Shower Floor Panel with Functional Element
A shower base panel module that includes: a panel element; a continuous borehole provided on the panel element, an annular body accommodated in the borehole for inserting a drain element. The panel element has a first pan-shaped surface and a second planar surface facing away from the first surface, so that the outer edge of the panel element has a panel thickness that exceeds a panel thickness at the borehole. The annular body protrudes beyond the second planar surface in the drain direction. A reinforcement body, which receives the annular body protruding beyond the planar surface, is placed beneath the second planar surface of the panel element.
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- 1. -13. (canceled)
- 14. A shower base panel module (100), comprising:
a panel element (1); a continuous borehole (3) provided on the panel element (1); and an annular body (5) accommodated in the borehole (3) and for receiving a drain element (6), wherein the panel element (1) has a first pan-shaped surface (7) and a second planar surface (8) facing away from the first surface, such that the outer edge (4) of the panel element (1) has a panel thickness (D2) that exceeds a panel thickness (D1) at the borehole (3), wherein the annular body (5) protrudes beyond the second planar surface (8) in the drain direction, and wherein a reinforcement body (2), which receives the annular body (5) protruding beyond the planar surface (8), is placed beneath the second planar surface (8) of the panel element (1), and wherein the reinforcement body (2) is a flattened, annular functional element produced in one material piece, which has a circular axial opening (9) for receiving the drain element (6).
- View Dependent Claims (15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26)
This application claims the benefit of German patent application no. 102015102247.8, filed 17 Feb. 2015, now pending.
The invention relates to a shower base panel module, comprising:
- a panel element;
- a continuous borehole provided on the panel element,
- wherein the panel element has a first pan-shaped surface and a second planar surface facing away from the first surface, such that the outer edge of the panel element has a panel thickness that exceeds a panel thickness at the borehole; and
- an annular body accommodated in the borehole for receiving a drain element,
- wherein the annular body protrudes beyond the second planar surface in the drain direction, and wherein a reinforcement body, which receives the annular body protruding beyond the planar surface, is placed beneath the second planar surface of the panel element.
A shower base panel module 200 of the type mentioned above is shown in
It is the object of the invention to design a novel shower base panel module of the type described in the preamble, which does not require the expansive shape of the reinforcement body. Moreover, the novel shower base panel module is to be designed so that it can be installed flush with the surface in a wooden floor structure of a shower stall.
This object is achieved by a shower base panel module of the type in question, resulting from designing the reinforcement body as a flattened, annular functional element produced in one material piece, which has a circular axial opening to receive the drain element. The reinforcement body not only fulfills a mechanically stabilizing function for the panel element, but is also used as a fastening element for receiving a drain element or an adapter.
The reinforcement body is preferably produced from a corrosion-resistant material, and preferably from stainless steel sheet using a deep drawing or metal spinning process.
The required rigidity for the reinforcement body can be achieved by appropriate shaping. For example, the metal reinforcement body can comprise a flange that transitions into a pan and has peripheral beads, wherein the aforementioned opening for receiving the drain element is located on the pan bottom. The described reinforcement body can have approximately the shape of a dinner plate, having a cut-out bottom and a particularly wide, flat rim.
It is also possible to produce a torsion-free reinforcement body from a mechanically stable and water-resistant thermoplastic or thermoset material, such as polycarbonate. Such a reinforcement body made of plastic material can be produced using an injection molding process.
The reinforcement body can be manually or mechanically attached to the panel element and/or to the annular body by way of an adhesive bond.
A drain element shall be understood to mean a conventional drain pan having an odor trap, or a drain pipe that is to be sealed directly in the annular body by way of an adapter part.
A particular advantage of the shower base panel module according to the invention is that it can be installed in various substructure designs, for example in wooden flooring structures on a timbered ceiling, flush with the surface. Due to the especially robust, but very flat reinforcement body, the overall thickness of the shower base panel module is adapted to wooden floors where the surface of the panel element is aligned with the surface of the wooden floor. In addition, the shower base panel module according to the invention is suitable for creating what is known as a floor-level shower area.
A further advantage of the invention is that the panel element having the reinforcement body placed beneath can be covered with tiles directly on a cement layer.
Due to the stability of the shower base panel module, the body can even be used on non-load-bearing subsurfaces.
The invention will be described in more detail in one exemplary embodiment based on the drawings. In the drawings:
A profiled annular body 5 (see in particular
Via a cylindrical wall 22, the outer collar 19 of the annular body 5 transitions into a body part 23, which tapers in a stepped manner and protrudes beyond the planar surface 8 of the panel element 1 and the outer surface 18 of which has a conical design.
As a result, the panel element 1 can be deformed, in particular in the region of the borehole 3, due to the thinness thereof. The installed annular body 5 reinforces the panel element 1, however under the most unfavorable conditions this reinforcement alone is not sufficient.
The necessary stability and torsion-free design of the panel element 1 is ensured by the novel rotation-symmetrical reinforcement body 2 shown in
The dimensions of the reinforcement body 2 are:
The dimensions can, of course, vary. What is important is that the flange 10 is amply dimensioned in relation to the borehole 3 of the panel element 1. Peripheral beads 13, 14 additionally increase the rigidity of the 2 mm thick flange 10. On a planar surface 25 of the flange 10 facing the panel element 1, the beads 13, 14 are concentrically shaped in relation to the opening 9. The beads 13, 14 thus form peripheral protrusions 26, 27 (see
A predominantly closed-cell polystyrene foam body (XPS) is preferably used as the panel element 1, which is reinforced on both sides with glass fibers and coated with polymer-modified mortar. Such panel elements are produced and sold by the applicant under the brand name FUNDO®, for example.
- 1 panel element
- 2 reinforcement body
- 3 borehole
- 4 outer edge
- 5 annular body
- 6 drain element
- 7 surface
- 8 surface
- 9 opening
- 10 flange (of 2)
- 11 inner collar (of 2)
- 12 oblique wall
- 13, 14 bead
- 15, 16 adhesive bond
17 borehole (
- 18 outer surface (of 5)
- 19 outer collar (of 5)
- 20 cut-out (of 1)
- 21 adhesive layer (joins 19 to 1)
- 22 wall (of 5)
- 23 body part (of 5)
- 24 adapter
- 25 surface (of 10)
- 26, 27 protrusion (of 10)
- 28 surface (of 10)
- 29 inner side
- 100 shower base panel module
- 200 shower base panel module (prior art)
- A-A section (
- D1, D2 panel thickness
- D3 thickness