The Correct Order for Tiling a Shower
By Mark J. Donovan
|Question: – Mark, I am about to tile my shower and am in the process of learning how. I watched your video on how to tile a shower and saw that you tiled the shower walls first. Do you always tile the shower walls first and the shower floor last? I guess I had just assumed you would do the floor first. I’m glad I watched your video on youtube.
Answer: – R.H., Glad to hear your doing your homework first before tiling your shower. Tiling a shower needs to be done right to prevent leaks and to achieve a professional look.
Too often I hear from site visitors about leaky tile shower pans, or wide grout lines, or unsightly seams.
To answer your question, yes I always tile shower walls first, and the shower floor last. I do this for two main reasons.
First, if you tile the shower floor first you’re bound to spill mortar and possibly even drop a tile on it, which could result in a broken shower floor tile.
Once I have tiled the shower walls, less the bottom row, I then remove the ledger board. After removing the ledger board I tile the bottom row of shower wall tiles, trimming their lower sides as necessary to conform to the contour of the shower pan. Once the shower walls are installed I move on to tiling the shower floor.
By installing shower walls tiles first and the shower floor tiles last I bury the bottom row of cut tiles and possible wall tile seam imperfections.
For information on installing a shower pan membrane liner for a ceramic tile shower, see the Shower Pan Membrane Liner Installation Ebook from HomeAdditionPlus.com. The Shower Pan Membrane Liner EBook will quickly teach you the step-by-step process for installing the shower pan membrane liner correctly. It includes instructions on framing the shower stall, pouring the pre-slope and shower base mortar, and installing the shower pan membrane liner.
See HomeAdditionPlus.com’s Ceramic Tile Calculator
See my “How to Tile a Custom Ceramic Tile Shower” Ebook to learn how to tile your own shower: For a detailed set of instructions on tiling a shower floor and walls, including pictures for every step in the process, see my “How to Tile Custom Ceramic Tile Shower Ebook”.
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