What are Shower Trays and Why they could be a Smart Option
When thinking about a new shower for their bathroom, many people think that their choices are limited, more so than say, choosing a bath. But actually, there are loads of different styles all designed to suit your needs and pocket. Choosing the right shower for space is a tricky business, especially when you’re thinking about how the shower will impact the other furniture and fittings in the room. It’s used daily – if not more often – and is likely to be in place for quite some time. So it needs to be durable, sturdy and stylish. That’s why your shower tray materials are such an important consideration when installing your new bathroom. There are lots of different types to choose from, each of which has its own pros and cons.
WHICH IS THE BEST SHOWER TRAY MATERIAL?
There is no easy answer to this question as everybody’s needs are different. Before you start the process, you’ll need to scratch your head about color, style, safety, finish, cost, and maintenance. But forget the bad old days of flimsy plastic that cracks and stains almost straightaway. Today’s latest shower trays are available in a range of high-quality materials that are stylish, stain-resistant and easy to clean. This expert guide helps you with each option to make the right choice for you.
1. NATURAL STONE SHOWER TRAYS
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In recent years stone shower trays, also known as stone resin shower trays, have become a very popular choice. These usually feature a mix of natural stone minerals and a resin compound, polished to a smooth finish. The design experts are bringing the bathing experience back to nature with these amazing new natural stone shower trays. Long favored as a durable and stylish flooring finish, these gorgeous, unrefined stones come alive with the Natural stone. The gentle gradation of the stone leads down to the drain, further resembling nature’s raw forms.
2. OPTICAL RECTANGULAR SHOWER TRAY
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The Optical Rectangular shower tray creates a modern stream bed through a fantastically simple graphic element. It features a pattern of raised large circles in various sizes, the ceramic designer shower tray gives a textured depth and interest. With a concealed drain, the water twists and turns between the circles much as it would between large river stones. The result is a natural anti-slip design. The Optical shower tray can be mounted flush to the floor, or as a raised contemporary shower base. By combining multiple units a broad path of shower space can be created. The Optical Rectangular shower tray is available in a range of colors including black, orange, red, blue, green and anthracite.
3. SLATE SHOWER TRAYS
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Slate is another of the shower tray materials that work well with contemporary designs. An interesting alternative to shiny white. A slate shower tray offers a luxurious look combined with a practical, non-slip surface. It’s an excellent choice if you’re looking to make a style statement in your bathroom space. Slate’s low profile design means it can be fitted on or level with your floor. It is available in a range of colors such as fossil grey, white or slate black effect finishes. A slate shower tray helps to create a unique, eye-catching look that will last for years. Care has to be taken with cleaning products as it’s easily stained.
4. MARBLE SHOWER TRAYS
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Another interesting option for shower tray materials is marble. Marble offers a classic, timeless finish that works well with both period and modern bathroom designs. It’s associated with luxury and master craftsmen and is often found in high-end, five-star hotels.
A popular choice for wet rooms, a marble shower tray can be set into the floor itself, for a sleek, uniform look. Thanks to the variety, each piece of marble is unique, so it’s perfect for a customized design.
5. CERAMIC SHOWER TRAYS
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REFERENCE IMAGE: CERAMICA FLAMINIA – WATERDROP
If you’re watching the budget, a ceramic shower tray could be a sensible option. Ceramic is durable and stain-resistant, but much more affordable compared with other materials such as stone, slate or marble. It does have a few disadvantages, however. Ceramic tends to be quite weighty. It is also prone to crack or shatter if anything heavy is dropped on it. And just like your typical bathroom basin, ceramic shower trays are cold to the touch. However, if you’re looking for a durable budget option, that’s easy to keep clean, ceramic is tough to top.
The ceramic shower tray is quite heavy ( which means that it requires a solid base ), but also extremely resistant to all kinds of strains and deformations. And almost completely stainless, which is a guarantee that it will look like new for many years after the installation. The second image shows the ceramic shower tray named waterdrop. Waterdrop shower trays are characterized by its original minimal design and its reduced height.
6. ACRYLIC SHOWER TRAYS
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Acrylic shower trays are another affordable option without burning a hole in your pocket. They’re also versatile, as they come in lots of different shapes and sizes which are perfect if your bathroom is bijou!
Acrylic shower trays feel warm to touch (ideal for chilly feet!) and are lightweight with more flexibility. This means that they are fairly quick and easy to install. The downside of this material is that it is not very sturdy. So an acrylic shower tray can feel flimsy and is more susceptible to breakages and cracks.
7. WOODEN SHOWER TRAY
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8. COLOUR SHOWER TRAY
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The colored shower trays made of sanitary acrylic or Quaryl turn your shower into a vibrant focal point in the bathroom. The smooth, non-porous surfaces are not only elegant to look, but they also are also easy to clean. Therefore, allows you to enjoy perfect cleanliness and unique sheen for many years to come.
9. TILE SHOWER TRAY
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The bathroom should, therefore, be designed to promote the maximum comfort for those who use it, leading to a beneficial state of well being. To achieve this rewarding condition, the choice of surface and bathroom accessories should include functionality, aesthetics and easy maintenance.
10. STEEL SHOWER TRAY
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The above image shows, The CONOFLAT, a steel shower tray which has an extremely flat design without any edges to trip over. The enameled waste cover fits seamlessly into the surface that is level with the floor. For new and elegant aesthetics, unlimited freedom of movement and optimal comfort when standing. The CONOFLAT is available in 33 dimensions. The CONOFLAT guarantees a pleasurable showering experience because of its integrated design concept. Steel shower trays are functional, long lasting and super slim, allowing a perfect integration in the shower space. They can be cleaned with just a wet soapy cloth.
11. FLAT COLOUR SHOWER TRAY
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A new range of shower trays with an anti-slip design though for residential and contract. With a modern and functional design that would fit any bathroom and need. The new ceramic shower trays can be fit on the floor or semi-recessed. The new sensetta shower trays are characterized with clean shapes, functionality and flat colours.
BENEFITS OF SHOWER TRAYS:
1. Say bye-bye to water leakage
One of the most important purposes of the shower tray is that whether it’s a rectangular shower tray or a square one – is the prevention of water leakage. It’s in the nature of water to go where there is the least resistance, and it’s very hard to stop water once it has found that path. A shower tray ensures that water flows where it is supposed to flow. In fact, shower trays are designed in such a way as to manoeuvre the direction in which water goes. As you shower, the tilt of the tray ensures the water goes immediately to the drain.
2. Installation is no big hassle
Bathroom installations tend to be difficult because of the limitations of space and needs, the existing plumbing, and electrical outlets and let’s not forget government and building regulations. However, shower trays come in various sizes, shapes, and models and have been fabricated with easy installation in mind. With so many kinds of shower trays on the market, it’s inconceivable that there isn’t a perfect shower tray for every person.
3. Saves your time and money
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