Dealing with a shower that leaks can be extremely annoying...especially when it's a newer bathroom. Unfortunately, many contractors take shortcuts when installing shower tile. There are so many things that can go wrong if you don't follow certain quality practices and when they do, the damage from leaks can be costly. In this video we take a look at some best practices so you can incorporate them into your new tiled shower. Here are a few of the topics we cover in the video...
Cement Backer Board - Don't use any type of drywall in your shower...even those with the special moisture resistant face (i.e. green board). Cement board is the only way to go as it won't fall apart when it gets wet.
Waterproofing - There are plenty of products out in the stores that are installed on top of your cement board and help create a leak free shower. No matter how perfect your tile installation is, water will get through grout joints at some point. The waterproofing is your second layer of defense. Use it, and you won't regret it.
Slope Horizontal Surfaces - This is one of those items that doesn't cost anything, but really helps to create a leak free shower. By sloping the horizontal surfaces, the water will run off quickly minimizing the chance of a leak.