Rated 3.0 out of 5 by 2
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by newshowergirl At Your Own Risk
Remodeling shower on second floor. I was scared to do this large walk in shower rather than a tub because i worried about grout failure, water leaking to first floor. I didnt want to do tar/hot mop. I was skeptical that a rubber membrane could be installed without accidentally puncturing the mebrane and - water leaking to first floor. I thought i solved all my fears with this tile product. Tile redi shower pan.
I trusted that the plumbers we hired had installed one before. I trusted that if they were not sure about something they would read the directions.
Issues with product - it is molded plastic. Therefore it is not as rigid as they would have you believe. We did have to lay down a mortar bed. Plastic does NOT stick to mortar. When the mortar dried, and moisture evaporates and mortar "shrinks" a bit, the molded plastic floor has voids. The floor has "bounce". We all freaked out. You cant tile on a bouncy floor!! We ripped it out and did it again. This time when the mortar dried it seemed worse. The third time and $835 more labor spent to plumbers and carpenters, it was better/not perfect but better. (Plus, lots of worry/tension/frustration on everyones part. plus 4 days lost - i resigned myself to think - well...lets finish, get everyone out of our house. Take a few showers, and if it is a disaster i will hire different people to come and rip it out, hot mop/tar the old fashioned way and pay more $$$$ just to be done with it).
So far, it hasnt failed. Its been nearly a month. But i have my plan b ready if needed.
Another issue with the product - i thought the dimensions would be perfect. BUT, now after it is finished, i feel that the curb is not quite high enough. I do have constant worry that water will splash outside the short curb and onto the floor and down - to the first floor. Yes, you can see my paranoia about water dripping downstairs.
Issue with the people i hired - maybe it was just the people i hired. Were they just set in their ways and wanted to do it their way and what did i know, bringing them this "new" product?????
Yesssss.... I read plenty of reviews before i spent my $600 on this shower pan, but i chose to believe that the poor guy who said he re-did his 4 times - must not have known what he was doing / he's a 'home-jobber' / my guys will do just fine, thank you very much!!! To the gentleman that did it 4 times - i sincerrely apologize for not believing you. I regret it $$$$ too!!!!
I had also read on the tile ready website that "Hotels" were using this product...which re-inforced my desire to use the product - 'if hotels are using it- its got to be good - right?' Wrong!!!
I ended up calling the manufacturer for help. They were sorta helpful but pretty much like - "yeah, that happens, keep working with it till you have removed the voids."
I budgeted $8,500 of my hard earned money for this project. I felt that was fair - labor included. The extra $835 for labor because of this project put my overbudget project even more in the RED! Ended up at $10,200 after all my overages. It looks great, but what heart-ache.
No...i dont recommend this product.
I have written tons of favorable reviews of products ive bought over the years. I dont want you to think im crabby about everything. I just want you to be duly warned before you make your decision to use a tileredi shower pan.
I admit I bought it through home depot rather than the manufacturer to save on shipping costs and ease of returning in case i decided against it. I should have returned it when things first started to go downhill.
June 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by wisoak Easy to install
Took about 1/2 hour to install this base, even with a blind connection to our home's drain pipe. I used 1" floor tiles which conformed to the base's contour very nicely.
June 8, 2010