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There are many design options when it comes to tiling your shower pan and/or bathroom remodel project.
A tile shower pan offers more versatility and the options for tile installation are endless.
Tile shower pans are unique and can reflect the homeowners' desire to insert art into their shower and complement the work of the tile installer setting tile on the shower walls, niches, and shower benches.
In these examples, the 2 showers with 12x24 large format tile are porcelain tiles manufactured to look like marble tile. Porcelain has become so popular because of its durability and ease of maintenance.
The gray subway tile is a ceramic tile priced for a very affordable budget.
All 3 shower installations feature natural stone tiles for the shower pans.
Shower Pan Installation
Tile shower pan installation using Schluter-Kerdi waterproofing membrane. The shower pan is tiled with a natural stone tile
Shower Tile Installation
The shower is tiled with a porcelain tile and features a recessed shampoo niche the back wall of the niche is tiled with the same tile that was installed for the shower pan.
Linear Drain Installers
The linear drain was placed away from the wall because of structural issues. Ideally the linear drain should be placed against the valve wall so that larger format tiles could be installed and your not limited to size restraints. However it is a great selection of marble sheet tile.
Custom Shower Pan Installer
Looking straight at the shower there is a shower bench around the wall to the left of the picture. The 2 recessed shampoo niches also have glass shelves. In today's tile market many of the tiles sold do not come with finished trim pieces so metal edging has become very popular. If you like the look of a finish tile trim you can still have them custom made and bullnosed. We do fabricate tile edging if that is a look you are more interested in.
Tiled Shower Pan Installer
This shower pan is tiled in natural stone tiles that come with a flat surface. It is grouted with Mapei's ultra grout and never needs to be sealed. An awesome product for all applications.
Ceramic Tile Installation
This ceramic tile selection is priced at a very consumer friendly budget. It has a rich handmade look to it. The feature wall is tiled with a glass and metal tile that is centered for a updated modern design.
A Schluter-Kerdi linear drain is installed to a concrete slab where rough in plumbing was already for the drain.
A mud slurry is applied to the concrete and the cement is poured and troweled to allow for a 1/4" slope per ft. to the drain.
Once the cement has fully cured for a minimum of 72 hours the waterproofing membrane can be installed over the cement shower pan.
Large format porcelain tile can be installed because of the linear drain. The slope is on the same plane with one angle toward the drain and eliminates the contour to a standard drain.
This shower pan has been leaking for a long time. The sole reason being there was no shower pan that was installed. A common practice in these basement bathrooms.
The old cast iron drain pipe and p-trap had to be removed to switch over to a PVC pipe that would accept the new Schluter drain.
The plastic wall paneling was removed with minimal damage and we waterproofed the walls with 3 coast of Mapei's aqua defense. Installed a new Schluter drain and installed Schluter-Kerdi membrane for the new shower pan.
This shower pan replacement featured a budget friendly ceramic subway tile and natural stone sheet mounted tile for the shower pan.
5 STEPS FOR A NEW SHOWER PAN INSTALLATION-REPLACEMENT
Step #1 PLUMBING/Shower Drain - The gallery above features 2 new shower pan installations roll one is over a concrete and roll 3 is over a wood subfloor. The 2nd roll of pictures is a shower pan replacement. The first step in a shower pan installation is installing the correct shower drain and /or the drain of choice such as a linear shower drain and getting the shower drain in the right location. In the examples of the new shower pan installation, the rough-in plumbing has already been done. As the 2nd roll of pictures shows most shower pan replacements need to change out the old cast iron pipes for a new ABS or PVC p-trap or stub out.
Step #2 CEMENT POUR/Shower Pans - We cement pour (dry pack deck mud) all of our shower pan installations. With 40 years of shower pan installation experience, we know what works best for the longest-lasting water containment system and what type of shower pan bases to stay away from. For example, foam tray shower pan inserts that can be tiled over have become quite popular for the DIY'er or house flipper however after some years of use the foam tray starts to compress leading to shower pan leaks and/or loose tile and cracking grout. We believe your shower pan installation should last until you decide to update your shower again. Cement-poured shower pans work when the correct waterproofing membrane is properly installed. We recommend top-notched membranes like Laticrete Hydroment and Schluter-Kerdi. Our shower pan installation service offers walk-in showers built with shower curbs or no shower curbs and roll-in shower pan installations. ADA compliant showers built
Step #3 WATERPROOFING - This is the most critical step in the process that we have covered thus far. And this is where most shower pan installations fail. One reason for most failures from the many shower pan repairs and shower pan replacements that we have done is from the rubber or vinyl shower liners installed under the cement. A critical mistake seen is the plugging up of the weep holes. This leads to numerous problems. Some problems noticed immediately other problems notices only after months some after years of use. Besides the most common problem of a water leak, there is also evidence of cracked tiles and crumbling grout, efflorescence and loose tiles, extreme mold growth, all due to plugged weep holes. Really all waterproofing systems incorrectly installed will have its failure. We can say we have just about seen it all in 40 years of installing, repairing, and replacing shower pans.
Step #4 TILE INSTALLATION - Everything being said this final step seals the deal. After all steps 1 - 3 can be done to the Tee but if the tile installation is not up to par it will leave the homeowner wondering if it was all worth it. A tile shower pan installation will last a very long time when installed correctly. Tile adds to the beauty and value of your home and bathroom renovation update. Tile has been the top choice for thousands of years and remnants of past tile installations are still evident today!
Step #5 HIRE Action Shower Pan & Steam Shower Company - We are a Tile Installer who specializes in custom cement poured shower pan installation, replacement, and repairs. In the last 40 years, we have gained extensive experience on what works and what does not in the residential shower pan renovation update trade. we put this experience to work on your project for a safe, secure, no leak shower pan installation. Includes custom tile installation services. Or we can install the shower pan and you can tile yourself.