When we built our home we wanted custom ceramic and marble tile bathroom
showers. We installed a total of three showers one in our master bathroom, one
in the upstairs bathroom and one downstairs for guests.
Don't Pay Retail for Your Bathroom Showers Ceramic Tile or Marble
Shop for your tile or marble in the odd lots or closeout section of the Tile
Store. We bought quality ceramic tile and marble for our showers
at very low prices this way. You do not need large quintiles of tile for a
bath shower this makes odd lots or closeouts ideal.
We learned some very good lessons that I would like to pass on.
- Make sure you use non sanded grout for your tile and marble. It is less
attractive but will help prevent leaks.
- If you do use sanded grout seal it thoroughly and be prepared to reseal it
- Ideally all your horizontal surfaces should freely drain water. Standing
water will find a way to leak if everything is not totally sealed.
- Use backer board rated for wet installation in your shower stall not green
board sheet rock. Green board sheet rock was used widely for many years in
wet installations but is no longer approved for wet applications. If you
have a leak the green board sheet rock will deteriorate.
- Make certain either your plumber or your ceramic tile installer agree to
install your shower pan. The shower pan is a neoprene rubber liner
that goes under the shower to ensure if your tile leaks it is directed to
the drain. A good explanation of a shower pan installation can be found at The
There seemed to be some confusion when we built our home
who was responsible for the installation of the shower pan.
Pricing for the installation of ceramic tile for your bath showers is not
cheap. I was shocked at the price tag for the installation. After seeing
how much detail work and tile cutting and grouting that was involved I
understood why! The same contractor that installed our floor tile did our
bath showers. This is not always the case some of the ceramic tile contractors
that we contacted for bids did not do bathroom showers.
For information and tips on Shower Doors go to the Shower
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