Frequently Asked Questions
Q. "Can these shower pans be installed even if there is no access from the subfloor?"
A. If there is no access from the subfloor below these units, they can still be installed. During installation make sure the drainpipe stubbed up from the subfloor is adjusted to a height sufficient to fit properly into the shower pan drain connection.
Q. "I want to install some tile that is thicker than average. Since the drain is pre-installed is there anyway to adjust the drain height?"
A. The pre-installed drain can accommodate tile flooring up to 1" thick and is adjustable by simply twisting the drain until it is at the appropriate height.
Q. "What's the difference between 'single curb' and 'barrier free' shower pans?"
A. Barrier free shower pans do not include the integrated curb to allow easy access for people in wheel chairs or any one with limited mobility.
Q. "Where are these shower pans installed?"
A. These shower pans are installed in 5 star hotels, casino hotels, high end condos, single family residences, student dorms, hospitals, nursing homes, new construction and renovations. The time saving features and ease of installation make these ADA shower pan kits the ideal choice.
Q. "What does UL listed mean?"
A. When something is UL-listed it means that the Underwriters Laboratories has tested the device, and it meets their requirements for safety when properly installed.
Q. "What type of material are these shower pans made of?"
A. These shower pans are made of BAYDUR 645, which is a polyurethane manufactured by Bayer Material Science.
Q. "Can these ADA shower pan kits be installed without the square trim ring?"
A. Yes the ADA shower pan kits can be installed without the square trim ring. The square trim ring is an added feature which can save you time tiling the shower pan. With the square trim ring you won't need to make those tricky curved cuts to make the tile fit around the drain.
Q. "What is the difference between a shower pan and a shower base?"
A. Shower pan and shower base are two different terms that both refer to the same type of product.
Q. "What does "PVD" polished brass mean?"
A. PVD stands for "Physical Vapor Deposition" which is a modern plating process used in faucet manufacturing. Vaporized zirconium reacts with nitrogen and other gases to form a VERY durable plated surface. Unlike polished brass finishes in the past that would easily tarnish over time, polished brass finishes with PVD are extremely durable and won't generally tarnish or discolor.
Q. "How thick is the polyurethane these pans are made of?"
A. These ready to tile shower pans are made of 1/2" thick BAYDUR 645 polyurethane.
Q. "Will these shower pans flex and crack my tile?"
A. As with almost every shower pan on the market these shower pans can have some flex though with proper installation the pan should be completely rigid keeping your tiles safe.
Q. "Are tiles included with these tile-ready shower pan kits?"
A. Since you can choose any tile you would like for your shower, they are not included with these shower pan kits. Tiles are very heavy/bulky and are better to be purchased locally.
Q. "Can I install these shower pans over an existing shower installation?"
A. These shower pans are designed to be installed over plywood or concrete. If replacing a leaky shower pan, remove all material down to the subfloor (and replace the subfloor if needed) before installing this shower pan.
Q. "What does 'ADA Compliant' mean?"
A. Complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is a comprehensive civil rights act for people with disabilities. On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the ADA into law as wide-ranging legislation intended to make American society more accessible to people with disabilities and to prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. The ADA was built primarily due to the desire of individuals with disabilities to work toward their goal of full participation in American society, and effects the ADA may have on businesses include restructuring or altering the layout of a building, modifying equipment, and removing barriers.
Q. "What is the difference between the Burmese Teak and Plantation Teak?"
A. The manufacturer states that the Burmese teak they use is "made of pure heartwood from mature Teak trees grown in the Indonesia/South East Asia region. Heartwood Teak provides an elegant piece with unique grain patterns and a beautiful rich color giving any area an immediate WOW factor. The high silica content in teak makes it an ideal wood to use when a slip resistant surface is needed and the natural oil makes the wood resistant to mold and mildew." The plantation teak is FSC certified and "comes from trees harvested from an actual plantation of younger Teak trees. Since we only use the heartwood of the tree, it has all the same qualities of old growth Burmese Teak but it is a little lighter in color." In both cases, the manufacturer states that the teak is harvested from reclaimed, sustainable forests, working with reputable, certified growers dedicated to maintaining the world's rainforests.