To Curb or not to Curb.
When planning a bathroom remodeling project with a walk-in shower you may be interested in designing a Curbless Shower Pan.
A curbless Shower Pan makes the shower a safer alternative for those in wheelchairs or for those that do not want the hazard of a step at the entrance to their shower.
At Fort Collins Home Improvement, we can create a custom Curbless or Curbed Shower pan to suit your needs.
We use a PVC liner along with a dry pack sand cement mix and Weeping Drain to ensure a solid and leak-free pan that will last for decades.
Lets Take a look at how we accomplish this.
(The following project took 8 days from Commencement to Completion -References Available Upon Request)
Curbless Shower Pan
Our first step is to lower the floor under the shower pan to create a space for our Dry Pack Sand Mix which is 3 inches deep around the edges and slopes to 2 inches deep around the drain.
In order to lower the floor, we must remove the existing sub-flooring and notch the floor joist. When the joist are notched, they lose some of their structural integrity. To compensate for this loss, we ‘scab’ or attach 2×6 lumber to the joist doubling their strength. Different situations require different approaches, no two will be the same.
Once we have lowered the floor, it is time to lay the PVC liner. The liner is laid into the niche and extended up the walls for several inches effectively creating a rubber lined pond in your shower. The drain is set with holes in the side that will allow any water that makes it through the tile’s grouted areas to easily flow into the drain.
After the liner and drain are set, the next step is to create the dry-pack pan for the tile to set on. We freehand the slope of the pan. For those that are less experienced, wedges can be used to create the slope.
The Dry-Pack itself is not water-proof. Like all cementitious materials, dry-pack sand mix will sponge water when it is introduced. So we must apply a waterproofing membrane as an extra layer of protection against shower pan leakage.
Now that we have established a waterproof base for the tile to set on, we are ready to set the shower floor tile.
In this Bathroom Remodeling Project, our customer requested a place to set their Soaps and Shampoos. So we designed some corner shelves using the tile the customer desired.
Finished Bathroom Remodel in Fort Collins Colorado
Now lets finish the shower and the Bathroom Floor Tile.
We used a 24×12 a 12×12 a 3×12 accent border and 6×6 matched Travertine style tile all “Brick-layed” where the grout lines are staggered, to create this Walk-In Curbless Shower in Fort Collins Colorado.
Now we need to get that old 90’s linoleum floor out and put down some concrete backer board. A one quarter inch thick concrete backer board is used due to the fact that it expands and contracts at the same rate as the floor tile will and this coupling will prevent cracks or loosening of the tiles in the future. Some installers will skip this step, but we consider it imperative.
Here are some Photos of the finished shower and Floor Tile
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