What is the difference between a shower pan and a shower base?

What is the difference between a shower pan and a shower base?

If you’ve recently begun a bathroom remodel, most notably a new shower installation, your head is likely spinning with all of the bathtub remodeling lingo out there. “Shower pan” and “shower base,” for instance, are often interchanged when they don’t mean the same thing! So what is the difference between a shower pan and a shower base? Read on to find out!

What Do They Do?

While a shower pan and a shower base both channel water into the drain, there’s one key difference: “Shower pan” is the actual shower floor that you step on, whereas “shower base” refers to the structure underneath the shower itself.

What Are They Made Of?

Both shower bases and shower pans are made of waterproof materials, but since they serve different purposes, they require different construction. Since shower bases are a substructure, they’re typically made of cement mortar. And since shower pans are the part of the shower you actually see and step on, they’re usually constructed from acrylic, metal, stone, ceramic, or fiberglass.

How Are They Installed?

As a substructure, the shower base is installed beneath the shower pan itself. It’s usually slightly sloped so as to allow water to flow freely into the drain. The shower pan, usually a single-unit piece, is installed atop the shower base. Tiled shower walls or fiberglass panels are usually installed surrounding the shower pan to create a full shower.

Finally, shower installation terms demystified! There you have the difference between a shower pan and a shower base. If your head’s still spinning with a DIY shower installation, get in touch with the professionals at BathWraps—we can complete it in as little as one day!