How Much Does It Cost to Install or Replace a Shower Pan?

by Team HomeServe
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Installing a new shower pan is a good way to give your existing shower a new lease on life. It can improve the look of your bathroom, reduce or prevent leaks and make taking a shower feel more luxurious, too.

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The cost to install a new shower pan can vary depending on the type of pan you choose and whether you're replacing an existing one or building a new shower.

How Much Does Shower Pan Replacement Cost?

If you're considering having a new shower installed or even just upgrading an old one, it's worth paying attention to the shower pan. According to Fixr, the average cost to install a shower pan is about $100 (CAD 135) if you purchase a ready-made model.

Typical costs can range from about $100 to $1,200 (CAD 135 to CAD 1,600), depending on where you live and the type of shower pan you choose. Expect to pay towards the top end of the scale to install a custom shower pan.

Homeowners should remember that the shower pan is just one part of the job; if you're considering a full shower remodel, you may incur additional costs, such as the shower head and plumbing.

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How Much Does It Cost to Install a Tile Shower Pan?

In general, the cost to install tile shower pans is higher than that of installing a standard pan. Each type of shower pan has its own benefits and downsides:

  • Tile-ready shower pans are more expensive, but they’re the most customizable and visually appealing.
  • Fiberglass pans are more affordable but may scratch or fade more easily.
  • An acrylic pan costs slightly more than fiberglass, but it’s more durable and hard-wearing.
  • Hot mop shower pans cost relatively little and offer very good waterproofing but are more functional than fashionable.
  • Mud-set shower pans are more costly, but they can be used as a base for tiles, too.

Fiberglass and acrylic shower pans will be the cheapest to install. Installing a mud-set shower pan is significantly more expensive, especially if you intend to use a cement base for tiling instead of a regular shower pan. Generally, you should expect to pay around $300 (CAD 405) to purchase and install a ready-to-tile shower pan, including the cost of tiling.

The cost to install shower pans will also be influenced by how much preparatory work is required. Removing an old, tired-looking pan to install a new one will cost less than installing an entirely new pan in a bathroom that has not been tiled and prepared to accept a shower.

What Impacts the Cost to Install Shower Pans?

Shower pan replacement costs can be impacted by several things, including the size of the shower and whether there's other work to be done at the same time. Mudrooms or wet rooms — which involve more widespread waterproofing — cost more than standard trays. In most cases, installing a shower pan is part of a wider shower installation that includes tiles, a glass door, plumbing and more, so the cost of the shower pan itself may be wrapped up in a broader estimate from your contractor.

All CAD conversions are based on the exchange rate on the date of publication.