How To Pour A Shower Base Correctly On A Concrete Floor
Homeowners are sometimes afraid to use a poured shower base because they are notorious for leaking. Instead they will choose a prefab fiberglass base that can detract from the beauty of the shower.
Poured shower bases don’t leak when they are properly installed. This is a stepwise process that takes time, and because of this some contractors skip necessary steps that can result in a leaking shower base, and an unhappy customer.
Here are the necessary steps to properly install a poured shower base on a concrete floor:
- Install a wood shower curb to the existing concrete floor, using concrete screws.
- Install cement board where the shower walls and curb meet the floor.
- Re-enforce all corners with heavy duty fiberglass mesh.
- Pour the concrete base, making sure that it slopes towards the drain. We use wooden slats as guides to assure the proper sloping angle.
Stay tuned for a post on waterproofing the base as well as a post on installing a shower base over a wood floor.