Although acrylic reigns in bathroom stores, it is not the only material from which a shower tray can be made. Steel, ceramic or those made of composites or natural stone are also available. The choice is considerable, but it is worth remembering that each material has both advantages and disadvantages.
Wet room kits are the best
Before we decide what our paddling pool should be made of, we usually think about its shape and dimensions. The most popular are square models, but you can also buy rectangular, round, polygonal, and even models with very sophisticated, fanciful shapes, for example like a sprinkled drop of water. The standard dimensions of the shower trays are usually 80 × 80 cm, 90 × 90 cm or 100 × 100 cm (square and half-round) or 100 × 80 cm, 100 × 90 cm, 120 × 80 cm. There are also much bigger paddles – 120-140 cm wide. Their depth is also important. Usually it is 15 cm, however, it can range from 3 to 30 cm.
Shower tray sometimes has additional equipment. The grooved or non-slip bottom not only ensures the safety of the bath, it is also a decorative element when it has the form of colored patterns. In a shower tray with high walls, a contoured seat is useful, especially when children or people with reduced mobility are using the cabin. The cover masking the drain or wooden platform is useful and aesthetic.
Although there are wooden trays in stores, designed to be finished with elastic carpet or in the form of a set of ceramic tiles to be laid directly on the ground, most people who decorate the bathroom need something functional, but less unusual.
Wet room kits made by acrylic
Acrylic is currently the most popular material. Acrylic wet room kit is light, smooth and warm to the touch. However, they also have disadvantages – after some time of use, they may start to crack, poor quality of acrylic quickly turns yellow, it is also easy to scratch. Do not use abrasive cleaners to clean the shower tray. We will remove a small imitation of the surface using a polishing agent and a soft cloth. A small scratch can be removed using a care kit, and the spatter is supplemented with a repair kit consisting of a liquid acrylic and a hardener.
Acrylic forms only the top layer of the wet room kit, applied on the polyurethane molding. The stiffness of this construction is ensured by a layer of fiberglass. Acrylic can be covered with a special coating, which facilitates its care (usually you have to pay extra for it) or have an admixture of finely ground mineral, thanks to which it takes on the appearance and texture of the stone.
Most manufacturers recommend installing trays on racks or bases made of expanded polystyrene or polyurethane foam. Some models, made of extra reinforced acryl, are sold as self-supporting (do not require the use of legs or frames).
Read more on wetroomsdesign.co.uk/wet-room-shower-trays.