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Shower Trays Explained:
These essential items act as the base for your shower cubicle and are great for collecting the water and feeding to your drain.
Which Shape Should You Pick?
There are a variety of shower tray shapes, each presenting a slightly different appeal:
Square Trays: Ideally fitted within an alcove or within a corner, the square tray is an old classic with the two most popular ones being the 800mm X 800mm and 900mm X 900mm shower tray.
Rectangular Trays: With ever expanding room sizes, the rectangular tray is becoming a very popular choice. Fitted within an alcove or corner, this tray offers a substantial space to shower in: ranging from 700mm-1700mm in length, and 700mm-1000mm in depth.
Quadrant Trays: Ideal for corner showers, this will work particularly well when used in conjunction with sliding doors. If you’re fortunate enough to have the space, then an offset quadrant tray is similar but has the added benefit of being longer in length than depth.
Pentagonal Trays: A great tray for a corner location where little space available, their design resembles a square but has a section on the corner missing. They are, therefore, a great alternative to the quadrant tray.
Which Material Is Best?There are three main materials used in the construction of shower trays and the way in which they are produced varies:
Acrylic: When introduced in the 1970s, the acrylic tray was not reinforced so was quick to crack. However, recent innovation has created a highly effective, lightweight and long lasting tray. Reinforced with either a wood, fibreglass, steel or foam filled baseboard (and sometimes a mix), the acrylic tray is usually 4mm thick and provides water tightness.
Stone Resin: These consist of a resin and stone mix, formed in a mould, which is then lined with either a gel coating or an acrylic capped facing. The gel coating has the disadvantage of losing its sheen over time, whereas an acrylic one offers both the versatility of an acrylic tray and the solidity of stone resin. Chosen for their rigidity, stone resin is a common choice by many, but you should consider the weight and how this may effect installation.
Enamelled Steel: Although more expensive, the enamelled surface of a steel tray possess glass like properties, is scratch and abrasion resistant and is an excellent conductor of heat. This innovative shower tray can be used either as a standard tray, or as a wet room component. Although more common in Europe, they are fast becoming an ideal choice for those wanting a superior finish.
What Are Upstands and Risers?
The Upstand is a small lip around the edge of a tray. These are important because the UK bathroom is not as watertight as the European one, and any gap will eventually cause water damage. Once installed, the upstand is tiled over to form an effective permanent seal which will eliminate any leaks.
Risers: If you are unable to install a shower tray directly onto the floor, a riser kit will be able to assist. These contain feet which are simply fitted to the bottom of the tray, allowing for adjustment and for the tray to be levelled into position. Once fitted, the plinths are then added to complete the job. The majority of trays sold at Splashdirect are available with Risers, regardless of the material.
Shower trays are a vital part to any shower enclosure, so be sure to pick the right one to match your needs.