Top 5 DIY Shower Installation Tips
If you are an avid handyman and considering a DIY shower installation, these top 5 tips will help you complete your project with confidence:
Installation Tip 1: Who will be using the shower?
If you are building a shower for an elderly person or someone that requires a walker or wheelchair, your shower installation instructions will deviate somewhat from a regular shower installation. You will have to build a shower stall without a curb to allow easy access for those unable to safely enter a conventional shower. A barrier free shower installation influences your overall shower design.
Installation Tip 2: Determine your shower finish options.
Large ceramic, porcelain, or natural stone tiles are very popular for new shower installations. If you are considering tiles of this size in your DIY shower, you might need to install a linear shower drain system. A centered shower drainage system requires the installation of small tiles. Linear drainage systems provide more tile flexibility.
Installation Tip 3: Shower drain installation.
Installing a round shower drain (or a square shower drain ), which is the most common shower drainage system found in older homes, requires using small tiles to accommodate for the slope grade. In this type of shower installation all sides of the shower base are sloped to channel water toward the drain in the center.
Installation Tip 4: Shower pan installation.
With shower design, drainage, and access considerations determined, you now need to plan for the shower base installation. Your primary building block is the shower pan liner. The proper shower pan installation will provide the correct drainage slope for water, and prevent water leaks from causing damage outside of the shower.
DIY Shower pan installation kits are available in a variety of forms including 15 different sizes for the Dix OneLiner pan ( prefabricated one piece pans ), plus PVC shower liners , roll on shower membranes , and fabric shower pan liners . All of them are effective at preventing leaks, but we recommend the OneLiner one piece shower pan. It is the easiest to install and suitable for almost any DIY shower installation project.
Installation Tip 5: Don’t be afraid to ask the shower experts for help.
With any DIY shower installation you are surely going to have questions along the way. Dix Systems offers advice on our Installation Tips and How To’s page but if you cannot find the answer you are looking for, or if you have any questions about DIY Shower installation or any of our shower pan products, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help!
Phone our shower experts: 1-888-450-0211
Or visit our Showroom: 10240-157 St. N.W. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada