Wet rooms are becoming more common in bathroom remodels and new home constructions, but they’re not for everyone. Knowing the difference between a wet room and a traditional bathroom, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each option, can help you decide which type of bathroom is right for you.
What’s the Difference Between a Wet Room and Traditional Bathroom?
A wet room is a bathroom that contains a shower with no threshold. Typically a wet room will have a single wall blocking the shower area from the rest of the bathroom. A slope in the floor helps direct water to the drain. A traditional bathroom, on the other hand, can have a shower or a bathtub, but either way, a threshold will separate the space for bathing from the rest of the bathroom.
Why Install a Wet Room?
Wet rooms have many advantages, including:
- Space efficient. A typical bathroom or shower can take up a surprising amount of space. Removing the threshold can help you squeeze your shower into a smaller space.
- Easy to clean. The threshold that holds in water around your bathtub or shower can easily trap in dirt, mold or mildew. Removing the threshold makes it easier to clean your shower or bathtub.
- Accessible for elderly and disabled. A shower that has no ledge for someone to step over will be more accessible to the disabled and elderly. Wet rooms help older people age in place, and can help someone who is disabled to live safely on their own.
Why Install a Traditional Bathroom?
Traditional bathrooms became popular for a reason! Below are some of the best reasons to install a traditional bathroom in your home, including:
- Bathtubs are good for relaxing. The majority of people take showers most days, but if you want to relax in a nice hot bath, it’s good to have that option.
- Water won’t get everywhere when the drain backs up. The big trouble with having a shower without a threshold is that water can get everywhere if the drain doesn’t work perfectly. At Terry’s Plumbing, we recommend keeping an auger nearby to snake your drain if it becomes clogged.
- Traditional bathrooms are the norm. If you’re thinking about selling your home sometime in the next few years and are seeking a bathroom set up that buyers expect, then a traditional bathroom set up is the right option for you.
Getting Your Bathroom Remodeled? Contact Terry’s Plumbing!
If you’re thinking about remodeling your bathroom soon and are considering switching from a traditional bathroom to a wet bathroom (or vice versa), Terry’s Plumbing can help. We’re your source for quality plumbing installation in Pittsburgh. Call us today at 412-364-9114.