How To Tile Around A Tub

Because a shower enclosure is a wet installation, you must waterproof the walls and the framing. Use felt paper with cement backerboard but not with greenboard or waterproofed gypsum board.¬†A bathtub introduces additional challenges. If the tub is level, set a full tile at its top edge. To help hide the awkward appearance of an out-of-level tub, make the bottom row of tiles at least three-fourths of a tile high. Read more…

How to Tile Around a Tub

Tile is the most popular choice for walls in new and remodeled baths because it’s impervious to water, extremely stain-resistant, easy to clean, and available in dozens of colors, sizes and styles. With the right tools and materials – and the patience to lay out the tiles properly – tiling a bath or shower surround is a job that most homeowners can pull off.

For the project shown here, we enlisted the help of tile contractor Joe Ferrante, who has been laying tile for This Old House projects since 1986. The first and most important step, insists Ferrante, is to start with a clean, stable substrate. He then fills the backer board seams with thinset mortar and embeds fiberglass-mesh joint tape int he mortar. Finally, to ensure a strong, long-lasting bond for the new tiles, Ferrante goes one step further and trowels thinset mortar over the entire wall. Read more…

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Installing Ceramic Wall Tile Around a Bath Tub Enclosure

Obviously, you need to start out by measuring each wall. Measure the height and width of each vertical wall and then multiple the width and height to get the square footage for each wall. Note the height of the outside edge along the tub if you are going to use a bullnose tile for finishing the tile. Bullnose are the tiles with one edge rounded for a truly finished appearance. The field tile is sold by the square foot and bullnose and other trim pieces are sold by the piece. Be sure to order at least five percent¬†extra to allow for broken or chipped pieces. Also, check to be sure the field tile all have the same shade letter or number. Read more…

How to Install Tile Backer Around a Tub

Tile walls of a bathroom tub or shower enclosure need a solid, water-resistant substrate as backing. Concrete tile backer board can provide the strong, solid background the tiles need to adhere without movement or the potential for water damage, which can cause the tiles to loosen or crack. You can install tile backer around a tub with a few common hand tools in a couple of hours. Read more…

How to Install Cement Backerboard Around A Tub

Be prepared for a noxious odor when you cut cement backerboard. No kidding. Wear a respirator when cutting this or any other cement-based product. Installing cement backerboard is not on the top-ten list of fun projects because the material is difficult to handle. But working with the panels is a short-term stint compared with the long-lasting and durable surface they provide. Read more…