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Thread: New shower floor...no pan

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    I'd like to hear what some experts think of my idea. We're half way through gutting our main bathroom. I was going to order a Swanstone retrofit shower base to replace the old tub, that way we could keep the drain in the same place, plus I like the idea of solid surface material. Then we were going to tile the walls in the shower and floor in the rest of the bathroom.
    Every place I call they are telling me 3 to 4 weeks for this shower base to come in and they've told my contractor the same thing. Plus the price has gone up through the roof.
    I thought of this yesterday and I thought it was brilliant. (Excuse my modesty) I thought we could just tile the whole floor right into the shower area and have it slope gently toward the drain.
    Then I thought instead of shower doors I would just get a stationary piece of clear glass maybe 32" wide or so for the side of the shower where the faucet is. To get in you would just walk around the panel.
    My big question is how much does the floor have to slope for the water to drain? Will the main floor have to be raised?
    All opinions and advice are welcome! We only want to do this once.

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    YOu will want the glass at whichever end will have the most "splashing". If you raise the floor you will have to install the safety liner, and all that goes with it.

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    You can have a curbless shower, however you will need to do many things to make this work. Go the the John Bridge Tile Expert Forum and they will guide you through the steps to take.

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    Regarding slope, I have seen 1/4" per foot used as a general rule, and I used this when building my tile shower. This is measured to the farthest wall from the drain. Not sure I understand your intentions fully - you will need a shower "pan" made of either a sheet-type membrane or other type of waterproof material such as hot mop. Simply eliminating the pan altogether and tiling a sloped floor will not give you a watertight shower.

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