Tiling a walk-in shower can be challenging. You need to take the proper steps at this stage to ensure proper functioning later. For example, I took care to incorporate a 1/4 inch per foot slope towards the drain to eliminate puddling after use. Prior to tiling, I also applied rubber membrane to the cement board on the walls. That prevents moisture from penetrating the wall.
As you can see in the first photo, I am getting ready to tile the back wall of the tub surround. I like to use a
laser level to lay out the placement of the tiles.
Ta-da! The finished product after grouting!
When tiling a floor with large tiles (these are 12 inch x24 inch), use tile levelers to reduce lippage (an uneven surface). In this picture, you see that levelers are in place. Keep the levellers in for 24 hours until the thinset mortar has dried.
When tiling a bathtub surround, ensure that you protect the tub by covering it with a moving blanket and plywood. You want to avoid any damage from dropped tiles and tools (scratches from work boots).