Flush fitting shower trays for old buildings, too
New shower trays from Duravit for renovation projects
Duravit will be presenting an entire family of flush fitting shower trays at this year's ISH. The designs, which were developed in collaborat
ion with architect Prof. Frank Huster from Stuttgart, confront three major challenges that often cause headaches in refurbishing and renovation projects. The range consists of 14 sanitary acrylic shower trays with an extremely low installation height, res
ulting in a completely watertight finish. The final installation doesn't take place until after the tiling, putting an end to the damage that frequently occurs at this stage.
One of the primary challenges that arises during the renovation of old bu
ildings is the fact that the screed and tile floor structure measure only 50 mm (2") in height. Duravit's new low-profile shower trays have been designed to lay so flat that, even when installed with a pedestal, they do not exceed 50 mm (2"). The shower t
rays have also been fitted with a new drainage system.
Installation requires a few simple, specific steps. First, the plumber first attaches a frame to determine the position of the shower tray. Using a supplied template, he then drills the core ho
le and chisels open a slit in the floor to the outlet pipe. The depth of the drill hole is calculated according to an exact formula: 140 mm (5 1/2") minus the height of the floor structure. Then, the lower section of the outlet system is connected to the
drain pipe. Next, the tile layer seals off the shower tray area before installing the tiles. The outlet system is also completely sealed, ensuring that the floor-level shower is fully protected against water damage.
It is then up to the plumber to
align the pedestal and attach the upper section of the outlet system to the shower tray before the tray itself is put in place. This step occurs during the final installation together with the toilet and bidet, after all of the building materials have be
en removed from the bathroom. The shower tray thus remains intact and clean, but can still be easily replaced after years of use.
There are 14 models in sizes ranging from 800x800 mm (31 1/2" x 31 1/2") to 1600x900 mm (63" x 35 3/8"). The design is
strictly linear, consisting of a series of right angles. This not only ensures a level, seamless connection with the tiled floor, but also enables the tray to be fitted neatly with the tiling joints.
All trays are also available with a transparen
t AntiSlip coating, which is compliant with code DIN 51097 for enhanced safety while showering. The outlet cover is also very flat and unobtrusive, and the outlet system has a practical integrated hair filter. The tray has a 2% incline so that the water r
uns off at a rate of 0.7 l/sec. This means that unlike tiled models, the shower is not only easier to clean, but also more hygienic.