Shower Pan Liner Installation

Shower pan liner installation isn’t just a task for professionals. Although it takes a little work, you can do it easily for less money yourself. Installing a shower pan liner is a great and effective way to prevent leaks and water damage in your bathroom. It also keeps your bathroom floor strong, attractive, and crack-free for years to come. Here is some information about shower pans, shower pan liners, why they’re useful, and some helpful tips for installing them.

What’s a Shower Pan?

A shower pan is basically the flooring that you stand on in the shower. The most popular options for a shower pan include tiles and composite flooring. Ceramic tile floors can definitely look great in your shower, but they can also pose a lot of housekeeping problems. Since they’re not completely waterproof, ceramic tiles are particularly prone to cracks and grouting problems in as little as 5 years.

A composite shower pan, on the other hand, is a 1-piece type of flooring that is waterproof and resistant to cracks and damage. You can install a composite shower pan even if you have tiled walls.

What’s a Shower Pan Liner?

A shower pan liner is a sheet of sturdy waterproof material that lies in between the shower pan and the subfloor. This subfloor is a layer of cement or plywood that absorbs trickles of water that come through any micro-holes or cracks in the shower pan. Because they’re porous, these layers are particularly prone to water damage. The shower pan liner catches any leaks and trickles to protect the sub-layer. Because it extends over the shower pan curb, the liner also helps to keep your bathroom walls protected from splashes and leaks.

Types of Shower Pan Liners

Shower pan liners mainly come in 2 kinds of hardy, flexible materials that feel like rubber. They include Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and Chlorinated Polyethylene (CPE). PVC shower pan liners are significantly cheaper, but are stiffer and hence more difficult to install. CPE liners are more flexible and much easier to install, but some may find them cost-prohibitive. If you’re thinking about installing a shower pan liner, make your choice based on both your budget, and how much experience you have in tackling these kinds of projects. Shower pan liners can be purchased pre-measured at hardware stores and online.

What It Takes to Install

Shower pan liner installation is a relatively simple job that, depending on the case, can be completed in just a few hours. The tools required for the installing a shower pan liner include pre-measured liner material, duct tape, a nail gun, nails, a utility knife, caulk, and water-proof adhesive. The job basically consists of spreading the liner over the surface of the sub-floor, cutting a hole over the drain for water to flow through, and securing the liner to the shower floor.