WHY ARE SHOWER TRAY UPSTANDS IMPORTANT?

All our Acrylic Shower trays (as opposed to cheaper ABS plastic construction) are hygienic and very easy to clean, they can be repaired if scratched or chipped and will not discolour (go yellow) over time.

Our Acrylic Shower trays are fully self-supporting with a solid 3.2mm acrylic surface fibreglass backfill and a resin encapsulated board to spread weight and ensure strength and durability. In fact our shower trays have passed the rigorous Housing New Zealand durability test by surviving a cycle test of a 250 Kg weight being dropped onto the tray 5000 times.
This represents a tested lifespan of this shower tray design of 13.7 years, used once a day by a 250 KG person. No detrimental effect at all was observed to the surface or the structure of the shower tray.

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GOOD

4 Lip Shower trays

As the name suggests, these shower trays have a 20mm high upstand around the perimeter on all 4 sides of the tray.

The shower door and screens then sit inside these ‘upstands’ so that water cannot leak from any corner and is retained inside the shower box when in use.

All 4 sides of these trays are a ‘finished’ surface, meaning that the tray can be rotated for a variety of install situations to suit individual requirements and the visible surface is white acrylic..

BETTER

40 mm upstand Shower Trays (Dreamline)

A conventionally designed range of shower trays featuring an industry leading 40mm high ‘upstand’ behind the shower walls.

Sturdy design and construction, tested to extremes of usage, combine with elegant lines and a pure acrylic material to deliver not only a hygienic surface but also a fashionable and highly desirable shower tray.

Available in a wide range of sizes up to 1800mm x 900mm, these Dreamline shower trays are made to fit luxury installations and exude class and functionality.

BEST

FreeFlow Shower Trays

A design team was tasked to investigate ways of eliminating water leakage from shower trays. A common problem in New Zealand homes.

What they came up with was both very simple, but also extremely effective.

The Freeflow shower tray design has focused on eliminating the potential for capillary action, also known as wicking, which is where water can travel along and over obstacles in order to escape our attempts to contain it.

Freeflow shower trays do away with the flat area of a conventional shower tray, where capillary action can sometimes occur. A 40mm upstand is a key component of this design, and combined with the free-flowing nature of the design, allows water to flow freely from the wall linings into the drainage area of the shower tray. There is no obstruction to the flow of water, and therefore no chance of capillary action.

A. 40mm Upstand

B&C. Resin encapsulated Chipboard – spreads the load.

D. Freeflow – No horizontal lip for water to sit on.

E. Sloping step that fits under door and return (Flows water from the edge of the tray)

F. Finished 2mm edge