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Custom Shower Pans

A comprehensive resource to assist you in buying and installing shower pans.

Custom shower pans are a kind of shower pan that are made or alter to suit your personal preferences. There are many ways that you may be able to customize your shower pan.  For one, you can build new custom shower pans altogether with your personal preferences in mind.  Another route is to simply modify the shower pan that you have right now.

The main purpose of shower pans is to have a waterproof mechanism that effectively blocks out water leakage problems in your shower room.  While this is an essential feature that’s more geared toward functionality than fashion, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you should sacrifice your personal preferences when choosing one.  This is where custom shower pans fit into the picture, and they happen to be very popular in bathrooms.

If you’re planning to renovate your bathroom, you may find that removing your shower pan and installing a new one is quite the drag.  Let’s not sugarcoat it – it’ll take some work.  You’ll have to start from scratch since the wall is attached to the base and the wall is attached to everything else.

In renovating, you can remove the bathtub, toilet and sink with no problems, and you can just as easily replace them as well if you’d like to create an entirely new theme.  When installing custom shower pans, you’ll ordinarily worry about size issues.  One of the great things about a custom shower pan liner is the fact that you won’t need to worry about size issues, as long as you take your measurements properly.

There are many ways that you can go as far as style is concerned when it comes to a custom tile shower pan.  Don’t be afraid to invest, as choosing something that looks great and holds up well will save you the headaches of having to do this again in the future.

Here are some examples of custom shower pans available in the market today:

Fiberglass shower pans.

You’ll find a fiberglass shower pan to be a kind of shower pan that is a cheaper and convenient option for shower pan installations.  Fiberglass shower pans are one of the most common makes of a shower pan when it comes to DIY shower pan kits because they’re smaller, cheaper, and generally more convenient as a result.

Fiberglass shower bases are available in custom sizes, and you’ll find no shortage of providers offering you their installation services.  Most of the time you won’t get a tiled base if it’s a fiberglass pan because you’ll also have a fiberglass floor.
Tile Ready shower pans.

Tile ready pans come in both standard sizes and custom sizes.  These are some of the easiest shower bases to install. Tile ready shower pans are made of plastic, and they happen to be very water resistant.  They’re also really easy to install, and can be installed within a matter of a couple hours if you have an experienced hand doing the job.
Shluter Kerdi shower pans.

This is a new way of forming custom shower pans that happens to be very effective.  You’ll be buying a kit that allows you to do it yourself.  When you purchase this kit, you’ll get a pre-formed foam base that ends up acting as the floor to your shower base.

Above this is the pre-formed shower pan, which acts as the base for your shower tiles.  From there, you simply need to place ceramic tiles (or any other kind) on top of the base, and you’ll be all set.

Shower pan bases of this variety are only available in standard sizes. The layout can still be customizable since its base is concrete, however.  What people like about this method is that it’s really easy to install a shower pan using this method.

Mortar shower pans.

This is the traditional method of installing a shower pan.  Custom shower pans can also be built with a mortar base as well.  The key thing that you will have to remember when installing a mortar based shower pan is the vinyl waterproof membrane, which allows for a trouble free, leaf proof shower system. This takes time to install rather than the ones mentioned above but it’s ultimately cheaper and can be customized.  You’ll likely want to seek out professional shower pan installation help with this one though, as the job is a rather complicated process.

These are just some of the custom shower pans available for your enjoyment.  What it comes down to is finding something that fits your size parameters, the look and feel of the rest of your bathroom, and presents itself as a feasible installation job.  Enjoy customizing your bathroom and make the most of your purchase!