A short guide to
for a self-build property
Possibly the smallest room in your home, the bathroom is certainly one of the most used spaces. Whether you’re
keen to create a serene, spa-style space, or a sleek and contemporary showering area; Shaun Hunt, technical
manager from specialist wetroom systems manufacturer, Impey, explains how the simple addition of a wetroom can
enhance your everyday showering experience and add desirability and value to your property
What is a wetroom?
A wetroom is a waterproofed, open-plan shower
room, usually level-access, which incorporates
an in-built gradient and drainage solution to
allow water to flow away through a flush drain
in the shower floor.
Often including a glass screen to contain
splash, a wetroom can come in all shapes and
sizes and can be fitted as a stand-alone shower
room or incorporated as a ‘wet-area’ within a
traditional bathroom installation.
With options available to suit all budgets,
the look of your wetroom is personalised
by your choice of layout, glass panel style,
accessories and the colour, type, size and
texture of your tiling.
Why install a wetroom?
The versatility and adaptability of a wetroom
makes it perfect for installation into all kinds
of property from apartment conversion to
bespoke newbuild, and a wetroom can be easily
incorporated anywhere in the home, on ground
or upper floors, in loft spaces or basements.
Showcasing the ideal marriage of aesthetic
appeal and adaptability, because a wetroom
is level-access, there’s no shower cubicle to
step into; removing a potential trip hazard
and making it ideal for virtually everyone.
The flexibility of a wetroom ensures it’s
a perfect addition for multi-generational
homes, independent living, visitors who use a
wheelchair, granny when she visits at Christmas
or simply a worthwhile addition if you’re
creating your ‘forever home’ and want to ensure
that it’s future-proof.
Choosing a wetroom system
It’s important to choose a wetroom system
which is quick and easy to install and offers a
leak-free guarantee. Here are some pointers:
1. Floor formers offer the simplest and most
effective way to ensure ideal wetroom drainage.
On a wooden floor, opt for a prefabricated floor
former like Impey’s AquaDec EasyFit, which is
manufactured from strong and sturdy GRP and
acts as a floor board replacement to channel
waste water towards the drain. The EasyFit’s
rotating drain aperture, spins around so it can
be ideally positioned to avoid joists or existing
pipework; reducing installation time, costs and
If your wetroom is to be installed onto a
concrete floor, you can dig out the relevant
space and fit a click-together matrix-style floor
former like Impey’s AquaGrade, which is simply
filled with screed and smoothed down to create
a perfect drainage gradient.
2. Waterproofing or tanking as it is commonly
known in the plumbing trade, is a failsafe way of
guaranteeing you achieve a leak-free wetroom
installation. A well-installed wetroom will offer
many years of maintenance-free showering, and
to achieve this you need to create an effective
watertight barrier on both the floor and walls.
Choose a simple-to-apply, self-adhesive tanking
membrane, like Impey’s WaterGuard, and you’ll
find the tanking process quick and easy.
Ensure your chosen waterproofing system has
pre-made corners, is resistant to ageing and has
great load-bearing and decoupling capabilities,
to offer protection against heavy wall tiles and
you won’t go wrong!
If you want a wetroom that’s warm underfoot,
you’ll need to install underfloor heating; as
well as keeping your toes toasty, it will help
to dry out your wetroom between each use.
Modern underfloor heating systems like Impey’s
AquaMat can be controlled independently and
are incredibly fuel-efficient and cost-effective,
ensuring a cosy and comfortable showering
Accessorise in style
Once your wetroom system is in place, you can
add the ‘wow-factor’ with your choice of tiles
and accessories. If you’re adding glass panels
to contain splash, ensure you opt for toughened
safety glass; selections vary from minimalist
plain panels to industrial-inspired Crittal-style
If desired, finish off your installation with
discreet contemporary grab rails and modern
wall-mounted shower seating to enhance the
functionality of your wetroom design, with no
compromise on style!
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Incorporate a linear drain
into your modern, open-plan
wetroom, to enhance the
A contemporary wetroom is
an ideal showering solution
for a newbuild home
The ‘Soho’ wetroom panel
offers a striking focal point and
captures a current design trend