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Old 04-24-2015, 09:18 AM   #1
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Wood Plank Shower Floor


My wife really wants a spa look for our master bathroom remodel. She is kind of set on a wood floor and zero threshold shower. I have done some custom tile showers before, but never one like this.

A picture of an example of what she wants is below.

I just wanted to bounce my idea off of you guys to see if what I am thinking will work.

If I make a custom pan with a rim around the edges to set my boards on two and a half inches below my current floor with appropriate slope and drain, then have treated lumber cross slats every foot or so, and 1x4 red cedar runners.

I would seal the wood with marine grade stuff and understand that it is a lot higher maintenance than tile, but I told my wife she could design in if it comes out in budget.

Another thought I would have is how I would do the membrane as there is no curb. I have seen a lot of people talk about RedGard membranes that look way to easy and convenient to work well.

Any suggestions or thoughts on my plan would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-24-2015, 10:38 AM   #2
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I'd be making it out of Teak and sealing with Teak oil.
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Old 04-26-2015, 01:03 PM   #3
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My wife really loves cedar. Is the process I explained correct?
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Seems the pit you are building below the cedar will become a mildew / mold farm. You need a way to ventilate and dry it out.
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I think a wood floor shower in a outdoor pool house exposed to sun, and air movement is a cool idea. As part of the master bath being used daily, I'm not as convinced. Have you considered some of new wood grain ceramic tile?
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Is your shower being built over a slab or conventional framing?

If framed,is it over a basement or a finished first floor room?
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I cannot belive I forgot about location. On a slab that I have to move all the plumbing in. Going to be a pain, but as I will already have a Concrete saw out so I will have plenty of space to drop the pan
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That makes it easier---I recommend Hydroban by Latactete as a waterproofing--
You could use their drain set or use the 'divot' method and use a standard clamp drain.
You will still need to protect the paint on membrane with tile--it is not intended as a wear surface.
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Go to Latacrete web site--lots of videos
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So, I would have to tile the floor under the boards? A sloped concrete wouldn't be enough?
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Concrete is not waterproof and will soak up water and soap--the surface needs waterproofing---and the waterproofing needs abrasion protection.

Sorry to bare the bad news---
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Mike .... is liticrete a paint on "redguard" product or more a "kerdi" membrane...... any reason you prefer it.

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Yes, Hydroban is a paint on waterproofing---it is intended for use on shower pans--long respected product--leaves a nice heavy layer.

I've used it on pans---and walls---never had an issue.
I do use Redguard on walls---never completely trusted it for floors--it might be approved for that use--I tend to stick with what I know has worked in the past.
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