Some Suggestions about Shower Tray Installation
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Some Suggestions about Shower Tray Installation

7/10/2012

Shower tray can be used on all types of tubs and showers. It is the piece of flooring that covers the bottom of most shower stalls and it is most often made of stone resin. The tray is used as a kind of flooring to cover the original marble, stone or ceramic of your tub. It can be installed easily without the help of a professional as long as you follow the standard protocol and keep in mind a few very basic tips. You can have one ready to use within less than a day. You can fit your tray with a few everyday products that can be purchased at your local home improvement store.

 

Wipe clean and dry the floor of the shower before you start to fit it with your tray. Place the tray in your shower to get an idea of the difference between the curves in the tray and the curves of your tub floor. Place the tray with the pre-cut drain hole lined up with the tub drain. The bottoms of nearly all trays are sloped or curved in some manner so that water will easily run down the drain, without any extra help from you. Because of this inherent slope or curve, you should take extra care in making sure your tray is perfectly level when you install it. Check before you permanently attach it by using a level.

 

Attempt to flatten the tray onto the surface and notice the spots where there is room between the tray and the tub. You will need to fill these spots to maintain the natural curve of the tray. Fill the empty spots with sand, and replace and remove your tray until you have smoothed out the surface underneath the tray. When you're ready to adhere the shower tray to its base, make sure that you turn the tray over and coat the entire bottom of it with your adhesive, which may be silicone sealant or a "dry-pack" mortar of sand, cement and a little water. Dabbing bits of adhesive to the sides, corners and center of the bottom of the tray will create an unstable foundation. Cover the bottom of the tray completely instead.

 

Then yse the leveling tool to make sure the tray is level, and then replace it and cover the bottom with silicone sealant. Place the tray back into the shower and smooth it into the location to allow the sealant to stick to the sand underneath. Lastly allow a few hours for the sealant to dry and the fitting will be completed. One of the most important parts of the installation is making sure that you create a waterproof seal between the tray, the ground and the sides of the shower. You don't want moisture or water getting trapped underneath or around the tray--it could cause a host of problems that could eventually spread to the rest of the house. Make sure that you coat the areas where the shower tray meets the sides of the shower and the top edges of the tray with silicone sealant.

 



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