Things to Know Before you Buy Shower Tray
Shower Trays form the essential basis of a great shower set-up, and is the base upon which an enclosure can be built; and is available in a range of materials from acrylic to steel enamel. As manufacturers build upon their ranges and introduce latest products into the market, it adds to the confusion about the best options for one’s bathroom. Some of the essential factors to consider are the shape, material, and brand. Rectangular models are by far the most common shapes that you will find, as these are suited to create many different types of shower enclosures, including walk-ins. Shower trays are designed to match the look of your enclosures perfectly in shape and size and come in variable thicknesses.
Depending upon the way they are built, shower trays come in 4 versions
The Built-in model allows easy and seamless access to the shower. Typically accompanied by a vertical drainage system and must be pre-built on the bathroom floor. Therefore, this type is mostly suitable for new build properties.
A freestanding version is the easiest to install as the tray is simply mounted on the floor or a pre-built base. It eliminates any extra labour costs and is ideal for exiting set-ups, which need a new tray.
Italian-style showers generally use a tiled shower tray which extends to the entire dimension of the enclosure. The tiled model comes in elevated or built-in categories. These update the shower like no other in terms of aesthetics.
Elevated / Up Stand
Elevated Trays are simply those used together with frames and leg sets that lift the tray above the floor. Such an installation will easily hide away plumbing and waste. These frames come in shapes and sizes that exactly fit your tray size that afford neat finishes and a dream bathroom.
Shower Tray Sizes
Rectangular varieties are more suited for larger showering spaces while quadrant shower trays may be better with compact bathrooms. At our on-line store, smallest trays come in dimensions of 760x760mm while the largest have dimensions of around 2000x900mm. There is a whole range of sizes that fall somewhere in between.
The quality and durability of a shower tray depend on the material which is used for its construction. There is a whole range of materials that go into making shower trays, from acrylic capped ABS to steel enamel.
Moulded acrylic or Acrylic capped ABS is warm, lightweight and easy to handle. Despite its lightness, it is strong, durable and offers resistance to stains and stress and popular choice for domestic use. Constructed Acrylic and Acrylic capped ABS sheets, reinforced for strength and rigidity.
Stone Resin models have been traditionally used and come in a wide choice of colours and shapes. The biggest advantage of this material is that it is extremely hardwearing. It is heavier than acrylic shower trays and equally easy to install.
Fireclay trays are less popular as this material can be an expensive choice. Also comes in a wide choice of colours and sizes, easy to clean and resistant to stress, stains, fading and chemicals. Extremely hardwearing, it is heavier than acrylic and will last long even when used daily.
Shower Trays come with the deep or low profile. The height factor can be an important consideration when it comes to access and aesthetics inside the bathroom. Modern day homes prefer to go low profile with a plethora of options in the market. These are installed inset that gives a seamless finish. High walled deep models are robust, hygienic and offer a private area, so they remain popular.
Safety & Health
Safety is and should be a priority in any moisture laden environment. Young children and the less mobile can usually benefit from trays that are made with safety as high priority. Some have textured finishes or grooves that make the surface anti-slip while many have a non-slip surface coat for your convenience. The latest technology in shower trays allows surfaces to be coated with germ resistant or antibacterial coatings. Deterring the growth of mould and bacteria, such surfaces keep use of these trays hygienic. It couldn’t get better especially in shared spaces such as hotels.
Our Top Picks
Phoenix Low Profile Walk-In Tray 1700mm x 800mm - LP051
Get the best low profile options from brand Phoenix. One of its finest offerings is the Low Profile model that has an elegant design and boasts supreme quality. Its sleek, smart, rectangular form is specially crafted for intensive use of superior raw materials. The robust tray comes with a 90mm waste at one end for efficient drainage. Lightweight, it is easy to handle and install without much fuss.
Lauren Pearlstone 1200 x 800mm Rectangular Tray
Lauren Pearlstone is exquisitely crafted and meticulously manufactured, making it a perfect blend of beauty and usefulness. Crafted from a polyurethane resin mixed with filler including clay beads, it offers enhanced durability and a superior finish. It features patented 'Pearlstone Matrix' that has screw retention so that the optional feet from the leg set can be screwed directly into the tray base. This quality construction is backed by a lifetime guarantee.
Kudos Concept 2 1200 x 800mm - DR128
Manufactured under the most rigid quality control standards, this Kudos Concept 2 Rectangular Shower Tray offers to ensure durability and efficient performance. It combines Acrylic Capped ABS Stone body with Stable resin bonded stone backing. It offers 55 mm deep installation with optional waste. White finish and lifetime guarantee make it universally attractive.