A watertight foundation for your tile shower base.
1. Pan/base is watertight (resistant to water damage and mold).
Our copper and galvanized steel shower pans serve as reliable foundations for tile shower bases. They are a practical alternative to thin vinyl liners, which are notorious for causing water damage. Because vinyl liners are easily punctured, it is a challenge to install them without causing irreparable damage. Even when installed properly, vinyl liners typically only last for a few years because the pressure created by standing on the concrete base makes them quickly break down.
In contrast, our copper and galvanized steel shower pans encase a concrete base and therefore, effectively create a seal that prevents water damage. Unlike vinyl liners, our pans are not damaged by any pressure created by standing on the concrete base.
2. Base is formed with concrete (durable and easy-to-tile).
We strongly believe that all shower bases be properly reinforced with concrete. Simply put, concrete provides the most solid and reliable footing for a tile shower base. In fact, when combined with our shower pans, a concrete base makes water damage nearly impossible.
Unlike polyurethane and acrylic shower bases, concrete bases do not bounce or squeak when they get stepped on. Another benefit of a concrete base is that any standard thin-set can be used to lay tile. In contrast, the thin-set needed to lay tile on polyurethane shower bases is fast-drying, meaning there is no room for any mistakes or setbacks you may face.
3. Adjustable curbs are easy-to-install and tile.
An adjustable curb makes tiling easy. You never have to cut down tile to fit the curb width. Instead, simply increase the width of your 2x4 curb using cement board so that the curb width matches the width of your chosen tile. The result will be a sleek curb with clean tile edges.
A detachable/adjustable curb also allows you to level your curb against an out-of-level floor. Doing so is easily accomplished by using shims. Leveling the curb is especially important if you want to install glass doors.
4. Underlying plumbing does not need to be moved to fit the pan (costly process).
Often times underlying plumbing and structural support must be moved so that it correlates with the standard pre-cut drain spaces (center, left, and right) of polyurethane/acrylic shower bases.
We do not construct our shower pans with pre-cut drain spaces. Instead, drain spaces are cut on-site and can be placed almost anywhere. By placing the drain space where it aligns with your existing plumbing, you avoid the costly process of adjusting the underlying plumbing.
In this scenario, a floor joist interferes with the center of the shower base; therefore,
a base with a standard (center) drain space cannot be installed without first adjusting
the underlying structural support.
5. Tile can be replaced without damaging the base.
If you ever want to replace your tile, you can do so without having to remove and replace the entire base. Because our shower pans support a concrete base, lifting tile is not likely to cause any damage to the surface.
Removing tile from a polyurethane shower base is not possible. Because tile is laid directly on the surface, lifting the tile can easily cause irreparable damage to the base. Therefore, to change your tile, you would need to replace the entire base.