One of the most important considerations you’ll have to make while upgrading your home or renting a property is how to drain your shower. I’ve created a list of suggestions based on the hundreds of showers I’ve made.
Drainage Techniques: Point or Linear
There are numerous shower drains, but the two most popular are point drains and linear drains. We are most familiar with point drains because they are the most common type of shower drain. They frequently sit in the middle of shower floors, with all directions of the floor sloping down to the drain. Because of the shower’s floor’s little slope, everything goes into this drain. When shopping, remember that a square drain grate is better than a round one. Since tiles are square, installing a square drain will improve the appearance of your shower floor waste and spare the installer the hassle of cutting round holes in the square tile.
A linear drain has the traits of being long and thin. These shower drains are getting increasingly popular since they have a chic look. They are in the centre of the shower floor, on one side or the other. Due to the design and positioning of these drains, the entire shower floor slopes uniformly and softly in the direction of the drain. The pipe has vanished. There are numerous lengths of linear drains available, up to 72″.
It’s important to realize that both drains work just as well to eliminate water. You can generally get away with using either kind in your shower. A point drain will typically be less expensive than a linear one.
Selecting Large vs Small Tiles
The main advantage of a linear drain is that you can utilize larger shower floor tiles. This floor slopes uniformly in one direction and may accommodate tiles of any size. If you choose, you may use little tiles, but larger tiles are also an option. Many homeowners pick this choice since they can utilize the same bathroom-wide tiles for the shower floor. In terms of design, it provides a more seamless appearance and can accentuate the appearance of small regions.
This option is unavailable because a point drain requires the use of smaller tiles on the shower floor. Generally, larger tiles with a point drain than 4″ by 4″ are not recommended. Because the tiles must sit flat on the floor, it is difficult to lay a huge flat tile across a floor with more than one slope. A point drain is a great choice if you want your shower floor to stand out from the rest of the bathroom.
Invisible Drain or Decor Drain
Whether you select a point drain or a linear drain, the grate’s style and finish are the last steps. You should ensure the drain blends in with the rest of the bathroom because it is visible. Picking a finish that complements the other bathroom fixtures is a smart idea. In keeping with your faucets and shower head, your shower grate should also be chrome. Personal taste determines one’s sense of style. We like the Schluter company’s new collection of shower grates because they can bring some flair to the floor and stand out from more traditional grates.
You may also use a tileable grate as an alternative. The same tile that covers the shower floor is used to cover the grate, and water drains from the grate’s tiled perimeters. The grate area blends in with the rest of the shower floor, making it invisible.