Installing Tile Showers

Tile showers are beautiful, but installing them offers several unique challenges. Just one pin-sized hole in the grout, invisible to the naked eye, can cause a leak that ruins the subfloor below, and months of hard work. The best way for homeowner's to ensure that their subfloor is safe and their new shower is both beautiful and functional for years to come is to install a shower pan below the tile. The shower pans, sometimes called tile liners create a waterproof barrier between the shower and the sub-floor. The flooring you have selected is laid over the shower pans for tile, for a seamless finish. Follow these step by step instruction to install your new tile shower pan, so that your new bathroom shower has a leak free finish.

Step One: Choose the Right Shower Pan for your Space

Shower pans are not a one size fits all remodeling solution. Different pans are available in specific shapes to accommodate specialized shower designs. Shower pans for tile are designed for tile to be laid over the shower pan, corner shower pans are designed to fit snuggly into the corner of a room while still creating a spacious bathing space, barrier free shower pans allow builders to create a handicap shower, that are wide and flat enough to wheelchairs to navigate in and out of. Take the time to look at all the options available and select a bathroom shower pan that is right for your space.

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Step Two: Remove the Screws from the Drain Cover

The drain cover actually sets into the tile, so you need to remove it for the moment. Take the screws out, remove the cover, and set it to the side where it won't get lost.

Step Three: Protect the Edges

Cover the drain and the edges of the tile shower pan with masking tape.

Step Four: Rough the Tile

Using a grinder or a tile grater, rough up the edges of the tile. This will help the mortar cling to the edges of the tile, and create a more watertight bond.

Step Five: Prepare the Surface

Apply a thin layer of thinset mortar over the subfloor using a porter trowell. This will help the shower pan for tile lay even against the shower pan, and really adhere to the subfloor.

Step Six: Set the Shower Pan

Set the shower pan into the mortar. Cut the hole for the drain with a utility knife if it is not precut. Then run your hands all over the pan pressing it firmly into the mortar so that there are no wrinkles or bubbles. Use the trowel to press out any bubbles that you see. If excess mortar oozes out the sides, wipe it away with a damp sponge. Let this set and dry in place for 24 hours before working further on the project.

Step Seven: Prepare to Lay Tile

Remove the masking tape, and place the drain grate back on the drain. You are now ready to begin laying tile.
Anne Harvester
About the Author:

Anne Harvester is aware of the process to installing your perfect shower to fit your every need. Anne refers to Quick Drain USA online for information on this topic and quality product.

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