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Learn More About Choosing a Shower Base

A shower base is one aspect of bathroom renovation that’s easy to forget about until you have to make a decision. Luckily, Detroit Tubs is here to help homeowners in Macomb, Wayne, and Oakland Counties. Our team will explain the difference between shower pans and shower bases and help you make the best decision for your needs. You could choose the most affordable option, or you might decide to splurge on something that ups the aesthetic appeal of your space. Whatever the case, our team can help every step of the way.

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What Is a Shower Base?

The terms “shower base” and “shower pan” are often used interchangeably. However, a shower base typically refers to the structure underneath the shower floor. On the other hand, shower pans are the part placed on top of the base that might match the surrounding walls.

No matter the material you choose, you can always count on quality when you work with Detroit Tubs. We only offer top-notch materials, and we provide shower bases built to stand the test of time. Our team strives to provide convenient service, whether you’re restoring your current shower or working on a complete gut of your bathroom.

An Array of Material Options

Shower bases come in a range of materials, all with their own unique advantages. Our knowledgeable team would be happy to explain the pros and cons of each option. Below, you’ll get an idea of the most popular materials:


Tile is a tried-and-true bathroom flooring option. This material allows you to have lots of control when it comes to the size and shape of the shower base. However, tile may require additional maintenance as it can stain easily.


Stone is another excellent material for shower bases. Natural stone bases offer durability and tend to resist mold and mildew. While you'll save money on maintenance, stone bases do have a higher initial price tag.


If you're looking for something a little less expensive, acrylic is a good option. Acrylic can be customized in a range of colors, sizes, and textures to match the rest of your bathroom's aesthetic.


Fiberglass shower pans are the most cost-effective options. In fact, you may be able to find one ready to install at your local home improvement store. However, they're prone to staining, and you may need a replacement sooner rather than later.

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