Walk-in showers have been a consistent design trend for decades. For some of you, the first introduction to a walk in shower might have been in your gym or fitness center locker room. For others, it may have been the homes of aging family member.
But the latest design trends regarding the walk-shower have involved them becoming curbless.
Curbless means that there is no threshold separating the shower floor with the rest of the bathroom floor.
The concept of a curbless shower is extremely appealing due to its accessibility, particularly for those who are getting older, those with disabilities, and parents assisting small children. It eliminates the possibility of accidentally tripping.
While typically associated with the light, airy, clean, modern design, curbless showers can be incorporated into any design style. Regardless of design style, they have several requirements:
- Floor sloping for drainage. The drains themselves don’t have to be in the center of the floor, but can have drainage along the sides. While there are many different options available, the ARC Linear Drain Shower System provides a pre-pitched linear drain shower base that can be installed directly on joist, wood subfloor, on or in concrete.
- Water Flow. Water flow is important in relation to splashing and drainage. Barriers and shower doors, though not necessarily required, can direct the splashing. The place of the shower heads can also direct the water accordingly.
- Waterproofing. As with any bathroom project, waterproofing is essential. With curbless showers, waterproofing will extend throughout and a certain distance beyond the exterior of the shower itself as well as well as a splash zone area up the sides of the wall. Waterproofing kits, like those with the ARC Linear Drain Shower System, provide you or your contractor necessary components for your shower area.
- Anti-slip flooring. Though anti-slip flooring is a mainstay throughout the bathroom, it is vital in the wet area of the shower. When using tile, smaller tiles that provide more grip are often select for the shower floor.
The cooperation and collaboration of your design team, your curbless shower supplier, your contractor, and your licensed electrician and plumber will create a long-lasting addition to your home.
The curbless shower shows a thoughtfulness in the bath design creating a seamless look, in small and large bathrooms alike.