Shower Basin FAQ
Custom Stone Shower Basin FAQs
How do I measure it?
We made an example work order here so that you can see how to measure your shower base.
How Do I Install The Drain?
Take a look at this diagram to see the details. Install the drain flush with your subfloor. Then lay 1/2″ backer board above that.
How do we get the slope correct?
Each of these is precision milled on our CNC router. The slope is accurate to within 1/64 of an inch. This ensures that your shower evacuates water towards the drain but isn’t too slippery.
How Long Does it take to Install my Shower Basin?
From the time we get all of your measurements, we aim to install within 3-4 weeks. A lot of this time is taken up by fabrication (its not easy to make one of these bad boys). We are able to rush things and get it done in half the time though, but that will involve some late nights, so we charge an extra $200.
For special order stones it will usually add another week to the process, but sometimes it takes quite a bit longer. For example Cambria offers about 120 colors. Their local distributor stocks about 70 of those colors. So if it’s one the 50 not stocked in Denver, that can take a few weeks to bring in.
Granite, Marble, or Quartz?
Each material has it’s advantages. Granite and Marble are timeless. Quartz doesn’t stain. Vetrazzo has a unique look but it’s not cheap.
If you made us choose one, it would be Quartz. Quartz is a man made engineered stone. It doesn’t stain like natural stone, it’s by far the strongest of the different materials, and you never have to seal it. When you factor in price, if you made us choose which material is best we will choose Quartz.
There are different brands of quartz like Caesarstone, Cambria, MSI, and dozens more. We’ve yet to notice any difference in quality between the different brands. Cambria and Caesarstone are more recognizable brands and they’re more innovative with their patterns so those brands are usually more expensive. But if we’re comparing the same look across different brands, the lesser known brands are always less expensive.
With all that said, don’t worry too much about the technical differences in stone. Remodeling your bathroom isn’t something you do often and the shower is one of the most used items in the entire project. Go with what you think is going to look the best. Trust yourself and don’t overthink it.
Do the stone basins have any texture for foot grip?
Yes. If you look closely at the shower basins on display you’ll notice some light scalloping as well swirls of texture. These are light enough so that you don’t notice them but enough texture to make sure even those of us with two left feet don’t slip.
How can I add a curb to my stone basin?
Yes these can be installed curbless or with a curb in your shower. If you want to use a curb, build it up with some 2x4s or 2x3s to the height you desire. Make sure you wrap the curb with the same waterproofing that you used underneath the shower base. Tile the vertical walls of the curb using your same tile. We offer 4″ slabs to be used for walls on the curb or to be used as a cap for the top.
How much does one of these things weigh?
On average these weigh 12 pounds per square foot. Moving and installing them is usually a 2 person job.
How often do I seal stone shower basins?
Natural stone can absorb water so it needs to be sealed with a chemical. Wax on, wax off, that’s all there is to it. But these sealers don’t last forever. We offer a product called HydroShield, which is a top of the line sealer that lasts a very long time. You can learn more about it here.
What wears away at the sealer are cleaning chemicals. If you’re using harsh chemicals to clean your basin you will need seal more often. If you use softer cleaning agents it’s going to last longer.
The area around your drain may need to be sealed every 18 months. But areas like the corners that stay dry most of the time may only need to be sealed once, then never again.
To see if your basin needs to be sealed turn your shower on and come back in a few minutes. If the water is absorbed into the stone you need to reseal it. If it beads on top of the stone, you’re in the clear.
Why are they different prices?
Stone is a commodity and it’s all about supply and demand. Some stones are hot and that makes them more expensive today. Some stones are rare, some stones aren’t.
More expensive does not mean higher quality. In fact, lower quality stones are often higher tiers because they are more fragile or because they are more difficult to fabricate because they break or chip easily.