Are you looking for an alternative shower pan option for a new home construction or development project?
Do you want to give your clients the most dependable shower pan/base product available?
Do you want to give your contractors the gift of an easy to install shower pan/base?
Then we suggest you consider Made For TileTM shower pans for your next bathroom shower remodel, addition, etc. 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.
We know developers and home builders seek to work with products that are both reliable and allow for fast installation as time is always a factor. Designed by a contractor for contractors, we understand what contractors consider to be an optimal product. In fact, you can consider us tile shower base experts based on our experience installing all other available tile shower base options. Our pans were designed to solve common shower pan reliability and installation issues. Far from difficult to install, our mud shower pan offers freedom when installing a tile shower base.
Our DuraFlexTM shower pans are upgraded with dependable materials. You can choose from our galvanized steel, stainless steel, and copper shower pan options to make water damage virtually impossible. When properly installed, Made For TileTM shower pans can last forever. All pans include a curb flashing system and 4" PVC shower drain with a stainless steel round drain plate. Choose a single or dual curb.
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.
Made For TileTM shower pans are the solution that contractors have been seeking for years. When contractors 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.
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 offer unparalleled flexibility when designing and installing a tile shower base. The customizable features of the pan allow you to work WITH the pan instead of against it, 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.
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. These pans were designed to solve common shower pan reliability and installation issues that contractors consistently face.
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 to ensure a swift and accurate shower pan installation.
- Standard curb width is 2 5/8". Curb can be built out to any desired width.
- Concrete Base. Concrete provides the most solid footing for a shower base and the best surface for laying tile. You can also customize your shower slope with a concrete base.
- Pans are not rigid. Their flexibility allows them to be easily manipulated and molded into the space to create the tightest fit.
- No pre-cut drain location (drain space is cut on-site). Choose your own drain location and avoid moving existing plumbing.
- No special thin-set required to lay tile.
All pans are water tested before leaving our manufacturing facility.
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 product-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.
No pre-cut drain locations.
Single piece polyurethane/acrylic shower pans all have standard pre-cut drain locations (left, right, center). A pre-cut drain space may seem convenient because the step is already done for you, however, the exact opposite can be true. When installing or replacing a shower base for a walk in shower, the underlying plumbing and structural work (ex. floor joists) must be considered. Often times this underlying plumbing and structural support needs to be moved to accommodate the pre-cut drain space of the shower pan. Therefore, standard left, right, or center drain spaces are not always what is the most convenient for your tile shower base project.
To avoid the costly and time-consuming process of
moving underlying plumbing and structural work, we do not construct our shower pans with a pre-cut drain locations. Instead, the drain space is cut on-site and can be placed virtually anywhere. The step of simply cutting the drain space on-site is quick and easy. You can spend a few minutes cutting your own drain space or spend much more time and money adjusting existing plumbing. We think the former is the most convenient choice.
Learn more about all of our shower pan features.
Custom Shower Pans:
We also offer custom size shower pans. We understand how precious shower space can be. Need a 48.5"D x 60.5"W pan? You got it! Customers will appreciate the perfect fit that a custom shower pan can provide.
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Our DuraFlexTM shower pans are upgraded
with dependable materials. You can choose
from our galvanized steel, stainless steel,
and copper shower pan options to make water
damage virtually impossible. When properly
installed, Made For TileTM shower pans can
last forever. All pans include a curb flashing
system and 4" PVC shower drain with a stainless
steel round drain plate. Choose a single or dual curb.