If your old shower tray has seen better days, can it be repaired or should it be replaced? We ask the experts…
When things need repairing or replacing around your home, it’s certainly handy when there’s an expert available to lend a helping hand.
Inevitably, at some point, products in your bathroom will begin looking their age and may need replacing due to general wear and tear. But, without a good knowledge of bathrooms, how do you know what can be easily fixed and what will need to be replaced entirely?
MyBuilder.com is a fabulous website, where you can ask these types of questions to experts in the trade. So, to help you get on with those little bathroom jobs, we’ve asked the MyBuilder.com experts some of the most common questions for you.
Continuing of our series of “ask the experts” tips and advice for your bathroom planning, we answer the question “Can I repair cracks in a plastic shower tray?”.
Can I repair cracks in a plastic shower tray?
Though there are acrylic repair kits that you can use to try and patch up scratches or cracks in a plastic shower tray, most tradespeople agree that replacing it is the best option in the long run, as the constant stress on any faults can quickly lead to leaks and further damage.
Photofinish Contracts state: “Probably not what you want to hear but generally plastic trays are not repairable. It is possible that if the tray is fibreglass you could cobble together something with a kit but it will probably look disastrous, and almost certainly will not last.”
Buy a shower tray
If you already know exactly what you want, you'll find a wide range of shower trays to suit shower enclosures and budgets of all sizes here at Victoria Plum.
However, if you’re looking to upgrade your shower tray or simply need some more advice, read our shower tray buying guide first.
Measuring for your shower tray
One of the main reasons why people end up returning or exchanging bathroom products is ordering the wrong size. When purchasing a new or replacement shower tray it’s vitally important you measure correctly.
Luckily, help is at hand. Read our blog post “How to measure for your shower tray” and get it right first time.
Fitting a shower tray
Shower trays are best installed by a professional bathroom fitter or plumber, but if you are a confident and experienced DIYer, you could ultimately save time and money by fitting it yourself.
Our guide to fitting a shower enclosure features step-by-step instructions on how to fit a shower tray with or without a riser kit.
Shower tray options
These days, there are plenty of options available when it comes to buying a new shower tray. We’d recommend reading the following before making your final choice:
- Bathroom safety without compromise from Mira Showers—we take a look at Mira Showers’ award-winning Flight Safe shower trays with excellent anti-slip and anti-bacterial properties
- Back to black: 6 magical monochrome touches for your bathroom—including black granite effect shower trays.
- How to install a wet room—discover just how easy it is to create a wet room which doesn’t require a conventional shower tray.
More questions about bathrooms?
Perhaps you’re thinking bigger than a mere shower tray replacement? If so, why not ask a question at MyBuilder.com? An expert will be on hand to give you some great advice.
Once you are armed with all the knowledge you need, post a job on MyBuilder.com. You can then choose from recommended Tradespeople in your area. Whichever you choose, it is better than taking a leap into the unknown.