Shower cubicles can seem a little claustrophobic on times so many people have jumped at the chance of installing a wetroom in their property which can result in a large showering area, even if the dimensions of the room are not that large.
Our shower wall panels will ensure that the walls are waterproof while there are a whole host of new products on the market to ensure the floor of your wet room gets the same treatment. Flooring backing boards can aid in ensuring there are suitable falls in the floor to ensure the water drains away. The covering for the floor will depend on personal taste – some wet room flooring consists of a wipe over vinyl membrane which can prove to require lower maintenance in the long run while others might opt for ceramic tiles. Wet rooms are a shower wall panel application where our systems really excel. They are require no maintenance and are totally waterproof which is just about the perfect combination.
The panels can be fitted around the whole wetroom or just limited to the showering area. They are also suitable for use on the ceiling to make the whole room easy to clean – no painting, no flaking, no hassle.
At present the two manufacturers that we deal with (Decos and Vicenza) have no trim specifically designed for use in these situations but having spoken to the importers we have come up with what, we think, is the best way to deal with situation.
The solution depends on the type of flooring that is being installed.
If ceramic floor tiles are being used there are 2 options:
1.If the tiles are to be run on the floor only – seal the tiles to the existing wall using silicone, run the panels down on top of the tiles and seal again
2.If the tiles are to return up the wall to form a skirting – ensure the adhesive bed gives an overall depth of 10mm for the skirting, apply a bed of silicone on top of the skirting and run the panels down into the silicone
The following diagram shows how the wall panels are joined to the floor system in a typical wetroom.
If you are using a cove-formed vinyl flooring in your wet room then we would recommend the following method:
- fit the wet room flooring first and return up the wall
- run the panels down over the flooring
- finish the edge of the panel with a tile edge trim stuck into place using silicone sealant
- use a 10mm trim for Decos panels and 8mm for most of the Vicenza range
These solutions will provide a neat joint between the wetroom floor and the wall panels.