The shower is an important start to most days and one of the places frequented in your household. Whether it be a shower after a rigorous work out or to relax after a long day it is an important part of our everyday lives. If you are the type that enjoys do-it-yourself projects tiling your own shower or bath tub can be just that! Tiles add beauty, durability and value to any shower and home. These easy to follow steps will make renovating your shower tiles an easy home improvement job.

Steps to Tiling Any Shower

Step 1: Gut your shower down to the studs. You may need to remove the shower pan and ceiling as well. If your plumbing has any issues such as pressure, leaking, clogs or other issues this would be the stage where it is best to get a hold of your local plumber. That way they can fix anything that needs to be done without damaging any of your newly laid tiles.

Step 2: Choose a vapor barrier that fits your needs. Then install this according to the manufacturer directions. Failing to install the vapor barrier could result in mold or mildew growth. Grout and tile does not seal the area well enough to stop all water vapor from passing into the space behind the tiling.

Step 3: Make sure you put up a sturdy cement board backer. This is done after you have put your shower pan back into place. Cut the board to fit and screw it to the studs. The cement board backer should overlap the pan liner. A hole saw can be used to saw holes through the cement board so your shower head and handles to come through. Use 100% silicone caulk to seal the seams between the panels.

Step 4: Mark your tile placement. Measure up from the bottom of the backer board the height of the tile minus ½ inch. This will give you a ½ inch overlap over the tile lip on your shower pan. Use a sharpie, level and ruler to mark these lines.

Step 5: Mix your thinset for the bottom row. Thinset is an adhesive mortor made of cement, fine sand and a water resisting agent used to attach the tile to the cement board. Then dampen the cement board with a sponge. If you do not the cement board with draw the moisture out of the thinset more quickly and cause it to crack.

Step 6: Spread on thinset wit a notched trowel onto the cement board. You can set the tile by slightly twisting and pressing it into the thinset. With the first tile of every thinset spread, it is wise to remove the tile and check to make sure there is good coverage on the back. Then reinstall the tile and continue to set the tiles using spacer in between.

Step 7: Some people choose to allow the bottom tile to sit for 24 hours. This allows you to make sure all tile is intact as well as makes a good base for the tiles that will be set above it. After the 24 hours, repeat the procedure setting each row of tile on top of the last. Let the completed tile set for 48 hours.

Step 8: Grout the tile. Mix a batch of grout and use a sponge float to smooth it into the joints. After 30-45 minutes (this varies with the type of grout), wipe the excess with a damp sponge. Do this in a circular motion and continue to wipe until the tile is clear from grout.

Step 9: Allow the grout to sit for approximately 3 days.

Step 10: Seal your shower and enjoy.

If you are experiencing plumbing issues in your residential or commercial building, contact Westside Plumbing. We offer plumbing, water heater repair, and sump pump installation services in Brownsburg, Indiana and the surrounding areas

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