Tiling a Shower
Tiling a shower is something you can do on your own. All you need is time, patience, materials, and the knowledge on how to do it right. The tiles on your shower room can be gorgeous and can look professionally done. People may be surprised to know that you did it on your own before you start tiling a shower by yourself.
As part of the preparations, you need to have the necessary materials. You will need good quality tiles. When buying tiles, you should consider its use. You can buy floor tiles for both floor and walls but wall tiles are limited for tiling the walls. You will need to buy other tiles for the wall. You will also need a thinset mortar. It is advisable to avoid using mastic mortar for shower tiling because it is water soluble. You can find premixed thinset but you can also mix your own. You will also need trowel, tile spacers, and grout. If you are planning to use unsanded grout for tiling a shower, you should look for 1/8 inch tile spacers. You will also need a cardboard to cover the shower pan and avoid damaging the fixture as well as level, marker and cement backer board.
Tiling a Shower: Further Preparations
You also need to prepare the shower room. Remove the shower stall. In some cases, you will need to remove the shower pan, too. You can then choose to put vapor barriers, which are very effective in blocking water as well as water vapor. This is optional but house owners who opt to use vapor barriers had less problems regarding mildew and molds. You should then put a cement board backer over the studs. Make sure to measure correctly leaving 1/8 of an inch between the panels. If you are tiling a new shower room, you will also need to cut holes for the shower head and handles. You will need a level and a marker (i.e. contractor’s pencil) to mark rows of tiles. Layout the tiles making sure that there are spaces for grout.
Tiling a Shower: The Actual Work
The next step in tiling a shower is to mix the thinset if you do not have a premixed thinset. A trick to getting good consistency is to put a few drops of water one at a time until you get the right consistency. Putting too much water immediately can make the thinset too watery and make it less sticky than it should. Spread some of the thinset using a trowel.
You should then dampen the cement board using a sponge. Skipping this step will make the thinset moist fast and will make it brittle in the long run. You should twist it slightly while putting it over the thinset. Use tile spacers when setting tiles to keep the right distance in between tiles. Let the tiles set for 24 hours before putting grout.
Tiling a Shower: The Last Step
Grouting is the last step to beautify your shower room. When grouting, you should avoid putting grout all over your shower room all at once. Plus, make sure to remove the excess grout after it sets but before it becomes too hard.
It is easy to tile a shower. You just need to prepare the materials and prepare the entire room for the project. Follow the procedures and tips above. You will surely have an easy time tiling a shower.