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Barrier Free Wheelchair Accessible Disability Shower - Maple Ridge modern-bathroom

Barrier Free Wheelchair Accessible Disability Shower - Maple Ridge

My customer is handicapped and sits in a wheelchair. Her old shower was a prefabricated molded shower including a shower pan with an over 6 inch high curb and a metal framed shower enclosure. It was very difficult for her to get in and out.

The target was to create a barrier free shower which nevertheless holds a bit of water while she can sit in it having a shower. The door opening is wider as normal and the doors open like French doors to the inside as well as to the outside. This makes it easier for her to operate the doors from her wheelchair and also to get in and out. The shower door opening is wide enough to roll in with the wheelchair so she can have a shower while sitting in her wheelchair if wished or needed.

The floor tiles inside the shower are pretty slippery, this makes it easier for her to move around with her legs. She also uses soap to make it more slippery. For the outer floor we used non-slip tiles to make sure the wheelchair stays safe when she is leaving it to have a shower.

The inner shower floor as well as the outer floor are heated by an electrical floor heating system which makes it very comfortable for her to sit on the floor.

The baseboard is made from the same tile as the floor tiles and the corners between the baseboard and the floor are sealed with 100% silicone in grout color. All tile edges are covered by Schluter Rondec profiles.

- The shower walls are built and waterproofed with the Wedi System.
- The shower floor is concrete and waterproofed with red guard.
- All corners inside the shower are waterproofed wit Mapeeband.
- All corners are caulked with 100% silicone in grout color.
- Both the inner and the outer shower floor are electric heated.


Someone was asking: - "?they caulked with 100% silicone in grout color-Is this a good option or benefit????

Here is the answer: - Every material has different characteristics. Some materials expand more and other expand less under the influence of heat, water etc.

To allow such expansions without any damage to the tile work, every joint in a corner or between two different materials has to be "free" from any rigid material like thinset or grout and has to be filled with a flexible/delectable material.

Very common is acrylic based caulk however this material is not very flexible and also water-soluble. Therefore we use 100% silicone. The benefit of silicone is : It is water resistant, high flexible and bonds very well. It is also available in many grout colors, so one applied you will not really notice that the joints are caulced.

You'll find more information on our website: http://www.3d-tile-design.ca

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