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What You Should Know Before Installing a Curbless Shower

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Curbless showers are growing in popularity, for both practical and aesthetic reasons. While their smooth appearance makes them a popular bathroom design choice, their smooth transition of tile flooring in Palm Beach also makes them more accessible for wheelchair users. 

In this article, we’ll go more in-depth on what you should know before installing a curbless shower, such as what tile you should use, your different drain options, and more. We’ll also discuss why D&B Tile is Palm Beach’s tile flooring distributor of choice.

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Is a Curbless Shower Right for Your Bathroom? 

As with many design considerations, personal taste will play a major factor in determining whether a curbless shower is right for you. That said, many homeowners are happy with this shower type, which has the following advantages: 

  • Practicality – While curbless showers were designed for wheelchair users, the lack of barrier is ideal for anyone who’s concerned about accidentally tripping. 
  • Openness – Not having a shower barrier creates an airier space, making your bathroom feel bigger. This mitigates against small shower size, which is a huge concern for many homeowners. 
  • Cleanliness – It’s much easier to clean your shower and bathroom floors at the same time when there isn’t a curb getting in the way. 

Curbless showers may not be right for homeowners who want the choice between taking a shower or a bath. That said, some homeowners choose to have one bathroom with a curbless shower, and another with a bathtub. 

How to Prevent Water from Flowing Outside the Shower  

Moisture management is an important part of any bathroom project, and one of the most impressive things about curbless showers is their ability to manage the flow of water. This is in no small part due to the way their floors are sloped, which ensures that the water is led to the drain. 

What Tile Should You Use for Your Bathroom Floor and Shower? 

While it’s common to choose two different types of tile for your bathroom floor and shower, you can also use the same type of tile for both. Either way, it’s a good idea to discuss your options with a tile expert. 

They can help you find the tile types that match best, or the tile type that will look good for both your bathroom floor and shower floor. 

Center Drains vs. Linear Drains 

The type of drain you choose can impact the best tile size. If you choose to use a central drain, for instance, we advise against larger tiles. They can’t be used to create the circular sloping pattern that central drains require. 

Linear drains are more accommodating of different tile sizes, which is one of several reasons why they’re often preferable. In fact, when D&B Tile Distributors President and Chief Operating Officer Rudy Llerena had a curbless shower installed in his home, he chose to use a linear drain. 

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Looking for Tile Flooring in Palm Beach? 

D&B Tile can help. For decades, we’ve been helping both home and business owners find the tile that they need. This experience has allowed us to develop deep relationships with all kinds of industry leaders: contractors, designers, and distributors. 

If you have any questions you’d like to ask us about your tiling project, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via our contact page. Rest easy. You’re in the hands of tile experts. 

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