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Bathroom Ideas – Sunnyvale – Showers – Pans
The lead article in this series is titled Bathroom Ideas.
The shower pan is the part of the shower, sometimes below the floor layer of tile, that provides the water tight seal between your shower and the floor of your bathroom.
There are different types of shower pans.
Hot mopped pans are no longer common and are only briefly touched upon here.
They are made with a literal layer of hot mopped tar that provides the water tight barrier.
Constructed or custom built pans these days generally use a thick rubber membrane, shown below (it’s red).
On top of the rubber membrane, mortar is installed to create the required slop of 1/4 inches per foot.
The flooring material of tiles or nature stone are then installed on top of the mortar layer.
Another very common option is the single piece pan, common with engineered stone showers, such as Swanson.
With a single piece pan, the entire pan, as the name implies, is a single piece of engineered stone, acrylic, or fiberglass.
Single piece pans are highly reliable and are less dependent on the craftsmanship of the installer to ensure a good watertight barrier.