How to choose the right shower pan?

Many people might think all shower pans are the same. However, not all shower bases are created equal, even if they may look similar at first glance. After installation, your shower pan becomes a permanent fixture. Replacing it is a complex and costly undertaking. That's why it's crucial to make an informed choice from the start. This article explores the key features to consider when selecting a shower base. By focusing on quality, durability, and low-maintenance needs, you can ensure a trouble-free showering experience for years to come.

The journey to a perfect shower begins with the primary material. The market offers various options like concrete, ceramic, solid surface, and acrylic. Here at Oceania, we focus on crafting shower pans from the highest quality acrylic for its numerous benefits. For a durable, easy-to-maintain product that will retain its original appearance, opt for a product made of 100% acrylic sheet from North-America. However, be careful: a product from a North American company is not necessarily made locally, as many products are imported. The acrylic used in manufacturing of shower pans varies in terms of abrasion resistance, which in why some products remain beautiful, white, and glossy for decades, while others tarnish and yellow in a few months. In short, not all acrylics are equivalent. Therefore, it is wise to ask questions before making your choice.


Next, consider watertightness. Unlike ceramic bases prone to leaks at floor joints, acrylic shower pans boast a seamless design, minimizing the risk of water leakage. Even within the category of acrylic shower bases, some manufacturers, such as Oceania, have developed an anti-leak barrier system to prevent water infiltration. Without this, the risk of water infiltration increases significantly.

Last but not least, sturdiness. It is important to investigate the solidity and the type of support under the shower pan. Post-renovation surprises are no fun! A flexing or noisy shower base can be a sign of improper support. Choosing a well-supported option upfront saves you future headaches. Oceania bases are equipped with well-distributed integrated supports across their entire surface, ensuring solidity without movement or creaking during daily use.

You are now well-informed to distinguish between the different shower pans available on the market. By taking these essential characteristics into account, you can be sure of investing in a durable, solid and perfectly watertight product, thus ensuring the longevity and quality of your new bathroom.

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