Shower trays are an essential component for any shower. The right shower tray makes all the difference. It affects the overall look of the bathroom, but more importantly, impacts on how practical and easy the shower is to use.
Types of Shower Trays
There are two main kinds of shower trays, lipped and easy access. Lipped trays were once the most popular kind, but many people are now choosing to install easy access trays. These fit flush to the floor meaning there is no need to step up into the shower. For the elderly or infirm, this is a big bonus. It also means that, potentially, wheelchair users can get into and out of the shower unaided.
However, they can only be fitted into bathrooms that have adequate drainage. In a bathroom where the water does not drain away quickly it is easy to flood the bathroom.
Shower trays also come in a range of shapes and sizes. This allows people to fit a shower into even a very small space.
Tips for Buying Shower Trays
When buying a shower tray it is worth shopping around. Doing so can save you a lot of money and also potentially time and hassle. Buying the right tray for the job will ensure that the installation process goes smoothly and that you do not end up replacing the tray a few months down the line.
If you are replacing an existing tray, buying one that is the same dimensions as the old one is the easiest approach. However, make sure that the drain is in exactly the same position is that on the existing shower tray. You can move the drain, but doing so will cost you both time and money.
Buying shower trays for a new bathroom is far easier. You should buy the tray and shower enclosure at the same time to make sure that they will fit together. Once again, it makes sense to double check that it is possible to position the drainage plumbing in the right place for the shower tray before actually buying it.
The Plumb Store sells a great selection of shower trays and other bathroom fixtures and fittings. Everything they sell is competitively priced, and comes with a gurantee.