Wetroom flooring offers a waterproofed area for tiling. Originating in Europe, this style of flooring is both reliable for complete peace of mind of a leak-free new bathroom, but also effortlessly stylish, chic and seamless thanks to the ability to finish the flooring with your chosen tiles, which opens up a huge range of interior design possibilities!
Flooring a wet room in the UK is a little different to the continent, generally, most northern European homes have concrete floors and were built with a wetroom style in mind, as this style of bathroom originated in Europe. In the UK we have more rooms with floorboards to contend with, and adapt into bathroom spaces. Wet room flooring options do exist for the UK market, we are confident we can help you find a suitable wet room product for any property in the UK!
This video from Wedi, a leading brand name in wetroom flooring and wetroom building products, provides inspiration showcasing a beautiful Italian bathroom.
So, you are in the market for waterproof wet room flooring for your new shower wetroom. Where do you start? Well, your first port of call is to identify what kind of floor substructure you have. If this is a renovation you may need to lift the tiles or existing floor layer (vinyl, or god forbid a dated bathroom with a soggy old carpet!) and have a good look with the help of your builder or contractor.
The next step is to work out how much, if not all of the rooms’ surfaces you want to “tank” / waterproof. Are you just waterproofing the floor? If you are creating a shower area you will need to waterproof the walls in addition. Take your measurements, in cm or meters. Most packs are listed in meters squared.
Finally, thinking about the final finish, do you want to tile the entire surface? You can purchase shower tray packs from Wedi for example that will join onto the rest of the wetroom area but have their own ready to use surface, the Wedi Fundo Top, in styles Primo, Plano or Riolito Neo in various attractive and contemporary colours.
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Here at UK Bathroom we sell a variety of branded wetroom products, some are bundled into kit form comprising of multiple items, saving you money and time in finding compatible components. We sell a selection of leading wetroom brands such as Aqua4ma by Kudos, Wedi and Impey. Kudos produce their Floor4ma packs, these comprise of the shower base metal tray, tray former for tiling, and waste. They can be trimmed to size from a variety of size options, you can even choose from a new linear style drain which can be customised with your own tile choice. Aqua4ma from Kudos is a 100% waterproof solution for creating showers and wetrooms, with a quick build time and a variety of pack sizes lots of options are available. Impey produce their Aqua-Dec Easy Fit Wetroom System pack which comes in 11 sizes and is also designed to be tiled on to, you can also use this with vinyl flooring, simply specify this at the time of ordering and we will let Impey know to supply the vinyl waste.
The video above demonstrates the breadth of wetroom builds possible with Wediboard, and just how easy and straightforward it is to build and install Wedi.
One of the most comprehensive wetroom brands on the market, and one we recommend very highly is Wedi. You can create an entire wetroom floors and walls from Wedi building products and be completely assured it offers a 100% waterproof surface ready to tile straight onto. A wide range of options are available, if you are looking to create a spa experience at home or you are a contractor or builder creating a spa or whirlpool installation in a leisure hotel, or luxury spa Wedi offer all sorts of products to help you build seating, whirlpool’s steam rooms and saunas. Get in touch with us for help in specifying your project!
If you are just looking to create a waterproofed showering area it couldn’t be simpler with Wedi, we recommend you take a look at their shower bases and shower base packs for tiling, the Wedi Fundo Plano Complete Shower Base is a very popular choice as it comes with an integrated drain and waste ready to install! You can even bring your waterproofing layer up and around your bath, to be tiled over with the Wedi bath front panel kits, your builder or fitter can create an access hatch for future maintenance.
Wedi is suitable for a wide range of wetroom and bathroom applications, offering a 100% waterproof layer ready for tiling, build create and protect with Wedi.
You can create niches with Wedi, these are tiled recessed areas in you shower wall that can be used for decoration but also for handy storage of shampoos and soaps, keeping your new wetroom neat and tidy! Wedi are a global brand and a huge range of bathroom interior design is possible with your selection of tiles and bespoke showering and bathing areas in the room. Combine wetroom building board with a concealed shower such as a Hansgrohe for a winning contemporary bathroom design.
The video above provides bathroom inspiration for creating a wetroom with Wedi in a modern, Spanish inspired style with a mix of fresh white tiles, lots of light and a feature wall with natural stone.
This will depend specifically on the brand you choose to go with, different manufacturer’s designs will have different requirements, there will also be variables for the type of floor you have underneath such as concrete or floorboards. Give yourself enough time and prepare your materials and tools in advance so you won’t have to rush out halfway through the job to get a piece of equipment. A good example of a really easy to install pack would be the Wedi Fundo top, this is a ready to fit surface that works with the Fundo shower system. Fit the Fundo base section, this is a complete system including drainage. Once the Fundo shower base is installed you are ready to add the Fundo top component, apply the Wedi 610 adhesive to the Fundo floor element, a pattern is provided in the instructions to give the best grip (you don’t have to be Michelangelo, this is just a grid pattern across the top). Then simply lay the Fundo top neatly to the edges precisely cover the top with the protective cardboard provided and evenly weigh-down the area while it dries and sets into place. The finishing touch is then to silicone the transitions to the wall and floor tiling joints.
Aqua4ma is a wetroom system by specialist shower enclosure manufacturer Kudos the video above describes their wetroom building system.
The Aqua4ma system by Kudos is made from a rigid UPVC panel which is light weight and forms a watertight seal when joined with Aqua4ma solvent weld “grabber” which is a waterproof adhesive for the boards, binding the panels together. If you opt for one of their Floor4ma packs a metal tray waste and panels for tiling are included. A vinyl waste can be specified and skirting packs in addition.
The image above features a wide range of inspirational finished wetroom and bathrooms made with Impey wetroom products, finish and customise with your own tile choice for a beautiful finish.
Impey offer a variety of quality wetroom building products including waterguard wetroom tanking, glass wetroom screens and underfloor heating. Impey WaterGuard is a self-adhesive waterproof tanking membrane at 1mm in thickness. It is designed for walls and floors and is compatible with powdered flexible wetroom grouts and adhesives. It is rubber coated and comes in a roll, it doesn’t require any curing time and you can tile straight onto it after laying, which can save installation time compared to some paint on waterproofing products sold elsewhere. You can buy these in a kit for example the 5 meter square floor kit comes with 500ml of BAL primer, jointing tape, corners, butyl sealant. Grout and tiles will be required in addition.
The video above shows how you can install an Impey wetroom system simply quickly and easily.