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Choosing the Perfect Shower Base for your Bathroom

Shower bases act like a watertight floor inside your shower and are mostly ready to install. There are plenty of shower base options to choose from. They have a wide range of different materials, colours, prices and shapes to choose from. With so many options in front of us, it’s common to end up getting confused about the best shower base for your bathroom.

Let's look at some criteria based on which you can choose your shower base by

1. Size

The size of the shower base depends on the size of your bathroom. Your shower base should be comfortable and should leave enough room left in your bathroom. According to the size of your bathroom and your preferences, here are the sizes that are mostly available without the hassle of customization:

Polymarble Shower Base Sizes

760 W x 760D x 73H820 W x 1060D x 73H1500 W x 900 D x 73 H 1220 W x 780D x 73H
820 W x 820 D x 73 H820 W x 820 D x 73 H LHR1220 W x 1000D x 73H1370 W x 900 D x 73H
820 W x 820 D x 73 H DBL820 W x 820 D x 73 H RHR 1060 W x 820D x 73H1060 W x 900D x 73H
900 W x 900 D x 73 H990 W x 760D x 73H820 W x 900D x 73H1220 W x 780D x 73H
900 W x 900 D x 73 H DBL1000 W x 1000 D x 73 H DBL900 W x 760D x 73H900 W x 820D x 73H
1000 W x 1000 D x 73 H1000 W x 1000 D x 73 H LHR820 W x 760D x 73H760 W x 900D x 73H
1000 W x 1000 D x 73 H RHR1220 W x 900 D x 73 H1060 W x 900D x 73H760 W x 820D x 73H
1220 W x 900 D x 73 H LHR1220 W x 900 D x 73 H RHR820 W x 900D x 73H 1220 W x 820D x 73H
1220 W x 820 D x 73 H1220 W x 900 D x 73 H 1500 W x 820D x 73H900 W x 900 D x 73 H
900 W x 900 D x 73 H REAR RHR

Shower bases act like a watertight floor inside your shower and are mostly ready to install. There are plenty of shower base options to choose from. They have a wide range of different materials, colours, prices and shapes to choose from. With so many options in front of us, it’s common to end up getting confused about the best shower base for your bathroom.

Let's look at some criteria based on which you can choose your shower base by

1. Size

The size of the shower base depends on the size of your bathroom. Your shower base should be comfortable and should leave enough room left in your bathroom. According to the size of your bathroom and your preferences, here are the sizes that are mostly available without the hassle of customization:

Polymarble Shower Base Sizes

760 W x 760D x 73H820 W x 1060D x 73H1500 W x 900 D x 73 H 1220 W x 780D x 73H
820 W x 820 D x 73 H820 W x 820 D x 73 H LHR1220 W x 1000D x 73H1370 W x 900 D x 73H
820 W x 820 D x 73 H DBL820 W x 820 D x 73 H RHR 1060 W x 820D x 73H1060 W x 900D x 73H
900 W x 900 D x 73 H990 W x 760D x 73H820 W x 900D x 73H1220 W x 780D x 73H
900 W x 900 D x 73 H DBL1000 W x 1000 D x 73 H DBL900 W x 760D x 73H900 W x 820D x 73H
1000 W x 1000 D x 73 H1000 W x 1000 D x 73 H LHR820 W x 760D x 73H760 W x 900D x 73H
1000 W x 1000 D x 73 H RHR1220 W x 900 D x 73 H1060 W x 900D x 73H760 W x 820D x 73H
1220 W x 900 D x 73 H LHR1220 W x 900 D x 73 H RHR820 W x 900D x 73H 1220 W x 820D x 73H
1220 W x 820 D x 73 H1220 W x 900 D x 73 H 1500 W x 820D x 73H900 W x 900 D x 73 H
900 W x 900 D x 73 H REAR RHR

2. Material: 4 types to choose from

a. Polymarble Shower Base

Polymarble shower bases are known to be one of the best options for your shower area with size being the main criteria for this material. These shower bases have multiple options to choose from, but you don’t get as many options for the grates to go with your base design. It is the first preference for most people since it is budget-friendly and offers almost an unparalleled durability. Polymarble is easy to install without any worries about grout lines.

