Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long does laying a shower pan take?
Three days. The first day, a concrete float that is sloped towards the drain is put in to make sure water drains properly towards the drain if it makes it down to the fiberglass pan. The second day, mat and resin are applied. The third day, a gel-coat is applied over the resin as a second finishing coat. The gel-coat smells just as strongly as the resin does.
Q: Is there and odor? How strongly does it smell?
The resin smells very strongly, although we seal all entrances to the bathroom area with plastic, it is recommended that people and pets do not stay in adjoining bedrooms until 24 hours after the resin AND gel-coat are applied. The initial odor will subside after 6-8 hours but will still linger.
Q: How should my shower area be prepped before I schedule the installation of the fiberglass shower pan?
1) All the framing of the shower must be built. Blocking is required around the bottom of the shower walls 3-4 inches ABOVE the CURB at the entry to the shower.
2) The drain must be set. We can fill holes cut into concrete foundations during the initial sloped float. Holes in wooden subfloors need to be completely blocked underneath so as not to allow concrete through during the floating process.
3) If the shower is not a handicapped entrance that is recessed into the foundation, the curb must be framed in at the entry to the shower with 2x4's. Most curb heights are two 2x4's stacked.
4) If the shower has a seat or bench, the seat MUST have the top framed with plywood (shimming the seat top underneath at the back will create a slight slope preventing standing water), we prefer the seat front be framed with plywood but it is not required.
5) Any hardiboard or other material used to cover the walls should NOT be installed prior to the fiberglass pan’s installation. IF IT IS…it MUST stop 3-4 inches ABOVE the STEP to pass Austin/Lakeway/RR City inspection.
6) To pass Austin/Lakeway/RR city inspection the walls of the pan MUST be 3 inches above the step at the entry, we prefer to do 4 inches. Most steps are two 2x4's stacked, making most pans 8 inches high on the walls with a depth of 4 inches.
7) We do not fill the pans with water for water-tight testing. This should be done by your plumber as part of the plumbing inspection.
8) All fiberglass pans/coverings MUST be covered with a second/final concrete float immediately to avoid damaging the pan.