I'm getting ready to redo my master bath shower/tub surround tile job because
some water got behind and rotted out the greenboard
(builder was cheap, I am redoing with cement board). I'll be replacing all the
tile. I went and checked out tile prices and they
vary quite a bit. I see tiles that are 4"x4" and ones that are 4 1/4" x 4 1/4",
I saw ones for .12 (4 1/4"x4 1/4"), .21 (4"x4"), and
.34 (4"x4") each. I figure I'll be buying in the neighborhood of 500-600 tiles
for the whole job, so the price difference adds up.
All those tiles were in the "wall tiles" section.
What could be the difference in these tiles that vary the price so much? I
notice my bathroom has 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" tiles (presumably
to save the builder money). I know without seeing the tile you can't tell me
that much, but is there something I should know about
the bathroom tile so I know what to use?
Use whatever catches your fancy. I've got 4 x 4 in one shower & 4.5 x 4.5
in another. Don't know what your skill level is, but be sure to prep the
wall prior. I don't use anything but hardee backer board myself, but I
don't know if it's overkill or not. I know the inside of my walls won't get
wet in that area, though. Everyone knows someone who has tiled before, so
find a buddy that at least has a clue to be there with you.
You're new to this, and you're going to be doing the master bath.
I suggest that you not do your first real project in there.
However, that said, I'll mention, as I have before, that I happen to
feel that any system that depends on the grout to keep water from
getting behind the tile sucks. Concrete is simply not a very good
waterproofer, even though using the latex additive does help.
But I also think there's a better way, and a lot less expensive in the
process. Put it this way. Several people, including a couple of
remodeling contractors, have seen it and done it my way on other
projects. You can get the details by going to Google at
http://groups.google.com/ and use the search terms-
baugh tile silicone bathroom alt.home.repair
and discussed it in several threads, including "Tub area re-tile" where the
person had gotten an estimate of 1800 dollars. I did mine for 120.
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