How are Curava shower walls different from other products on the market today?
Depending on color, Curava panels are made of either porcelain or polished quartz. These materials are far superior in terms of aesthetics and durability when compared to acrylic or other solid surface products on the market today.
What are Curava panels made of?
Curava panels are made of one of two materials, depending on color: Porcelain or quartz (engineered stone)
What colors are available?
As of April 2017 Curava panels are available in the following six colors:
Quartz: Snow White, Sahara Beige, Cement Grey
Porcelain: Statuary White, Carrara White, Travertine Grey
Is it possible to have custom colors?
Yes, but minimum quantities apply. In the case of quartz the minimum quantity is 60 units (180 to 240 panels). In the case of porcelain the minimum quantity is much greater. There are other porcelain colors that are available that are not carried as standard. Please call for details.
What standard sizes are available?
Curava panels are sold in kits for 60” bathtub surrounds and 60” wide shower surrounds. However, individual panels can be cut down by the customer. The standard panel sizes are: 30”x61”, 31.5”x61”, 60”x61”, 30”x94-3/8”, and 31.5”x94-3/8”.
Is it possible to order custom sizes?
Yes, it is possible. Please contact Curava directly for details.
How thick and heavy are the Curava panels?
Curava panels weigh approx. 3 lbs per sf. The largest panel (60”x61”) weighs approximately 76 lbs. The porcelain panels are 6mm (1/4”) thick, while the quartz panels are 9mm (3/8”) thick.
Can the panels be cut on site?
Yes, panels can easily be cut on site using a circular hand saw (“skil saw”) with appropriate diamond blade. The cuts can be made either wet or dry. If the cuts are made without water (dry) make sure to control/protect from the dust that will be generated.
Can the edges of the panels be polished?
Yes, both Curava quartz and porcelain panels can be polished using diamond pads.
Does Curava offer installation services as well?
As of April 2017, Curava offers installation services only in certain areas of New England.
Do Curava panels need to be sealed?
No. Both quartz and porcelain panels require no sealing and are virtually maintenance-free.
How are the joints waterproofed?
The number of joints is minimized (no more than three in a typical 4-panel shower layout). The joints are waterproofed using silicone.
Does Curava offer shower bases?
No. However any shower base that is traditional (acrylic as well as shower tray_ can be used in conjunction with Curava shower panels.
Where can I buy Curava shower walls?
Curava shower wall kits can be ordered at any Lowes store or online at Lowes.com as well as directly from Curava.
How are the panels delivered?
Shower kits are delivered in wooden crates and are shipped horizontally. If ordered through Lowes the panels can be picked up at the Lowes store selected by the customer. If not ordered through Lowes delivery will depend on exact location and composition of order.
How are the panels adhered to the walls?
There are three approved adhesives that can be used with Curava: Thin-set mortar, Silicone, and Latapoxy by Laticrete. Thin-set mortar and silicone can be used on walls that are plumb and true within 1/8” over 10 ft. For walls that do not fit this condition, Curava recommends using Latapoxy. See application instructions in the Instruction Manual on the Curava website for more details.
What substrates are acceptable to accept Curava panels?
Although many substrates can be used, whichever substrate is used it should be waterproofed. Curava recommends using a cementitious backer board and a waterproofing membrane. See instructions in the Instruction Manual on the Curava website for more details.
What is the function of the trim?
In some cases there is a visible gap between the Curava side wall panels and the substrate. This is usually due to the substrate not being plumb. The trim pieces are used to cover this gap. Schluter decorative trim pieces can also be used in lieu of the Curava trim pieces.
Is it better to have one back panel or two?
In a 60” wide tub surround using a 60” wide panel will have the benefit of not having a joint or seam in the middle. However, shipping, handling and installing such a large piece without damaging can be challenging. Curava recommends using two back panels whenever possible.