How to Install a Tile Shower
Showers are one of the most popular areas of a home to tile. Custom tiling in a shower significantly increases the value of a home. It can also take a drab shower and transform it into a spa-like oasis. When choosing to tile a shower, you must consider your design preferences. What type of tile fits most closely with your design style? What tile will be durable and easy to clean? Colored grout generally resists discoloration better than white grout. Subway tiles are a popular choice in showers, but large square or rectangular tiles are also in style and can be an excellent choice that cuts down on tiling work. Whatever type of tile you choose, the general process you use to install it will remain very similar. See below for the steps to get started on shower tile installation.
1) Gather your supplies
Tiling requires a fair number of supplies. Here are the essentials for tiling: Tile, cement board, cement board screws, mortar or RedGard, thin-set, sponge, level, wet saw, trowel, spacers, and a waterproof material for protecting other surfaces.
Wet saws are quite expensive so if you don’t have one already, it’s smart to consider renting one. Wet saws work a lot better than snap tile cutters. Therefore, you’ll avoid a lot of frustration if you ensure that you have a wet saw to use when tiling. Regarding a level, a simple level will work just fine but if you plan to do a lot of tiling and budget isn’t a concern, a laser level and level jamb are great tools. Learn more about them in this video, plus get tips on other great tools to use to make tiling easier.
Like all DIY projects, there are a wide variety of tools you can use depending on your preferences. However, the above list is comprehensive enough to enable you to complete a shower tile installation project without running into any issues.