How to Fix an Ugly Shower Pan

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Tired of looking at that ugly shower pan? Do you avoid looking down in the shower because it just looks gross and dingy? Whether your shower pan is baby blue or stained from years of use, there are ways to change the way it looks without replacing it. Read on to learn how to fix an ugly shower pan.

Quick Fix: Clean the Shower Pan

This sounds like an obvious solution, but when is the last time you thoroughly cleaned the shower pan? You might wipe it down once a week, but have you scrubbed around the drain? Replaced the caulking? Used baking soda and vinegar on set-in stains? See if you can scrub away the grime to reveal the beautiful shower pan below. This may not work for all situations, but it’s a good place to start.

Temporary Fix: Install a Shower Mat

If you don’t have the time or money to change the look of your shower pan, you can temporarily cover it with a shower mat. These are available in many different designs, including miniature wood pallets, rubber mats with suction cups, faux pebbles, and much more. The shower mat may not cover the entire shower pan, but it could cover the parts you don’t want to see for now. When your time or funds free up a bit more, you can upgrade to a better solution.

Affordable Fix: Refinish the Shower Pan

Shower pan refinishing is an affordable way to fix an ugly shower pan. There is no demolition involved, and the process only takes a few hours. A professional tub and tile refinisher will come in, prep the shower pan, apply a professional glaze over the surface, and leave it to cure. Within a few days, that glaze will harden to an extremely durable finish.

Shower pan refinishing is available in a range of colors. You could get a beautiful bright white shower pan, or you could get a faux stone finish in any color combination. Maryland Tub and Tile also offers tile refinishing, so you could transform the whole bathroom at the same time. This is the fast, easy, long-lasting solution for bathroom remodeling, and it is much more affordable than full-blown renovation.

Time-Consuming Fix: Replace the Shower Pan

There is of course one last solution – replace the shower pan entirely. This seems like an easy process at first glance, but we encourage you to proceed with caution. The actual shower pan won’t cost a lot of money. The labor involved with replacing it will.

If you’re not replacing the surrounding tile, there’s no guarantee the tile will align with the new shower pan. This is especially true for older homes, where the walls typically are not square. Getting the new shower pan to fit properly is going to be a nightmare. If this is the route you’re sure you want to take, be prepared for a costly and time-consuming commitment.

Get a Quote to Fix Your Ugly Shower Pan

Have you decided show pan refinishing is right for you? If so, contact Maryland Tub and Tile at 877-717-8827. We will gladly schedule an in-person quote to evaluate your shower pan and accurately predict the refinishing costs. We can also quote you for tile refinishing, countertop refinishing, sink refinishing, and a range of other services. Give us a call to start your affordable bathroom makeover.

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