I have a shower cubicle, about seven years old, lined with laminated
waterproof boards instead of tiles. The joins between boards are metal
joining strips, and the joins with the shower door are sealed with sealant,
The shower tray has upstands on all four sides, and the door unit and boards
are installed inside the upstands. Condensation on the outside of the shower
door can drain into the upstand on the outside; the same may be true of the
back of the wall boards.
I have some water penetration evident in the plasterboard wall to the side
of the shower door (outside) which could be either water leaking through the
sealant between board and door above the level of the upstand, or
wicking/overspilling of water collecting inside the upstand on the back of
the waterproof board. There is some evidence of sealant, dust and rubbish
inside the upstand that could block free drainage around it.
My question is, should the bottom of the wall boards and shower door be
sealed with sealant, or should they be left open so that any water contained
by the upstands can drain under the board/door back into the shower tray?
Are the edges of these waterproof boards equally waterproof?
There is old sealant there at present, but I am tempted to remove it,
re-seal the join between door and wall boards, but leave the bottom edges
unsealed and relay on the upstands to contain water at that level.