Do you prefer installing mud beds or pre-constructed shower kits when completing a new project or renovation? Are you aware of the pros and cons of each method? FCI spoke with a group of industry professionals about the topic. Panelists include Duane Farley, national sales manager and technical specialist, Canada, for M-D Pro; Sean Gerolimatos, technical director at Schluter-Systems; Mike Micalizzi, senior director of technical services for Custom Building Products; Michael Bobak, product manager at H.B. Fuller; Scott Crandall, director of national account sales and product management for USG Corp.; and Renee Robertson, national sales and marketing director, Fin Pan.
Robertson: Mud bed applications take an advanced skill set to build as well as taking more time to build, having a longer drying time and total time to finish the job. The pre-constructed systems allow for a less skilled installer to complete the work. When using a quick-dry modified thin set, the installer can be tiling within two hours and off the job on the same day.