Unless you decide to create a beautiful wet room, whenever you add a standalone shower to your home you will need to choose a shower tray. Now, it can be obvious what the different shower enclosures have to offer, but choosing a shower tray can require a little thought. If it is something that you have never done before it can seem daunting, but with research and having a clear idea in mind as to what your requirements are you will find that they add the finishing touches to an incredible showering experience.
Commonly available shower trays come in two main varieties: those that are made of acrylic and those that are made of a bonded resin. Acrylic trays are vacuum moulded and have quite a large height as well as a large amount of flex in them. They used to be the most common option but have become less popular in recent years because of the flex and the fact they tend to wear more easily and can become slippy. A bonded resin tray is more durable as it is made from a hard wearing substance and they are also thicker which means they have no flex in them. This means that they feel sturdier and safer when you shower which, combined with them being less shiny, makes for a more pleasant and luxurious showering experience.
Bonded resin shower trays tend to have a much smaller profile than acrylic trays, which means that they stand up less far from the ground. You can get what is known as a riser kit for them, which are a set of legs which allow you to raise your shower tray from the floor for adding a waste underneath them, but a tray fitted flush with or against the floor is ideal if you are prone to tripping up over obstacles or you are looking for creating the most easily accessible shower that you can.
Shower trays come with their wastes in various different positions, and it is important that you choose a position that is best suited for how you will arrange your shower as well as makes the most sense from a plumbing standpoint. Often it is a good idea to work out where the supports for the floor are, as it is far easier to run a waste through empty space rather than having to deal with beams and structural supports. Choosing the right position for a waste often means you don’t have to bother with a riser kit and can create a low profile shower.
Of course, the shape of your shower tray is also vital. Choose one with the same dimensions and shape as your shower enclosure. If you are creating your enclosure by choosing panels and doors, be mindful of what trays are actually available before rushing and buying an exotic combination of screens and having to return them. By buying the tray and enclosure from the same company you can ensure that you have a shower that fits together perfectly and will enable you to create the perfect bathroom.