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Bathroom Shower Tile Designs: Installation Tips

Installing Shower tiles

Shower tiles are essential elements in designing your bathroom shower. Not only do they provide aesthetic value to your bathroom, they also protect your bathroom walls against the damages caused by water and humidity. This makes the installation of bathroom shower tiles a very critical process to undertake. The durability and beauty of your bathroom shower tiles all depend on the proper installation. 

Listed below are some useful tips to keep in mind when installing your bathroom shower tiles:

01

For added protection from drywall damage caused by water splashes, install a water-resistant tile backsplash before setting the tiles. An ideal backsplash should include dense concrete, sand or cement render, and a water-resistant tilebacker board. Plasterboards and timber-based products do not make for effective backboards, as they absorb water. However, they can be made waterproof by using a waterproofing or tanking system.
 

02

A shower tile backsplash can also add attractive designs to the entire shower area. Most products come in colors and shades matching the common grout and tile adhesive colors. If you want to give your backsplash a customized color, choose one that can be hand-painted. Get a backsplash that compliments the color of your tiles for a stronger effect.

03

Choose PVC tile channels and fittings over stainless steel trays. Stainless steel trays are generally more expensive yet less flexible. They do not have perfectly straight safety edges, and this causes causing oil-canning that usually spoils the tiling job. PVC channels and fittings, on the other hand, are generally cheap and readily available. They offer a perfect fit since they come in different sizes. They have perfectly straight extrusions ideal for tiles, whether large or small, and natural or vitrified.

04

Using a notched trowel, spread adhesive on the wall horizontally. Beginning at the center point of your shower wall, set the tiles securely one by one in a straight row, with the spacing lugs pressed tightly together.

05

Use a file cutter to cut the corner tiles to their appropriate sizes. Use a tile saw to make irregular cuts. Always remember to wear safety glasses to protect the eyes from the particles that are forced out when the tile saw is used. After the tiles have been cut, set the corner pieces firmly in place.

06

Use bull-nose tiles when working on the edges, as they provide smooth and rounded edges that easily match standard wall tiles measuring four square inches. They are also ideal for tiles with spacers or lugs.

07

Make sure that the tile adhesive and tile grout you intend to use are made of water-resistant polymers that offer enhanced adhesion.

 

08

Install your shower tiles by using the solid bed method to ensure no void will be left beneath the tiles. Fill the joints between the shower tiles with a water-resistant grout.

09

Seal the penetrations and gaps including the shower fittings with an excellent anti-fungicidal silicon sealant or a sealing strip recommended by your tile manufacturer. This ensures their extended use and protection from harmful microorganisms that can grow and develop on them.

10

Make sure the seal has completely dried before using the shower.

 

Installing shower tiles can be a very complicated process; however, it can become a simple and easy project if you have all the required materials and if you are guided by reliable instructions.

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