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. At this stage I can move your shower drain, if necessary. Any plumbing fixture changes also happen at this point.
Your Shower Experience
First of all, your shower experience begins with the shower faucet. The Moen lifetime guarantee of plumbing parts is why we recommend and use their products. You can add many features to your shower including multiple shower heads and body sprays. 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, I can start installing the waterproofing. Your shower must be waterproof prior to any tile being installed. I use the Kerdi system, manufactured by Schluter Systems. I build the shower pan 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. You can order your custom door from a glass installer. The shower door is installed about a week after the measurement is taken. 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. Finally, be sure to check out our tile store in Columbia Missouri Legacy Bath & Tile. We look forward to working with you!