The selection of shower bases and wall panels is an extremely important piece in the hospital or university bathroom design puzzle. Because it is a highly used area, both universities and hospitals require a solution that is safe, durable, and easy to maintain. Solid surface showers offer a near-perfect answer to the question: What type of shower fits the bill?
Let’s review a few things a university or hospital builder/architect needs to know when selecting a shower solution.
The Material and Look
Solid surface is manufactured from natural pigments and natural mineral fillers, creating a hard synthetic material that’s ideal for shower bases and walls. Due to the manufactured nature of solid surface, the color is consistent throughout the product and it is offered in multiple colors and patterns. As a result, solid surface showers can fit the visual requirements for any look or design, even very high-end projects.
Non-Porous and Germ-Free
By design, solid surface material is non-porous, which means it is not prone to harboring bacteria or mold. With frequent usage by students or patients, keeping a safe and germ-free shower is extremely important.
Durability and Maintenance
Institutions need showers that have an extended life as well as a simple maintenance program. Solid surface showers are high-quality and long lasting, due to their synthetic nature. The material is very easy to clean and maintain—no grout lines to scrub, and a simple sponge with soapy water will do the trick in terms of standard cleaning. Additionally, solid surface is impact resistant, with no permanent staining due to its non-porous quality. Combine a regular cleaning schedule with the fact that any minor damage can be easily sanded away, and essentially, these showers can always look like new!
Although the solid surface shower installation requires a professional, no finishing material is needed, providing a grout-free and sealing-free project. Looking beyond the initial installation, there is no need to fix any loose tiles or perform re-grouting in the future. Although solid surface might cost a bit more for up front, particularly in comparison to tile applications, institutions typically save time and money in the long run.
Often, the design of solid surface showers are geared toward flexibility and customization, which fit with the wide ranging needs of universities and hospitals. Solid surface designs certainly offer standard solutions but also allow for flexibility in design with customizable shapes and sizes of bases, walls, and fittings to meet with any requirements. Drain locations, pan sizes, thickness of walls, and entries, such as a step-in curb or roll-in ramp, are completely customizable. Solid surface showers also offer ADA-compliant designs, perfect for fitting the potential needs of patients and students.
Bottom line, when universities and hospitals are considering shower needs in their facilities, the material that offers quality, durability, and flexibility will come out on top. Solid surface showers offer a complete solution to both institutions’ core needs and requirements.
Can we help with your current healthcare or university project? We have two valuable resources; University Bathing 101 and Hospital Showers 101 – both e-books are free and provide helpful information to guide you through the decision process.