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How to Tile a Shower - an Easy Guide

A lot of homeowners want to know how to tile a shower so they can do the task themselves and save money along the way. Before proceeding, make sure that your shower stall is ready to be tiled by removing all fixtures up to the last screw. The only features that should remain in their places are the walls, ceilings and hardware. You should prepare yourself for the grueling task ahead, especially with the initial step of demolition. You can always hire a remodeling contractor, but then again, you might want to think twice if you want to cut costs.

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Opt to install a vapor barrier. If you want to know how to tile a shower properly, you should always make it a point to follow manufacturer’s instructions when installing fixtures and applications like a vapor barrier. A vapor barrier protects your shower area from acquiring mold and mildew. What most people don’t know is that water vapor can still penetrate the spaces behind the tiles even when they are sealed with grout. That is why it might be wise using a vapor barrier. A tile backer may also be a better option than cement board.

Knowing how to tile a shower can be pretty easy when you are willing to do your part in researching and learning from people whom you consider experts in this field. You should be able to discover that a tough cement board backer is needed when installing tiles. Cut out the exact size and then attach it to the studs. A 1/8 inch-distance should be observed between panels. It is also important to note that you should wet the cement board to prevent it from cracking prematurely.

Apply a thinset then push the tile into it to put the tile in place. Remove the tile briefly to ascertain that the back is properly covered. Place the tile back and repeat procedure until all areas are covered. You should give the bottom row 24 hours to thoroughly set up. Don’t forget to grout the tile using a sponge float. Check the manufacturer’s instruction on how long you should wait before cleaning up the excess grout. Clear the tiles from extra grout after the appropriate time has passed. Leave the grout to cure before applying a sealant to polish off your work.
 

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