How to Tile a Walk-In Shower

Written by cameron easey
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Tile can be installed almost anywhere in a house. In bathrooms, tile is often installed on a bathtub surround and walk-in shower. Tiling a walk-in shower can add a touch of class to your bathroom, and make it look more modern. Always start with the necessary prep work before you install tile in a walk-in shower.

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Things you need

  • Backer board
  • Drywall screws
  • Thinset mortar

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  1. 1

    Install a mould-resistant backer board within the walk-in shower. Use drywall screws to attach the backer board to the studs in the wall.

  2. 2

    Install a cement backer board to the shower floor. Cement backer board is used for floor tiles because it is sturdy and will not crack under heavy use. Use screws to attach the cement backer board to the floor.

  3. 3

    Determine how much tile is needed to complete the job. Measure the dimension of your walk-in shower and take into account the type of tile you're installing.

  4. 4

    Apply thinset mortar to the wall and place the first tile firmly in place. Start at the bottom and work your way up. If you're using decorative tile, lay the tile up to a certain point, then add a row of decorative tile.

  5. 5

    Cut individual tiles to fit around your fixtures. Make small cuts on the tile until the piece fits around the fixture.

  6. 6

    Cut tiles for corners and the top of the wall. This may involve making a 45-degree cut on some tiles.

  7. 7

    Wait 24 hours for the tile to set, then apply grout. Clean any grout residue on the tile with a damp sponge.

Tips and warnings

  • Order extra tiles to have on hand for any unforeseen problems or mistakes.

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