The shower tray is the most critical part of a cubicle and it needs to be installed correctly or problems will ensue.
And the joint between the shower tray and the wall is the most critical one. It is vital that there is no differential movement between the shower tray and the wall. Movement will crack grout and cause seals to pull away from the surfaces it is meant to protect.
There is a bewildering array of shapes, sizes, and materials so choosing the right model is harder than it should be.
If you are fitting a shower cubicle in your house it is vital that the shower tray is installed correctly because leaks and water damage can occur if it is not completely rock solid and absolutely level.
There are many different types of tray on the market and they can be made from a whole host of materials. Steel, ceramic, stone resin, acrylic and fibreglass are all commonly used to make them and there are a wide variety of shapes and sizes as well.
Shower Tray Shapes – Square, Rectangular or Quadrant
There are square trays, rectangular, quadrant and special tray for walk-in cubicles. No particular shape is any better than any other although quadrant cubicles offer the best compromise between elbow room and footprint.
If you can find one, we would recommend using a tray that incorporates an up-stand. This is a tray that has a small filet that tucks up behind the tiles or panels, ensuring a completely waterproof finish.
The other option if you are worried about water escaping is to fit a leak-free shower cubicle which is a self contained unit.
Fitting A Tray With Shower Wall Panels
Grout does not cope with movement – at all. It just cracks. And once cracked it stops doing its job of stopping water getting through.
Our shower wall panels use no grout so tiny movements of the shower tray are irrelevant, Saying that, we would always recommend fitting the tray in such a way as to eliminate all movement.
The tray needs to be installed first and sealed to the existing wall to ensure no moisture can get down behind it and the wall. Smear the silicone up the wall slightly so that there is a skirt of silicone running around the tray. Run the panels down over this and the seal again on the front where the panels meet the shower tray. This results in a very neat finish as can be seen in the above photos. All of these installations have used panels rather than tiles.
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