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The shower pan is what you stand on when you stand in your shower (assuming you’re not standing in the bathtub). There are various forms a styles of shower pans, but the biggest difference is single piece (engineered stone, fiberglass, acrylic) vs custom built (hot mop or rubber membrane).
When your shower is of a non standard size or shape, if a single piece pan is available at all it will be a custom order at significant cost and a long lead time, or you can have one built. The phrases “hot mop” and “rubber membrane” refer to the method whereby the shower pan is made water tight.
As the name implies, hot mop where hot tar is applied with a hot mop. Literally.
- Because of the way hot moping is applied it’s very reliable and almost impossible to do badly.
- It creates a very durable water tight barrier.
- It’s really messy. If one bit of tar gets on a surface it is not supposed to be on, it’s really hard to get it clean. If this ever does happen to you, the best cleaner is gasoline (seriously).
- It’s a bit of a dying art. Fewer and fewer people do it. The good news is there are still a few contractors who specialize in this and do nothing else. The bad news is there are VERY few.
If you can find someone to do this, do it! I go for rubber membrane only when a hot mop guy can not be found.
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