I have been installing custom curbless showers for some time and they are starting to catch on. With the floor, walls, and sometimes the ceiling made of tile, the shower can be any size, color, and texture to match any style or budget. We can install various types of seats, handheld showerheads, shower controls, and showerheads. Here are examples of curbless showers to give you some ideas. As you can see, the possibilities are enormous. Not only do curbless showers allow full and unfettered access by people of all abilities, they are very stylish and offer unlimited variations.
The first question most people ask is, “With no curb, how does the water stay in?” The floor of the curbless shower is sloped toward the drain so that water runs into and down the drain. We use a level entry shower floor system that can be installed in a wood or concrete floor. This system creates a pre sloped, completely waterproof base for the shower floor that can then be tiled over with your choice of tile. We also can install a secondary trench drain around the perimeter of the shower as shown in the shower with the blue curtain. The curtains we use are weighted at the bottom to prevent any water from escaping under the curtain. Of course you may also choose to install a glass door or screen on your curbless shower.
People often ask me if removing the tub will lower the resale value of their home. On the contrary, these luxurious, spa like showers will create an atmosphere that anyone would love to have in their home. If you like, we can install steam, multiple showerheads, body sprays or any other features that you would install on a high end luxury shower. Seats can be either stationary or designed to fold up against the wall when not in use. Grab bars in a myriad of sizes, colors, styles, and textures can be installed in and around the shower for safety and convenience. For more information on curbless showers and other home modifications to make your home safer and more convenient, call us at Solid Rock Enterprises, Inc. at (540) 384-2064. Thank you for reading Housing Matters and please let me know if you have any questions or have topics you would like to see addressed here.