How to choose a suitable shower tray for your bathroom
Having a good command of the materials available in the range of shower trays is key to making the right choice which matches with the project that is to be carried out.
Opting for a shower tray in a project is not only an aesthetic decision but also technical. The limitations in terms of installation and the material choice in which it is manufactured, are two of the most relevant variables in a wet space where ensuring resistance, long-lasting features and people safety is a must.
It is also essential to take the space we have into account to know if we need a standard size or a cut-to-size shower tray. As well as that, the position of the water drain also plays a major role in case we need a shower tray at ground level, since we have to make sure that there is enough space for the water drain and its inclination.
What are the options when it comes to opting for a shower tray?
We offer a wide range of possibilities regarding shower equipment; from recessed shower trays at ground level to the inclusion of textures and finishes which find their inspiration in stone and natural wood.
Beyond the aesthetic and shape of the shower tray, nowadays several different materials are offered that we must know about before taking any decision, not only because of the aesthetic they convey, but also because they will have a direct influence on the handling and maintenance requirements.
Resin and mineral shower trays
Their composition combines resins and natural minerals. It is essential for the quality of the tray that the mineral material selection is good quality so that the final product offers the greatest guarantees, and also in the correct proportion so that the shower tray maintains the lightness, flexibility, stability and tolerance.
Our Noken Mineral Stone series is incredibly lightweight and extra thin, without sacrificing resistance and durability. The range is available in several Finish Studio finishes, and pieces can be cut to size as the colour runs through the whole body.
It's also environmentally friendly thanks to our ECO Stone technology. The use of recycled materials (60% recycled white marble, 30% eco-resin and 10% mineral perlite) allows us to reduce the tons of waste that end up in the oceans and seas.
Slate. The Mineral Stone shower trays from Noken, made of resin and mineral, covered with the Gel Coat treatment on its surface that provides antibacterial treatment and greater anti-slip performance
Slate shower tray in Finish Studio, the personalised aesthetic that reproduces natural finishes
Flax fibre shower trays
Light Stone shower trays by Noken are made in flax fibre compact as opposed to conventional wood, so have less of an environmental impact, and they're coated with our non-slip Gel Coat surface to make them extra safe. A range of lightweight shower trays available in several colours. They're waterproof, highly resistant to heat and chemicals, and are easy to clean, repair and maintain.
Zen. Light Stone shower tray, with a flax fibre body and Gel Coat surface coating.
Flax fibre acrylic shower trays
Acrylic shower trays are a step forward in bathroom comfort. They're lighter than ceramic shower trays, making them easier to handle and install, are warm to the touch and look great. They're also highly resistant to blows. The only disadvantage is they cannot be cut to custom size.
Work model, composed of flax fibre on an acrylic base.
Ceramic shower trays
It is the classic shower tray. Its benefits and advantages are hygiene, easy to clean and chemical resistance; they also offer competitive prices. The downside is that they are less light and fragile compared to other options, resulting in an increase in handling costs in the installation, and they can be more easily damaged by knocks as well. As well as that, the finish is colder and more slippery, and they are only available in white.