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Ability Bathe | January 19, 2023

How Much Does A Wet Room Cost?

How Much Does A Wet Room Cost?

Have you been considering a wet room but want to know how affordable it is first?

A wet room installation is a fantastic addition to any home that will give it a wow factor. 

It’s an entirely waterproof, self-contained bathroom that typically features a sleek, modern design.

You’re sure to have a few questions. Maybe even what is a wet room? Most importantly, how much does a wet room cost?

Various factors can influence the cost of a wet room installation. At Ability Bathe our wet room costs start at just £3,000.

This blog will discuss factors that play a part in the price of your new wet room.

What is a wet room?

As the name suggests, a wet room is an entire room dedicated to bathing. 

As opposed to a traditional bathroom, a wet room is an unenclosed space without curtains or doors in the walk-in shower area.

Wet room floors are sloping for drainage purposes. Wet room flooring is also completely waterproof, whether it’s on the ground floor or on a higher level.

While maintaining functionality, even a basic wet room provides luxury with a larger tiled shower area.

Why would you want a wet room?

There are various reasons for the growing popularity of wet rooms. Whether style or convenience, they can vastly improve your space. 

Benefits of a high-quality wet room:

  • Accessibility: wet rooms are safer for people with disabilities or mobility restrictions – there’s no shower screen, for example
  • Hygiene: wet rooms are easier to clean/sanitise – again, the lack of a shower screen helps
  • Spaciousness: wet rooms are more open and aesthetically pleasing
  • Value: wet rooms add to a property’s worth

With a wet room installed, you’re sure to see many advantages over a traditional setup for years to come.

Wet rooms and accessibility

In 2020, the National Accident Helpline estimated that 26% of all injuries happened in the bathroom.

Wet rooms are far easier to use, as the showering area is much more open.

Not only does installing one provide easy access, but you can choose to incorporate various safety additions.  

Some additional features/safety fixtures include:

  • Underfloor heating
  • Non-slip flooring
  • Rails
  • Shower seating

A common motivation for wet room installations is the desire for a more accessible, safer bathroom. 

People with handicaps or mobility issues often struggle with getting in and out of baths or showers that aren’t walk-in ones.

Fortunately, wet rooms are customisable according to any specific requirements.

Factors impacting the cost of a wet room

The cost of a wet room installation depends on:

  • Size of room
  • Design
  • Waterproofing
  • Tiling
  • Labour
  • Fixtures
  • Quality of materials
  • Heating beneath a wet room floor

Things naturally become pricier the more extravagant the wet rooms are.

However, if you want to install a wet room that’s very practical, it doesn’t have to be an expensive transition.

Wet room installation costs

So, how much do wet rooms cost? The typical price range for a wet room installation is around £4,000 – £7,000, with an average cost of around £5,000. 

However, our starting rate for a wet room installation is just £3,000.

For example: A 2m x 1.5m wet room could cost £3,000, while a 3m x 4m wet room could cost £12,000.

A rough breakdown of wet room installation costs:

  • Wet room labour costs: between £1,500 and £3,000, depending on project complexity
  • Materials: averaging between £1,000 and £2,000
  • Waterproofing: between £500 and £1,000
  • Additional fixtures: such as underfloor heating mats and railings – subject to client preference

So, while a new wet room isn’t always the cheapest option, it isn’t necessarily expensive either.

However, always use a professional wet room installer for the job.

Want to know what the finished job could look like? Here are 5 wet room ideas to inspire you!

How long will a wet room installation take?

Although we can get the job done in 48 hours, whether it is a complete installation or conversion is a contributing factor. 

Timing will vary due to the different jobs involved to get the wet room installed.

For example – a shower installation takes a full day, while the tiling takes roughly 4 hours for a smaller room and up to 3 days for a larger one, including a 24-hour drying time. 

The installation time for electric underfloor heating is 2 to 4 days.

Summary: How much does a wet room cost?

Now you know how much a completely waterproof new wet room will cost.

Wet rooms are a hygienic, stylish, efficient and inclusive alternative to your traditional shower / bath. 

While wet rooms can be costly, they can also be affordable if you choose the right provider. At Ability Bathe, our prices start at just £3,000.

If you’re rather interested in something completely from scratch, we have previously broken down how much a new bathroom will cost

Speaking with a specialist wet room installer like Ability Bathe Bathrooms ensures that professional and affordable work is carried out. So if you have any questions about wet rooms feel free to get in touch with us today!

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