Tips for installing an acrylic shower
Putting in a shower stall is a great way to give your bathroom a facelift. Even with a little help from a plumber, you’ll still be proud to show off your newly installed acrylic shower.
The first steps are to determine the location of the shower and choose the model you want. To install a modular shower, ensure that the walls the unit will be in contact with have studs every 40 centimetres and are reinforced in the middle. Next, make sure the plumbing is suitable. If you’re replacing an old shower, everything will already be in place, but if you’re installing a shower in a new location, have the drain and water supply pipes installed by a licensed plumber.
Now it’s time to install the base of the shower. These are usually fairly flexible, but the better quality the shower, the thicker and more solid the base. Make sure the subfloor is level. Cover the surface where the shower base will be located with mortar, taking care not to put any down the drain. While the cement is still wet, cover it with a sealing membrane. Place the base of the shower on the wet cement, pushing it gently into the cement and making sure it’s level. Anchor everything firmly and wait about 24 hours for the cement to harden.
The only thing left to do now is to install the walls and door according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions. This is where you’ll need the licensed plumber again, as you need to have all the fittings properly installed. And there you go: a beautiful new shower.