Custom made shower pans make a viable replacement for bathtubs and their installation poses no problem. There is quite a large variety of these pans in the market. Usually, these are made from mortar, fiberglass and plastic.
Shower pan is an important part of any shower enclosure. These are easily available in standard sizes and can easily be installed without spending much time. Shower pans made from plastic are leak proof and take care of quite a few problems, including that of liners. Those made from fiberglass are costly. Mortar shower plans make a good option. Such shower pans employ vinyl waterproof membrane.
Custom-Made Shower Pans
The materials and tools you are going to need for making a shower pan as per your specifications include plywood, roofing felt, shower pan liner, latex additive mortar mix, wheel barrel shovel, staple gun, deck mud trowel and a utility knife.
For building a shower pan, place plywood of ¾ inch thickness over joists of size 2”X10”. That prepares the floor of your shower pan. A hole in the middle of plywood takes care of drainage. Next, lay a slip sheet on the floor space created to completely cover the plywood. You may use roofing felt or garbage bags for the purpose. A wire mesh which fits the floor area is laid and then the whole thing needs to be fixed to the plywood with the help of a staple gun.
The next step involves putting together the bottom flange of the drainage assembly. Prepare a mixture of mortar and latex additive in a wheelbarrow. The idea of using latex additive rather than water is to enhance the compressive strength of the mixture. The mortar mixture so prepared is required for filling the shower bed. The bed should be so filled as to create a slope towards the center to facilitate drainage. The mixture needs to be packed tightly and left to cure for a minimum of 24 hours.
After the mortar is cured, a shower pan liner is positioned on top of that. In case the liner happens to be larger than the floor area, let it drape over the sidewalls. The surplus liner is folded at the corners and then stapled to the nearest stud. The liner is to be folded over the shower cub and stapled from the outside. A hole needs to be made with a knife in the middle of the liner.