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Discuss Shower Alcove upgrade - Tray or Wetroom look. in the Bathrooms, Showers and Wetrooms area at UKPlumbersForums.co.uk.

  1. jitasb

    jitasb New Member

    Our shower alcove is getting on a bit and seen better days, so thinking of upgrading it / getting it upgraded. Size is 800x850 and currently has a standard shower tray rising (about 150mm) above standard timber floorboards and a framed hinged pivot door to cover the front shower entrance.

    Was thinking of a lower profile tray or maybe even a wetroom look (e.g. Impey AquaDec or Aqua4MA). Are these wetroom former trays suited to smaller alcoves or are they more for bigger wetrooms ? And maybe would still have a pivot door across the entrance (frameless) to contain the splashing. Any thoughts welcome.

    Also, with regard to these wetroom formers and consequent tiling over. How would you access the trap if it needed cleaning etc ?

    Many Thanks.
  2. Craig Watson

    Craig Watson Plumber GSR

    You can get tray formers to suit any size shower. Just get the nearest to the size you require and cut it down. The traps are serviceable from above so no need to worry about cleaning. They do look good but when you consider tray, tanking tiles and fitting etc, its an expensive upgrade, especially if your fitting a screen anyway.
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  3. jitasb

    jitasb New Member

    Thanks for reply.
    Yes, I did wonder about that, in terms of having a pivot door, it maybe defeats the object of having a wetroom former..
  4. king of pipes

    king of pipes Trusted Plumber GSR

    A new low profile riser tray and frameless type pivot door would be my advice wall boards make a fresh clean look and cleaning and maintenance is a breeze . Kop
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  5. EvilDrPorkChop

    EvilDrPorkChop GSR

    Low profile tray. Less to go wrong down the line.
  6. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    It all depends on the height of the existing waste in relation to were the new one will go ,
    it HAS to “fall”
  7. Rob Foster

    Rob Foster Top Contributor!!

    If you do alter stuff, esp the wet room floor level tray if this room is upstairs then sound insulate between the joists as the vibration of water on the tray can be annoying downstairs. Rob Foster aka centralheatking
  8. jitasb

    jitasb New Member

    Thanks for all replies and advice.
    I will check the fall before I do anything, then take it from there in terms of which options are viable. (I guess even a low profile tray might not be a runner if the fall is not enough).
  9. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

  10. jitasb

    jitasb New Member

    Had a quick gander under the current tray and the existing shower trap has waste pipe which slopes down and then levels out and goes behind the wall so I can't see that bit. I guess it goes the same way as the sink waste. The 'levelling' out is just under the floorboard, so it doesn't look likely that even a low-profile tray would work in terms of the required fall (18mm per meter?). The only way to know for sure is to get the floor up and see where all the pipe runs are.

    If you get the floor up, would you normally be able to see where all the waste pipes go and how they feed into the waste stack ?
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