How To Tile A Bathroom Shower
Homeowners that choose to do it themselves might search for how to tile a bathroom shower. Tiling a bathroom shower can make an incredible difference in the look and value of your bathroom.
To tile a bathroom shower, you will need:
- Grout sealer
- Silicone caulk
- Tile saw
- Tile nippers
- Fiberglass tape
- Cement backer board
- Cordless drill
- Spacers, if needed
- Plastic (four mil or six mil)
- Staple gun
- Picking out the bathroom shower tile. Choose the tile you want to install in the bathroom shower. The type of tile may use a specific mortar or grout so make sure you read the package or ask a salesperson. The size of the tile will determine what size trowel you will need as well. The bigger the tile, the bigger the notch trowel you will need.
- Preparation. When you are ready to begin your bathroom shower project, start attaching the plastic to the studs. The plastic acts as a vapor barrier to protect the framing of the house. Next, install the cement backer board to the area. Seal the back board seams with the fiberglass tape.
- Tile installation. To ensure that your tile is level, take your level are mark a line about ½” away from the bottom of the backer board. Apply mortar to the area for the first row of tile. Place tile using the level line you made as a guide. Put spacers in between each tile if needed. If the first row is not level it will throw off the rest of the tile job. Continue tiling until the job is complete.
- Apply grout. About 48-hours after tile job has been completed, you will need to grout your tile. After taking the spacers out, use the float to apply the grout in a back and forth motion across the tile. Work the grout into the spacers between the tiles. Hold float at a 45-degree angle to remove the excess grout.
- Clean up. As soon as you are done putting the grout on, use a clean bucket of water and sponge to clean the tile. The grout will leave a haze on the tile. Repeat as many times as needed to clean the tile.
- Sealer. Once the grout has completely dried, you will need to apply a grout sealer. The sealer will prevent water and moisture from penetrating the grout and creating mold and mildew.
Posted on: Aug. 28, 2010