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Question DetailsAsked on 5/20/2015

pros and cons of installing new one piece pre-fab shower on finished tiled bathroom flooring

Remodeling bathroom from ground up so have every option available. Purchased prefabbed 48" w X 38"d X 80" h good quality shower to install. Putting in 12" square ceramic tile on all of bathroom floor. Want to install shower over new completed tile flooring (understanding all drain holes, etc would need set and accounted for). Years later we would then have option of removing and replacing shower with Victorian reproduction freestanding shower ensemble. Was told by friend can't complete floor prior. That we were to put shower in with subflooring, etc, then once in we would do tile up to the lip of shower then caulk it. Since you can put tile floor under the toilet and claw foot tub....why not shower unit?

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Friend is right - it would be VERY difficult to get correct support for the insert on the sloping shower floor, plus unless you curbed it at the insert, floor spillage or wash water could get in under the insert and go stagnant. Plus would be an absolute pain to get the drain the same place so the insert drain fit together with and exactly lined up with the tiled shower drain, and you would have to put in an underdrain opening at the tile in case of any insert leakage - sure not something I would try.

I would tile normally - do insert, then floor tile up to it (and tile curb if appropriate. Then when time comes for tearout and shower ensemble, put it in. You said free-standing shower ensemble - that sounds like an insert type unit anyway, so would not use the floor tile you are talking about anyway.

Also - should your insert ever leak, having it sit on tile could make it VERY difficult to get at the plumbing underneath to work on it - so just do normal install, and when you tear out hte insert you will have to redo those walls completely anyway, and do what you want with the floor tile at that time. Could buy enough floor tile (with some spare) for use in the future under Regency or similar type shower stand or shower cubicle, but a mismatch tile pattern would probably look more normal if this is going to be a free-standing shower anyway.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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