Tile-Redi shower pans vs. Kerdi
I was ready to build a shower stall using the Schluter/Kerdi system with their pre-sloped pan but then I saw the Tile-Redi pre-sloped shower pans. The Tile-Redi seems a little easier as it is all molded out of one piece of plastic, drain and all. You drop in place and tile on it using their mastic which they send with all their pans. The height of the drain grate is adjustable for any thickness tile. Now I just dont know what to do, I had read all the John Bridge stuff regarding Kerdi and it seemed great. I’m just looking to do the best job I can, as easily as I can, with the best system. Anybody have any thoughts?
All the showers I have built have been custom and, for the most part, irregular in shape.
So I really prefer a traditional sloped mud bed.
I did build one big shower in the last custom home I built and the customers had already purchased a presloped pan made of plastic and I wasn't too impressed....it was kind of counter-intuitive, to me anyway, to use a flexible material for the pan, which, because of the large footprint of the shower, required extending the slope to meet the walls.
I suppose it really doesn't matter for the most part what you use....a lot of the John Bridge folks use the premade slopes....but the Kerdi drain unit is very good quality and is very easy to set using a mud bed...
So, before I get too carried away, I'm not familiar with the drain unit you're thinking of using....it may be fine.
I do know that doing a mud bed is pretty easy and durable and a solid base for the tile and when the floor, walls and curb and niches, etc., are water-proofed with Kerdi, the shower is one that's easy to tile and should outlast the owners.