If you want to create tileable shower pan, there are many types of tile shower pan can be choice. Most homeowners are likely existing shower pan made using traditional method. The shower floor was built up with masonry or cement mix. This concept is simple and properly done will produce ceramic shower that work great for many decades.
tileable shower pan
Tileable Shower Pan
In traditional tile shower pan, set a special shower drain in place with the drain top at the height of finished floor. You should make sure that you have a good solid sub floor topped with roofing felt. Next, pour in mortar mix and slope it to the drain. The next layer is waterproof vinyl membrane. Last, install the tile and grout to finish the floor.
The second type is fiberglass shower pan. This type is quick and easy way to build shower pan. Tile can’t be installed on these pans. It is relative easy but fiberglass pans have negatives. They are easily scratched and damaged. Fiberglass shower pan does not have the luxury look and feel a ceramic tile shower.
tile ready shower pan
The third type is tile ready shower pans. In this type, all the system use a vinyl pan with an integral drain designed for installation of ceramic tile over the top of the pan. System contains material to line the walls and make a completely waterproof shower. Some system use a mortar base for the shower pan to sit on and other use a special foam base. The advantages of this system are speed of installation. There is no waiting for mortar layers to dry and level of art and skill for the installer is less.
tileable shower base
When it is comes to purchase tileable shower pan, there are simple trick can be done. A cheap shower pan from the box building store will not do. Those are made for different purpose. Ceramic tile must sit on perfectly rigid base. If the tile base moves, the grout and maybe the tile will crack. That is why you need tileable shower pan. Bet your shower space is not standard. First thing to do is the ‘carpenter work’ and fit the space to the shower base.
tile shower pan
The second is to somehow get a custom shower base. That may be possible but it will not cheap. The solution for the do it yourself installer is a tile ready shower pan. There are many companies that can supply these. These pan are heavy that you can install them and then just lay the tile right on the pan. You will get special drain as part of the system. This is a good solution but expensive and you may have big problem when you need a non standard size. The common way to build a shower is to build the floor of masonry and lay the tile on the masonry. This way is cheaper but requires serious expertise and time too. Building a tileable shower pan is exciting experience. You can hire professional plumber to doing your shower pan but you also can do by your self just follow the tips above.