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How to design a solid surface shower pan

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

How to design solid surface pan

Is stepping into your existing shower pan an experience you’d like to avoid? Dirty grout, cracked tile shower bases and fiberglass surrounds which have yellowed and cannot be cleaned are just some of the challenges owners have with their old shower pans. If you have these problems upgrading to a solid surface shower pan can be the solution. Solid surface is a stone-like material formulated with specialized crystals and resin which provides a rock hard surface which looks beautiful and is built to last. In the article below explore 5 ½ tips to design the right solid surface shower pan for your project.

Tip 1 – Design your entry – A shower base is useless if it doesn’t serve the needs of all family members (from grandchildren to grandparents). Towards that end solid surface options can include roll in entries for those with mobility challenges, low threshold curbs (1 ½” high) for a sleeker contemporary design or standard full height curb (4 ½” high) which is a popular option for smaller spaces like corner enclosures.

Low threshold custom solid surface shower base

Tip 2 – Choose your shape – One huge advantage of solid surface over acrylic, fiberglass or tile pans is the ability to create any design while maintaining a low maintenance grout-free surface. These bases are available in standard sizes and shapes (including squares, rectangles, NEO angle shapes) and also custom layouts with offset curbs, designs for curved glass block shower walls, angles of even round shapes.

Custom layouts with solid surface shower bases

Tip 3 – Determine your drain location and drain shape – Using a standard sized shower base can be cost effective if there are not major costs associated with moving the pre-chosen drain location of a standard base. If moving your drain will be costly given the structure under the shower pan (moving a drain in a concrete floor can be costly and difficult to do or sometimes the location of existing floor joists can make it tough to use a standard pan) then having a shower pan made which allows you to use your existing drain location can be smart. With custom solid surface shower pans any drain locations (or even a cool looking wider linear drain) can be used.

Tip 4 – Select your finish – In solid surface bases you can choose between a high gloss finish (which can really stand out) or opt for the understated look of the matte type finish. Irrespective of what finish you choose all of these bases have a textured bottom surface for safety and traction control.

Matte finish solid surface shower pan with a low threshold entry

Tip 5 – Select your color – It’s always nice for interior decorating purposes to have lots of color options. Solid surface pans come in over 50 different colors so there will be a choice for most any décor.

Colors for a solid surface shower base

Tip 5 ½ – Don’t forget shower walls and counters – While the shower pan is the “foundation” of the shower matching the base with grout free and decorative solid surface shower walls and vanity countertops can tie the entire bathroom together and reduce maintenance.

For questions or a design consultation on how to select solid surface shower pans, walls or countertops comment or call the numbers below.
For nationwide solid surface pan, wall and countertop supply call Innovate Building Solutions (877-668-5888). For bathroom remodeling contact The Bath Doctor in Cleveland (216-531-6085), Columbus (614-252-7294) or Cleveland Design and Remodeling (216-658-1270).

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Mike Foti

President of Innovate Building Solutions a nationwide supplier and regional (Cleveland and Columbus) remodeling contractors. Some of our product lines include glass counters, floors, backsplashes, glass blocks and grout free shower and tub wall panels

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  • Mike Foti

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    Jeff – it was nice to talk to you yesterday about your project with solid surface shower panels and a glass block premade wall. I will look forward to getting your rough sketch and then pricing your job! Mike

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  • jeff inman

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    Hi Mike ,I am reaching out to you today because our company is working with a customer that wants to remove a older whirlpool tub and replace it with a solid surface walls and shower pan.Instead of having a door or curtain they would like to have glass block with just an opening to enter. the size would be 36 x 60 a plus on the glass block would be if the top edge would curve down a little towards the opening . Our Phone # 330-442-7389
    Thank you!
    Jeff Inman

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