Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why choose Made For TileTM shower pans for your tile shower base project?
2. What are the different types of shower pans that you offer?
3. Can I buy a custom shower pan?
4. What are the benefits of a Copper, Stainless Steel, or Galvanized Steel shower pan?
5. What are the unique features of Made For TileTM shower pans?
6. What are the benefits of a concrete shower base vs a polyurethane/fiberglass base?
7. What are the unique features of Made For TileTM shower pans?
8. What are the benefits of a concrete shower base vs a polyurethane/fiberglass base?
9. Are Made For TileTM shower pans easy to install?
10. How do professional contractors feel about Made For TileTM shower pans?
11. What types of projects are Made For TileTM shower pans used for?
Why choose Made For TileTM shower pans for your tile shower base project?
Made For TileTM has introduced a game-changing product for installing a tile shower base. Our DuraFlexTM shower pans are upgraded with dependable materials. You can choose from our copper, stainless steel, or galvanized steel options to make water damage virtually impossible. These pans are the solution that contractors have been seeking for years. Until now, unreliable polyurethane/acrylic pans and vinyl liners have been the only options available when building a tile shower base.
Our pans offer unparalleled flexibility when designing and installing your tile shower base. The customizable features of the pan allow you to work WITH the pan instead of against it. In addition, the slim design allows the pan to fit as tight as possible within the space, allowing you the maximum amount of shower space and further protection from water damage.
We also offer custom size shower pans. We understand how precious shower space can be. With that in mind, we are glad to offer customers the ability to utilize every bit of space available by creating custom pans with dimensions that are exactly right.
The designer of our shower pans has 30+ years of renovation contracting experience and knowledge. Thus, our pans were designed with a full understanding of existing market options for shower pans and bases. Simply put, our "been there, done that" level of experience has taught us how difficult these pans are to install. In the end, this experience is what inspired us to design a shower pan that was as free of installation complexities as possible. We wanted to design an optimal shower pan for contractors that was also straightforward enough so that do-it-yourselfers could install our product just like the pros. In our view, we designed a product that is the best market option available for tile shower base projects. We strongly believe that our pans offer the only way to achieve the most durable and custom shower base possible.
Choose Made For TileTM shower pans for your next bathroom shower remodel, addition, development project, etc. An affordable and superior product, our shower pans make achieving a perfect result a reality.
What are the different types of shower pans that you offer?
Our shower pans are offered in three different material options: Stainless Steel, Galvanized Steel, and Copper. We offer single and dual curb options. Click here to shop our shower pan selection.
Can I buy a custom shower pan?
Absolutely! In addition to our standard shower pan sizes, we also offer custom shower pan sizes. We understand how precious shower space can be. With that in mind, we are glad to offer customers the ability to utilize every bit of space available by creating custom shower pans with dimensions that are exactly right.
Custom pans can be crafted from any one of our material options and built to any size dimensions you require. Click here to reach our custom shower pan page.
What are the benefits of a Copper, Stainless Steel, or Galvanized Steel shower pan?
Our DuraFlexTM shower pans are upgraded with dependable materials. Our copper, stainless steel or galvanized steel options make water damage virtually impossible. Because our pans are constructed from such material, when properly installed, they can last forever.
All of our shower pans are hand bent to size. We favor a non-welded design for several reasons:
1. Welded pans could potentially become unfastened.
2. Welds are rigid. We want our shower pans to fit flush against walls. Rigid welded seams prevent pans from doing so.
3. Hand folding a shower pan is the best way to ensure that the pan will be leak-proof.
All pans are water tested before leaving our manufacturing facility.
Until now, unreliable polyurethane/acrylic pans and vinyl liners have been the only options available when building a tile shower base. Polyurethane/acrylic shower pans, aside from being difficult to install, have the tendency to leak. Another option, vinyl liners, are notoriously unreliable because they are thin, puncture easily, and wear through within only a few years. Our pans are durable and able to conform to your shower space, hence the name DuraFlexTM. Our goal is for our shower pans to fit as tight as possible within the shower space, giving you the greatest amount of room possible and further protecting against water damage. In comparison, the rigidness of polyurethane/acrylic shower pans make them very difficult to install.
What are the unique features of Made For TileTM shower pans?
Our shower pans offer unparalleled flexibility when designing and building your shower base.
We designed the features of our pans to be highly customizable. These customizable features are what makes them so easy to install.
Some unique features of these pans include: the ability to customize the curb width, making tiling a shower floor easier than ever; the ability to cut the drain space on-site and avoid moving any existing plumbing; and a concrete base which provides the most solid footing for a shower base and the best surface for laying tile. In addition, any standard thin-set can be used to begin laying tile, and our concrete base allows you to create your own comfortable slope.
Click here for a more in-depth explanation of our shower pan features.
What are the benefits of a concrete shower base vs a polyurethane/fiberglass base?
We strongly believe that all shower bases should be properly reinforced with concrete. Simply put, concrete provides the most solid and reliable footing for a shower base. Equally as important, it provides the best surface for laying tile. Also, a concrete base allows you to create your own comfortable slope. We believe in the traditional mud pan. Call us old-fashioned, but through real experience, we know that our "back-to-basics" concrete shower base provides a superior result.
Single piece polyurethane/fiberglass pans are pre-constructed, meaning there is no room to make even minor adjustments to accommodate the factors of your specific project. The rigidness of polyurethane/acrylic shower pans make them very difficult to install. The polyurethane/fiberglass surface is not optimal for laying tile and requires the use of a special thin-set provided by the manufacturer. Many people find that there is not enough thin-set provided to complete the entire project. The result is frustration and project delays caused by the need to order more brand-specific thin-set. With a concrete base, ANY thin-set can be used to begin laying tile. This product can be conveniently found at your local hardware store.
Additionally, the uncomfortable feeling of a "bouncy" polyurethane floor is eliminated with a solid concrete base.
Are Made For TileTM shower pans easy to install?
Yes! We designed our shower pans to be easy to install for both do-it-yourselfers and professionals alike. Just follow our straightforward installation guide. Each step is broken down to be very specific and understandable and is accompanied by detailed photos.
Far from difficult to install, our mud shower pan offers freedom when installing a tile shower base. We promise, installation is easier than you think! We tell you exactly how much, what type, and what consistency of concrete you need for your shower pan mud bed mix, etc. Our straightforward installation guide directs you every step of the way.
You can access our Made For TileTM Installation Guide page to view and download detailed instructions and photos for each step.
In addition, you can always Contact Us with questions before or during the installation process if you need any assistance.
How do professional contractors feel about Made For TileTM shower pans?
Simply put, our shower pans are the solution contractors have been seeking for years. When they find out there is finally an alternative tile shower base solution they get excited. Because there have been so few shower pan options, most contractors have installed all available options. Subsequently, contractors can unanimously point to the flaws of existing shower pan options and the difficulties of their installation.
Our pans were designed from the perspective of a renovation contractor with 30+ years of experience. Because our pans were designed by someone who has seen and installed it all, we could not be more confident that contractors who are new to our product will breathe a sigh of relief when they install one of our shower pans.
What types of projects are Made For TileTM shower pans used for?
Made For TileTM shower pans are the optimal tile shower base solution for a multitude of different projects. There really is no shower addition/renovation project that our pans cannot be used for. Homeowners, renovation contractors, tile and plumbing contractors, home builders, developers, architects, etc. can all utilize our shower pans for their respective projects.
Made For TileTM can supply affordable, easy to install, and dependable shower pans in single or mass quantities. This means our shower pans are suitable for single home renovations or new home construction as well as high rise apartment buildings and hotels, etc.