom solution for people with mobility issues needing a more accessible shower experience.
  • Ultimate accessibility with a completely open-plan layout.
  • Creates a feeling of luxury.
  • A great choice for small bathrooms to maximise space.
  • Adds value to your property.
  • A wet room is tanked out with a waterproof system, there are less chances of leaks.
  • Low maintenance.

Disadvantages of a wet room:

  • Generally, more expensive than a walk-in shower.
  • Misconception that a wet room is prone to failing; this is accurate if not installed by a wet room specialist.

 

Costings

Prices can really vary depending on the space you are renovating and the products you select. Below we have listed a general guide with average starting prices for each of the three options, based on a full renovation of the room: a full rip out of existing items, supply and installation of products and tiles, and associated labour & ancillary costs. This incorporates mid to high-end products across the board.

Shower enclosure – £7,000 (Multiple suppliers available, can be installed in most spaces, least intensive labour associated with installation).

Walk in shower – £10,000 (Products are higher in price in comparison to an enclosure, labour can vary depending on scale and space).

Wet room – £12,000 (Specialist products required, more intensive installation process, must be installed by professionals).

 

Warner’s Innovations has been installing innovative bathrooms and shower rooms for over two decades. We are leaders in our industry for installing wet rooms, walk in shower trays and bathrooms of all shapes and sizes. We have an expert team of designers, installers, and project managers ready to transform your space into one you have dreamed of!

Thinking of renovating your space? Get in touch with us for our expert opinion!