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Unread 12-26-2016, 02:34 PM   #1
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Barrier free showers

Hello all and Happy Holidays! Hopefully im posting in the right place. I'm new to the forum but a long time bathroom contractor. We are starting to focus more on barrier free showers and I was wondering if there was any concensus on some of the better or more commonly used systems for curb less shower installs.
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Unread 12-26-2016, 06:09 PM   #2
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Kevin,

Welcome to the forum.

Can you tell us a little more about yourself? We're a friendly lot round these parts.

Any of the surface applied membranes such as Kerdi, USG's grey fabric, Nobleseal, Dalseal, Hydroban, Hydrobarrier, Aquadefense, and their sister foam boards for the walls are all excellent products when applied properly. Often we blend manufacturers to get the results we want or the working qualities we want but that voids any sort of warranty. Bringing the shower waterproofing out onto the main bathroom floor (which also gets waterproofed) is a great idea.

But we don't need no steenken warranty
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What Paul said. The methods he mentions take only one mud bed which helps keep the tile lower. I've installed regular pan liners in curbless showers but the subfloor had to be recessed several inches to make room for the preslope, top mud bed and the tile.
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Hi there. Original poster here. I'm in Virginia doing only bathroom remodeling for better than 15 yrs in the Commonwealth. My comfort zone is with the 3 piece Center Drain with oatey membrane and step over. However lately we have done several curb less with a brand called proline Quick drain. And I just wanted to see what opinions were of the other systems out there so I could make a more informed choice going forward. I'd probably stick with a single manufacturer for warranty purposes however it's good to know some people mix and match. I think I'll look into hydro ban as I know a dealer. Or perhaps Kerdi because their ditra product seems pretty awesome. Cheers and thanks folks.
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I should maybe specify that these curb less showers we've done have been thin liner over foam slope with a clamping style trough Drain and a single shed roof type slope with the drain at the glass door.
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Do you have any during pictures to help me understand your complete waterproofing process?

Its late, I'm old, and there may have been some eggnog involved.
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I've used the Quickdrains before and they are nice drains. My favorite is the Noble Freestyle drain because I think it's a really well made and well designed drain. But a lot of times it depends on the shower dimensions and what size you need.

How has the feedback been on the drains in the entrance? Any idea of how much water gets past the drain on those?
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Take a look at Finpan's clearpath system...seems like a great fit for a remodeler. I've used it and it worked just as described for me.
http://www.finpan.com/products/shower-pans/clearpath/
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