So you’re thinking of replacing your shower with a custom tile shower. First, let me say that is a very wise decision. Nothing can be customized to meet your personal taste more than a custom tile shower. Every tile shower is different. We build each tile shower to your specifications, there is no cookie cutter approach here.
Let’s start at the beginning
The first thing we have to do is remove your existing shower. Removing the existing shower to the studs allows us to have access to your shower plumbing and framing. Having the framing exposed allows us to locate your recessed niche and build your bench. This is also the stage where your drain line can be relocated, if necessary. Any plumbing fixture changes also happen at this point.
Your Shower Experience
Your shower experience begins with the shower faucet. The Moen lifetime guarantee of plumbing parts is why we recommend and use their products. Features that can be added to your plumbing fixture include body sprays, rain head (shower head located in the ceiling) and a handheld unit located on any wall of your choice. Depending on your shower size you can even add more than one shower faucet, for the perfect shower built for two. Contact us today to set up your personal consultation.
Now that your old shower has been removed and your new drain, faucet, bench and niche have been located it’s time to start installing the waterproofing. Your shower must be waterproof prior to any tile being installed. Our waterproofing is made of a membrane called Kerdi, manufactured by Schluter Systems. The shower pan is constructed the old fashioned way out of Portland Cement and sand. After the pan has cured, we place a layer of Kerdi paper over it to complete the waterproofing in your shower. Your shower is now ready for tile.
Tile Shower Installation
We recommend porcelain tile for our tile shower installations. Porcelain tile comes in many shapes and sizes. We prefer porcelain because of its density and ease of maintenance. Because porcelain tile are extremely dense they are hard to stain, so the will look new for a long time. Porcelain tile can even mimic the look of natural stone. We also recommend the use of a high quality grout for our tile showers as well. We use grout that is very stain resistant that doesn’t require sealing. This helps keep your tile shower clean and looking new without deep cleaning between uses. Contact us today to set up your personal consultation.
To complete your shower makeover we recommend a custom clear glass frame-less shower door. It’s not something that you can buy in a store and it takes about a week to 10 days to be installed after the measurement has taken place. Once your shower is complete, you will experience a unique spa-like experience. A custom tile shower adds value to your home and can be a great expression of your individualism. Contact us today for you personal consultation. We look forward to working with you!