Considering the qualities mentioned above, polymarble is highly recommended by most of the renovators.

ProsCons
Readily availableLess options for grates
Budget-friendlyOnly two colour options (White and Ivory)
Vast OptionsHeavier than other SMC Shower bases
Durable
Available in ivory colour
Easy installation
Grout free and easy cleaning
Anti Slip floor area in the base

b. SMC Shower Bases

SMC stands for Sheet Moulding Compound. These shower bases are an innovative product. This material offers lightweight, self-supporting and durable shower bases. These types of shower bases are easy to install since they have no grout, no joins and are lightweight , which also makes it easier for you to clean them. The price of SMC shower bases is slightly cheaper than the polymarble ones. 

Most builders generally choose the following sizes for SMC shower bases:

  1. 1200×900 White – Rectangle R/O 
  2. 900×900 White – Square R/O
  3. 900×900 White – Square C/O

ProsCons
LightweightNot non-slip
No grout and no joins , easy to CleanMight make sound when stepped on
Slightly flexibleDoes not give a luxurious look
Custom Options AvailableOnly available in white color
Does not develop cracks easilyOnly available in few sizes only
Self supporting shower base

c. Stone Shower Bases

Stone shower bases offer an elegant and high-end solution to your bathroom shower space. These are commonly made of a synthetic mixture of plastic and stone for higher durability and a luxurious look. These are easy to keep clean and mould and mildew resistant. 

The sizes of stone shower bases can be trimmed to reasonable sizes, but you can not have more flexibility in this aspect.

The pros and cons of stone shower bases are:

ProsCons
AntibacterialHeavy
WaterproofExpensive
Non-slipLesser options in size
Gives a Luxury Look
Customizable sizes Options not Available
No maintenance, no LeaksColors can be customised but will take 12 weeks
Stain and scratch resistance
Easy to clean
4 different colors available
4 different texture finishes are available
Option of trimming down the size

d. Tiled Shower Bases

Tiled shower base is a high end shower base solution when you consider cost and maintenance.
Since you are going to stand on wet tiles (obviously), you would want to consider going for a texture of the tiles that isn’t slippery and ends up having you in the hospital. It is also preferred because it can be trimmed to your desired size along with your custom design, of course.

Over 95% of buyers prefer tiled shower bases with colours that match their rest of the bathroom tiles as it gives a simple, yet elegant and uniform look to your bathroom.
Offering flexibility in size and the height being the same as the floor, tiled shower bases are also preferred by people with physical disabilities or old age.

ProsCons
Custom Sizes AvailableDifficult to Install or Remove
Custom Designs AvailableMay accumulate stains
You can have more textured non-slippery tiles
Provides wheelchair or disable friendly
Grates are available in different colours and sizes

3. Shape

Shower bases can be available in different shapes but the most common ones are:

1. Square: This versatile choice can fit a number of door styles like bifolding doors. A perfect shower base shape for small bathrooms.

2. Rectangular: Rectangular shaped shower bases offer amazing comfort and space in your shower area and provide a classy look to your bathroom. 

3. Corner: This option provides less space in the bathroom. The only sizes available are 900×900 and 1000×1000 with the options of two shapes: radius and diamond shape. It is usually preferred in smaller bathrooms. 

4. Price

The price range may vary according to the material, shape and size of the shower base. It also depends on if you are opting for a pre-made shower base or a custom-made one.
Nevertheless, the cheapest and best option, according to its price, is Polymarble shower bases. They provide a good range of different options to choose from, are durable and, again, delightfully affordable.

So here is what you need to know about shower bases before you go looking for your perfect bathroom match. To make things easier, visit our website  and choose through a wide range of quality shower bases and so much more.

