Doing Bathroom Remodel in Havertown – Shower Stall
This was a complete bathroom remodel that we did in Havertown in which we removed everything down to the studs. Not only the shower walls but also all walls in this bathroom because they were already tiled. Then we built everything back up again with mold resistant drywall and cement board inside the shower stall.
What Type of Shower Pan
In this case we installed a fiberglass shower pan. But, there are also mortar and tile shower pans which can be used instead of fiberglass. Tile and mortar is a multi-step process. The sub-floor needs to be inspected and any weakness corrected before starting as cement is very heavy. First a layer of cement goes down to slope everything towards the drain. Then another layer of cement as a bed for the tiles, hence it’s often called a wet-bed shower pan.
As to which to choose between fiberglass and wet-bed is a matter of trade-offs. Fiberglass is less expensive but it stains and may crack over time. The wet-bed tile floor is more durable but will cost more, so the choice is entirely yours.
Today there’s a third method which uses a high-density foam floor that is pre-sloped. When using this method we just thinset the tiles down to the foam floor panel. Because this method uses a material that water can’t penetrate, it might be the best method of all.
For a complete review of the best methods and products for building out a renovated shower stall please see the linked article where we discuss the options in detail.
Tile on the Shower Walls
Using wall tiles gives you the opportunity to get a color, pattern, size tiles that meet your own personal taste. Using tiles on walls above a fiberglass shower pan is still a good choice.
But as you know, you can also get fiberglass wall panels for the shower walls, but I don’t believe they will hold up over time. So I’ll recommend tile on the shower walls on top of any of several waterproof backer boards.
Proper waterproofing is really important, and for a more in-depth discussion please see our Shower Pan vs Tile Shower Floor. It has a complete discussion of waterproofing. including products and methods.
Choose Your Components
We used wide frameless glass doors on this job to give the modern feel of a more open design. These come ready to install, in most cases, but a custom configuration is also possible. Good quality doors have stainless steel hardware.
So if you need a bathroom remodel in the Havertown to Berwyn areas we have all the best components available. Also we do detailed expert installation of tiles and fixtures. This all means we’ll do a great job at a good price.
Give Glenn a call and we’ll be happy to come out and give you a bathroom remodeling estimate.
Check out this article if you want to add a bathroom or powder room.