Concrete Shower Floors

November 5, 2022

Concrete is an extremely durable, low-cost solution for a shower floor. Other than the usual prep work and materials, installing a concrete shower floor isn’t much different from installing any other type of flooring. 

Concrete shower floors are not just for basements and unfinished spaces. They can add value to your home and create a unique shower experience. 

Keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of a concrete shower floor, installation tips, and the types of concrete to use.

What Is A Concrete Shower Floor?

A concrete shower floor is a poured, water-resistant flooring option. They are typically inexpensive, durable, and low-maintenance.

There are two ways to install a concrete shower floor. You can either pour a concrete slab or use pre-mixed concrete shower floor kits.

Let’s start with the slab. A concrete slab is a solid base made from concrete. You’ll need to spread a layer of gravel over the subfloor and then pour the concrete. Pre-mixed kits, on the other hand, come with everything you need to make your floor. You simply need to pour the mixture in place.

Which Type of Concrete for Your Shower Floor?

There are three types of concrete you can use to create a shower floor: wet-cast concrete, dry concrete, and premixed concrete mix.

  • Wet-cast concrete: This type of concrete is poured and then vibrated to remove air bubbles. It is a little more expensive than dry concrete, but it makes a stronger floor.
  • Dry concrete: This is the most cost-effective concrete you can use. It is poured into a form and left to sit and harden. It dries slowly, so you can’t walk on it right away.
  • Premixed concrete mix: This is a kit that contains everything you need to create a concrete floor. It comes with a starter mix that you need to add water to. You can also add sand or cement and water to make it stronger.

Pros Of Concrete Shower Floors

Low Cost

One of the biggest benefits of installing a concrete shower is the low cost of the materials. You can have your very own concrete shower floor for very little money.

Easy Installation

Since concrete is heavy and generally stays in place, there isn’t a lot of movement with the floor. This makes it easier to install than other materials. You can either pour a concrete slab or use a pre-mixed kit. The process will be even easier and more seamless if you hire a professional. 


Concrete is one of the most durable materials you can use for your shower floor. It can last for years without needing to be replaced or repaired.


Since concrete is waterproof, you won’t have to worry about leaks or damage caused by flooding.

Cons of Concrete Shower Floors

Hard to Repair

Although concrete is durable, it isn’t easy to repair. If you have a crack or chip in the floor, it might not be worth fixing. You’d likely want to replace the entire floor if there is any damage to it.

Hard to Clean

Concrete is a porous material that can get dirty and stained easily. You’ll need to clean it regularly to keep it looking its best. You can use a concrete cleaner that is safe for indoor use.

Safety Concerns

Concrete is a hard surface that can be very dangerous if you fall on it. It is not a good idea to have a concrete floor around children. 

Installation Tips for Concrete Floors

Plan Your Design

Before you pour the concrete, you need to decide what design you want to do. You can create a simple slab or use decorative concrete finishing techniques to add texture and interest to your floor.

Level the Floor

Before you pour the concrete, you must make sure that the floor is level. You don’t want to have one side of the room higher than the other. A level floor will also ensure that the concrete dries evenly.

Wash the Floor

Before you pour your concrete, make sure the floor is clean. Dirt and grime can cause the concrete to take longer to dry and will look dirty or discolored in the end.

Use the Right Mix

Make sure that you use a mix that is designed for indoor use. Don’t use a mixture for driveways or sidewalks, as it might contain minerals that irritate your skin and be harmful to your health.

Waterproofing Your Concrete Shower Floors

Install a Waterproof Underlayment

Concrete is porous and will absorb water. This is especially true if your concrete is left in its natural state and is uncoated. To prevent damage from water, you should install a waterproof underlayment.

Install a Drainage System

Concrete is heavy and can cause your subgrade to sink over time. This can cause water to pool on your floor, which you don’t want. To prevent this, you should install a drainage system or a French drain during the installation process.

Install a Sealant

Concrete is porous and will absorb any liquid that comes into contact with it. You can seal the concrete with a water-resistant sealant to prevent damage from spills and seal in any moisture.

Hire Flooring By Sammer For Your New Concrete Floors

While concrete is a low-maintenance material, it is a very involved process to install it properly. Concrete is tricky to pour, especially if you are creating a large pour. Hire Flooring By Sammer to help!

We have an excellent reputation in the industry for creating high-quality work and have expanded our clientele via word-of-mouth. Flooring by Sammer is committed to helping its customers and the community by making all of its decisions and actions based on its core values of honesty and integrity.

We can help you choose the right materials and offer advice on the best installation methods. We provide unmatched service, quality, and pricing for all of your new custom concrete floors. Once you’ve decided to work with us, don’t hesitate to Contact Us for your appointment.  For any questions or inquiries, reach us at (214) 650-8030 or email us at


Concrete is a great option for almost any space that you want to make more usable. You can pour it into an unfinished basement, create a walk-in closet, make a built-in workbench, or pour a shower. The only limitation is your own imagination. 

The best thing about concrete is that it can be formed into almost any shape or form. You can create a tile-like pattern of interlocked concrete bricks, pour the floor in a smooth slab, or anything in between. Concrete is extremely durable and will last for decades with only occasional maintenance. It can be installed in almost any space and is a great value for your money.

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