After a long and tiring day facing the outside world, you cannot wait to drop off all your burdens — both physical and mental — and escape to a world of your own. The bathroom and your shower is where you can make every issue and sore muscle vanish. Having the proper shower base not only provides a dedicated space for you to stand, it also makes keeping the shower and the bathroom clean with less maintenance and effort. A lot depends on the type of shower bases you choose, especially the costing and the functionalities you will gain.
Materials you can consider as shower bases
One of the most essential parts of the shower is the shower pan which is also known as shower base or shower tray. It is laid at the bottom of the shower to protect the floor from moisture. Shower bases are made from different types of materials. Each of the material has its own pros and cons. Let’s take a look at these materials and their usage.
- Acrylic: These are plastic molded bases and can be shaped and resized as per your needs.. They are lightweight and durable that enhances their flexibility. When it comes to colors, you can choose from a wide range as per your interiors. The colors go all the way through and are not just the coatings and thus they don’t fade out. They are low cost, durable, and easy to install but for some people, they might feel flimsy.
- Fiberglass: Fiberglass shower base is yet another lightweight and durable alternative. These too are molded into different shapes and sizes. Therefore, you can get them in the desired shape and size. In fiberglass color choices are limited when compared to acrylic. These bases are coated by gel that can get scratched or worn out over time. Moreover, this coating is hard to repair and another downside of this is discoloration. In terms of looks it feels less flimsy and more attractive when compared to acrylic ones. But they are expensive and less durable.
- Cultured Stone: These types of shower bases are made with the mixture of resin and real ground stone. Stones that can be used are limestone, marble or granite. Their exterior is also coated by a gel like that of a fiberglass. If the budget is not an issue and you want an attractive shower base, then cultured stone is a perfect option. It has a very classy and sophisticated look. It goes well with both modern and classic interiors. It is chemical resistant, gives an upscale feeling, but, at the same time, it can crack and chip. Moreover, it is quite expensive.
- Metal: Shower bases are also available in different metals such as stainless steel, cast iron, and copper. They are very easy to install and budget-friendly in comparison to other bases. You can find them in different shapes and sizes. But you can’t make them into your desired shape; you will have to choose from the ones that are available in the market. They are durable but they don’t look very classy.
- Tiles: Tiles shower bases are very time consuming and difficult to install. But they come in a wide range of size, shapes, designs and colors that are not available in any other option. One of the most common problems with the tiles is that water can seep through the grout. Therefore, you will have to apply multiple layers, keep the pan, place the tile over it, and cover it with a waterproof pan liner; or you can make a slope using concrete. But all this is extremely time consuming and expensive.
You can install the shower bases on your own or with the help of professional expert. If you plan to install it on your own, it is very important that you understand the layout of the drainage and plumbing of your house. Installing them is tricky and mistakes can lead to damage to your property in future; therefore, it is best to call the professional for the same. Before you finalize anyone, you need to ensure that the expert is aware about safety standards and local codes as well.