Top Tips on Choosing Wet Room Tiles

Date: June 7th, 2016 CTD Tiles | Tags: wetroom tiles, wet room tiles, ctd tiles, anti mould, wetroom grout, wetroom tray, anti slip tiles, bathroom tiles, porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles, online tiles, wet room mosaics

Converting an ordinary bathroom into a contemporary, stylish wet room can totally transform your bathing experience into one that is both luxurious and practical. Wet rooms are completely waterproof shower rooms that can be installed in virtually any home with the advantage of potentially increasing the value of your property.

A wet room is a fantastic way of opening up space in a small bathroom by removing the need for a shower cubicle and it also serves as an ideal solution for people with mobility problems who may find accessing a bath or shower tray difficult. You’ll generally find a wet room easier to maintain than a traditional bathroom as there is no shower cubicle to clean and, if you opt for a wall-hung basin and toilet, keeping the room clean is even easier.

Read on to discover what you need to know when it comes to choosing that all important aspect – your tiles!

Your wet room experience

Tiling is one of the most important design features of a wet room and before you begin, it’s a good idea to decide what kind of look you are trying to achieve. Whether it’s spa-like contemporary, playful and colourful or classic chic, it’s all down to your personal choice. To make sure the room is entirely waterproof, it’s recommended to tile the full room, from floor to ceiling.

Choosing your wet room floor tiles

Whilst ceramic tiles are suitable for wet room walls, we would only recommend using porcelain on a wet room floor. Porcelain tiles are denser than ceramic and therefore less porous, harder and more durable long term.

Another important factor when choosing your wet room floor tiles is slip resistance. Choosing porcelain tiles with an anti-slip surface will provide extra grip underfoot, reducing the risk of slipping when the floor is wet and providing a safer bathing environment.

Click to shop Traffic anti-slip tiles by GEMINI

Our GEMINI Traffic and Kursaal porcelain tile collections make ideal wet room flooring choices for a sleek, contemporary look. Available in a variety of neutral tones, you can easily capture the essence of spa tranquillity in your own home. Each range has coordinating tiles that can be used on the walls to create a cohesive design.

Click to shop Kursaal anti-slip tiles by GEMINI

The Kursaal collection also features a unique ‘soft grip’ surface which feels softer underfoot than the average anti slip tile.

When using large format anti slip tiles in a wet room shower area, your tiler will need to cut them in an envelope fashion to suit the slope of the shower floor.

Consider using mosaic tiles

Mosaics are a popular choice for wet room floors for two main reasons. 1) With mosaic tiles, it is generally easier to produce a good sloping finish that drains away water. The mesh backing makes it easier for the mosaic to be manoeuvred into place to adjust to the sloping of the floor. 2) They add an extra level of slip resistance due to their numerous grout lines, which act as a gulley and help the water disperse.

Click to shop Linear anti-slip tiles by GEMINI

If you appreciate design and like the idea of a luxurious and unique wet room, mosaic tiles are an ideal option. They are also a great asset to smaller wet rooms, helping to brighten up a small space. We have a wide variety of mosaic tiles suitable for wet room floors including our GEMINI Linear mosaics. Using the coordinating plain tiles on walls gives a wonderful overall feeling of relaxation and tranquillity.

Click to shop British Stone anti-slip tiles by GEMINI

Our GEMINI British Stone collection features natural stone-look porcelain mosaic tiles, ideal for wet room floors. For a seamless look with high impact, use the coordinating large format tiles on walls.

Click to shop Pietra Pienza anti-slip tiles by GEMINI

If you’re looking for something a little different, our GEMINI Pietra Pienza collection offers 3 mosaic options suitable for wet room floors, including a striking cut décor. There are plenty of other sizes within the range, so you can mix and match to create your own unique design.

Maintaining your wet room

Wet rooms need to be cared for in the same way that any wet hygiene environment does. We would always recommend using an anti-mould grout and to help maintain the grout colour, it’s advisable to use a grout sealer. Combat any unsightly iron deposits using a mould spray.

Have you considered…

Allocating a dedicated space in your shower area for storing showering essentials like shampoo is a great idea and niche shelving is ideal for this. Removing the need for chrome racks which may rust over time, shower niches provide a practical and space saving solution. If you have used a mosaic tile on your wet room floor, consider using the mosaic inside any wall niches and add lighting for added effect.

Underfloor heating is a necessary luxury in a wet room, making it a pleasant temperature to walk on and helping to quickly dry a wet floor.

Pop into your local CTD tile showroom to chat to our knowledgeable staff about wet room solutions and underfloor heating.

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We hope we have inspired you to create a stylish wet room within your own home. Please remember to always consult a professional tiler when undertaking a wet room project.

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