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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHY DO SHOWERS LEAK ?
Improper setting materials
Poor quality materials such as backerboard, grout, thinset, or waterproof membrane
Shower is incorrectly waterproofed
Shower floor is not properly sloped from the perimeter to the drain
Tile installer does not test the shower pan for waterproofness
Tile installer is unaware how to install a waterproof shower
A NOTE ON BARRIER FREE BATHROOMS
When designing a barrier-free bathroom with a linear drain or regular drain,
one of two steps must be taken.
The shower floor must be sunk in accordance to the size of the shower, which is 1/4" per foot from the long leg.
Or, the bathroom floor must be elevated to accomodate the shower floor dimensions.
WHY WE USE SCHLUTER®
Protecting your Investment
Tiles are not only beautiful, they are durable, easy to clean, and hygienic, making them an ideal choice for wet areas. However since the tile covering itself is not waterproof, water and vapor will penetrate the grout joints and the tiles, even when sealants are used. Therefore an effective waterproofing system is required to ensure the long-term beauty and functionality of your tiled shower.
Effective Moisture Management
The Schluter® Shower System is an integrated family of products forming a fully sealed system that is both waterproof and vapor tight. The system is unique because the waterproofing is installed on top of the backing materials rather than below. The assembly provides superior moisture management as it does not allow moisture to penetrate into the mortar bed or wall panels. This allows the assembly to dry completely between uses.
The Schluter® Shower System eliminates leaks, prevents mold growth, and dramatically reduces total installation time to ensure success and make shower, steam shower, and bathtub surround installations easier than ever.
-Schluter® Shower Systems
IS TILE THE MOST IMPORTANT PART IN THE INSTALLATION ?
Put simply, no!
There are typically three parts to a tile job:
Tile costs range but even if you are chosing a tile higher in price such as real stone, the added cost will fall below that of the other project components.
If you are conflicted as to whether or not a less inexpensive tile will be a better deal in the long-run, take a look at the example below:
If a tile cost $5/sf for a 100sf
bathroom floor, the tile
itself will cost $500.
You will need backerboard, thinset, grout, or other materials, these products can add up to around $200 or more. Lastly, labor (it is highly recommended to hire a professional installer) may charge close to $8/sf.
With these last two factos combined, this total is roughly $1,000.
So whether you pick a tile that is less or more expensive in price than $5/sf, it may only be a minimal variation in total cost for a tile you may prefer to own since materials and labor will be consistent.
SCHLUTER® DEMO VIDEOS
PREVENTING FUTURE COSTS & HEADACHES
These two shower renovations are examples of an installation done with non-waterproofing materials that allowed moisture to seep into the sub-floor causing mold growth and leakage.
Using the Schluter® system will prevent this from happening ultimately saving you time and money...
It's worth it from the start!