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5 Myths about Solid Surface Shower Products You Need to Know So You “Won’t be Fooled Again!”

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

5 Myths about Solid Surface Shower Products You Need to Know | Innovate Building Solutions | #SolidSurface #WallPanels #BathroomTips

I’m going to keep it real dog (in the infamous words of Randy Jackson) and tell you up front most people are confused about solid surface shower products. They’ll ask me some of the following questions:

  • Isn’t this product a pain to install because the shower panels are 3/8” thick?
  • Wouldn’t a smooth solid surface material be too slipper to use for the shower pan?
  • Isn’t solid surface the same as cultured marble?
  • I’ve heard solid surface showers only come in standard sizes and my shower is custom sizes. Is that true?
  • I think I’ve seen solid surface showers before. Don’t they come in those white swirly patterns which went out along with big hair, mullets, shoulder pads and leisure suits in the 80’s?

The bottom line is – many people are confused about this material.

I’m here to tell you if I’ve been able to figure out solid surface (and explain this product to members of my team and customers), it ain’t that hard! Here’s what I’ll tell you about my level of “genius”:

  • I didn’t graduate “Magna-Cum-Rowdy” or Magna Cum Laude from college. I’m a proud Carnegie-Mellon University “Tartan.” A Tartan is synonymous with Scottish guys who wear plaid skirts. Now that’s hot. My Kappa Sigma fraternity brothers can tell you I had my share of fun and lost my fair share of brain cells (don’t tell my Mom this). I worked my butt off to get through, but didn’t exactly have a GPA that blew the roof off the place.

 

  • I wasn’t the top in my class in high school either. I owned the 41st highest GPA out of 82 people in at the private school I attended – Hawken School in Gates Mills Ohio. Sure, there were some smart kids there – but nobody was worried about competing with ME for valedictorian.

 

  • Nobody at the Apple “Genius Bar” is recruiting me. I’m sure they’re desperately looking for a 58-year-old guy with ever-so-slightly graying (I lied) hair to work side by side with the techno-savvy-20 somethings. I still have hope I’m going to get the call any day now begging me to join the “Genius Bar” team.

Despite my lack of “genius” I think I can help you dispel some of the mistruths and half-truths about solid surface products. I’ve been working with the stuff in my remodeling and nationwide product wholesaling business for years and have learned a few things along the way. So, let’s take a look at 5 myths about solid surface shower products you need to blow up and ‘not be fooled again’ (in the words of The Who for you 80’s rock band aficienados).

7 Facts You Need to Know about Custom Solid Surface Shower Pans

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

7 Facts you need to know about custom solid surface pans | Innovate Building Solutions | #SolidSurfacePan #ShowerPan #ShowerBase

If you’ve ever experienced a cracked shower pan which destroyed the ceiling and room below, or a mold-infested concrete tile base which caused eye, throat, skin or nasal irritations and costly doctor visits, you know a ‘cheap’ shower pan can be quite expensive. Ripping out showers, repairing ceilings, putting in new subfloors and doing mold remediation isn’t anybody’s idea of a good time.

If you’re looking to replace a way-too-small yellowed, cracked and creaky fiberglass shower base or a water-saturated mud-set tile shower pan with a custom solid surface shower pan, you have to ‘get it right’ once and for all.  You need the facts. You don’t want to become a victim of replacing a bad shower all over again.

My goal in this article is to give you, as Joe Friday on Dragnet used to say (now I’m showing my age), just the facts ma’am (or sir to be politically correct) about solid surface shower pans. What are the frequently asked questions? What are the not-so-frequently asked questions people should be asking? I want to help you figure out if this pan is right for your next job. Let’s check out these 7 facts to save you research time, cost and aggravation.

