Canadian bath brand WETSTYLE has introduced a new collection of textured shower bases as part of its Feel collection of pre-cast products.
With its single slab construction and customizable availability, Feel embodies the leading edge of shower base design and installation by leveraging refined moulding techniques that enable textures to be replicated on shower base surfaces, the Montréal, Canada-based company says.
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“Newly refined manufacturing techniques have filled in the gap between previously uninspiring pre-cast shower bases and expensive, complicated tiled-in solutions,” says Mark Wolinsky, president of WETSTYLE. “The ability to custom-cut the pre-cast bases also makes them compatible with odd-sized or unique spaces, where tiled-in shower bases were previously the only available option.”
Developed from a high-density stone and resin composite, products in the Feel collection replicate the textures of concrete and slate. And because each piece is made from a single slab of material, it significantly reduces laborious installation time and costs associated with traditional acrylic or tile-based shower floors. Additionally, FEEL shower bases are plumbing-code compliant and are fitted to North American market standards, with ample surrounding flat edges to allow for installation of standard shower enclosures.
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“Tiled-in showers require several days of work by a variety of tradesmen, which can be a very expensive proposition,” Édouard Bourgault-Parisé, WETSTYLE’s creative and marketing director, says. “Pre-cast Feel shower bases can be installed within a day, by a single team, which dramatically reduces both time and cost.”
The company says the line’s one-piece construction also reduces the risk of water leaks associated with multi-layered tiled-in solutions. With no seams, joints, or grout, FEEL’s barrier-free construction eliminates the need for waterproof membranes, hot mopping, and slope construction.
Feel shower bases are available in neutral shades of white, grey, and black, and come with matching (in texture and color) drain covers that seamlessly blend for a unified look. For medium and large-scale projects, the dimensions, colors, drain grids, textures, and even logos can be fully customized. Designers may also order the bases pre-cut in standard sizes at the factor, or they may have their contractor custom-cut the bases on site to accommodate non-standard dimensions, or angled walls.
WETSTYLE says the ADA-compliant Feel collection embraces safety and wellbeing and features anti-slip textures and is certified for antibacterial/anticorrosion treatment. Additionally, with no grout lines, the shower bases significantly reduce soap scum buildup and are easy to clean using a mild and neutral cleaning agent. The product’ color uniformity and composition ensure easy repair of scratches or chips, without lingering visual scars.
“Since introducing our CUBE collection in 2002, WETSTYLE products have been at the forefront of North American bathroom trends,” adds Édouard Bourgault-Parisé. “FEEL is a continuation of that positioning and introduces a collection reflective of European design, yet perfectly adapted to North American standards and tastes.”
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