Choosing the right shower tray

The shower tray can come in a variety of materials, but more popular than most is the plastic shower tray. Lightweight ABS plastic shower trays tend to flex slightly during use so it’s particularly important to seal the edges carefully, using a good- quality silicone sealant (it is recommended by most experts not to rely on grout). The GRP shower tray is much more substantial, while the resin-bonded shower tray and the ceramic shower tray are also very solid.

The majority of shower trays that support the freestanding shower cubicle range between 750mm and 900mm squares. For those of you looking to save space in your bathroom, the shower tray can be purchased with a cut-off or rounded corner to save floor space. For bathrooms with more ample room for improvement, a larger more rectangular shower tray provides that extra elbow room within your chosen shower enclosure.

Most shower trays are designed to stand on a timber or masonry frame so that they lie about 150mm (6 inches) off the ground. Some have adjustable feet or a metal underframe that helps to provide a fall for the waste pipe. Rigid types of shower tray can be bedded in mortar. A plinth screwed across the front of the shower tray enables the underframe and the plumbing to be hidden from sight, as well as allowing access to the trap should servicing to the underframe or plumbing be required.

Some shower trays are also designed to be sunk, so that they are flush with the floor. This provides easier access to the shower itself and also allows for better cleaning and maintenance of the shower tray.

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