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Walk-in showers: advantages and disadvantages

19 Jan, 2021

We tell you about the advantages of walk-in showers, and how to overcome any possible technical drawbacks in their planning and installation.

Floor-level showers (or walk-in showers) are synonymous with comfort, safety and spaciousness. Originally used in the baths of Ancient Rome, they provide a host of advantages, both aesthetic and functional, by reducing bathroom elements to a minimum.

The extra-flat shower trays are the most efficient alternative when it comes to creating a walk-in shower.

  1. Bathrooms become easier to clean and maintain.
  2. The floor is continuous, so this elimination of architectural barriers offers a level of safety unmatched by other systems.
  3. They facilitate open spaces and clear environments of their clutter. The visual range they provide gives the bathroom a minimalist and purified image.
  4. No building work is required and they are cheaper than normal shower trays.
  5. At mcbath, extra-flat shower trays are available in a multitude of formats, textures or colours, even custom-made to order for maximum adaptability.

Walk-in shower trays: possible drawbacks and how to avoid them

However, despite their many advantages, we must take into account certain technical peculiarities when designing and installing floor-level shower trays.

  1. The shower should not be left fully open, even if solutions are used to make it look that way. Incorporating a tempered glass sheet in one part of the shower will help to close the space off and prevent water from escaping.
  2. Its design must take into account the location of the taps, such as the hand shower and the sprinkler, and in order to avoid leaks, the path the water takes.
  3. Our shower trays are designed with the exact inclination needed to evacuate water. However, depending on the design of the bathroom and shower itself, it may be worthwhile adding a slight slope towards the drain, as long as the characteristics of the project and the floor allow it and it is advised by our technician. It is recommended that the average gradient of this slope is about 6 or 7 mm.

Preventing water from leaking out of the shower tray

Although there is always a risk of water leaking out of an extra-flat shower tray, with professional advice and impeccable installation, and if the instructions in the previous point are followed, you will be ensured a safe installation with clean water evacuation and no leaks. 

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