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Hi, we are in the process of a bathroom remodel. Total gut except the ceiling. We want to put in just a shower with a bench. We were considering using a swanstone base with a tile bench abutting the base and tile walls. Is this ok to do? Or is it better to do a tile floor. We "think" that we prefer the swanstone floor since it will not require as much maintance and it stands to reason in our minds it would be less likly to leak. The contractor told us a tile floor is the way to go instead. What do you think we should do??

Second issue is we put on an 12 X15 addition on a deck system. The room in the winter is cold. Particularly the floor. We have a solid hardwood floor in the addition which opens to the kitchen. What options should we consider to get the floor warmer. Should we see if it even possible to put in spray foam, get a gas fire place or rip out the hardwoods and put in electric radiant heat with new flooring? Other ideas??

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Both the tile floor and the Swanstone floor is a good choice.  My thoughts on this floor is that the contractor does not have any ties to the product line and does not want to sell something he cannot make any money on.  Or perhaps he has never worked with these pre-fab shower bases before. I would go with what you want. Or if you settle you will never be happy later on.

As far as the deck floor.  I would suggest that you use a spray foam Closed Cell insulation for the floor and sill areas.  This will stop any drafts and heat loss. The R value is good. About R 7 per inch.  So you will get much better R value then if you used any other type of insulation. Plus you get the benefit of the air barrier properties that foam has to offer.

I would suggest that you consider perhaps a Mini Split Heat and AC system for the room. Samsung makes some of the best units available, but there are others as well that you can consider.

Hope this helps you out!


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