When you’re deciding what type of mobility bathroom to have installed, it’s important that you’re able to make the distinction between a wet room and a walk-in shower.
Both of these types of mobility bathrooms serve different purposes, some suiting some people more than others.
It’s important to take the time to understand the benefits that each offers, and which is more useful to you.
To begin to make those choices, you need to understand what the differences are between a wet room and a walk-in shower.
The key aspect of a wet room is that they are typically open-plan areas which have been converted to allow water to drain out through a grid or drain on the floor.
The room size can obviously differ, but it allows for maximum accessibility around the room by being totally open.
This is ideal for people with mobility issues who will struggle to get in and out of a shower cubicle or perhaps need more space and freedom of movement than would be possible within the confines of a more traditional shower area.
The shower in a wet room may only be divided from the rest of the bathroom with a single glass panel, or shower screen, which also helps to reduce the spray when the shower is in use.
Due to the way they are installed, any other spills or cleaning that occurs within the wet room will also drain away in the floor drains, meaning puddles and other collections of water are not a problem as they would be with traditional bathroom floors.
Wet rooms can be very expensive to install, depending on your own specific requirements and the size of your bathroom.
It’s also vital that you employ a trustworthy, experienced and all-round reputable tradesman to carry out the work for you as poorly installed wet rooms can create leaks if not sealed correctly.
This is a problem anywhere, but especially if the bathroom is located upstairs.
A walk-in shower is a much simpler installation and can be fitted in to any existing bathroom with the right plumber working on the project.
Whereas a wet room will have no separate shower tray, a walk-in shower will.
They replace the existing shower in a bathroom and are designed to allow users to walk-in rather than climbing in to a bath rub or other raised type of shower tray.
Due to it needing a tray, or base, for drainage, there may still be a small lip or raised platform which the user has to step in to, but this is small and much easier than stepping in to a bathtub.
With the addition of aides such as handles and anti-slip mats, walk-in showers can provide a safe and convenient bathing area for those who have mobility issues and can also be a lot more cost effective than installing a wet room.
If you are considering installing a mobility bathroom in your property, we are the specialists you need to speak to.
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