How to choose your shower tray?

How to choose your shower tray?

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The shower tray receives and drains water, but also supports the doors of the shower tray. It is therefore essential to be well informed before making your choice. Discover the advantages and disadvantages of the different shapes and materials in order to make the best choice!

The different types of shower trays

Before embarking on the work, take the time to study the different types of shower trays available on the market. Your choice will mainly depend on three factors: the time required, the materials chosen and the cost of the work. There are four types of shower trays, which generally come in three shapes (square, rectangular or quarter-circle). * The free standing shower tray : as its name suggests, it is placed on the ground or on a brick or cinder block base, and therefore does not require major work. * The shower tray to be tiled : more aesthetic and trendy, it allows level access to the shower. This is the one found especially in walk-in showers. However, it requires more substantial work (in particular masonry work). * The built-in shower tray : it is installed with a floor drain with a vertical outlet and provides a walk-in shower area. * The raised shower tray : it is the simplest to install because it does not require masonry work! If you are not very DIY, choose this solution!

The shower tray is available in all forms

What material should you choose for your shower tray?

The different materials will have an impact on the resistance, maintenance, aesthetics as well as the price of the shower tray. There are three main families of materials. * Glazed or ceramic stoneware : the ideal option for a rustic effect, for example in a country house. More accessible financially, it is also the most robust and easiest to maintain material. The only drawback is its weight: allow between 30 and 50 kg for an enamelled stoneware shower tray. It is therefore essential to check beforehand its compatibility with the soil. Finally, it can also be slippery when wet. * Acrylic : this lighter material will go perfectly if you want to give a clean look to your bathroom. The acrylic shower tray is pleasant to use because it is cooler than stoneware or ceramic. Very easy to maintain, it nevertheless has a major drawback: its sensitivity to micro-scratches, scratches and shocks. * Resin : modern and available in many colors, the shower tray fits perfectly with a chic and modern atmosphere. The synthetic resin shower tray combines all the good points: durability, resistance, weight and ease of maintenance. You will however need to count a budget envelope two to three times higher for this premium material.

Three materials that adapt to all styles

How to install your shower tray?

Have you decided to install your shower tray yourself? Here's the procedure to follow ! First, choose theshower tray location, position it and mark the marks on the floor and on the walls in pencil. Also mark the location of the emptying system (drain and siphon), which will allow you to avoid any risk of overflow. For conventional shower trays, the current diameter of the drain is 60 mm, but for extra-flat shower trays, it is preferable to use a 90 mm diameter drain. It provides a higher flow rate. Before installation, you will also need to set up the supply networks (12/14 mm diameter tubes) and evacuation networks (40 mm diameter tubes) and plan a slope of at least 2 cm per meter to facilitate the evacuation of water. In a second step, place and fix if necessary the support feet to support your shower tray. Then generously apply a silicone seal to the floor all along the walls of the shower tray and then gently install it. Attach the crowded, then proceed to finishes : seals, tiles, mosaic ... And voila!

It's up to you to install your shower tray!