Solid Surface vs. Ready for Tile Shower Pans – The Ultimate Showdown

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

Solid surface vs a Ready for tile shower pan - The Ultimate Showdown | Innovate Building Solutions

If you’re looking to do a standard (or custom) sized shower pan and want something nicer than the cheap generic plastic white styles at your big box store it can be hard to figure out what option is best. Two popular alternatives in upgraded shower bases vs. fiberglass are solid surface and ready for tile pans. Here’s reasons both options beat the pants off the low-end fiberglass you desperately want to replace now:

Advantages of solid surface and waterproof ready for tile pans over fiberglass bases

 They won’t yellow like fiberglass.

  • You can choose your drain location. You don’t have the cost of moving plumbing around.
  • You can create a custom shape to fit a curved design, custom NEO angle shape or an offset style pan.
  • These bases won’t flex and squeak when you walk on them – even if you you’re not built like Victoria Beckham, Gigi Hadid or an anorexic supermodel.
  • You can live life “in color.” You can either design your own tile pattern or choose from 51 varied solid surface colors.
  • You can get these bases clean. It can be nearly impossible to get dirt off the bottom of a fiberglass pan.

While both these shower bases have it all over fiberglass – the challenge I see is homeowners (and contractors) struggling to know how to choose between solid surface and ready for tile. In this article I’m going to pit both shower pans against each other in the ultimate showdown. At the end I’d like to get your take on which is best.

This shower pan UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) won’t get you bloody or gross you out. It will save you money. You won’t make a bad shower base selection you’ll regret in a space you use every single day.

Let the rubber cleaning gloves come off and the battle of the shower bases begin.

Making a low maintenance shower enclosure with high style and function

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

 

Fleurco curved glass shower enclosure with Sentrel Waterproof Wall Surrounds

Fleurco curved glass shower enclosure with Sentrel Waterproof Wall Surrounds

If someone had a dime for every nasty tub and shower enclosure out there – they would truly be a rich person! Let’s face it – since tubs and showers are by there very nature wet spaces they can certainly get unpleasant over time – moldy walls, dirty grout joints, chipped, stained and rusty tubs are just some of the conditions many people find in their baths.

 

The challenge is how can the bath or shower be remodeled to not only improve the looks of the space – but also to make it more functional, safer and healthier?

 

Learn below about an exciting approach which can be used for a shower replacement or a bath to shower conversion which can be used for to transform an ugly (and perhaps unsafe) bathroom into one you’ll enjoy entering every day.

Don’t settle for a boring bath to shower conversion – new products to add style and function

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Curved shower door and base enclosure

Curved shower door and base enclosure

To increase safety and improve the function of small bathroom spaces typical in many 5 foot by 7 foot bathrooms homeowners are choosing to convert a bathtub into a shower. Since most of these bathtubs are 60” x 32” there is not as much elbow room for a shower as some would like. In the past many customer’s have opted for curved shower rods and curtains to gain some extra room in a shower conversion project – but often shower curtains can get stained and need to be replaced too often.

 

A new solution has come into the market with a line of curved shower bases and curved shower door systems. The “Bowfront” acrylic shower bases made by Fleurco are only 32” at the at the sides of the two walls for shower alcove but it curves (or bows) out to 36” in the middle of the shower for extra elbow room in the shower. The bases come in white and biscuit colors with drains located on the left and right sides.

 

The curved shower doors are available with clear glass (for someone who wants to keep a view for intricate tile work or plumbing fixtures) and with obscure glass (called Paris Point) for a higher level of privacy. The systems are available in framed or semi-frameless designs with chrome or brushed nickel finishes.

 

To add more safety to these showers consider a decorative grab bar for the entry and to increase the inside space use recessed niches to hold soap and shampoo.

 

What do you think of the design and function of these curved shower walls? Please comment below.

 

 

If you’re looking for more information or an estimate on curved shower wall enclosure and base system call or visit  Bath Doctor of Cleveland (216-531-6085) and  Columbus (614-252-7294) or for a more extensive bathroom remodeling project visit Cleveland Design & Remodeling  (216-658-1270). If you’re looking for nationwide supply on this item call Innovate Building Solutions at 877-668-5888.

 

 

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