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Roll in Handicapped AKW Shower System

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Creating a roll in barrier free shower (or wet room) will not only add safety to a bathroom remodeling project but style as well. Our line of sturdy shower bases are made of glass reinforced plastic and can be set directly on floor joists to create a step-free (zero threshold) shower that can be enjoyed by all members of the family – regardless of their physical mobility.

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Benefits of a Roll in Barrier Free ADA Shower Pan

Barrier free shower base in a bathroom remodeling project in Cleveland suburb of Avon Lake
Mullen Barrier Free Shower Base with Caregiver Doors and ADA Shower Seat
Barrier Free Shower using Tuff Form Base and Wet Room Waterproofing Kit

One of the misconceptions about roll in shower pans is they look institutional – but this does not need to be the case. Our AKW line provides the following advantages:

Offers a safe entry into a shower for a person of any ability – With a curbless zero degree threshold design even those with limited mobility (or in a wheelchair) can safely roll in or walk into this shower.

Stylish design – The roll in shower base can also be designed into a wet room to create a sleek European design – while providing the safety of a curb-free entry.

Flexibility in sizes and shapes of the shower – with either the Tuff Form or Mullen shower base systems the finished size of the shower can be varied to fit your space.

Can be used with exiting flooring or many types of new floors – Our shower pans can be installed into bathrooms where you want to keep the existing floor or where you’re doing a complete remodel. Feel free to use any type of bathroom floor (tile, wood, stone or vinyl will all work with this system).

Easy installation and lower labor costs – Whether you’re a DIY’er or want this base professionally installed it is not a complex process. Contact us for professional installation or nationwide supply. Since these bases are pre-sloped - so there is no cost or time associated with a mud pan style installation.

Flexibility in drain location – The shower pan in the Tuff Form product line can be moved around to minimize the need to move an existing drain location in a remodeling project – this can save significant plumbing costs.

Waterproof shower base system – The base is the foundation of the shower – having a waterproof system is a key to minimize any maintenance costs down the road.

Roll in design is excellent for wheelchair access – A zero threshold system not only looks stylish but makes it very easy for some with a wheelchair to roll through the entry.

Adaptable with multiple glass enclosure systems – Whether you want to use a shower screen, pivoting glass door shower enclosure or even a glass block shower system – this base can accommodate the style of walls you desire. Having walls can also provide stability for someone who is handicapped or has physical limitations.

Works in large and small bathrooms – you don’t need to have a large bathroom to use this system.

Available wet room kits to waterproof the whole bathroom – why stop at just waterproofing the shower – create the ultimate experience and ease of maintenance by using our wet room kits.

Free shipping and nationwide supply or professional installation – If you’re a DIY person looking for a top of the line ADA handicapped roll in shower or want professional installation Innovate Building Solutions can help.

Tuff Form Base

Roll in Barrier Free Shower Pan for Tile – Bath Doctor’s Tuff Form AKW Line

The Tuff Form Product Line – This structural glass reinforced plastic base not only provides a fully accessible or universal shower base that is light and easy to work with– but it’s flexibility cannot be beat. Because the base can be cut (or enlargened with the use of other waterproofing materials) you can make any size or shaped base. The pre-sloped base makes the water move efficiently to the drain as well. Finish over this base with tile or stone for a luxury high end look.

Finished roll in Tuff Form Base and Wet Room Waterproofing Kit
Tuff Form glass reinforced plastic shower base before installation

Flooring materials – The Tuff Form base can be used with ceramic tiles, glass tiles, stone or vinyl flooring materials.

Key Features of Tuff Form ADA Compliant Shower Bases

  • Made of structural glass reinforced plastic the base spans over 16” on center joists.
  • Can be used with tile, glass tiles, stone or vinyl bathroom flooring.
  • Supports heavy weight loads.
  • Can be used in conjunction with PEX tubing or electric mat heating.
  • Off center drain hole allows repositioning of base for optimal orientation and to save on plumbing costs.
  • Can be cut to size or shape.
  • Can be installed on wood joists, on a wood subfloor or on concrete or in concrete.
  • Can be used in conjunction with a wet room system.

