Those of you that have DIY savvy may choose to install your own square shower tray. Many of the households call in a professional to ensure the tray is secure and won’t leak, but if you want to do the job yourself, you can do so and it will only take one afternoon.
There are a few items you will need to get the job done. Chances are you have chosen square shower trays because they fit into your bathroom design with ease, they blend in with the space you have available and you have a wider selection of enclosures to choose from.
- Spirit Level
- Utility Knife
If you are a little hesitant about carrying out the job yourself, but don’t want to spend money on the installation, ask a friend with some plumbing knowledge to come and give you a hand. Two of you can get the job done faster which means you’ll have your shower up and running in a shorter space of time.
The first step to installing any shower tray is ensuring the floor is even. Many shower trays come with their own legs, which are adjustable, so a light different in height won’t make a major difference. If your shower tray doesn’t come with legs, you will need to even out the floor surface using the mortar.
Always double check that you are completely happy with the colour, shape and size of your shower tray before you start installation. The advantage to the square shower trays is their versatility, you put them in a recess, along against a wall or even in a corner position.
Next place the shower tray where you intend putting it, step back and imagine it completed. Will your shower doors be able to open? Then mark out the waste area on the floor before removing the tray to begin the installation.
For the shower trays that came with legs, you can start the adjustments now, always ensure the shower tray is completely level once you have finished. If your square shower trays don’t have legs, spread the mortar, double check its level using your spirit level.
To be sure I suggest you constantly check your tray is level with the spirit level throughout the process, rather be safe than sorry. Next you can place your shower tray either on the mortar or on its legs, drill out your waste area and plumb.
Once everything is in place run some water to ensure there are no leaks in the plumbing. Once the tray is fixed in place you will have a lot of work to do to fix any unexpected leaks. If you are completely happy you can seal the tray using silicone. The utility knife enables you to remove any excess sealant and ensure the installation looks neat and professional.
Once your sealant is dry, your shower tray is complete. Now you can start installing your enclosure to ensure the shower is completely sealed and won’t leak.