Tub to Shower | Linear Shower Drain Remodel

Written by Jody Fisk

April 28, 2020

Quick Drain USA now offers a more AFFORDABLE linear shower drain, the SHOWERLINE drain for residential construction for both Curbless & Curbless Showers.

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History

Linear shower drains have been manufactured for many years. Until recently they were used mostly for commercial and industrial applications. In recent years, however, linear shower drains have been finding their way into our homes, providing a sleek alternative to circular center drains for shower drainage.

Linear shower drains are stylish and provide a simple way to create accessible, curbless showers. A linear shower drain only requires a single sloping plane.  This makes for easier navigation when in the shower.  This single slope direction also provides a more stable surface for a wheelchair user than the conical shaped slope which is required by traditional center-drains.

Style

Most people today still choose linear shower drains because they provide the foundation for creating a stylish shower.  They offer a clean, elegant look for both curbed and curbless showers. The flat plane of the shower floor allows the installation of large-format tiles, which expands design possibilities even further. Also, linear drains can be made practically invisible through the use of a tile-top strainer in place of a conventional metal grate or strainer. In this configuration, drain water seems to vanish as it exits through the open grout joints surrounding the drain. Linear Drains offer an almost endless shower design options.

Installation Showerline Linear Drain System for a curbless shower – Wood Subfloor

One of the most common remodel projects is converting a 60 inch bathtub into a shower.

You can create either a curbless or curbed linear drain shower.  However, the layout and material differ.

Curbless Linear Showers typically have the drain body at the entrance or the back wall of the shower.

When the drain body is placed at the entrance, floor system modification typically is not required.

ADA Linear Drain Slope

ADA Linear Drain Slope

CURBED LINEAR DRAIN SYSTEMS typically have drains that are located on either the RIGHT or LEFT side of the shower. 

The drain body is layed into the “frame” of the sloping panels.

Curbed Linear Shower Drain

Curbed Linear Shower Drain

Curbless vs Curbed Shower

EXAMPLE: 60″ Tub to Shower Conversion

CURBLESS

4 CURBLESS Shower Components Required:

Drain Body + Drain Cover + ADA Sloping Panels + Waterproofing

HINT: SHOWER WIDTH determines DRAIN BODY LENGTH

#1 – Drain Body | You need a drain body that is approximately the length of the bathtub you are replacing.  The most common bathtub length in the USA is 60 inches.

Shower Length between 56 – 64″ | CLICK HERE

#2 – Drain Cover | If you’re choosing a PVC5664 drain body then you will want a 64″ drain cover.  Drain covers can easily be cut on-site for a custom fit.

#3 – ADA Sloping Panels | Standard kits have a depth of up to 48″, which can be easily cut with a utility knife.  For showers deeper than 48″, panel extensions are available.

#4 – Waterproofing | Choose either membrane or liquid waterproofing.

 

ALREADY KNOW YOUR DRAIN BODY SIZE?  ALL MATERIAL FOR YOUR SHOWER CAN BE FOUND ON THE DRAIN BODY PRODUCT PAGE.

CURBED

4 CURBED Shower Components Required:

Drain Body + Drain Cover + CURBED Sloping Panels + Waterproofing

HINT: SHOWER DEPTH determines DRAIN BODY LENGTH

#1 – Drain Body | You need a drain body that is approximately the DEPTH of the bathtub you are replacing.  The most common bathtub depths in the USA are between 30-34 inches.

Shower Depth ≤ 32″ | CLICK HERE

Shower Depth ≥ 32″ | CLICK HERE

#2 – Drain Cover | If you’re choosing a PVC2432 drain body then you will want a 32″ drain cover.  Drain covers can easily be cut on-site for a custom fit.

#3 – Curbed Sloping Panels | Standard kits are 64″ wide along the front

#4 – Waterproofing | Choose either membrane or liquid waterproofing.

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