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Shower Trays

Shower trays, which form the base of a shower enclosure, come in a wide variety of styles, dimensions and materials, and are made to match the wide variety of shower enclosures available.
Shower Tray Frequent Questions


Materials include ceramic, enamelled steel, laminated wood, marble, resin stone (sometimes called cast stone), reinforced acrylic sheet, acrylic capped ABS sheet, and acrylic-capped high density foamed resin. Plastics technology is developing all the time and there may be other materials on the horizon.

Traditional trays are available in a ceramic material called ‘fireclay.’ These are thick-walled and robust and very heavy. Almost as equally heavy are trays manufactured from ‘resin stone’ - this is a careful blend of resins and chalky stone minerals capped with a highly polished ‘gel coat’. Lighter weight trays are available in reinforced acrylic or acrylic-capped ABS.

Trays may be high or low walled and with or without adjustable legs and side panels. Some are supplied complete with waste fittings and there may be a choice of high gloss or silk surface finish.

Frequently asked questions
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Are showers trays available made to order, bespoke?

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Bespoke trays are not usually available.

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How can I remove a scuff mark and a scratch in the base of my tray?

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Light scuffing can be removed by careful cleaning with a non abrasive cleaning agent. Light scratches in an acrylic surface may be removed by gently polishing with ‘Brasso’ or ‘T-cut’. Deeper scratches are more difficult to remove and may require a specialist firm, with the correct tools and materials. In all circumstances a call to the manufacturer will help. Take special care with trays having a ‘gel coat’ surface.

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What is the purpose of a tray with “upstands”?

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Upstands on a tray help create a watertight shower enclosure. A tray with 2 upstands is tiled on two walls with tiling going right down over the upstands. A tray with 3 upstands is available when it is to be installed in a recess and tiling is carried out over three walls. A tray with 4 upstands is usually tiled on three walls but on the fourth side the frame for the shower door is fitted inside the upstand giving a completely watertight shower.

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My ceramic shower tray has a chip in it - what kind of filler do I need to repair it?

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A ceramic tray is not normally repairable. If it is chipped it may also have a hidden crack - and this could be dangerous. The best thing to do is replace the tray completely. Some household insurance policies will cover an accident which has caused the damage. Check your policy.

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What is the benefit of a 'riser leg'?

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The riser leg, or legs, are fitted to the underside of the tray. They allow the installer to adjust and correctly level the tray by rotating the legs on a screw thread.

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Which type of trap is best?

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There are two main types of 'waste traps' - top access and bottom access. A top access waste allows cleaning above, so that access to the underside of the shower tray is not needed. A bottom access waste is similar to the type used in washbasins where cleaning is from below so access to the underside of the tray is essential.

We supply a good selection of 40mm low profile ABS capped & stone resin shower trays, and also stone resin traditional (standard height) trays from Lakes. Please see the .PDF document below for sizes available, and technical information on the waste outlet positioning.

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