5 Things to Do Before You Install a Tile Shower Floor
Tiling a shower floor can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. If you utilize the proper flooring materials to safeguard and protect the plywood (underneath the tile) from water damage, you won’t find yourself facing costly repairs at some point in the future.
1. Make Sure Your Shower Floor is Dry and Level
It’s imperative that the shower floor beneath your tile be sturdy, dry, free from mould or mildew, and level. If your floor does not meet these requirements, you should consider replacing the existing floor with a sub-floor before you proceed further with tiling your shower floor.
2. Install a Mortar Reinforcement Kit
A pre-pitch shower kit is highly recommended to fully protect the plywood floor. Synthetic lath and tar paper are also used to help prevent the mortar bed of your shower floor from cracking. They prevent moisture from being drawn into the floor and help create the correct shower floor slope for proper drainage.
3. Install a Shower Pan Liner
Once your shower floor is perfectly pitched to the drain, install a Dix Systems one-piece shower pan liner . This is a one-piece water proofing membrane installed on the floor of your shower. A shower pan liner is a requirement for any tile shower installation.
4. Install Your Shower Curb Kit
A shower curb kit prevents the water on your shower floor from escaping the shower and flowing across your bathroom floor. It is important to install the shower curb kit before placing the Quick-Pitch Kit.
5. Install a Quick-Pitch Kit
A quick-pitch kit is placed on top of your shower pan liner to hold the mortar bed on which your tile will be placed. The quick pitch kit goes above the liner to create the optimal pitch surrounding your drain.
For more advice on other things to do before tiling your shower floor, or if you have any further questions, please call Dix Systems toll free at 1-888-450-011or send us an email .
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