How to use acrylic caulk for prefabricated shower installations
If you’re thinking of replacing your old shower or bath with a new, prefabricated installation, you will want to take a different approach. This is because prefab showers simply need to be fitted into your bathroom space, requiring a sealant only around the outside pieces. An acrylic-based caulk works well when used between dryer spaces that are still within the vicinity of moisture, such as wall and ceiling joints. A silicone shower caulk, on the other hand, is more resistant to water and lasts longer, so it should be your first choice for shower floors or tiles.
Shower sealant for prefabricated shower doors
If you’ve opted for a premade choice, you will need to know what style you want, what the dimensions of your bathroom space are, and what shower sealant you will need. To build your new shower insert, complete the following steps:
- Measure, measure, measure. Knowing your exact dimensions and the placement of your new shower will help speed up the process.
- Prepare the current walls with a primer to lock out moisture. Your new shower will fit into this space so you want to make sure that no water can get through the frame. This will protect against mold, mildew, and wear and tear.
- Insert the plumbing holes. Whether your prefab shower is going into a new space or an older one, ensure that your design accounts for the location of the drain. This way you or your plumber can place the holes in the right locations prior to the shower installation.
- Level the unit and make sure it lines up as measured.
- Apply Loctite Polyseamseal Tub & Tile Adhesive Caulk to the area where the shower doors will sit. Then install the walls and doors of the shower.
- Add a layer of caulking around the drain and fixtures. Once the sealant is dry, you’re ready to start using your shower!