Things to Know about ADA Compliance and Curb-less Shower Installation
Your showers measurements are key when thinking about installing a curbless shower.
Keep this in mind – since the floor at the entrance of the shower has to be even with the room floor, the larger the shower, the easier it is to slope the floor to the drain and not have any water issues. Also, larger shower floor also makes it easier for a person in a wheel chair to move around inside the shower. That doesn’t mean a small bathroom can’t have a curb-less shower. But it does mean your tile setter will probably have to change the slope of all or most of the bathroom floor to make it work in a small space. This then means the bathroom becomes more of a wet room – the entire bathroom essentially being a big shower.
The standard measurement to look for is 30 inches deep and 60 inches long but 36 inches should really be considered the minimum depth for any curb-less shower – unless you go with the wet room idea. If you’re installing an ADA shower in a business then that’s a different ball game. ADA compliance codes are strict and vary from place to place. I have become familiar with ADA compliance codes here in Salem Oregon but check out the codes for your area. If you’re considering remodeling your bathroom for wheelchair accessibility then here is a diagram that may be helpful.
Don’t Forget These Important Details
Shower head type and also the location of the shower head are important as well.
One of the biggest reasons a curbless shower is not a do-it-yourself job is that the floor must be reengineered and dropped. Additional framing must be added to account for the depth of the new shower. For a concrete slab, the concrete would need to be removed.
If you have any other questions about curbless, zero threshold, or ADA showers please feel free call call me or send me a message at 503.851.8489.