Schluter Alternative Shower Systems
Got a bit of space that you want to turn into a shower stall, but can't find a commercial shower stall that will fit? This problem is a lot more common than you might think. Every day I hear things like, I have this space 37" x 31" or I have a 43" x 39" space and I want to get a shower stall to fit it. Up until recently this was all but impossible. Most people would have to reconfigure their space and build new walls to accommodate whatever was commercially available. Although it's been around for more than 10 years, the Schluter Shower Systems, are still not well know in North America, at least, not until now anyway.
With this revolutionary new shower system you can transform almost any size space in the shower of your dreams. The shower base come in a variety of sizes from 32" by 60" (81 cm x 152 cm) to 72" x 72" (183 cm x 183 cm). The system is designed to be trimmed to room size for easy installation. Purchase the system that is the closest to the measurements of your room and trim it to fit. Ideally, you would want to trim off an equal amount off on all four sides of the pan so that you can insure a consistent height, for setting the first row of wall tiles.
Why You Should Choose The Schluter Shower Systems
The Schluter shower system is an engineered system that brings together a number of Schluter-Kerdi products to form a completely watertight shower enclosure which eliminates the potential for leakage. Unlike other types of shower membranes the Schluter-Kerdi waterproof membrane bonds directly to the mortar bed and protect it from mold growth or from becoming saturated through regular use. Additionally the Schluter-Kerdi membrane protect the shower wall cavities from becoming vapor logged.
Eliminate the Mortar Base
There is no need to use a mortar base when you use the Schluter-Kerdi prefabricated sloped shower base (tray) which is made of expanded polystyrene foam. This tray is designed to be used in conjunction with the Schluter-Kerdi shower drain system and Kerdi waterproof membrane to form a completely watertight enclosure that is ready for tiling. The prefabricated curb comes in 48" x 6" x 4 1/2" (122 cm x 15 cm x 11.5 cm) and can easily be cut to any size. By using this system you can reduce both the installation time as well as the weight of the shower unit itself, which is great if your shower is on a wooden floor.
Custom Made Mortar Shower Base
This is a cutaway of a typical custom made mortar shower base, which uses a rubber membrane for waterproofing. The advantage of this type of shower base, is that it can be fitted to any size room and can be tiled to match the shower walls.
Schluter Shower Base System
Schluter shower base shown with and without Schluter linear shower drain
Schluter-Kerdi Installation Videos
Check out this video to see just how easily you can install a Schluter shower.
The Schluter-Kerdi System is so versatile, that you should not build any sort of shower without looking at all the benefits of the Schluter system first. “Use this link to visit the Schluter® Shower Systems website for more information about this product”
The Schluter®-KERDI-SHOWER-KIT is an all-inclusive package containing each of the components required to create a watertight shower assembly.
- Designed to create a fully waterproof and vapor-tight enclosure in tiled showers and residential steam showers
- Contains shower tray, shower curb, waterproofing membrane, and waterproofing strips, formed corners, pipe seal, and mixing valve seal
- Also includes KERDI-DRAIN with integrated bonding flange and grate available in various finishes
No matter the cost or extravagance of a tile installation project, the integrity of the tile is only as good as its foundation. Contrary to popular belief, tile and grout joints (even sealed grout joints) are not waterproof. Moisture that penetrates these areas and collects in the wall cavities or floor structure is the primary cause of leaks and mold. In order to create a tiled shower that will last a lifetime, a waterproofing system is needed beneath the tile covering.