Trays and enclosures help to make your shower a real experience. Whether you’ve got a grand plan about wet rooms, walk-in showers, and extra-large cubicles, or you haven’t got lots of space and you’re looking for a neat, contemporary solution, there’s something for you. We know that you value great design lines and quality materials, alongside affordability and choice. Shower trays come in different shapes and sizes, allowing you to create the perfect space in the area you have. Shower enclosures come with sliding doors, bi-fold doors, walk-in sides, curved screens and much more. The shower space you create is only dependent on the space you have and the price you want to pay.
Why Shower Trays are Important?
The shower tray is one of the hardest-working parts of any shower enclosure, and it’s not a place where you’ll want to skimp on quality. Picking a long-lasting shower tray for your new bathroom is an absolute must, but with so many choices on the market, shopping can be confusing. How do you find the best option? We’ve put together this guide to quality shower trays to help you find the very best tray for your home.
A great shower tray serves many purposes. First of all, it’s a smooth waterproof surface on which to stand while taking a shower. When properly installed, level, and sealed, it protects the bathroom floor from the daily deluge of water. It is literally the foundation of your shower, and everything depends on its ability to stand up to constant use. If a shower tray splits or is otherwise damaged, you’ll end up spending a fortune on water damages, repairs, and re-installation costs.
Your shower tray naturally needs to fit your shower enclosure perfectly. Because this fixture must be perfectly level to drain properly (and to help prevent slipping and accidents) in houses with slightly uneven floors you may need to select a tray frame or leg set to lift the tray off the floor. These raised shower trays also allow room for wastes and plumbing. You can easily find models to fit quadrant, offset quadrant, rectangular and square shower enclosures of various sizes.
You’ll find shower trays made from many different materials, especially in designer bathrooms, where steel, slate, or stone are popular for their good looks and luxury finishes. But style is only the beginning. What matters is the quality, fit, and installation. The most common materials used in the construction are acrylic and resin-stone. Both have their advantages, and which one you choose will depend largely on your taste and your budget.
These are affordable, durable, easy to clean and available in a huge range of sizes, shapes, and finishes. They are very lightweight, which makes them popular in apartments or upstairs bathrooms. Acrylic trays may be made out of solid or sheet acrylic: solid molded trays tend to stand up better to heavy use (though they may be more of a challenge to fit if you are inexperienced at DIY.)
Resin Shower Trays
These are attractive and solid, with many choices of finish on the market. Depending on the materials used in manufacture, these trays may be heavy and difficult to handle on your own. Their durability is excellent, though, and once the heavy lifting is over, are very easy to install. Resin trays can be slightly more expensive than their acrylic counterparts but are rapidly becoming more competitive.
How to Make Correct Decision?
You’ll need to take into account the layout of your bathroom, the size of your shower enclosure, and your preferred aesthetics, as well as your available budget. Bathrooms 365 stocks a wide range of shower trays, and we’re more than happy to help you find one that ticks all your boxes. If you have any questions at all, you shouldn’t hesitate to ask: we can guide you through all the options. With more than 30 years’ experience in the bathroom business, we know what it takes to build the perfect shower.