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What is typically included in a Wedi shower system?

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Wedi's shower systems, which it guarantees as 100 percent waterproof, include a shower pan with drain assembly, three 80-inch high wall panels, foam curb, joint sealant, fasteners, a putty knife and installation DVD. Custom features such as soap niches and shower seating are also available. Wedi shower system wall panels are 2 inches thick and rot-proof, have an XPS extruded polystyrene foam core, which does not generate dust when cut, and are ready for tiling upon installation, according to Wedi.

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Wedi also markets a bathtub replacement kit for turning a bathtub into a glass-block, doorless shower. This shower system includes assembled modular walls, finishing grout, anchors and silicone.

The advantages of Wedi shower systems include a very strong caulking that tightly seals its system components and the weight of its components, which is much lighter than traditional shower materials such as cement board, making installation easier and quicker, according to Wedi dealers. Wedi board shower panels are also non-porous and fully waterproof, while cement board is water stable. Water stable materials don't fall apart or warp when exposed to water, but they do allow water to penetrate, so they require waterproofing. Waterproofing cement board is not difficult, however, and various products, including Wedi Subliner Dry, are available for coating shower wall boards.

The traditional vapor membrane and mudset pan shower is approximately 50 percent cheaper than a Wedi shower system, though it takes substantially longer to complete. Wedi shower systems are available online at WediShowerSystems.com

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