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Old 03-03-2010, 11:52 AM   #1
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Shower pan question

"It needs a waterproof pan with a morter bed for the tile, or one of the new cast resin pans designed to have tile set to them."

The once I found cost at least $600. Can somebody point me to a less expensive pan?
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Old 03-03-2010, 05:32 PM   #2
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I have not tried it yet, but a lot of the DIY shows are using the Schluter Kerdi shower system. It is a foam pan set in thinset that you cover with a waterproof membrane (also set with thinset). You can then apply the tile directly. The pan is pre-sloped, and the drain connection is included.

The guys on TV make it look easy. I have used their Ditra floor underlayment, and it's not cheap, but it works.

Check out their web site:
They have a complete installation manual for download there.

Your local tile store probably carries it.
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The Kerdi system is absolutely unbeatable. It isn't cheap per-se, but it has pretty much become the industry benchmark for quality tile showers. Youtube has some good installation videos.
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FYI, the Kerdi shower system runs about $550.00 +/-.

I just priced one out for a bathroom project.

Can't beat the quality and durability of the system.
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Old 03-04-2010, 08:31 PM   #5
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The KERDI Showers are tops in my book. My average cost per kit is around $475, there are a few variables that can effect the cost. The cost isn't all that high when you consider how much easier and quicker the system is compared to the old fashion way.

The precast tile-able pans I would caution people about. I'm doing one now that a customer bought and had installed before she found me. The pan was installed by plumbers and really isn't properly installed. They are difficult to get into place. Then to make matters really undesirable......

the tile must be installed with epoxy thinset.

You don't have any of that crap to worry about with the KERDI Kits.

I'd stay with the Schluter Systems if I were you.
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