We are in the throws of designing a new bathroom and instead of bath
(we have one in house elsewhere) we want a big walk in shower. The
largest shower tray Ive seen is 1700 but only 2/3 of that is for
shower, rest is a dryish area seperated by tiny flap of glass. Ideally
we want something bigger.
After reading a few probs about floor tiles/ grouting/ mould there is
no way I want that to be a risk as I am plagued enough by mould in our
ensuite. That made me wonder if it is possible to have a flooring,
other than tiles, in a walk in shower. I know there is aqualoc wood
type floor and karndean vinyl type for bathrooms but would these be
suible for shower floor?
Any tips on tile free mould free sghower floor wd be much appreacited!
If you don't mind the cost you can go with some marble. It is the 'man
made' kind . A man came out and measured my shower, goes to his shop and
mixes up something like epoxy glue and pours it out on a form. The base is
set in and then the side walls are put in place. Then a custom glass door
is made. It can be custom made to most anything you want. Also had the
sink for the bathroom made in a matching color. The base is all one piece,
the walls can be made in very large pieces, mine are about 3 feet wide and 6
feet tall. The sides are smooth so mold cleanup if any should be easy.
I'm 74. I've lived in the tropics all my adult life. Hot, sultry
tropics. All showers I've had were tiled. None of them EVER had
In fact, I don't think it is possible for mold to grow on glazed tile.
On grout yes, tile no. One keeps it from growing on the grout by
sealing the grout (and maintaining the seal when/if
needed)...preferably with a silicone sealer.
But since you don't want tile, you need to look for a seamless,
non-absorbent material. Wood isn't it. A shower pan made of acrylic,
fiberglass or epoxy would work.
concrete? perhaps stained and/or textured? perhaps with a teak grill over it
to stand on?
sandblasted glass? textured granite? rough slate? i wouldn't use marble, as
it's too soft, stains, and would be hard to keep looking good.
you can get mold on tiles if there is any texture and water is allowed to
stand on it and doesn't drain away.
The problem with tile isn't so much the tile, but the pan and the quality of
the installation. There is a new material out (I can't remember the name of
the material) that is a rubberized sheet over a polystyrene foam core. It's
a very sturdy and watertight solution. However, a properly installed and
maintained shower pan should not leak.
We just had our shower done and the installer built the shower pan using
mortar and a rubberized sheet. We're very happy with the results
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