Builders and contractors understand the saying that “the devil is in the details,” but what does this mean? Simply put, the biggest construction disasters have been caused by the smallest problems that have gone unnoticed. For example, a minor crack in the water pipes can snowball into thousands of dollars worth of water damage.
In fact, water damage might be considered a slow killer for some residential and industrial builds depending on the type of material it was constructed with. In most cases, a great deal of it will be wood. Very few builds are constructed in 100% stone, even in the dankest regions. This is because there is the interior to consider as well.
Builders have the option of using a wide array of materials. For the lower-grade projects, the most perishable materials will be used. What this means is that over a period of time, these materials may have to be replaced. If not, its purpose will no longer function properly. This may lead to costly damages to a dwelling.
What is the point in knowing all of this information? It is because it’s important to understand why as a builder or contractor, one should never overlook the minor details such as shower curbs.
What is a Shower Curb?
A shower curb is more like a shower dam to keep water from leaking from the shower onto the floor that can eventually seep through the floor causing major water damage. The type of water damage that can incur can de-seal cheap flooring, causing the edges of laminate flooring to peel up. This can result in someone tripping and seriously injuring him or herself.
If not quickly attended to, water on the floor can seep through causing the subfloors to rot. If the bathroom is located upstairs, the water can bleed right through the floor and onto the ceiling creating a hideous watermark. Now, if the bathroom is located downstairs, the rotting subfloors can create an easier doorway for creepy crawlers and critters to enter since it’s closer to the ground. If all this is left unchecked, this could also reduce the resale value of a dwelling and increasing any existing repair costs.
Examples of Bathrooms Without a Shower Curb
There are some overseas bathrooms that are designed as a 3-in-1 bathroom. There is no shower curb to separate one space from the other. This is meant to reserve space as some countries are highly populated with limited space. As a result, a toilet may be placed in the shower with the sink inches away. Instead of having a shower curb, the drain is located in the center of the small space. In these instances, a more durable building material is sometimes incorporated into a bath. Other times, not so but this is all determined on the budget of the build as well as where it is.
Not everyone, especially Westerners are fond of having a 3-in-1 bathroom. In fact, some even prefer that the toilet has it’s own room and in most cases, the shower too!
The Advantages of Shower Curbs
The shower curb not only serves as a dam, it also acts as a separator, rightfully distinguishing the shower from the rest of the bathroom. It actually serves as a threshold separating one damp floor from a dry area. Like any other threshold, it will receive a lot of wear and tear. Being in a damp area, it is more susceptible to rot.
Types of Material Used for Bathrooms
The following type of material is typically used for bathroom builds. As some of these could very well last for infinity, they have some disadvantages while others may need replaced just because they look old and worn.
- Fiberglass – The least expensive, but will crack and fade over a period of time.
- Porcelain – Also inexpensive, but a bit heavier and can rust and chip underneath the surface after awhile.
- Acrylic – Basically a reinforced piece of fiberglass, but stronger in durability.
- Cast iron – This is about as durable as one can get for a lasting material. However, cast iron is typically used for tubs, not showers.
Better Materials for Shower Curbs
If you want the peace of mind knowing that no complaints of water damage caused from the leakage of a cheap shower curb will come back to haunt you, considering investing in building materials that will last. Here is a short list of a few stronger and more durable building material that one might want to incorporate into their building projects:
- Stone – That’s it! We’re basically talking about a rock here, so aside from the diamond, there’s no other type of building material that has proven to stand the test of time in regards to its durability. Stone is also a versatile mineral that has several types of classifications that are then separated into their own categories. This is because it is an organic substance that is formed based on certain properties that may include other stones, land or marine fossils.
Here are some examples of different types of stone that can be made into a beautiful long-lasting shower curb:
To learn more about these types of stones for shower curbs, visit Stonexchange website, a manufacturer and wholesaler of marble windowsills and thresholds.
More About Stonexchange
Stonexchange is a natural stone accessory company located in Miami, Florida that specializes in the mass distribution of thresholds and windowsills. We have an abundant array of thresholds in different types of stone and colors that are in high demand in today’s market. We also distribute natural stone soap shelves and shower seats. Our company also delivers throughout the United States as well as overseas.
So, don’t overlook the small things and let the details destroy your reputation as a master builder or contractor. If you are interested in learning more about the kinds of natural stone that we stock and would like to place an order for thresholds, call us today at 1-305-731-2400 or contact us online.