Do Wetroom Showers Need an Enclosure?

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When designing a wet room, whether or not you need to include an enclosure depends on your aesthetic tastes, and if you want to protect other parts of your bathroom from water. In a typical wet room, a shower enclosure or bath is removed in order to create a walk in shower with a single head, and water draining away down a central drain. For this set up, the walls of a wet room are waterproofed, or ‘tanked’, to prevent moisture from leaking out and causing damp.Wetroom Showers enclosure

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So, in most cases wet room showers will not require a full enclosure, as the shower area and tray will be level, or almost level, with the rest of the room’s flower. There are some options, though, for adding in some kind of enclosure, or at the very least shower screens. In this context, shower screens can be installed that block out one part of a shower area, preventing water from the shower head from spraying over toilets, sinks, and other furnishings that you don’t want to get wet.

When a wet room itself acts as an enclosure with full insulation, these screens are primarily in place to provide flexibility over how you want to control jets of water. Some screens can also be set up to be as minimalistic as possible, and sloped to create a strong aesthetic effect, and for easy cleaning. Handles and bars might also be included with these wet room showers to reduce the risk of slipping when inside a shower.

How you choose an enclosure or screens for your wet room shower depends on the amount of space you have, and whether you feel it necessary to add a frameless enclosure around a shower tray. Walk in shower enclosures can still have panels, just not the entire unit that you see with a normal shower; if you have a larger bedroom, screens can be a good idea of separating one part of your bathroom.

Many wet room shower screens will lack moving parts, meaning that they can just act as a way of avoiding water from going everywhere when you shower; water should be allowed to run and drain down into a drain without soaking toilet roll holders and other items. If you are buying wet room screens and frameless enclosures, it’s worth investing in thickened glass that can provide extra levels of protection from powerful shower heads, while matching them to a bespoke shower tray.

How minimalistic you want to be with your wet room shower depends on the space that you have, and whether you want to experiment with additional furnishings like wall bars and corner bars. In a small wet room where the shower is the main focus, it may not be necessary to have screens or an enclosure at all, as you can simply use the entire room as an extension of a shower enclosure. It’s worth, then, looking into different options for shower screens and partial enclosures when designing your wet room.

Author Bio: Piter Thomas is a DIY and interior decoration blogger. He’s recently enjoyed success installing wet room showers with partial enclosures and screens.

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