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How to Tile a Wet Room

Creating your ideal wet room can take time, whether you do it yourself or opt for a professional installation. As well as creating a functional, stylish space in your home, a wet room can also add significant value to your property, so it’s essential to get the installation right - first time! One of the final stages of creating a wetroom is the tiling. Tiles are an incredibly popular choice for wetrooms, offering minimal maintenance, practicality and a wide range of styles to suit your decor. While you may be in a hurry to get your tiles laid and enjoy your new space, this is not the time to cut corners. 

If you’re not 100% confident in tiling your wetroom walls, we recommend getting a professional to take care of your project. Poor tiling can lead to a number of issues with your wetroom, and the cost of fixing these problems can quickly increase as the whole installation may need to be redone. Let’s take a look at the key considerations when tiling a wetroom. 

Make sure you use the right tiles.

Choosing the right tiles is very important when creating a wetroom. While colour and pattern are important, you need to make sure that the tiles are actually suitable for the space. 

The best type of tiles to use for a wetroom installation

  • Mosaic Tiles
  • Porcelain Tiles
  • Natural Stone 

Ceramic tiles are fine to use for wetroom walls; however, they are not recommended for wet room floors as they are not 100% waterproof due to their slightly porous material. 

It’s important to also consider your drainage when choosing tiles. If you are using a classic square drain in the middle of the floor, mosaic tiles are a great choice. Wet rooms with linear drains will need more consideration as you need to consider the compatibility of the drain finish with the tile edge and grout options. 

It goes without saying that tiles can be slippy, especially when they are wet! Slip-proof tiles are ideal for wet rooms that will be used by the elderly, children or those with reduced mobility. 

Use the right tile adhesive.

The adhesive used to fix the tiles must be high-quality and flexible. Wet room floors need full adhesive coverage to prevent water from getting underneath the tiles. Wet room tile adhesive needs to contain specific chemicals that allow it to set on top of the waterproof membrane while still allowing flexibility underneath the floor. If you are installing underfloor heating in your wet room, we advise looking for an adhesive that is compatible with this. 

When installing your wet room floor tiles, it is vital that nothing penetrates or damages the waterproof membrane. If this layer becomes damaged, water can leak through and potentially cause damp or rot to the property. 

At Wetrooms Design, our range of wetroom trays is essential for anyone looking to create a contemporary wet room in their home. Completely waterproof, they provide a strong, stable surface for you to tile over and complete your bathroom. If you’re looking to kickstart your project, why not speak to a member of our expert team to find out more?

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