What’s the best way to tile a shower wall?

Helpful product links:
Bathroom Course —
T-lock leveling clips —
SeamClips (for leveling tile)
For 1/4″-3/8″ thick tile(blue)
For 3/8″- 1/2″ thick tile (red)
Horseshoe shims (for even grout joints)
For 1/16″ grout joints –
For 1/8″ grout joints –
Schluter Ditra (54 sft roll) —
KERDI-FIX Sealant —
KERDI-BAND (for seams) —
DITRA Trowel (to embed) —
12″ grout float —
1/2″ x 1/2″ trowel —
1/4″ x 1/4″ trowel –
linoleum knife (for scrape grout joints) —
ishii tile cutter —
Milwaukee Angle Grinder —
Dewalt Diamond Blade —
Bosch Hole Saw (1 3/8″) —
Milwaukee sawzall/drill kit —
hydroban waterproofing —
redguard waterproofing —
epoxy grout —
quartzlock2 —
Flexcolor —

Today we share 9 Quick Tips for how to tile a shower wall.

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Tip #1: Check shower stud walls

No stud wall is made the same. Place a 4 foot level vertically, horizontally and diagonally on studs to check their plumb and level. Off-kilter studs can be fixed by sistering a second stud to them.

Tip #2: Waterproofing Behind Tile

There are a variety of great waterproofing methods..use one, e.g. KERDI-BOARD, Wedi, GoGoard, Cement Board with RedGard, Cement Board with ARDEX 8+9, Cement Board with Hydroban.
For Wedi –
Ardex 8+9 –

Tip #3: Plan Tile Layout

All you need is the size of the tile, grout joint, measuring tape, and pencil & pad. Play the tile layout to avoid slivers at the ceiling and corners. There’s nothing worse than a sliver of tile.

Tip #4: Get Quality Tile

Don’t buy cheap clay based tiles…every chip will show. Get quality porcelain tiles that are the same color throughout. Check for imperfections and cupping.

Tip #5: Tile Leveling System for Large Format Tiles

Listen, tile leveling systems aren’t necessary all the time. But large format tiles often have irregularities. And leveling systems help set these tiles and eliminate tile lippage. They’re worth considering.

Perfect level Master (recommended for large format tile –
SeamClips (for leveling tile)
For 1/4″-3/8″ thick tile(blue)
For 3/8″- 1/2″ thick tile (red)

Tip #6: Stagger Large Format Tiles in Thirds

Large format tiles set in thirds helps stop lippage. Read the TCNA handbook for more tips on this.

Tip #7: Small Grout Joints

Grout joints that are 1/16″ or 1/8″ help cut down on maintenance. Plus, they just look better.
Horseshoe shims (for even grout joints)
For 1/16″ grout joints –
For 1/8″ grout joints –

Tip #8: Quality Thin-Set

Use something like ARDEX X77 for large tiles. Choose the correct trowel size, back butter and use directional troweling as well. There are a lot of great thin-sets but we always go back to X77.

Tip #9: Quality Grout

Keracolor U, Mapei FA, ARDEX WA, SPECTRALOCK, QuartzLock 2, Flexcolor CG…these are all good options.

Hope these tips help your tile your shower wall.

Visit us at Home Repair Tutor for more detailed tutorials

To make tiling easier try Tuscan Seam Clips (leveling clips) :
For 1/4″-3/8″ thick tile(blue)
For 3/8″- 1/2″ thick tile (red)

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