Shower Pan vs. Tile

GreenDog194April 8, 2012

I dread having a shower with a floor made of tiles and grout lines. I bet it could be made waterproof with something I've heard called "kerdi." But that would not avoid a life time of going after grout. (Is there a bombproof grout out there?)

I think I like the idea of a shower pan.

Our house is a 50s house and we are going with a mix of clean / contemporary and staying as true to the Midcentury as we can in our remodel. We will add a new bathroom in the lower level that will have a shower and no bath.

I saw this shower pan and thought it looked great:

http://www.ukbathrooms.com/shop/showers/shower_trays_2/products/matki_new_continental_40_shower_tray.html

http://www.westonebathrooms.co.uk/showers/shower-trays/

Trouble is these seem to all be European models. Anyone see anything similar in the US?

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barbcollins

Yes, go to your local HD or Lowes.

We done it twice and would do it again. This one was a 48" pan and we added a seat in the space between the pan and the wall:

This one replaced a full size tub.

Oops, and yes it's the same tile in both showers. Different houses. I used it again for another house. I keep telling myself I need to pick something different but for some reason I am drawn to this tile - probably the price :)

    Bookmark   April 8, 2012 at 8:13AM
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ellejay_2007

I love what you've done with the pan - how are you finding the shower curtain vs. having a glass door? I want to do this with my shower and my husband thinks the curtain will blow all over the place.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2012 at 8:47AM
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barbcollins

HI ellejay,

The shower curtain works fine. I've had shower doors before and prefer a curtain.

Just get a good quality shower curtain, not a cheap flimsy one. We do not have any problems with water getting on the bathroom floor.

I was worried about the 48" shower because of the seat, but it worked out fine.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 8:46AM
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lee676

Don't see why you couldn't use one of those UK shower trays if they'll ship one overseas - you may need an metric-to-US pipe thread adapter for the drain, but otherwise should work fine.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 9:31AM
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kirkhall

@barbcollins--
What size shower pan/make of the shower pan is that one that replaced the full sized tub?

And, do you find that 2 people can shower in either of your setups?

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 12:05PM
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barbcollins

@kirkhall - Yes we got it at Home Depot:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-25ecodZ5yc1v/R-100655385/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=shower+pan&storeId=10051&superSkuId=202619404

Yes, two people could shower in either of those though the 48" one was a little tight.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 7:03PM
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kirkhall

Thanks!

    Bookmark   April 13, 2012 at 1:17AM
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