JD Tile recently completed a master bathroom renovation in Lancaster, PA. The scope of work involved: demo the existing shower and tub deck of the existing 4″ tile. Prep the new shower with mud walls and pan, waterproof, tile with large format tiles and a mosaic feature band. New shower includes a recessed niche placed perfectly in the space of a tile. The deck of the tub will serve as a shaving ledge as new glass will be installed and set back 5″. This feature will increase the area of the shower and avoid the need for a separate shelf. The tile bullnose pieces were used on the curb and to frame the shower and deck and deck backsplash. The floor in the bathroom was also tiled with the 12X24s. Continuity flows throughout the master bathroom, glass and color will added to the room to complete it! Plasma grout by Laticrete used along with Mapei’s Aqua Defense for waterproofing the mud walls and shower pan. Normally in this day and age cement board is used but JD Tile has trained extensively with other professionals in PA and CA to learn the art of mud work. Mud walls allow the tile mechanic the ability to take an out of square and area not plumb and make it perfect to tile onto. Mud walls is a lost art that has been around hundreds of years, but has given way to new innovations. It still remains the best possible way to prepare a shower for tile. JD Tile is always looking to learn new techniques and products in order to have a selection to choose from for the potential job.
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Fiberglass shower to tile shower remodel in North Cornwall. Porcelain tile with Quartz granite elements for seat, curb, and niche. A closet was removed to give the shower more depth. Shower now has a full length bench. Frameless glass and door to be installed.
Recently JD Tile took on what many contractors will not, a shower pan tear out and redo. For this project many contractors would have wanted to do a total tear out of the shower/glass block walls. JD Tile assessed the project to be a shower pan & bench tearout and to rebuild the subfloor and add new support where needed. Obvious moisture and mold were evident on top of the shower floor and underneath the plywood was black from moisture getting through the liner. A suspected lack of preslope was confirmed. Advised customer to stop using shower as moisture was feeding the mold to grow. Had nothing been done to this shower in a couple years the entire wing that shower was in would have been destroyed by mold. When measuring the pan for the size the tape measure caught tiles on the edge and pulled them up, saturation of the mud bed was obvious. The water had not only damaged the plywood subfloor but also some of the joist structure. 2×4’s and 2×6’s were added and new 3/4″ plywood was installed to replace the entire subfloor. The corner bench was removed and the customer wanted the same size installed. Solid piece fabrication was provided and fabricated by JD Tile to custom fit the top of the seat and rounded off for safety. Customer had previous tiles used to replace first row of tile walls removed in order to carry waterproofing up the wall to give a 100% pan seal effect with new kerdi drain brushed brass and kerdi surface waterproofing. New p-trap installed as well due to old one clogged most likely during the actual building of the home back in the late 90’s. One of the biggest challenges of a project like this is having all the right tools and knowing the structure of a shower pan throughout. JD Tile has previously torn out shower pans with a liner and lead pans. Here is the process from the start to finish. Laticrete’s SpectraLock epoxy grout was used and the same color in Latisil 100% silicone caulk was used to caulk the bench to wall seam.