I have three bathrooms, and originally, they all had 60″ (beat to heck) tubs. When I renovated them five years ago, I wanted showers rather than tubs in two of the three. But, I was on a budget and was put off by the high cost to have a plumber prepare a shower base to tile. So…with little other choice…I installed plain white Swanstone solid surface shower pans. In reality, these have been fine. They get dirty fast – but clean up nicely with Lysol Basin Tub & Tile cleaner ROG products.
Three more ideas for a shower base:
Terrazzo pre-formed base — If I would have known then about these Crane Terrazzo shower bases, I most likely would have gone with them. NOTE: Historically, there were several manufacturers of terrazzo preformed shower bases — since this story was written in 2008, I do not know how many are still available.
Tile onto a preformed base — Or – if this Tile Redi easy-to-tile shower base (above) had been available, I might also have used it. (Website: tileredi.com).
Or, tile your shower base the old fashioned way — with a mud base.
**One thing to remember when tiling a shower base –
CONSULT WITH A PROFESSIONAL about
specifying the right tile for a shower base
considering the potential for slip-and-fall safety issues.