The Basics of Shower Bases

If you are in the market for a new shower in your home, you will be pleased to know that there are numerous ways to make it a complete showstopper.

This is made possible by a variety of shower walls, many types of shower panels, a wide array of patterns, designs, and colors, and even many options in terms of the shower base.

This is the component of the unit that aids in the proper drainage of the shower unit. Continue reading to learn more. 

Is a Shower Base Necessary? 

Yes, when installing a new shower unit, the shower base is necessary. It does not matter if you are using a shower surround, you are tiling the structure, or if you are using specially-designed panels for the new shower unit in the home.

A base is essential. It is – in short – the floor of the new shower. However, it does not just serve as a space to stand. It also helps in making certain that the water from the shower drains properly. 

What Materials Are Shower Bases Available? 

When shopping for a shower base, you will find that there are many types of materials available. These include molded stone, composite, cast iron, acrylic, fiberglass, solid-surface, and molded polyurethane.

The most commonly picked materials for shower bases in the United States include molded polyurethane, fiberglass, and acrylic. Below is a description of each of these popular options:

  1. Molded Polyurethane – This type of shower base may be laid right on top of a shower pan so that tile may be added to the shower unit. This material is exceptionally popular because it is solid and completely leakproof. Additionally, the installation is both easy and fast. If you elect to integrate tile with this type of shower base, you will be required to put grout in place. This will lengthen the installation process and will result in higher levels of maintenance throughout the lifetime of the shower stall. 
  2. Fiberglass – Fiberglass is widely popular because of the fact that it is the least expensive of all options. The one thing you have to keep in mind with this type of shower base is the types of cleaners that you use. Many are so abrasive that they may actually scratch the surface of the material. Otherwise, this is a simple base that has a high level of durability and will withstand the overall test of time. 
  3. Acrylic – If you don’t mind spending a little more, acrylic is a wonderful and highly appealing material option for a shower base. It is really easy to install. Cleaning and maintenance are an absolute breeze! When combined with other acrylic features, it will really come together to create a gorgeous product for your bathroom! 

Contact Us Today 

We here at Southern Industries Home Improvements specialize in shower installation. We provide you with many options to customize this product for your home – including an assortment of beautiful, high-quality, and extremely durable shower bases.

To learn more, call for a free quote and be sure to inquire about our low-cost installation special: 912-559-4080