While cultured granite and marble bases are often used with grout free wall panels, your wall surround options are limitless. If you like tile walls – go for it. If you like contemporary laminate wall panels – they will work also.
Cultured marble and granite bases are a cast (i.e. made in a mold) polymer product made of a mixture of polyester resin, stone particles and pigments. It’s non-poruos, more stain resistant and less expensive than natural marble or granite.
While people associate cultured marble with the wavy patterning of marble, today’s fashion-forward designs have far greater possibilities. If you want a modern, minimalist look you can use a ‘behind the scenes’ matte white or biscuit color. If you want a fun, eclectic look, check out the white, gray and black lightening patterns in the ‘colors tab’ of this web page. This isn’t your Father’s old cultured marble any more.
Why pay big bucks for natural granite when you can get the look at a fraction of the price? These understated matte-finished standard and custom cultured granite bases are growing because they match well with all styles of shower surround walls and interior design styles.
Innovate Building Solutions offers both standard and custom shower bases. It’s best to use standard pans (if your space is the right size) since they’re lower priced. What’s nice we’re able to customize your drain location (even in a standard pan – with the exception of the 60 x 32 size).
However, if your drain is in a non-standard location, or you have a unique shape a standard solution will not work. If you’re not sure if a standard or custom base is best, contact one of our shower and bathroom designers.
Shower pans can be as unique as the people who own them. Innovate can help you with any of these unique shower pan projects up to a size of 92” x 68”
We can work with you if you have a NEO angle shower (i.e. a corner shower with glass along angled glass along the front), an offset shower with 4 or more walls, a walk in shower or even a diagonal design.
If you’re looking for a stylish, unique and contemporary shower pan with class you haven’t seen in most bases – the textured floor polymarble base (in either matte black or matte white colors) is for you. Underneath it’s clean-lined contemporary design, you’ll find a base built to last. Here’s a few key features you’ll love.
A durable manufactured composite of polyester resin and stone particles. It’s matte black or matte white color pigments flows throughout the base. Textured floor pans which feel wonderful under your feet – and look even better. You’ll love the look of the wood, slate, and stone textures in the up-to-date white and matte black colors. This stone base is simple to clean and has ZERO grout joints to maintain.
Unique shower base design can be used ‘5 ways’ – Since you’ll add the shower surround wall flanges to this stone base you have the flexibility of using each shower size in 5 different layouts.
This stone base is simple to clean and has ZERO grout joints to maintain.
Flexible flange adapter allows you to use the base in either a 3-wall alcove or 2 wall corner shower design.
An optional square drain gives a modern appearance.
We can make up to 92” x 68” sized base with flexibiity in your drain location as well.
Most of our curb heights are the popular 4”, 3″ and 2” lower profile variety. Our standard molded 60” x 32” base come in a 4″ high shower threshold design.
While these bases are as durable as all get-out – we won’t tell you they’re light. You can estimate a weight of approximately 9 pounds per square foot. For example, if you have a 48” x 36” shower pan (or 12 square feet) it will weigh about 108 pounds (12 square feet x 9 pounds per square feet).
10 years – although these bases will last much longer.
No. Our bases have textured finishes and have to meet stringent government slip-coefficient standards.
Yes, no and maybe. How’s that for an answer? Seriously there are a number of factors to consider when comparing tile showers to cultured marble. What type of tile are you using? Are you doing it yourself or having a contractor professionally install it? What type of tile shower base are you using? What is universally true is cultured granite, marble or polymarble bases will outlast their tile counterparts and won’t require visits from a ‘Grout Doctor’ to maintain them. They will save you money in the long-run.
Our bases are made with a matte finish for 2 reasons. High gloss bases = high maintenance bases. Glossy bases have a bad way of showing water spots. Secondly, matte finish works with matte nickel, brushed nickel, matte black and rose gold hardware which is popular today.
The simplest way is to use soap and water – or other non-abrasive cleaners.
Absolutely not. Since the bases are non-porous they clean up quickly – plus the matte finish works with matte finished hardware which is on-trend with today’s design style.
With a rubbing compound and a buffer pad on an electric drill you can remove minor scratches.
This depends on the people (and their mobility) using the shower and the size/shape you need. Generally, smaller showers use a higher threshold (curb). If you have a large walk in shower, a lower profile shower curb is a cleaner, more contemporary design and simpler to get in.
You want to fit your opening to both the size and mobility of the people using the shower (not just now, but also in the future). Learn more about this question by reading, “5 Proven Questions to Get the Size of Your Shower Opening Right.”
There’s no need to deal with messy mortar beds. Simple put some dabs of silicone under the pan and put it on your subfloor or underlayment material.
Besides the fact we’re nice people (or at least that’s what our Mom’s and Dad’s say – most of the time) we have experience. Here’s some facts about our background: