Wedi shower pan for a curbless shower?

dibgarMarch 22, 2012

Does anyone have recent experience with the Wedi shower pan? We are talking with potential contractors and a couple have recommended a Wedi shower system for our curbless shower.

Is there anything we should know/ask about this product/installation method before we proceed?

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Wedi now has competitors, so it is easier for you to do any reading about any foam type backer.

To do a curbless shower, you have to get down low in the floor, unless the floor outside the shower is raised. Then, once you have that technical challenge solved, the next question is whether Wedi or a competitor or ANY other method is the best recommended means of making a shower in that recessed floor. There is no inherent advantage in your statement 'curbless' to make me say you need Wedi.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 9:08PM
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We are in the process of interviewing several potential contractors. After these screening interviews, we will ask for bids from the 2 or 3 contractors who are most knowledgeable and compatible with us and our project.

We know what we want for most parts of this bathroom, but we are still trying to understand the best way to design an accessible shower. We want to add it now as we rework our main floor so that we can eventually "age in place".

The four contractors we have spoken to so far have looked at the joists, sub-floor and open access from below; and all confirm that we can readily recess the floor under the shower. They differ, however, in how they would handle the shower pan and drain for this curbless accessible shower.

A couple of them have suggested the Wedi system with a linear drain. Another talked about the Schluter system, and a fourth contractor said his tile man only does a traditional mud base with a central drain.

They all said that floor in the main part of the bathroom could be level and the sloping would all occur within the 4' x 4' shower (1/4" per foot). Most would put waterproofing under the whole floor, but one typically extends the waterproofing just a foot or two beyond the shower entrance.

Are there reasons to go with the traditional mud base vs the Wedi (or other foam type backer)?

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 10:33PM
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