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Benefits of Cultured Marble & Granite Shower Pans
Throw out your tile scrub brush – Shower pans with small mosaic tiles are a pain to clean. Cultured marble and granite bases allow you to retire your scrub brush. These bases are simple to clean with soap and water or non-abrasive cleaners.
Eliminate the cost of moving the shower drain – Plumbers aren’t cheap…if you can find one to hire or get them to show up. Since custom cultured marble and granite bases allow you flexible drain locations, you’ll cut down the costs of an expensive plumber.
Different shower threshold curb heights keep your family safe – Mom’s mobility isn’t what it used to be. It’s nice to know you can choose a ramped entry, low profile or higher curb entry to suit your family’s needs.
Save money vs. natural marble or granite – When remodeling a bathroom cost is ALWAYS an issue. It’s nice knowing you can get the look of natural marble or granite at a fraction of the cost. Another side benefit is cultured products are simpler to maintain.
Textured shower floor pans are safe for everyone – Remember the ugly mats in the bottom of your bathtub growing up? Now you can get a slip-resistant bottom surface to keep your family safe. All Innovate cultured stone bases have a slip-resistant bottom.
Modern styling – Who wants a shiny shower pan which shows water spots and sticks out like a soar thumb? Innovate bases are matte finished to compliment your matte nickel and stainless hardware. They are in-fashion with today’s fun interior design styles like this Modern Farmhouse design.
Easy to clean – All you’ll need is soap and water to clean your shower base. No toxic chemicals. No more down on your knees cleaning mosaic tile grout joints.
Flexibility to use any type of shower walls – 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.
Hygenic for your family – With no mold, mildew or fungus build-up you won’t be concerned about your family’s health.
DIY and contractor friendly – Since our bases are built as one unit (no thresholds to attach) you won’t have to worry about leakage (or investing extra time installing) separate curb components.
Get free design help from shower experts - Since Innovate Building Solutions is not only an experienced nationwide wholesaler of custom shower pans – but also an authorized installer - we can help you through your design, installation or construction questions.
Facts about Cultured Marble and Granite Bases
The Product – 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. Check out the satin (matte) finished patterns in the ‘colors tab.’
Custom and Standard Cultured Granite & Marble Shower Pans
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.
Standard Sized Shower Pans
Our standard offerings include the following sizes:
- 36 x 36 with a curb along the front (popular for stand-up showers)
- 48 x 36 with a curb along the 48” side (common size to replace outdated fiberglass one-piece units).
- 60 x 30 with a curb along the 60” side) (a popular size for tub to shower conversions in common 5’ x 8’ bathrooms)
- 60 x 32 with a curb along the 60” side (a popular size for tub to shower conversions in common 5’ x 8’ bathrooms)
- 60 x 34 with a curb along the 60” side.
- 60 x 36 with a curb along the 60” side.
- 60 x 48 with a curb along with 60” side (a nice standard size to use if you’d like a roomier shower).
Custom Sized & Shaped Culture Marble and Granite Shower Pans
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”
(Project Type #1) You have a unique shaped shower
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.
(Project Type #2) You need a handicap accessible or low-profile shower base
Different people in your family have their own showering needs. If you need a roll in shower base, we can help. If you like a sleek-looking lower profile base, we can do roughly a 2 3/4” high curb!
(Project Type #3) Your shower drain is not in a standard location
Standard sized showers with drains in odd locations can send you on a wild goose chase trying (in vain) to find a pan which words. With our cultured stone pans, we’ll fit the base to your drain location. You won’t have to call expensive plumbers to move your drain.
Facts about Standard Sized Textured Polymarble Contemporary Shower Pans
The Product – 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.
White and matte black colors are modern and simple to work with. The profile surrounding the base has clean, crisp lines for a wonderful start to a contemporary shower.
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 (see the colors/textures above).
Available in the following popular sizes:
- 48” x 36” (center drain)
- 60” x 32” (side drain)
- 60” x 36” (center drain)
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.
Color options in cultured marble custom and standard shower pans
Below you’ll see the full range of cultured matte finished marble colors from Innovate. To help you decide which color may be the best fit for your interior design style we’ve provide a color and pattern suggestion guide as well.
The full cultured marble color palette
Modern farmhouse or shabby chic shower patterns & colors
With the natural, distressed look of a modern farmhouse or shabby chic bathroom you’ll want a shower base which compliments this relaxed feel. Consider these options:
Traditional or transitional bathroom patterns & colors
The classic marble colors are a wonderful compliment for a tradition-bound bathroom. Some patterns/colors you’ll want to see are:
Modern, minimalist shower design patterns & colors
For a modern look you’ll want to keep your colors straightforward and simple or a bit edgy and an eclectic. Here’s our recommendations.
Color options of cultured granite custom and standard shower pans
Cultured granite bases are not only growing in popularity since they are a cost-effective alternative to natural granite – but also because their base colors are understated and simple to design with. Here is the full group of 14 colors of cultured granite matte finish bases you can get through Innovate:
Color and texture options of modern polymarble bases
Shower pans don’t have to be the ‘ugly stepchild’ of your shower design. These matte white and matte black textured colors add to your fashion-forward design.
Frequently Asked Questions about Cultured Marble, Granite & Polymarble Bases
How big a custom shower base can you make?
We cna make up to 92” x 68”.
What curb designs and heights do you offer?
Most of our curb heights are the popular 2 3/4” and 1 1/2” lower profile variety. We do offer a higher 4” curb design in the standard molded 60” x 32” base.
How heavy are these bases?
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).
How long is your guarantee?
10 years – although these bases will last much longer.
Are your bases going to be slippery?
No. Our bases have textured finishes and have to meet stringent government slip-coefficient standards.
Are these bases cheaper to build than tile?
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.
What’s better a matte finished base or a glossy one?
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.
Care & Maintenance Questions
How will I clean my base?
The simplest way is to use soap and water – or other non-abrasive cleaners.
Is a matte finish base difficult to clean?
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.
What if I get scratches?
With a rubbing compound and a buffer pad on an electric drill you can remove minor.
What type of curb height and design do you recommend?
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 is a cleaner, more contemporary design and simpler to get in.
How should I design the size and type of shower base opening to walk through?
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.”
Do I need a mortar bed under the pan?
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.
Why should I consider working with Innovate Building Solutions?
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:
- We have experienced shower and bathroom designers.
- We have complimentary lines of grout free shower wall panels and contemporary vanities and accessories.
- We have over 190,000 customers we’ve had the pleasure of working since our company was started in 1977.
- We have outstanding reviews. Check them out on Google.
- We’re developing a dealer network across the country to assist you with professional installation
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