Impey’s Technical Manager, Shaun Hunt, offers his top tips for successful, trouble-free, wetroom installation.
1 Choose the right floor former
The best type of floor former for the job is determined by the location of the installation. For installation onto a concrete floor, a screed template, which offers a quick and easy way to create a drainage gradient for new-pour solid floors, is an ideal option.
Opt for an easy-to-use click-together matrix template, like Impey’s AquaGrade, which is supplied with a drain and can reduced installation time by up to 50%.
For use in upper floors or attic conversions, a prefabricated floor former is lightweight but also offers strength and rigidity. Using a floor former with a built-in drainage gradient and rotating drain plate, will mean it’s easy to avoid joists or existing pipework without the need for under-boarding; reducing installation time and costs.
When installed well, a wetroom can offer many years of maintenance free showering. The key to achieving this is to create a highly effective watertight barrier on both the floor and walls, to guard against any leaks.
Choose a tanking membrane which is butyl rubber coated, self-adhesive and, ideally, provided on a roll to offer easy application and handling. Don’t forget your tanking membrane should be highly elastic, resistant to ageing and have great load-bearing capabilities, to offer protection against heavy wall tiles.
3 Underfloor heating
To add a touch of luxury, and to ensure that the floor is being thoroughly dried between each usage, install underfloor heating. It allows the heat to rise, slowly distributing around the room and heating a larger surface area from the floor upwards at a lower temperature, resulting in a consistent temperature and economical running costs.
Impey’s Aqua-Mat underfloor heating system comes in 100W and 150W versions. At only 3mm thick, with a self-adhesive mesh backing and 12-year guarantee, it’s ideal for wetrooms and fully compatible with Impey WaterGuard.
4 Drainage grates, tiling and glass screens
Now it’s time to create the aesthetic appeal of the room. As a tiling expert you may have already tiled many wetrooms.
Depending on the type of floor former you have opted for, the grate may be a standard square size or a contemporary linear version; there are lots to choose from. Some installations require a contemporary glass screen, to minimise splash to other parts of the bathroom. Opt for thick, toughened safety glass for added security and style.
5 Don’t forget to offer accessories
All too often overlooked in a wetroom, accessories can enhance the creation of a multi-functional space. In addition, the commercial prospect of add-ons like loo roll holders, towel rails and grab bars can be a welcome addition to your bottom line.
Recommend accessories that are stylish and functional, such as Coram’s Boston Comfort & Safety range of modern bathroom accessories. And don’t forget to tell your client about the benefits of a modern shower seat, which can create an effective and comfortable seating option and fold away when not in use.