2. Material: 4 types to choose from

a. Polymarble Shower Base

Polymarble shower bases are known to be one of the best options for your shower area with size being the main criteria for this material. These shower bases have multiple options to choose from, but you don’t get as many options for the grates to go with your base design. It is the first preference for most people since it is budget-friendly and offers almost an unparalleled durability. Polymarble is easy to install without any worries about grout lines.

Considering the qualities mentioned above, polymarble is highly recommended by most of the renovators.

ProsCons
Readily availableLess options for grates
Budget-friendlyOnly two colour options (White and Ivory)
Vast OptionsHeavier than other SMC Shower bases
Durable
Available in ivory colour
Easy installation
Grout free and easy cleaning
Anti Slip floor area in the base

b. SMC Shower Bases

SMC stands for Sheet Moulding Compound. These shower bases are an innovative product. This material offers lightweight, self-supporting and durable shower bases. These types of shower bases are easy to install since they have no grout, no joins and are lightweight , which also makes it easier for you to clean them. The price of SMC shower bases is slightly cheaper than the polymarble ones. 

Most builders generally choose the following sizes for SMC shower bases:

  1. 1200×900 White – Rectangle R/O 
  2. 900×900 White – Square R/O
  3. 900×900 White – Square C/O

ProsCons
LightweightNot non-slip
No grout and no joins , easy to CleanMight make sound when stepped on
Slightly flexibleDoes not give a luxurious look
Custom Options AvailableOnly available in white color
Does not develop cracks easilyOnly available in few sizes only
Self supporting shower base

c. Stone Shower Bases

Stone shower bases offer an elegant and high-end solution to your bathroom shower space. These are commonly made of a synthetic mixture of plastic and stone for higher durability and a luxurious look. These are easy to keep clean and mould and mildew resistant. 

The sizes of stone shower bases can be trimmed to reasonable sizes, but you can not have more flexibility in this aspect.

The pros and cons of stone shower bases are:

ProsCons
AntibacterialHeavy
WaterproofExpensive
Non-slipLesser options in size
Gives a Luxury Look
Customizable sizes Options not Available
No maintenance, no LeaksColors can be customised but will take 12 weeks
Stain and scratch resistance
Easy to clean
4 different colors available
4 different texture finishes are available
Option of trimming down the size

d. Tiled Shower Bases

Tiled shower base is a high end shower base solution when you consider cost and maintenance.
Since you are going to stand on wet tiles (obviously), you would want to consider going for a texture of the tiles that isn’t slippery and ends up having you in the hospital. It is also preferred because it can be trimmed to your desired size along with your custom design, of course.

Over 95% of buyers prefer tiled shower bases with colours that match their rest of the bathroom tiles as it gives a simple, yet elegant and uniform look to your bathroom.
Offering flexibility in size and the height being the same as the floor, tiled shower bases are also preferred by people with physical disabilities or old age.

ProsCons
Custom Sizes AvailableDifficult to Install or Remove
Custom Designs AvailableMay accumulate stains
You can have more textured non-slippery tiles
Provides wheelchair or disable friendly
Grates are available in different colours and sizes

3. Shape

Shower bases can be available in different shapes but the most common ones are:

1. Square: This versatile choice can fit a number of door styles like bifolding doors. A perfect shower base shape for small bathrooms.

2. Rectangular: Rectangular shaped shower bases offer amazing comfort and space in your shower area and provide a classy look to your bathroom. 

3. Corner: This option provides less space in the bathroom. The only sizes available are 900×900 and 1000×1000 with the options of two shapes: radius and diamond shape. It is usually preferred in smaller bathrooms. 

4. Price

The price range may vary according to the material, shape and size of the shower base. It also depends on if you are opting for a pre-made shower base or a custom-made one.
Nevertheless, the cheapest and best option, according to its price, is Polymarble shower bases. They provide a good range of different options to choose from, are durable and, again, delightfully affordable.

So here is what you need to know about shower bases before you go looking for your perfect bathroom match. To make things easier, visit our website  and choose through a wide range of quality shower bases and so much more.

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