Tile Fix Direct Blog

March 2015

How To Choose A Wet Room Drain

How to Choose a Wet Room Drain

Due to the open plan nature of a wet room, water will not be contained like it is in a bath or traditional shower tray, therefore it often splashes throughout the room and needs a bit more encouragement to drain away. Our wet room shower trays have a built in slope or ‘fall’ that helps the water flow towards and into the drain. When installing a wet room it is important to consider the type of wet room drain you will need, as this will affect both the look and the function of your wet room.

The most important part of your wet room drain is the part you do not see. Hidden beneath the floor is the main body of the drain that connects to the waste pipe. The most common type of drain is the horizontal wet room drain which is used with pipes that run horizontally through or under the floor. Vertical drains are also available for pipes, however these are less common.

It is also very important to make sure your chosen wet room drain and shower tray are compatible. Orbry Wet Room Drains are suitable for use with all Orbry Shower Trays, while Dallmer Wet Room Drains are suitable for use with all Marmox Showerlay Shower Trays.

Different wet room drains can cope with different amounts of water, so it’s important to check your shower and drain are compatible. Each drain has a number of litres it can take per minute, so check that your shower does not use more than this, particularly with power showers.

Aesthetically there are several options for your wet room drain. Consider the position of your drain when choosing the drain cover, for example it should not be directly under foot as this will affect the water flow. When choosing the look of your wet room drain you can go for a metal grate or a tileable drain cover. There is also a linear option – a long, thin metal drain cover – which adds a modern and sleek look to your wet room or walk in shower.

At Tile Fix Direct we sell wet room drains from the following three brands:

Browse the full range of wet room drains available to order online at Tile Fix Direct.

The Benefits Of Installing A Walk In Shower

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Walk in showers are quickly becoming a popular choice in the UK, for some as a second bathroom and increasingly as the main wash room as the use of full baths decreases. Converting your current bathroom into a walk in shower or wet room provides many benefits for everyone – from the elder or less abled to those who have a busy and active lifestyle. A walk in shower allows you to create a customised bathroom that suits your needs whilst looking stylish.

Here are just some of the top benefits of installing a walk in shower in your home.

Accessible

This is our top benefit as it can make a big difference to so many peoples lives. The removal of the bath or shower tray creates a level-access bathing experience. Removing the need to step over awkward baths or ledges creates a safe and easy environment to shower in for the less abled. This can also be a great help for families who find it hard to wrestle children in and out of the bath. Even pet owners find a walk in shower a perk for washing muddy paws!

Safe

As well as removing the risk of slipping or tripping when getting in and out, non-slip tiles are often used in the shower area to prevent any further accidents.

Economical and environmentally friendly

A five minute shower uses less than half the amount of water than a full bath, so you’ll be saving water, and money, by replacing the bath with a walk in shower!

Attractive

The luxurious and stylish look of a walk in shower is what attracts most people to them, and the fact that this look is easy to achieve. The open plan nature of a walk in shower instantly gives it a modern feel, while sleek shower screens and smart storage create a practical room.

Easy to clean and maintain

Removing the bath and replacing it with a walk in shower creates a more open and therefore easy to clean space. There are fewer places for dirt to collect and water is easily drained away into the level access shower drain. If you choose to install electric underfloor heating in your shower room, you can also say goodbye to radiators which collect and circulate dirt and dust.

Durable

Once fully waterproofed and tiled, your walk in shower can last for years to come. A popular choice for walk in showers are ceramic tiles, which can withstand years of water and foot traffic and still look great. They are also easy to keep clean and maintain, and come in a range of colours, sizes and designs.

Flexible design

You can really design a walk in shower to fit your exact needs, creating a larger showering area if that’s what you prefer, or keeping it small with a shower screen to avoid water splashing throughout the room. As there is no need to design the room around a bulky bath, which normally only fits into one spot, you can get creative with your layout and really make the most of the space. Free up even more space by replacing the radiator with a heated towel rail or electric underfloor heating.

Create a completely bespoke Walk In Shower Kit using our easy to use online calculator.

Product Focus: Norcros 4 Into 1 Grout

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Norcros Adhesives is a UK based supplier of adhesives, grouts, surface preparation and aftercare products for fixing ceramic and porcelain tiles, mosaics, natural stone and marble. They concentrate on product development and innovation, whilst also delivering great customer support.

Norcros 4 into 1 Wall & Floor Tile Grout is a fine textured, polymer modified grout suitable for all types of tiles. It can be used for joints between 1-8mm, but is particularly suited to projects where a narrow, fine textured joint is required. The grout also contains Rock-Tite™ polymeric binders which add enhanced flexural strength allowing it to cope with limited movement and vibration such as heated floors and plywood overlaid timber floors.

The grout contains Norcros Stop Mould Anti-Bacterial Fortification to protect against the build up of mould and the discolouration of grouting typically found in areas where frequent wetting, high humidity and condensation may prevail. Norcros 4 into 1 Wall & Floor Tile Grout can be used in both internal and external conditions and in fully immersed situations such as swimming pools. It is water resistant but not impervious to the passage of water. In situations where the background needs to be protected against water ingress the use of Norcros Wet Seal should also be used.

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Key Features of Norcros 4 Into 1 Grout

  • Appropriate for use with all tile types; ceramic, porcelain and natural stone
  • Rapid setting – 3 hours
  • Suitable for interior and external use
  • Can be used on walls and floors
  • Highly flexible, polymer modified formula
  • Prevents build up of mould and discolouration of grout
  • Compatible with underfloor heating systems
  • Ideal for narrow, fine-textured joints
  • Suitable for fixing on plywood overlay
  • Ideal in areas where frequent wetting, high humidity and condensation may prevail
  • Available in a range of colours including Creme, Grey, Jasmine, Limestone, White, Dark Grey, Anthracite, Alabaster, Brown & Sandstone

Use the Norcros Grout Coverage Calculator to work out how much grout you will need. You can save 15% on all Norcros 4 Into 1 Grout until 8th March with the Tile Fix Direct Deal of the Week – enter code NORC1523 at the checkout to receive the discount.

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