My wife and I are looking to put in a large shower in our new master bath.
Rather then tiling the floor I think a shower pan is a better way to go, to ensure no leaks over a longer period of time.
I would like to try to find a 36" x 48" or 36" x 60" shower pan, with the 36" side not having the large curb, or with it having a finished exposed side.
I have been unable to find this type of shower pan.
Does anyone have any direction, on where I can find shower pans of this type?
Are you looking for an onyx ,cast pan? I get mine locally from a company that makes onyx vanity tops---
PM me for the company name----
Many counter top companies make them.
Also look up 'handicap shower pans'----there are a lot of company's providing pans in larger sizes.
Troy.....I feel your pain......we are going through somewhat the same issues right now....and initially I was asking the same questions.
First....and overview as I understand it......
You have 4 choices when it comes to how your shower pan is done....
1. Hot mop - The original way most showers were done...make a mortar bed out of mortar...hot mop it with tar...then tile over that.
2. Membrain - Somewhat the same as above except they use a rubber membrain
3. Prefab shower pan - You still have a mortar bed...but you lay a pre-fab pan on top....
4. Kerdi system - Basically a combination of the 3 above but using Kerdi products....a bit more expensive but I understand a lot faster.
Methods 1 & 2 are labor intensive....and the quality of the result is dependant on the experience of the installer.
Prefab shower pans...well.....if you don't mind your shower looking like a shower at a Motel 6....then I guess it's a good way to go.
Do some searching....you will get plenty of hits on "Shower pan"....also look at 'tile ready shower pans'....these are shower pans that you can tile over....sort of a prefab hot mop minus the hot mop.
Just remember....the shower is one of those things you don't want to take short cuts on....fixing the mistakes gets real expensive......
At our stage...about the only thing we have decided.....we are not using a prefab shower pan....was leaning towards hot mop....now I'm leaning away from it.....with Kerdi looking better and better each day.
hot mop tar ? i am surprised the tile sticks to it.
i used kerdi in my last shower. it takes a little learning curve. but i found it to be high quality = if done correctly.
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