Types of Acrylic Shower Pans: Pros and Cons

July 4, 2013  |  Shower Pans

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Bathroom remodeling can be a difficult venture to go into, but if you want to do it right, you have to think long and hard about installing the acrylic shower pan that is not only durable and efficient, but also does its job well. The selection of acrylic shower pans available in the market can be staggering. There are hundreds of suppliers providing acrylic shower pans made of different materials that come in many different designs.

If you want to choose the best possible shower pan for your bathroom and more particularly, the shower unit, you need to check even the smallest of details. Remember, a good shower pan is a terrific investment since it adds to the curb appeal of your home on top of preventing water damage from the prolonged use of the shower unit.

There are many different types of acrylic shower pans to choose from.

1. Single Curb Acrylic Shower Pan Kits

This type of shower pan base is done in one piece and comes with a curb and drain. You can easily place the tile directly on top of the shower pan base, which saves a lot of costs. Leak protection is guaranteed on account of the integrated curb and drain stationed into the base of the shower pan. The seamless structure prevents even the smallest of leaks. Installation is very easy, since you don’t have to manipulate the shower base’s curb through mud setting and hot mopping.  Installation can be done in just 30 minutes. The drain configurations also allow for easier flexibility.

2. Acrylic Shower Pans with Waterproof Membrane

In a tiled shower set, adding a waterproof membrane beneath the tiles can go a long way into ensuring that water damage is prevented. By installing the waterproof membrane under the tiles, water seepage is prevented since the membrane is made of a material that keeps the wetness away. The underneath portion of the bed is protected as a result. In most acrylic shower pans, putting a mortar between the tiles and the membrane can improve the bathroom’s underneath portions from water damage.

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Shower pans that come with a waterproof membrane can be purchased in many different designs, materials, colors, and sizes.

3. Pre-Fabricated Acrylic Shower Pans

If you want a pre-constructed pan for shower, you can easily find them in many home improvement centers. This type of shower pan is the most widely used since it is durable and also the easiest to install. What makes this type of shower pan even better is that you can easily mold it into the bathroom’s shower seat. The result is a shower set that has a more streamlined look. It’s no slacker when it comes to avoiding leakages and protecting the underside of the shower bed from water damage. This is because it’s made of really durable material. So while the pre-fabricated shower plan is expensive, it does make up for it in durability and longevity, which makes it cheaper in the long run.

The only drawback with pre-fabricated acrylic shower pans is that the options are limited when it comes to its shape. They come only in square shapes so that they can fit in to the standard angles being used in shower sets.

Final Advice

No matter what type of pan you choose to install in your shower set, it’s important that you do regular maintenance to ensure that the shower pan is doing what it’s supposed to do and to address any sign of leaks and water damage. When purchasing acrylic shower pans, make sure that you pick a supplier that is of good repute.

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