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A little known fact is that a typical home shower will encounter more water in a years time than the wettest rain forest receives durring
the year.  To best withstand this onslot of water, without leaks, Rembrandt offers the finest quality cast one-piece solid surface shower pans made specifically for this purpose.

Since the early part of 2000, Rembrandt has been providing its clients with the industry’s most durable, seamless, non-grouted,
non-porous, hygienic, and easy to clean and maintain shower systems
available.  They are a cast, one-piece, solid surface
shower pan and wall surround panels.  Today, Rembrandt offers the choice of 20 standard shapes PLUS the ability to make
truly custom shapes and size shower pans.


Cast One-Piece Solid Surface Shower Pans offer many advantages over other types of shower pans, including:
  1. Seamless, monolithic casting
  2. Large Variety of Shapes and Sizes
  3. Hygenic – Will not support the growth of mild, fungi, mildue, etc.
  4. Non-Textured Slip Resistant Floor
  5. Low Threshold for Easy Access
  6. Non-Porous – Resists Water Penitration
  7. Non-Staining
  8. Repairable
  9. Variety of Color Choices




One of the many benefits of using solid surface wall panels is that the panels have no grout.  Besides the cracking, loosening, and
breaking away that occurs with grout, a solid surface wall is non-porous.  This one feature eliminates the potential for water
penetrating to the back of the panel and the growth of mold, black algae, and rotting of wood studs.


There are a number of choices for shower bases.  Other than coated and sealed surfaces, they include tile,
cultured marble, fiberglass, acrylic, fabricated solid surface, stone, and cast one-piece solid surface shower pans.

Tiled shower bases have been around for years and are still popular today.  Their biggest benefit offers the
ability to provide a base for any shower size and shape.  As each installation is handmade, the primary cost
is the labor to create the base.  In order to avoid leakage, tiled installations require a membrane between the
sub-floor and the tile to direct water that comes through the tile and grouted joints, back to the drain. 
Many times, the failure of this type of base is the leaking of the membrane over time.

True solid surface is a homogeneous material that is made in a vacuum to eliminate voids and trapped gasses. 
It is 100% repairable should chipping or cracking ever take place.  It is hygienically safe, in that it is non-porous
and does not support the growth of mold or mildew.  Unlike cultured marble manufacturing techniques, true solid surface uses the highest quality resins available (also the highest cost) and doesn’t have a gel-coated surface.  Typically, gel-coated products are not repairable and will yellow, even in the box before exposure to ultraviolet
light.  Some of the gel coated products may have the solid surface look, but do not have the strength,
reparability, and long-term durability that true solid surface offers.  These products are found by many different names, including cultured granite.  One manufacturer includes chopped fiberglass in its matrix to increase
strength, making their product a thin-walled hybrid.

If you are considering other manufacturers of solid surface shower pans, there are several things you should understand about fabricated verses Rembrandt’s cast one-piece construction.  Corian and most of the other
solid surface manufacturers only manufacture 30” wide sheets and most of the time the sheet is 1/2" thick. 
Thus, with any shower pan fabricated from sheet goods and wider than 30”, the pan’s floor will have a seam.  Additionally, with fabricated pans there are no areas of the pan where the wall thickness is greater than 1/2".

Also the fabricated pan’s sloped floor is thermally formed.  If the side walls and curb (threshold) of the pan
are an integral part of the floor material, the thermal forming of the vertical material will cause the wall
thickness to thin when stretched.  The amount of thinning is dependent on the draft angle of the side and
its vertical draw.  Thermal forming may introduce stresses into the material and possibly make the material
brittle.  All of these conditions may contribute to a shorter pan life compared to our cast shower pans.

An alternative to thermal forming the fabricated pan’s side walls and curb is to bond them to the pan floor. 
Although seams are strong, installers have reported pan failures at fabricated seams, probably caused by
stress points in the fabricated pan.  Finally, the bottom of the thermal formed or bonded fabricated pan has
to be supported in some fashion.  The support is either created by the fabricator or by the installer.  If it is
done by the fabricator, using solid surface material, there will be stress points between the pan floor and
support elements.  These could cause cracking and failure.  If the support structure is created by the
installer, installation time and cost will increase.

Acrylic shower pans verses solid surface shower pans have very different physical characteristics.  Although
it is true that the resin in acrylic and 100% acrylic solid surface products are the same, the ATH
(alumina-tri-hydrate) in solid surface makes the two very different.  Royal Stone’s formulation is an
acrylic-polyester blend of resins.  This blend enhances the chemical resistance of the finished product without diminishing any of the other characteristics of all solid surface brands, including Royal Stone®.  This chemical resistance difference has a profound effect on the choice of cleaning chemicals used.  Many commercial
cleaners are NOT recommended for use with acrylic pans as they can cause cracking.  Acrylic pans are thermal formed.  The thermal forming process heats and stretches the sheet material to form the three dimensional
pan.  This stretching and deformation of the sheet thins out the wall thickness of the material in spots and
ads stresses to the sheet in the process.  None of these changes occur in Royal Stone’s casting process.

Finally, compare the wall thickness and structural support system of Royal Stone’s pans to other pans in the market.  Hands down, Rembrandt pans are heavier and stronger than all the other pans currently in the
market.  They are engineered to feel solid and not flex, even under extreme loading.  The structural integrity
and strength of the pan’s ledge is designed to support all wall surround systems (including tile, solid surface,
glass block, and stone).

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