Shower pan vs tile floor. I love the high end look of an all tile shower but Im concerned that it will fail again. Its advisable to build up a pan so the shower functions properly. In contrast to heavy wall panels tiles are much easier to move around at the time of installation. They require less specialized knowledge and tools than tiled shower floors.
For both of these shower floors you can choose to add a shower curb or not. Both acrylic and tile shower and bathtub surrounds have their own unique benefits. And you really have two choices a custom tiled floor or a solid prefabricated shower pan. Most of the tiles are known for their durability and organic roots. But if your shower is an odd size has angles or you want to make the most of the space — then a site built shower base is probably the better option and as you note not necessarily more expensive than pre-fab from a factory.