Asked on Jun 27, 2018

Shower Tile Question

by Annette
I'm taking down my plastic surround in my shower and putting up tile. I'm a rock collector (I have rocks from all over the world) and would like to use some of my smaller rocks in the shower on the shower wall instead of the mosaic band lots of showers have. Is that something I can do and what would I use to grout around those?

  6 answers
  • Alison Savill Alison Savill on Jun 27, 2018
    Can’t put them directly on your walls are they heavy

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 27, 2018
    Hi there, Quick answer, Same Waterproof Grout as tiles...........

  • Bijous Bijous on Jun 27, 2018
    Hi, you would use grout, just as you would tile. It may need to be more built up if your rocks are not flat, but it can be done. It may be more labor intensive than you first anticipated, but hang in there. It'll look great!

  • Mar33482700 Mar33482700 on Jun 27, 2018
    make sure you seal the rocks because you are looking at a lot more cleaning with the rocks because they are porous and will endup with soap scum, mold, mildew and whatever else that can grow in them. I owned a concierge business for over thirty years and have seen my fair share of rock used in showers looks great but it's really hard to keep clean.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jun 28, 2018
    Good points from Mar and Alison.
    However nice your rocks may be, they will not have flat backs that are level. Tiles for shower stalls are manufactured with a flat back to facilitate easier adherence to the walls. Even so, it is not always a straightforward job, depending on the condition of, and how level the walls are.
    To ensure that you do not get problems down the line, finishing must be done properly with correct tools and quality materials.

    • Annette Annette on Jul 22, 2018
      thanks so much--and I knew that it would require more and from the Home Fix places--good sealer--not the cheap stuff.

  • Annette Annette on May 08, 2020

    showers done--with rocks and looks/works fabulous