Zero threshold barrier free shower base sizes

Tuff Form Shower base come in the following sizes:

  • 59" x 32 ¼" – widely used for tub to shower conversion projects
  • 59" x 47 ¼"
  • 47 ¼" x 47 ¼"
  • 70 ⅞" x 32 ¼"
  • 35 ½" x 35 ½"
  • 39 ⅜" x 39 ⅜"
  • 44 ¼" x 30 ¼"
  • 51 ¼" x 32 ¼"
  • 55 ⅛" x 35 ½"
Wet Room

Wet Room Benefits, Installation Kits and Service

While wet rooms are extremely popular in Europe and Asia (where square footage is at a premium) – the concept is just now gaining popularity in the United States. A wet room is different than a traditional bathroom. In a wet room instead of having an enclosed showering space the entire bathroom acts as an enclosure. In addition a wet room is at “one level” vs. having a showering space with a built up curb that someone needs to step over.

ADA accessible roll in shower and wet room using Tuff Form base
Zero threshold ADA barrier free shower with shower screen enclosures
Barrier free wet room in a 5' x 7' bathroom

The benefits of a wet room include:

  • A fully accessible shower can be created in very small bathroom spaces (even bathrooms smaller than 5' x 7'.
  • Provides a stylish European type design aesthetic.
  • Offers more space in the showering area.
  • Can create a roll in shower in a small bathroom.
  • Easier to clean up the bathroom.

Wet Room Design Considerations

The design of a wet room is key to it’s long term performance. Some key points to consider include:

  • A substantial portion of the walls and the entire floor will need to be tiled with the appropriate wall backer boards behind the tile (we recommend extruded polystyrene wall backer). Other wall systems like solid surface, stone, marble or PVC backed composites can also be used.
  • The entire bathroom floor and a portion of the walls must be waterproofed.
  • It will be best to use bathroom furniture and toilets that are wall mounted and can withstand water.

Wet Room Waterproofing Kits for the Roll in Tuff Form Base

Innovate Building Solutions offers 2 wet room installation kits that are easy to apply and offer superior waterproofing protection. The system provides excellent bonding with tile backer, concrete or thin set mortar, is easy to apply with a paint brush or roller and is a proven system with over 100,000 wet rooms installed worldwide. The kits make the installation process easier and save significant time in the field. To learn more about installing a wet room visit the videos tab on this page.

Premium Waterproofing Kit Includes:

Premium Wet Room Installation Kit
  • 22 lb.pail of waterproofing
  • Drain assembly for tile
  • Mapeband joint tape
  • 4 internal corners
  • Drain gasket
  • Inlet gasket
  • 3 tubes of adhesive
  • Tube of acrylic caulk
  • 20 - # x 2" screws
  • Paint roller & 2 covers
  • 4 protective gloves
  • Paint brush
  • Stir stick
  • Scissors

Standard Waterproofing Kit Includes:

  • 22 lb.pail of waterproofing
  • Drain assembly for tile
  • Mapeband joint tape
  • 4 internal corners
  • Drain gasket
  • Inlet gasket
Shower Screen

AKW Shower Screens and Fleurco Pivoting Shower Screens

If you’re looking for a way to keep the water contained in your roll in barrier free shower consider the use of a stationary or pivoting shower screen by AKW or Fleurco. These glass enclosures can add a modern European style and serve the purpose of directing more of the shower water into a confined area.

AKW Stationary Glass Shower Screen

The AKW shower screen system is made of ¼" thick glass bordered by polished aluminum hardware to provide a contemporary look in a zero threshold shower. Each shower screen includes both wall mounting hardware and a 55 ¼" tie bar (which can be cut to the desired length) to connect to another wall (or another screen).

Shower Screen in large roll in shower using Tuff Form Base
Two shower screens with Tuff Form Accessible Shower Base and Tile Floor
Single shower screen with Tuff Form Zero Threshold Base

Fleurco Pivoting Glass Shower Screens

Fleurco shower screens not only have the benefit of being easy to clean and serve as a water barrier for roll in or walk in showers - but they have the ability to pivot. A pivoting shower screen provides superior water retention for barrier free showers.

Premium Banyo Siena semi-frameless in line pivoting shower screen
Evolution Series Monaco Pivoting Round Top Shower Screen
Pivoting shower screen with obscure rain glass with and teak fold down bench


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