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You need a custom built shower pan when:
- Your shower is of a non standard shape
- Your shower is of a non standard size
- You’re a stickler for durability!
Assuming you do in fact need a custom built shower pan, you have two choices: 1) hot mop, and 2) rubber membrane. The phrases refer to the way the shower pans are made water tight.
Hot mop predates and to a large extent is being replaced by rubber membrane.
Rubber Membrane Shower Pans
The rubber membrane liner is literally that. It’s a thick sheet of rubber. May 1/4″ thick. It is installed in such a way that there are no seams water can seep into. There will be seams at the corner, and it’s important to make it in such a way that were water to get into the seam, it flows out of the seam. Obviously the pan liner can not be stabled or nailed to the framing haphazardness. Each penetration is a breach in the liner.
So…. If you’re doing this, DO NOT DO IT YOURSELF! Have a pro do it for you.
- Allows for a shower of a custom size or shape.
- Is relative inexpensive.
- The only real disadvantage is it is possible to install it incorrectly, which I strongly advise the DIY crowd to NOT do this step themselves. Even if you’re incredible mechanically inclined and watched the installation video 5 times. It’s not worth the risk. Have a seasoned pro do this step for you.
Although I personally prefer hot mopping for a custom pan (which also requires a pro to come in and do it for you), sometimes there isn’t one in your area. When that is the case, rubber membrane is the way to go.
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