Whether you are just moving in or you are trying to improve your lifestyle, choosing the best shower drain shouldn’t be the last thing to take care of. And since you will certainly be doing that, you might as well give it a thought right as of now.
So when it comes to draining the shower water (and all the impurities that come with it), there are quite a few choices to be made. However, we have searched for you and we can say that it can all be narrowed down to these two: the linear and the traditional point ones. As an extra feature, if the budget doesn’t allow it, you can always choose the ready-made fiberglass (or marble) shower bases, which come in a variety of shapes – in this latter case, the cost of time will be greatly reduced when installing your new drain.
As said, choosing the correct shower base means, basically, choosing between the linear and the traditional point ones. The linear drains seem to have become favourites for most of the homes-owners, since they are inconspicuous and they can greatly improve the overall aesthetics of the shower. Slick and easy to maintain, they are the perfect choice – however, you may want to consider a few tips before installing them.
First off, and because you need to place them directly near the wall, you need to postpone choosing the right linear drain after you have chosen the tiles. Only afterwards, after making all the necessary measurements you can continue with choosing. Furthermore, some other things should be taken into consideration when choosing and installing the drain.
One of these other aspects is the opening of the drain – usually, it is about 2,5 inches wide, thus ensuring the necessary flow rates and, to a certain degree, preventing the clogging. Then, you should also consider how the entire shower floor should be prepared – in order to have the best shower drain system, you should always make adjustments before the final installation. For example, a temporary dam should be placed to test whether everything is going all right or not, with a regularly chosen elevation at the shower entry point of just 2 inches.
Of course, just like with any drain, the linear ones should be cleaned on a regular basis, in order to prevent clogging.
The traditional point drains is the other choice that you could make. Just like in the case of the linear ones, there are quite a few choices to be made, with the same requirements respected before actually purchasing and installing the new drains. Furthermore, you should also take into account the flow rate of the water, since you actually want for all of it to flow through the drains and not in the bathroom.
Furthermore, you should also consider the tiling the shower floor to a pitch of ¼ of an inch, for all the water to go through the drain. In this way, you can also avoid having the water held up under the tiles. In doing so, you can prevent any number of potential causes for discomfort.
Of course, whenever you are purchasing and installing a new shower drain, you can always go for the ready-made ones, thus saving both money and time in the process.