When choosing the material for shower trays, benches and walls, it is important that it has low porosity, that is, absorbs as little moisture as possible. It is also important that droplets from the walls do not seep through the joints into the microscopic cracks between the bath components. Acrylic solid surface is a perfect material for shower trays. A custom-made acrylic stone shower pad will cost more than a factory-made one. Well-known manufacturers of acrylic stone sell ready-made shower trays in various sizes and shapes. A standard factory-made acrylic shower tray will be cheaper than a fabricated at a workshop, so it is a good idea to consult the catalogues of acrylic stone companies first.
Acrylic solid surface can be used to create a shower tray of any shape and size. It can be joined to the shower walls with no gaps and no visible marks, and the joints can be rounded through desirable radius. Acrylic shower pads can be combined with other materials such as quartz, ceramics, sintered stone and porcelain. These materials can also be used to line the shower floor. Any type of artificial stone is perfect in the shower. Artificial stone has almost zero absorbency, so it does not mold and is easy to clean.
Natural stone in the showers can look impressive, but it is not very practical if used frequently. To maintain the perfect look of natural stone, it needs to be impregnated regularly, and moisture should not be allowed to linger on the surface. Otherwise, the stone will become stained and mould may appear. All natural stones are porous and water can penetrate them easily. Despite these drawbacks, it is possible to carve a one-piece shower tray from a natural stone block. Any stone material is suitable for shower walls, but for areas in contact with water, artificial stone is more practical. Natural stone is more convenient in dry areas.